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Marantz DV-9500 DVD Player Review

by April 18, 2005
Marantz DV-9500

Marantz DV-9500

  • Product Name: DV-9500
  • Manufacturer: Marantz
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: April 18, 2005 00:00
  • MSRP: $ 2099
  • 6 ch Equal Quality Audio Circuits
  • 216MHz/14Bit Video DAC
  • NSV Video Noise Reduction
  • HDMI digital output
  • DTS 96/24 Decoder
  • Exclusive Power Supply Circuit for Audio
  • SACD Distance Compensation
  • Lip Sync capability
  • Dolby Headphone

Freq. Response (Digital Audio)
4Hz - 88kHz (DVD-Audio, fs: 192kHz)

S/N Ratio: 130 dB

Dynamic Range: 110 dB

THD (1 kHz): 0.0008%


  • Outstanding audio performance of CD, DVD-A and SACD formats.
  • Bass management & Digital Delay compensation for DVD-A and SACD PCM.
  • Solid build quality.
  • Features for every need.


  • Doesn’t retain last played DVD/CD track when unit is powered off.
  • No light on the remote.
  • Bass Management Issue for multi-channel SACD DSD
  • Additional functions needed on remote.
  • Poor fast forward and reverse.


If you’re an audio/video enthusiast then you probably have had an eye out on all the universal players that have been hitting the market over the last couple of years. Although many companies have released various universal players with steady price drops it is nice to know that there are still good high end products to fit the needs of the most discriminating AV enthusiasts. Marantz is one such company that has been in the high end industry since their inception in the 1950’s. The Marantz DV-9500 not only fits into the most premium home theaters but it also has features for those that are building a system one piece at a time. Even for the 2-channel audiophile who isn’t sure about home theater the DV-9500 has excellent stereo formats.
About the author:

Ken Stein is a contributing writer and reviewer for Audioholics and he really REALLY likes his speakers (which he should, since he spent countless hours hand-crafting them himself.) Ken is an engineer with FedEx and applies his diligent attention to detail to his speaker and electronics reviews here at Audioholics.

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