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CES 2004 : Marantz

9 janvier 2004


Tri DLP à l'affiche

Comme tous les ans c’est en arrivant sur le stand Marantz que nous pouvons voir que la cette marque, qui bien quelle se consacre toujours et encore aux mondes de la Haute Fidélité et du Multi canal, porte de plus en plus son dévolu sur des produits vidéo comme les projecteurs et les plasmas (ce dernier destiné au marché US).

A la carte donc cette année deux projecteurs DLP, un mono DLP le VP-12S3 et un tri DLP le VP-10S1. Commençons tout d’abord par vous présenter le premier tri DLP de la marque qui verra le jour prochainement sous les traits d’un appareil qui ressemble un projecteur Broadcast (entendez par là professionnel) Ce projecteur Haute Définition est équipé de trois matrices DLP HD2 d’une résolution de 1280 x 720 pixels, couplées pour l’occasion à un étage de traitement vidéo mise au point en collaboration avec la société Faroudja.
Ce gros projecteur sera tout de même destiné aux personnes fortunées, prix de la bête 38000 $.



Plus abordable le VP-12S3, qui sera commercialisé en févier prochain à 12999$ (ça fait cher quand même) utilise entre une matrice Texas Instruments HD2+ d’une résolution de 1280 x 720 pixel. Il intègre une lampe de 200 watts qui lui confère une luminosité de 700 lumens le tout chapoté par un rapport de contraste phénoménal de 3800:1.
En complément on notera que ce dernier né dispose d’une nouvelle roue chromatique et d’un nouveau procédé de filtres lumineux permettant de reproduire une image optimale prix de la bête (sachez que ce procédé appelé ORCA est également présent sur le VP-10S1)



Côté Audio peu de nouveautés sont à notées, si ce n’est le DV4400 un lecteur de DVD fabriqué dans le respect du savoir faire de la marque, ce DVD qui verra le jour fin janvier au prix de 299$ dispose du Progressive Scan.
En ce qui concerne les intégrés nous auront le droit courant mars à un nouveau venu le SR8400. Cet amplificateur dont l’architecture est issue du SR9300 propose : 7 x 110 watts, une série de convertisseurs 24-bit / 192 kHz, une compatibilité avec tous les nouveaux formats audio dont le Dolby Pro Logic IIx. Comme je vous l’indiquais plus haut le SR8400 sera disponible à la vente courant mars au prix de 1599$.





Communiqués de presse

Les Projecteurs
ITASCA, IL, January 8, 2004—Following through on its promise to lead the industry with the most advanced video display devices imaginable, Marantz America today is demonstrating its breakthrough three-chip VP-10S1 High-Definition Projector. Marantz engineers spared no expense in creating the ultimate quality VP-10S1, which utilizes DLP™ (Digital Light Processing) technology and a host of image-enhancing advancements to deliver an unprecedented new level of resolution, color accuracy and brightness. Joining Marantz's acclaimed VP-12S3 in the company's lineup of high-performance DLP video projectors. The VP-10S1 will be available in February 2004 at a suggested retail price of $37,999.99, including the lens. Attendees may view the VP-10S1 in demonstration at Marantz's CES Booth #17202 (South Hall).

Noted Kevin Zarow, Director of Marketing and Product Development, Marantz America, Inc: "The VP-10S1 is the first solid-state projector that is truly capable of replacing the high-end CRT for the most discriminating home theater aficionados. It offers a more reliable and convenient plug-and-play solution and requires no routine maintenance, allowing users to spend more time watching the highest-quality movies and HDTV rather than servicing their monitor."

VP-10S1: The Three-Chip Breakthrough
The Marantz VP-10S1 was designed to deliver a new level of video quality that is nothing less than astonishing. It incorporates three Texas Instruments, 16 x 9 high-definition HD2 1280 x 720 DMD chips, delivering unprecedented picture quality in every respect with standard-setting sharpness, resolution and clarity. The use of three chips-one each for red, green and blue-also eliminates the need for a color wheel, yielding exceptionally natural and lifelike colors. The VP-10S1 also features progressive scan output with true 3:2 pulldown detection and utilizes 14-bit digital gamma processing along with Faroudja three-chip video processing, which incorporate patented DCDi™ (Directional Correlational Deinterlacing) technology, plus video decoding and enhancement technologies to deliver optimum image quality from any video source. Custom optics, incorporating Marantz' proprietary ORCA filter and a premium-quality 250-watt lamp provides a remarkable color balance, uniformity of brightness and long bulb life.

