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Marantz 4100 DVD - is it OK

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by ISCM, Jul 2, 2001.

  1. ISCM

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    I have seen this player (multi region) for 350 punts (about £265) and wondered how it would compare with a Pioneer 535 for picture and sound (with CD).
    The man at Richer Sounds tried to sell me a multi region Nad 550 for 400 punts (£304) saying that it was better than even a Pioneer 717.
    As I live in Spain, I am reluctant to get the Nad. :eek: :confused:
     
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    I've got the 4100 and I absolutely love it. I also paid quite a bit for it than that, so grab it while you can. Picture and sound are fantastic and it's multi-region out of the box with no problems from RCE discs.
     
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    Thanks t-force
    The Multi Region thing is inportant for me, as I have quite a few Region 1 DVD's.
    How do you find it for CD playback? :cool:
     
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    Any one else know about this machine? :(
     
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    Bought the player and returned it the next day, as there was no RGB output. It was not even possible to send S-video throught the SCART.
    Another problem is that the player puts out a blank video signal when the player is switched off, meaning that some TV's can not show TV again unless the DVD player is unplugged or the SCART removed.
    Even my old Samsung was better than this.
    Very disapointed. :eek: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :eek:
     
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    Eh? Problems that I've not had with my player. You can't send S-video via SCART, true, but I've definitely got an RGB feed, and I don't have problems with "blank signals".

    Unlucky mate. Incidentally, I thought CD playback was bloody good for a DVD player.
     
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    Turns out that my problems with a blank signal were due to a setting in the menu and RGB is output through one of the SCART's only. The main problem is the manual which is very poor. C**p is 11 languages!
    Anyhow I now have the DVD again and must say that the picture is very good and the sound is excellent. With it being region 1 compatable as supplied (the shop made it so using a remote - Plays RCE discs now no problem), it must rate as a bargian.
    By the way, the transport is very quiet.
    :) :) :p :p :p :p :) :)
     
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    Yeah, only the bottom socket is there for TV out (And they label it II which is really strange). The top socket is there for RGB loopthrough, which is very useful if you've got say a sky box and only 1 RGB socket on the TV. I've also got to agree with you on the manuals. They make no reference to RGB at all as far as I can remember. That seems to be a common problem throughout Philips-derived DVD players. Maybe now Marantz has left Philips that will improve.

    Glad you like the player!
     
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    Yes t-force, I like the player very much.
    Most players seem to put in edge enhancement, which at first appears to increase definition, but actually does the opposite. The colours on the Marantz appear very natural.
    By the way, I did not buy from Richer Sounds. They insisted that the Marantz was only good for sound and tried to recommend a Nad that was on special offer. I did not buy the Nad, as service would be a problem in Menorca and it only had one SCART.
    I notice that there is now an 'SE' version of the DV4100.
     
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    The 4100 in What Hi-Fi is an 'SE' version, but it is still interesting.
    I did not see the 'SE' version in the shops. :eek: :p
     
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    There's a review of the Marantz 4100 in this months WHAT HI FI.
    Five stars!
     
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    What's the difference?
     
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    I said I'd find a remote hack for a friends Marantz 4100 DVD player...... how exactly do you get it to playback Region 1 (or any region for that matter) DVDs? Is it a remote hack? If so what is it??

    Cheers
     
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    Hi tee.
    I have to say that my 4100 was supplied multi region from my dealer, so I would first suggest trying your friends dealer for help.
    If that is not possible, I know of a mod using a On-for-All 6 remote.
    Try DVD Reviewer for help. :cool:
     

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