Some every exciting news from Marantz, which has just delivered the DV9600, very first DVD player, or apparently any source component, capable of a 1080p high definition video signal. As you probably already know 1080p is the ultimate high definition format matching the best HD resolution with progressive scan for ensuring a smooth and jitter free image. No European broadcaster has yet proposed to deliver footage in 1080p although there are some 1080p projection systems already on the market. The £1500 player also features video scaling circuitry, which also allows upsampling of standard DVD images to 720p and 1080 high def quality.
Under the hood is a 216MHz/14-bit video processor from Analog Devices, comprising six Noise-Shaped Video DACs. This then outputs the image via an HDMI 1.1 interface. Finally, PAL and NTSC Progressive scan with chroma error correction from the component video output ensures the best-possible reproduction of DVDs.
The player also has pretty impressive audio facilities including two IEEE1394 digital audio connections for uncompressed, jitter-free digital data transfer of high-resolution formats such as Super Audio CD and DVD-Audio, along with Cirrus Logic 24-bit/192kHz DACs implemented on every channel. There’s also full bass management for DVD-Video, DVD-Audio and SACD discs as well as built-in Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound decoding. The player is designed to be paired with the £2000 top-end SAV amplifier, the SR9600.