Compatibility With Virtually All Analog and Digital Sources
Like the Marantz VP-12S3 DLP video projector, the VP-10S1 is compatible with virtually every digital and analog video program source. For maximum versatility and installation flexibility, the VP-10S1 includes dual component video inputs, as well as a DVI digital video input with HDCP (High-Definition Content Protection) to accept the signal from a DTV set-top box, DVD player or other digital video source and maintain a pure digital signal path from source to display. In addition, the VP-10S1 provides HD component video, S-video, composite video and analog RGB connections.

The projector can operate in either native progressive scan mode or upconvert video sources, depending on the signal source. The VP-10S1 can display a native 720p progressive scan image from a DVD-Video player, HDTV set-top box or computer up to XGA resolution, and upconverted images from any NTSC source, as well as 480i and 1080i images. The projector can also be optimized to display both 16:9 widescreen and standard 4:3 aspect ratios.

VP-12S3: Marantz' Exclusive ORCA Filter Provides More Realistic Colors
The renowned Marantz VP-12S3 offers high-end home theater enthusiasts yet another option in ultimate-performance video projection. Like the VP-10S1, it utilizes the latest Texas Instruments 16 x 9 high-definition HD2+ DMD chip in conjunction with a newly developed 1280 x 720 pixel panel and advanced DLP™ technology to deliver dramatically improved sharpness and color accuracy, with 700 ANSI lumens brightness and a remarkable 3800:1 contrast ratio. Image quality is further enhanced by the use of a 200-watt DC lamp, which delivers higher, more uniform brightness while minimizing the flicker that can result from AC-type lamps.

Key to the enhanced video performance of the VP-12S3 is Marantz's exclusive ORCA (Optically Reproducing Color Accurately) filter, which filters the light to achieve better color accuracy, with more realistic reproduction of green hues. The light is then sent through the projector's improved 5x-speed color wheel, employing an additional dark green ND (neutral density) filter segment to reduce green video noise in dark scenes. To achieve optimum image sharpness, the projector utilizes Minolta lenses custom built for the VP-12S3. These custom lenses have double-sealed optics and mechanisms to prevent light leakage, keep out dust and eliminate any "halo" effect, and now include a variable (two-step) iris for optimum brightness in the widest variety of home theater installations. The Marantz VP-12S3 is currently available at a suggested retail price of $12,999. An optional long-throw lens version is available at a suggested retail price of $15,999.

Expanded Custom Installation Versatility
Both Marantz DLP video projectors include a host of advanced features that offer unprecedented custom installation flexibility, operating in conjunction with a comprehensive onscreen menu system that enables easy setup, yet provides extensive calibration facilities including a wider range of color temperature and gamma adjustments. The projectors include an automatic color temperature adjustment system, which uses a removable sensor to accurately calibrate the unit to the correct 6500° K color temperature. All functions can be accessed via ergonomically designed backlit remote controls, which provide easy operation even in darkened home theater environments.

For maximum viewing versatility, both the VP-10S1 and the VP-12S3 include a Lens Shift feature that enables the image to be shifted up or down and projected through the upper or lower portion of the lens. This function and its horizontal keystone correction enable users to achieve correct picture geometry if the projector is not mounted exactly parallel to the screen. For integrated operation in a custom installation, the projectors include remote in/out connections, RS-232C serial control ports and two DC trigger connections that can trigger two different operations-for example, the projectors can be set to reconfigure a dual-aspect ratio projection screen whenever the aspect ratio of the program source changes from 16:9 to 4:3.

Les lecteurs de DVD
ITASCA, IL, January 8, 2004—At CES 2004, Marantz is expanding its line of high-performance DVD players for upscale home theater enthusiasts with the introduction of the advanced progressive-scan Model DV4400. Engineered from the ground up using the highest-quality components and build materials, the DV4400 is a single-play progressive scan DVD player packed with advanced performance and convenience features. It joins the recently introduced Marantz DV8400 and DV6400 universal DVD players, both of which deliver exceptional progressive scan video and multichannel audio quality along with all-format disc compatibility. The Marantz DVD lineup also includes the VC5400 5-Disc DVD-Audio/Video Changer and VC4400 5-Disc DVD-Video Player - two high-performance progressive scan models that offer a wealth of versatile features for enhanced home theater enjoyment.

DV4400: Exceptional Quality Source Component
The DV4400 features progressive scan component video output with true 3:2 and 2:2 pulldown detection and advanced digital video processing circuitry for the best-possible reproduction of film-based DVD-Video discs, and includes S-Video and composite video outputs, plus digital audio, and analog audio outputs. Along with unsurpassed video performance, the DV4400 delivers equally state-of-the-art audio performance, with high-performance and premium audio components such as the leading-edge 192kHz/24-bit audio D/A converters and many additional refinements.

