Review of Marantz DV6600

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  1. Italo Tettoni

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    Since no one has posted a comprehensive review of this player (and having just purchased one) I thought I'd do the honours.

    I've been looking recently for a mid-level DVD player, with HDMI output and video upsampling to maximise the potential of my (also new) Hitachi PJTX200 projector (yep christmas came early!). Also on the list of requirements were DVD-A and SACD playback capability. Players I considered were: Denon 1920 ('buggy' according to forum reports), Cambridge Audio DV89 (very good audio but lackluster video according to recent reviews/forum reports) and a demo model of the Pioneer 868 (too expensive even at demo prices). I finally settled on the Marantz DV6600.

    The Marantz 6600 is, supposedly, a Denon 1920 clone but there is no lip-sync issue whatsoever. This is the case either using the analogue (SCART RGB/Composite/S-video) or digital (HDMI) video outputs, so there is at least one major difference compared to the Denon 1920. On to the specifics of the review:

    Video quality - I've tested the Composite video, HDMI and SCART RGB video outputs and all are excellent and problem free. I've not tested the Component connection but the player does have Faroudja processing and that speaks for itself.

    The reason for buying this player was, of course, its HDMI output and PQ does not disappoint. Razor sharp detail retrieval, great colour saturation, proper black levels (use 'normal' setting, the 'enhanced' setting is for PC sources) and problem free video upsampling all add up to an outstanding picture.

    There are no video controls (brightness/contrast etc...) in the setup menu of the player, however the PJTX200 allows change to video settings on its HDMI input. There is very little to tweak though as the picture from the Marantz player is outstanding.

    PS According to other reports (and for those specifically interested in the video side of this player) the Marantz 6600 is superior to both the Denon 1920 and the Cambridge Audio DV89

    Audio quality Bitstream digital performance is excellent, due to the superb transport no doubt, and the player has a very comprehensive suite of controls for both DVD-A and SACD: speaker size; speaker level and time delay on all channels.

    Compared to my Toshiba SD900E, the Marantz 'analog' performance is less holographic, soundstage is flatter and lacks the 'analog' warmth of the Toshiba player, this is the case for redbook CD and for DVD-A/SACD performance. The Marantz however has better channel separation and superb detail retrieval. Analog performance does further improve once the video section of the player is switched off and the player is 'run in'. (Please see PPS below)

    PS According to other reports (and for those specifically interested in the analog audio side of this player) the Marantz 6600 is superior to the Denon 1920 but not as good as the Cambridge Audio DV89, Marantz should really bring out an OSE version of this player...

    I have just installed a UPS to my system (to take care of a problem I was having with the amplifier/subwoofer, long story...) and its effect on the sound of my whole system has meant that I've had to revise my opinion of the analog outputs of the Marantz player. They are in fact very, very good and on par, if not better, than my Toshiba 900E (SD9200). I won't revise my previous comments however as they were my first impressions of the player and they'll serve as a good guide for anyone in a similar situation to mine i.e. power supply problems.


    Build is good at this price point. It is a lightweight player but connections at the back are nicely spaced and are very comprehensive. I've got the player connected via its digital coaxial, 5.1 analog, SCART RGB, Component and HDMI connections and there's plenty of room for each! This also accounts for the slightly wider aspect of the player.

    Player response is outstanding with no sluggishness or slowness at all in either reading discs, accessing menus, identifying discs or playing DVD-A SACD discs. Drive is basically silent in operation and combined with outstanding error correction (as good as my Toshiba player) all points to an excellent drive and debugged fimware/software. Full marks to Marantz Engineers!

    Conclusion - the combination of excellent firmware/software (great response time, no bugs etc...), great video performance, great audio for both analog/digital and excellent transport make this player IMHO an outstanding buy.
     
  2. Butters

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    Hey Italo,

    Thanks for taking the time to produce this report. The 6600 is one of the last machines on my list to try out. Have you played any MP3 discs with this machine? if so can it handle dvd MP3s??

    Cheers
     
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    Same way as burning CDR's, i generally use Roxio and burn as a data disc. For some reason (unknown to me) most players do not seem to have the capability to deal with MP3 on dvd...never understood why!!
     
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    Hi,

    How much did you pay for it, and where from?
     
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    Ok, no worries then:cool:
     
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    :) :) :)
     
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    Ooops - yes i should have said dvd's in a file structure - sorry...and thanks very much for testing it out for me....I really need to get one sorted out now for a home dem.

    Cheers for all the help Italo :smashin:
     
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    Italo - one last question matey......did you burn a + or - DVDr?? or does it handle both??

