Marantz Ud9004 Review: A High-End Universal Blu-Ray Player

What are the advantages? The options available at online rental websites has changed viewing habits even more. Online rentals allows movie lovers to choose movies from the comfort of their own homes without even leaving the house. They can also avoid travel costs (is they live far from the store) and the inconvenience of waiting in queues at the store.

THE PROS: The Sony BDP-CX7000ES holds 400 Blu-ray, DVD or CD Discs. It uses Gracenote’s for video and music identification. It is a Profile 2.0 with 7.1 analog Outputs and a RS-232 port(for Custom Installing), Better Build Quality, and IR inputs and outputs. Has video features such as Sony’s HD Reality Enhancer to improve playback quality.

There are also some other websites who let us stream some files for free at first; but after few numbers of files streamed, we should pay regularly like once a month, once in every six months, or maybe once a year.

Big Screen Entertainment – Up until now, if you’ve been streaming movies, you’ve probably only been using your computer or laptop. This is great but your always limited by the size of your screen. When you’re PS3 is set up to watch through your TV (which it normally is anyway) you can enjoy the full screen experience.

THE PROS: The Vizio VBR231 is a solid player. It is capable of 1080p video output on Blu-ray Discs. Has 7.1 Digital Audio Output via HDMI. Great Internet Apps allow you to access many Pacotes SKY services such as Netflix, VUDU, Pandora Internet Radio, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Associated Press and The New York Times. One of the few Blu-ray Players that has built-in Simultaneous dual-band 802.11n wireless (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) and is less than $200.00. It even throws in a HDMI cable.

The BD-D6700 does not only play 3D blu-rays but it will allow you to convert SD images to 3D. This means your standard blu-rays, DVDs and even streaming content can be transformed into 3D images. While this is more or less a gimmick (and can be found on most 3D HDTVs), it is still a nice little feature will allow you to relive movies from a whole new perspective. Other new innovative features include the One Foot Connection. With a Samsung wireless router, you can connect the BD-D6700 by placing it within one foot of the router during the setup, without a password. Once connected you can move the Blu-ray Player anywhere within your house. This provides an easy and quick way to connect to the internet.

THE CONS: Unfortunately the LG BD670 does not have any built-in storage space to download BD-Live content. If having on-board storage space is important for you, check out LG BD690, it is basically the same player as the BD670, but has a 250 GB Hard Drive. A USB device with at least 1 GB of memory will need to be used with the player to download such content. There are no 7.1-ch analog outputs. Disc loading speeds are a little slower than the average speed of the 2011 players.


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