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Marantz introduced their first DVD changer. The 5-disc VC-5000 offers exceptional picture quality with a 10-bit video D/A converter with 27MHz filtering for outstanding detail, clarity and color via its S-Video and composite connectors. Excellent sonic accuracy and audio resolution comes courtesy of 96kHz/24-bit D/A plus Dolby Digital and DTS compatibility. The VC-5000ís prevision changer mechanism ensures reliable, glitch-free playback of DVD, CD, VCD, CD-R and CD-RW discs. Multiple forward/reverse search and slow speeds are available, while a D-BUS connection is provided for linkage to other Marantz components. The VC-5000 carries a suggested list price of $749.99 and will be available in February 2000.
New Learning Remote
Later this spring Marantz will be releasing the new RC-1200 learning remote control. Essentially picked up from one of their receiver models, the RC-1200 is approximately 8x3x1.5 and offers complete control of a home theater system with versatile jog wheel, backlit LCD display and keypad. Pre-programmed only with Marantz devices, the RC-1200 is designed with a large non-volatile memory capacity to learn the codes from every remote in your home theater. The jog wheel is used to select the screen displayed on the LCD, while a renaming function can be used to customize the display. Macro keys are provided that can automate system control in a single touch. The backlighting activates automatically in a dark room. The RC-1200 will have a suggested retail price of $179.99.
Preview of SR-14EX Receiver
Marantz offered a sneak preview of their forthcoming flagship receiver, the SR-14EX. Continuing on the tradition of the SR-18, the SR-14EX will include THX Surround EX compatibility for playback of Dolby Digital Surround-EX encoded DVDs. "EX" offers a center rear channel, providing a more seamless 360 degree sound stage. The SR-14EX will offer high-power output on all six amplified channels. The receiver will ship with the popular RC5000 remote control. Further specifications and pricing will be available closer to its expected availability date of June 2000.
Two New CD Recorders
The new DR-6050 and DR-6000 CD recorders offer high-quality recording at 2X onto CD-R or CD-RW discs. The new Digital Recording Level feature compensates for the varying volume levels of different digital sources and records them at the same level with no degradation in audio quality. The DR-6050 utilizes dual-trays to make CD-to-CD dubbing effortless with single-touch control. The DR-6000 includes a number of refinements for true high-end audiophile-quality sonic performance, such as an AK5351 D/A converter and Marantzís exclusive HDAM fully discrete copper-shielded output stage. The DR-6050 carries a retail price of $749.99 and is available now, the DR-6000 will be available in March 2000 for $699.99.
New 64" HDTV
Marantz announced the introduction of the HD-6400W 64" rear-projection HDTV set, offering a full 1920x1080 resolution interlaced image. It is also compatible with all 18 ATSC digital TV formats. Its large 9" CRTs use high-resolution phosphors and a tighter beam spot to produce sharp images with rich color. Image quality is enhanced with a three-line digital comb filter. Audio comes from a built-in 120 watt amplifier that provides up to 20 watts each to 6 channels. The HD-6400W includes HD component video, DVD component video, S-Video, composite and SVGA input for connection to a wide variety of devices. A set of side-mounted A/V jacks allow for easy connection to a camcorder or game system. The HD-6400W comes equipped with the RC5000 remote. Availability and pricing have not yet been set.