    Cheers
     
  9. Daneel

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    Thanks for taking the time to do the review and answer questions.

    Have you tested MPEG4 files at all?

    Can it handle packed bitstream files?

    Any problems with jerkiness, or audio sync?

    How is handling of subtitles with MPEG4?

    Is the drive mech quiet?

    [Edit - I just noticed it will only do prog scan in PAL, what a shame.]
     
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    http://www.avreview.co.uk/news/article/mps/UAN/318/v/1/sp/

    There.

    Also:

    http://www.futurehome.co.uk/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=561

    Only PAL prog scan is listed.

    I guess since you just listed what it can do you haven't actually done much testing?

    Many, many players have divx / xvid in their list of abilities, few actually do a good job of it. Particular areas of let downs are jerky playback of files using PB, loss of audio sync, poor or no handling of subtitles and no support for gmc / qpel.

    As my sig. states I own a Philips and a Toshiba. The 5900 actually does everything listed above fine. I'm just wondering if the picture quality could be better. Then again I only have a 32" tv.
     
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    You lost me completely, on all counts.

    PAL / NTSC - this can very easily be limited in firmware and from the links I gave to you, it appeared limited to PAL.

    Yes I am more than capable of doing my own testing, IF I had the player.

    Where did the pissing contest comment come from? You asked if I had a Denon, I simply stated what I have.

    Perhaps you should reread my post when you are in a clearer/calmer frame of mind, you obviously didn't take it the way it was intended.
     
  12. Daneel

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    :rolleyes:
     
  13. daxie

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    It does do ntsc progressive...

    Yes, I have tested it with a few NTSC DVDs

    No, it does not properly play Xvids. No subtitle support, and it doesn't scale them to full screen (when using hdmi)(when using scart, you can let your tv do the zooming, but then still, the player doesn't zoom).

    plays dvd-r, dvd+r nicely, tried tdk and currently using maxell.
     
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    Thanks a lot daxie. :thumbsup:

    I wonder where they got the idea it only did PAL progressive.
     
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    Agh!! :mad:
    And there was me thinking that this was the perfect player for me!

    KnightAzul
     
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    I have tried both Roxio and Nero but cannot create a DVD with MP3s that the Marantz can play.

    What is the layout of the directory structure that you mentioned?



    Gordon
     
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    I've tried lots of places but nowhere appears to have these (Marantz DV6600) players in stock.
    Anyone know where I can get one please?
     
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    do you know if you can multiregion this player
     
  19. slimgym

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    hi batman i saw these on the nexnix.co.uk website £299 but not sure if they are in stock..
     
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    Hi! :)

    Nice review...:thumbsup:

    Can you tell me if the DV6600 can output Component video by the Scart socket? Does thes component ON option affect the Scart RGB Signal?

    Do you think the DV6600 is worth the extra price over the DV4600 (I don't need HDMI, and don't care about SACD or DVD-A)...


    Thanks! ;)
     
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    i could not get it to play my dvd mp3's either. They are all on dvd+r's and tried a dvr +rw too - all failed. Did not have any - r's to try it with so cannot comment on those but it failed to play any of my stuff all of which were fine with -

    pio 575, cambridge 89, sony ns92 and philips 5900

    It went back........
     
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    The current Pioneer model is the 585...

    And there are the new models coming... HDMI starts on the Pioneer 490.
     
  23. Italo Tettoni

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    I don't have it connected via Component, just via RGB SCART and HDMI at the same time. I'll check on this and get back to you.

    I think it's a better model than the 7600, let alone the 4600. So yes it's worth the extra money.
     
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    Why do you think that?
     
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    Even if I have a CRT, don't need or care for HDMI, DVD-A, SACD or DIVx:confused:
     
  26. Italo Tettoni

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    You mean why is it better than the 7600/4600 models? Well better video output than the 7600, better Video DACs than the 4600, Faroudja deinterlacing, the inclusion of DVD-A/SACD, top notch drive etc, etc...

    To do better as a DVD player you really need to jump to a far higher price/quality band.
     
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    Is that for digital video output or for analogue (component) video too :confused:
     
  28. Italo Tettoni

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    Here's a comparison PDF between the different Marantz models.
     

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    :smashin:
    Given that the 7600 has hdams (yes, I use the dvd player as a cd player too), has NSV and decent analog component outs, the only thing worse about the 7600 as compared to a 6600 is that it does not support hdmi v1.1, so no dvd-audio over hdmi.

    Other than this, from what I have experienced, its significantly better than the 6600 on all fronts, including video.
     
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    What about the analogue component video on Scart? :lease:
     

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