Just about the only player that has avoided the “slow” tag is Sony’s Playstation 3. I was interested to see how the Marantz UD5005 compared to its Denon counterpart. Ironically, the player is labelled as a “Super Audio CD/Blu-ray Disc Player” as if DVD-Audio/Video are simply implied. Comparing playback of Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life (SHM-SACD) on the Marantz through its analogue outs to the Sony was again no close comparison. Denon: The Fifth Element (Remastered) – 37 sec. Which one will do your AV temple proud? The UD5005 Video Setings MenuSetting up the UD5005 was simple.
You have to stop playback, remove the disc, and select CD before playing the CD layer. My Sony XA-9000ES can switch between layers on the fly and it is almost nine-years-old. Denon: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl – 13.26 Marantz: The Fifth Element (Remastered) – 36 sec. Telling exactly what’s selected and which way to move the directional keys on the remote isn’t always intuitive. Then it arrived, swiftly followed by the first Ultra HD Blu-ray players. The lack of built-in Wi-Fi is a definite deficit as not everyone is going to be able to run an Ethernet cable to their router, thus they will likely incur the added cost of a wireless Ethernet bridge.
You’ll have to follow the same procedure for selecting the DVD-V portion of the disc. On to the discs. Netflix also worked without a problem, although it seemed to me that login to the Netflix service was just a bit sluggish. At the time of writing this review, however, YouTube service was still not activated on the player. This is where the Marantz really failed to impress me. In comparison, my Sony XA-9000ES SACD player was far smoother on SACD playback through its analogue outs. On CD playback there was no match at all. Moving on, I tried the the David Crosby – If I Could Only Remember My Name (DVD-A) release, from which this section takes its subtitle. It also played back without trouble. The settings menus were straightforward and easy to follow, but navigating them can sometimes be a little tricky.