Marantz UD7006 CD-player

The term 'worldwide', as applied in home electronics to pretty much anything, is usually only valid for some minutes nowadays. No earlier is a 'worldwide' player specification or system on the marketplace is established which is beyond its ken.

Having said that, we can not really think of anything this player will not do. The huge news, the matter which makes it more universal than the harvest of last year, is 3D video support. Perhaps that'll take off, possibly it will not: we are more interested in sound performance. But it does an extremely adequate job of managing anything else you're able to throw at it. Bluray sound and video discs, every flavour all the various data cd formats with the various of DVD we can remember striking, SACD, CD, picture cds,. Oh, OK, it will not play with any losslessly compressed file formats or OGG, which is not a tremendous strike (if any) adversaries will. It can support AAC which gets a tick and is not so common as we'd love to see this system that is first-class replace MP3.

On the other hand, it is not restricted merely to phonograph records that were playing. Forgiveness?

When CD was found it was a very easy system that saved sound in a format that is fixed. You place a disk in, it had been recognised, you played with it. Functionality has been added by following generations as the boffins could and it could be sold by the advertising bods. They make things complicated, although events are great. You can not set up this player completely without a TV display attached (fair enough, so it's likely to reside near a display in most programs it's promoted as an AV unit) and then it is a little bewildering. The instruction manual is not the finest we have seen by a long way and is not light enough to utilize as an offensive weapon - the info's in there someplace, although honestly some of it's as clear as mud.

But in many scenarios it is still possible to plonk a disk in the tray, press 'Play' and just listen. Marantz has taken the problem of loading time and it is down below 10s for every one of the phonograph record kinds we attempted, which will be an advancement 15s we have seen from several machines that were recent. However, there are a number of details that are weird functional. One must then press on the button to allow it to be really do something useful. Annoying?

Another detail which we wager most users will overlook is the downsampling used by default to the electronic output signal appears to change the analogue output signal, also. It is clear the digital output signal is converted down when high-sampling sources because if this can be connected to an average AV receiver the latter likely will not accept high sampling rates are played. But certainly the stereo sound output signal (at least) should derive the advantages of bandwidth that is prolonged?

Each DAC station feeds a set-out array the whole 10 stations of analogue filter and buffer parts, -worth taking up almost no space.

An large heatsink sitting together with the primary processing processor takes up even less space and distinguishs video processing stuff.

Between that, the remaining circuits and the (switch-mode) power supply, rather lots of heat is created and a fan disperses it.

The disk transportation makes a reasonable amount of noise, mainly an indistinct whooshing sound when playing Blu-ray discs, and we were quite disappointed to find that ours rattled. We shortly shut it up using a cotton wool bud that is placed, but we truly trust that does not change more.

Now that we have painted a somewhat depressing picture of the audiophile possibility of this machine, what exactly does it really sound like? Happily, it is not half-bad. We spent rather lots of time playing with CD onto it, mainly as a large proportion of earth's digital music cds are CD. It is got a good sense of lots, great detail and time of expansion in both treble and bass.

With SACD and DVD-A disks, once we'd set up things right, we felt the audio was thorough and only a tad more open, with greater precision in stereo pictures and better depth. The sample Bluray music cd we attempted (?) Was supporting in a few means, with superb definition, in offering just a 48kHz sampling rate, but was also frustrating. 96/24 DVD-A records, including a couple of inhouse productions, made more of an opinion.

Obviously, among the huge appeals of the player is the multichannel output signal that is all-inclusive. 7.1-channel audio is uncommon going on nonexistent, but some 5.1-channel productions seem impressive in a fairly classy AV-established system. Bluntly put, we'd the most musical encounters only from stereo cds, in almost any format. We did value some really excellent video pictures, also!

From an audiophile standpoint, there are lots of cd players at least fit the UD7006 in a miscellaneous audio/video playback environment, the UD7006 makes lots of sense and is really great value, but for sound.

Marantz UD7006 CD-player photo