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Marantz DV9500

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by chantrys, May 6, 2005.

  1. chantrys

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    I've been thinking about getting an Arcam DV79 and whilst researching alternatives have come across a Marantz DV9500.

    I have only been able to find one review of this player so was wondering if anyone on here has this player or has seen it in action?

    Many thanks,
     
  2. Crustyloafer

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    We have it on demo in our store (Sevenoaks Edinburgh). It's a really nice machine, absolutely stunning picture. To be honest it wouldn't be fair to compare it to the Arcam DV79 as it's quite a bit better picture wise, haven't done any tests on its audio perfomance though. The Arcam FMJ DV29 would probably be a closer contender if you want something to compare it to.
     
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    If it is any help to you I upgraded from the Denon A11 to the DV9500. I can echo Crusty's comments that the picture is indeed stunning - to PW7.

    It's a much better CD player than the A11 was and is used extensively for music as well as movies.

    Unlike other DVD players I have used, it has been completely trouble free.
     
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    No drifting audio?
     
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    Got mine last Thursday.

    Great machine. It replaces an Toshiba SD900e and the upscaled images are rather good :thumbsup:

    The audio is great to and seems to be a very "musical" player.

    No sure what's meant about drifting audio but its never been out of sync and it can be adjusted to.

    :smashin:
     
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    I have its distant cousin (the DV6400) and can only dream of having the DV9500. I'm always a bit envious of those who are considering it or who own it. Maybe someday.
     
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    Got a dv9500 (gold version) for two months now.
    This is a superb dvd players and great will cd,dvd-a and especially SACD playback.
    I have connected mine to an LCD screen Via HDMI and upscaled pictures are simply fabulous. Really, you have to see to believe.

    I have had the denon 2900/toshiba 900e/pioneer 737/sony dvp s7700 and this is one dvd players thats better than all those players combined and it has no issues or any problems whatsoever.

    Highly recomended!! Get one
     
  8. chantrys

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    thanks for all the comments on the picture quality side and I think they have helped make up my mind, but can anyone comment on the audio aspect compared to the Arcam players? If I'm spending this amount of money I want to make sure that it is comparable for stereo CD listening as well.

    Cheers,
     
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    According to this month's Home Cinema magazine, in which it is reviewed, the DV9500 is superior to Arcam's FMJ DV29. They state: (of the Arcam) 'Excellent video quality and a fine CD player, but it's not a true universal machine, and the sound of the Marantz has more vitality and sparkle'.

    £1500 in the UK, £800 plus shipping etc from Hong Kong, around the same if shipped from Germany, but I don't know about the power requirements IE whether you need an adaptor for the German model or not. I know you do for the Hong Kong one. :)
     
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    After another week with the machine I love it.

    The CD playback is fantastic and tempting me to upgrade the interconnects (from QED Silver Spiral to some Nordosts....??).

    Now I understand what some reviewers mean by better timing....the DV9500 sounds so musical and you really get into the rhythm of the music :clap:
     
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    Yes, i agree the 9500 rocks.
    I was initially doubtful having to spend almost a grand for a dvd player with hidef just round the corner, but i figured out that this was a very special player both audio and video wise. Besides you do get high quality dvd-audio, sacd and CD playback.
    I am very happy with my purchase and recommend this player !!
     
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    Who did you get the Marantz from Kumamoto ? and was £1000 all in shipping/taxes etc ?

    Cheers

    Matt
     
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    Hi matt
    Cheapest ive seen is at vickers hifi for £1250 marantz have stopped most of their stuff being shipped you do have to collect the dvd 9500.
    Hope this helps.
    Cheers Gonzo.
    PS unless he got the unit from europe.
     
  15. Matt Horne

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    Cheers... I think he got it from HK via ebay ? Just wondered who it was ;)
     
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    Yes, i got mine from hong kong, the dvd player is build for the asian market so it does not have a scart socket!. With HDMI and Components, this was not a problem for me.

    It is also champagne gold in color, just what i wanted, the european models come in either silver or black.

    The price including ,duty,freight and VAT was around £940 andif you retain your receipt you automatically get one year warranty from Marantz UK
     
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    Did you buy it whilst out there or via ebay/website ?
     
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    interesting ......
    i've just seen a review in a mag and wondered if one of you guys can confirm that the scaler works with hdmi only?
    i would be using component - my options at present are buy a scaler (iscan hd) or trade my dvd in for a 9500 if it scales prog scan thru component
    cheers
     
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    Not personally tried it but I don't think it upscales via component as the video takes a different path when using the HDMI out (doesn't need the DACs) and using the 10bit video converter or something......I had a signal path diagram somewhere but can't find it.

    Damn......I nearly risked getting mine via eBay. £940! Thats a blinding price!

    The 576p picture via HDMI is stunning to so I would think the progressive outs are rather lovely as well ;)
     
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    Matt, I contacted those guys on ebay directly and bought it off ebay(i mean without bidding!!) and they lowered the price incredibly. The actual cost of the dvd without freight and taxes was £ 695 Always ask for a discount, the worst the can do is say no!!
     
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    how about multi region on this machin. Is it easy or does it need an upgrade?
     
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    Matt, I contacted those guys on ebay directly and bought it off ebay(i mean without bidding!!) and they lowered the price incredibly. The actual cost of the dvd without freight and taxes was £ 695 Always ask for a discount, the worst the can do is say no!!
     
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    i bought 2 dvds players and sold one to a forum member, they all come multi region straight out of the box!!
     
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    Mines sadly only Region 2.

    Only have about 3 Region 1 discs though but a multiregional player would be nice.

    Anyone have an idea how you modify the player?
     
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    I read somewhere, but don't remember where, that Marantz UK will modify it for you, if you ask them. I don't know if they charge for this service though.
     
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    how is the dv9500 like when switching layers? i've found Marantz to be slow and not as 'smooth' when switching...
     
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    Marantz layer switching is noticeable even on this high end dvd. Shame though, becuase my older denon 2900 layer change was seamless. I must reckon though, the layer switching is hardly noticeable on the 9500.
     
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    Remembered my gd old Pioneer 919 was doing seamless switch. The SA12 was highly noticeable even being marketed as a high end player. So the 9500 is still not smooth as the denon 2900?
     
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    Marantz need to pull their socks in regards to layer switching. But this should distract you from an otherwise excellent dvd player.
    oops, i went to avland website and to my surprise,dv9500 has already been replaced by dv9600. But the only two additions are 2 firewire output sockets and 1080p scaler!!
    I don't need either for the moment or the foreseeable future
     
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    Might give the 9500 a try... hopefully it would be a vast improvement from the SA12

    How significant is the difference of standard DVI/HDMI cables to some of the branded ones...?
     

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