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Marantz DV6500 JLTi Mod - Universal DVD Player Review

by December 12, 2005
  • Product Name: DV6500 w/JLTi Mod
  • Manufacturer: Marantz
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStar
  • Review Date: December 12, 2005 18:00
  • MSRP: $ 1900



  • System Motor Driver: Rohm BA5888FP
  • MPEG/MLP/DD/DTS Decoder: Panasonic MN2DS0004AB
  • DSD Decoder: Sony CXD2753R
  • Memory (Flash): L324 45K
  • Memory (DRAM/SDRAM/SRAM): 16Mbit (512Kx16x2) Samsung K4S161622H-UC60, (1Mx32x4) 48LC4M3282
  • D/A Converter for Video: MN35202 54MHz/10bit
  • D/A Converter for Audio: TI/BB DSD1608 192KHz/24bit
  • 2 channel audio op amp: KIA4558F
  • 5.1 channel audio op amps: 3xJRC4580
  • Clock generator with dual PLLs: 8707FV
  • JLTI modifications: Level 2 Reference clock 27MHz, improved analogue 2-channel audio, and SuperReg power regulation


  • Updatable via CD-ROM

Power Supply:

  • Input Voltage/Frequency: 230V 50Hz
  • Power Consumption: 13 Watt

Video Characteristic:

  • Video Amplitude VP-P (V): 1.0 (75 ohm)
  • S-Video Amplitude VP-P (V): Y:1.0VP-P/75 ohm, C 0.3VP-P/75 ohm
  • YCbCr: Y:1.0VP-P/75 ohm, Cb/Cr 0.7VP-P/75 ohm
  • SCART:  CVBS/RGB/Audio
  • Resolution: 720X480X30/NTSC or 720X576X25/PAL (progressive and interlaced)

Audio Characteristic:

  • Frequency: 4Hz~44KHz (DVD @ 96kHz), 4Hz~100KHz (SA-CD), 4Hz~88KHz (DVD-A) 
  • Output level: 2V RMS
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 115dB
  • Dynamic Range: 98dB (CD), 100dB (DVD)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.003% (0.0045% CD)

Unit dimension:

  • 17-5/16" x 2-61/64" x 8-5/16" (440mm X 211mm X 75mm)
  • Net Weight: 2.2kg (4.9lbs)


  • Good 2-channel audio for the discerning listener
  • Universal player
  • Navigation buttons on front panel
  • Small form factor


  • Poor progressive scan implementation (not motion adaptive, no film mode detection, chroma upsampling error, and overly soft image quality)
  • Poor measured audio results (low and high frequency attenuation, reduced output level, high intermodulation distortion above 1kHz, and clipping on 0dBFS+ levels)
  • High quality output on 2-channel only
  • Remote control has no back-lighting


Ever wished you could own a truly high end esoteric digital player but your budget is limited to mass market players? Joe Rasmussen from Custom Analogue Audio reckons he has the answer. Using a cheap mass market universal player (the Marantz DV6500, normally retails for A$799 – US$649), Joe has upgraded it with technology from Vacuum State Electronics (Joe is the Australian agent) to create a “state of the art” two-channel universal player called the “JLTi SACD Player” that is being sold by Pymble Hi-Fi in Sydney, Australia, for $2,500 (~US$1,900).
About the author:

Christine Tham has always been a keen "hi fi" enthusiast, which is an affliction she inherited from her father. She has a degree in Computer Science and a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University. In Chris' spare time, she contributes not only to Audioholics but also maintains her own web site.

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