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Onkyo Sp1000 & Marantz DV9500 mini review

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by oaklandraiders, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. oaklandraiders

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    Yo

    Just back from HKG where I bought both these players !!!
    I'm going to sell the loser, so to speak.
    1st impressions were on component, both lovely pictures, not much in it and that was with the Onkyo in Interlaced.
    Went and got an HDMI to DVI lead and man alive what amazing pictures.

    Theres not much between the 2, I like the physical look of Marantz and its easier to use, after all that likely to keep Onkyo.
    If anyone wants me to check anything specific let me know, but off to sleep now.

    Marantz is Silver, Onkyo pale Gold, both HDMI and upscale to max 1080i.

    JOhn

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    pictures please, i would be interested if you were to get rid of the marantz. How is the Marantz Audio side of things ??

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    Yo

    Pics tomorrow, still dont know what day it is !
    Compared the sound tonight, its very close with I think the Marantz just shaving it.
    The scaler in the onkyo on HDMI gives a slightly better picture, but its tricky getting them both to output the same color/contrast etc.
    The tray on Onkyo is a bit flimsey.
    Why did I buy both, its a avery hard decision.

    John
     
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    How much are these player from HKG in HK $?
     
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    John,

    Would very much appreciate pictures and further info on Marantz 9500.

    Early reports state-side suggest certainly on a par and in some respects better than Onyko which in turn is supposed to be one of the best DVD on the planet!

    What is the layer change like?
    Menu system and GUI?
    Build quality/weight and feel?
    2 channel audio performance (analogue output)?

    Thanks mate
     
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    Layer change I'll check tonight, any idea on www that lists layer changes.
    Marantz has the better GUi, much easier to use.
    Onkyo is at least 3 kilos heavier, but strangely the Marantz seems the more solid.
    Build quality on both is fantastic.

    Analogue out I'll try tonight.
    Trouble is I dont know what box all my cd's are in !
    I'm sure I'll keep the Onkyo though, its that THX Ultra badge on the front !

    John,
     
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    Thanks John,

    Remember that the THX badge cost Onkyo a princely sum for certification.

    I understand that the Onkyo suffers lip sync issues, has poor bass management for multi channel audio, no Time Alignment and has issues with iLink (though rectifiable with pending firmware). Despite that, it appears to hold the crown of "most impressive" DVD for video at the moment.

    I am pleased that Marantz has finally caught up and bettered many high end players with the launch of the 9500. I am looking to upgrade from Denon A11.

    Laters
     
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    I'm sure that badge adds plenty to the price.
    Lip Sync havent noticed it yet and I've been looking
    Havent got any multi channel audio discs(SACD or DVD-A)
    No iLink on amp.
    Onkyos manual is better than Marantz, also Onkyo supply every cable you'd possibly ever need and they look to be good quality, the remote takes 3 AA's.

    John
     
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    John,

    Thanks for all the info mate. Any chance you get to snap a few pics of the Marantz and it's GUI I would welcome! Interested that you found the 9500 more solidly built - it does look very smart from the photos...

    Take it easy

    Darren
     
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    Yo

    Heres some dodgy photos.
    It really is Silver but the photos make it look gold.
    I'll leave this up here for a few days, then take some in daylight.

    John
     

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    How much are these player from HKG in HK $ as I am going there soon and would like to know how much I will be up for?
     
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    John,

    Lovely pictures mate - thank you very much indeed for taking the time to do those

    One further question: In the DVI/HDMI menu does it allow for YUV in addition to RGB format?

    Regards

    Darren
     
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    Yo

    Cant find receipt but about $9000. But minds gone blank.

    John
     

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