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    Marantz DV-9500

    Kevin, Actually the way I read the Secrets site, it did do fairly well. I think the few tests it failed were not as important as the ones it passed. Again, I have only seen one movie on this machine, and I have just hooked it up. I have not even calibrated the display to it. I was just struck...
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    Marantz DV-9500

    Just hooked up my review sample of the Marantz 9500 day before yesterday. Have only watched "Troy" with it so far, but am really stunned at the quality of the picture set at 720p via the HDMI port. Have not listened to the audio yet.
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    Review Scores

    Also, to put it into perspective, we don't review every single piece of gear out there- this would be impossible. We are probably guilty of cherry-picking gear that we suspect will be good or perhaps outperform the competition- I know that I certainly push harder to review pieces that I think...
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    Is the POWERAMP section of the HTPS pointless?!

    Hmmm, let's let the worms stay in the can and change to see if you want to keep it by comparing the two. That said, in my opinion, I do see and hear the difference and it is worthwhile. :)
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    Is the POWERAMP section of the HTPS pointless?!

    Parasound does not recommend plugging the A51 into any power conditioner. I have mine plugged into the wall. The HTPS 7000 balanced power works best for sources and video monitors. No, you did not pay $1200 for just surge supression, try your processor/monitor/sources with and without the 7000...
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    Marantz 8400

    I too read The Absolute Sound review on the 8300 where they liked the DVD-A but said the SACD sounded digital. I use the 8300 as my DVD-A/SACD player in a system that has had multiple processors (McIntosh, Krell Showcase, Anthem, Parasound C2), Classe and Parasound A51 amps, and a Krell DVD...
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    Official DVD ETC. review request thread -- request equipment reviews here!

    It should be coming out in the July issue, I believe. I am surprised you haven't been able to find it, they seem to be at every Borders/Barnes and Noble that I have been to. That is a tough decision between the XQ floorstander and the 201s. Which subwoofer are you planning on if you buy the...
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    Marantz 8400

    Chroma bug is supposedly still present. I received an email that tells me that DVI out is not active at this time, but I will know more tomorrow about when it will be. I will ask if there is BM for DVD-A. Kevin, Ouch, another "see" joke...:D
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    Official DVD ETC. review request thread -- request equipment reviews here!

    Rich, I'm actually doing a follow up to the Reference series speaker review I did previously. I too have heard the XQ series and think it is definitely worthy of your consideration. Although we may well review them in the future, I think that you should listen to them for yourself and see if...
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    Marantz 8400

    The issue of a non-active DVI out has been raised more than once lately, but when I talked to the Marantz folks about the DVI out they never mentioned that it was not active. We actually talked at length about it. I will put in a call and ask them specifically.
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    Marantz 8400

    Marantz tells me that they just got them in. I expect a review sample within a couple of weeks. Word is they massaged the SACD side a bit more and it does have the DVI output. I just set up the 2900, and it will be interesting to see how the 8400 is...
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    Official DVD ETC. review request thread -- request equipment reviews here!

    Coming in the next issue... Very good player, excellent in the under $500 price range...
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    Official DVD ETC. review request thread -- request equipment reviews here!

    Denon DVD-2900 Universal Player is in for review.
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    Official DVD ETC. review request thread -- request equipment reviews here!

    Plasmas are going to be signficantly featured in the magazine and also in HDTV ETC. Upcoming reviews include Marantz and Fujitsu 50" plasmas.
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    Is the chroma bug real?

    My fiance who knows little about the technical aspects of DVD players, and cares even less, picked out the chroma bug on her own and asked me what was wrong with the picture. Anytime I have a player that I am testing with the chroma bug, she pretty much notices it. The last occasion happened...
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