The DV4400 includes a wealth of convenience features and viewing options that can be easily controlled via its multi-language on-screen menu, remote control and intuitive front-panel control layout. The Marantz DV4400 will be available in January 2004 at a suggested retail price of $299.99.

DV8400 and DV6400: All-In-One Home Entertainment Source Components
The Marantz flagship DV8400 and DV6400 universal DVD players are exceptional all-in-one home entertainment source components, with the ability to play DVD-Audio and Super Audio Compact Discs (SACD), as well as DVD-Video, CD, CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, MP3, VCD 2.0 and Super Video CDs. Both also feature progressive scan component video output with true 3:2 and 2:2 pulldown detection and advanced digital video processing circuitry for the best-possible reproduction of film-based DVD-Video discs. They also include a wealth of output options including component video, S-Video and composite video outputs, plus coaxial and optical digital, and two-channel and multichannel analog audio outputs. The DV8400 delivers an unprecedented level of digital video image quality, thanks to its DVI digital video output with HDCP. This direct digital connection between the source component and the display device eliminates the digital-to-analog conversions required by other types of video connections and enables the best-quality reception of digital television broadcasts, including HDTV and copy-protected broadcasts. The DV8400 provides a full range of picture adjustments such as a fine-tunable Video Adjust function, enabling viewers to "dial in" the picture quality according to their personal preferences, and includes a RS-232C terminal for integrated system control.

Both the Marantz DV8400 and DV6400 provide state-of-the-art audio performance, with bass management for SACD discs and built-in Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound decoding, as well as high-performance audio technologies such as leading-edge 192kHz/24-bit audio D/A converters, discrete multi-channel audio circuitry utilizing Marantz's exclusive HDAM (High-Definition Amplifier Module) output stages (DV8400 only) and more. A Video Off mode on both players turns the video circuitry off during audio-only playback, for best sound quality when listening to audio-only discs.

The Marantz DV8400 and DV 6400 DVD-Audio/Video/SACD players are both currently available at suggested retail prices of $1,699 and $599, respectively.

The VC5400: Ultra-Slim Design, Outstanding Performance
Marantz's VC5400 5-Disc DVD-Audio/Video Changer is a versatile DVD-Audio/Video player that lets home theater enthusiasts enjoy hours of uninterrupted, high-quality DVD-Video and high-resolution DVD-Audio playback. Along with DVD-Video and DVD-Audio compatibility, the VC5400 plays back CD, CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, MP3 and Video CDs, as well as discs containing WMA files. The VC5400 offers progressive scan component video output with 3:2 and 2:2 pulldown, features advanced 192kHz/24-bit D/A converters for exceptional picture and sound quality, and includes a full complement of digital and analog audio and video connections and an RS-232C terminal for future updates and total system control. The VC5400 provides a wealth of convenience functions and viewing options, including true random play capability for all types of discs.

The VC5400 is built with a new, ultra-slim chassis design that makes it easy to fit into any home entertainment system and custom installation, including spaces where other DVD players cannot be accommodated. The Marantz VC5400 5-Disc DVD-Audio/Video Changer is currently available at a suggested retail price of $549.

The VC4400: Superb DVD-Video Picture and Sound Quality
The Marantz VC4400 5-Disc DVD-Video Changer provides all the advanced performance and convenience features of the VC5400, without DVD-Audio playback capability. It's the ideal home entertainment source component for consumers who do not require DVD-Audio playback, offering the identical, superlative progressive scan video quality as the VC5400, along with high-end multichannel audio performance and a host of useful performance and convenience features. The Marantz VC4400 5-Disc DVD-Video Changer is currently available at a suggested retail price of $429.

Les intégrés
ITASCA, IL, January 8, 2004—Solidifying itself as a leader in high-performance home entertainment products, Marantz America announced the introduction of its Model SR8400 A/V Receiver, a leading-edge 7.1-channel home theater receiver featuring advanced Dolby Pro Logic IIx surround processing. The new Model SR8400 completes Marantz' lineup of five high-performance A/V receivers, including its flagship SR9300 and the 7.1-channel Dolby Pro Logic IIx SR7400, as well as the SR6400, SR5400 and SR4400, each offering the industry's most advanced performance and convenience features with total installation flexibility.

SR8400: Same Outstanding Performance and Features of Marantz's Flagship SR9300
Marantz' new SR8400 was engineered to deliver extraordinary sound quality and installation flexibility, utilizing many of the same leading-edge technologies and features that have set the company's flagship SR9300 apart from all competitors in the high-end home theater marketplace. Like the SR9300 it features gold-plated connectors and custom components, with a heavy-duty mechanical construction featuring an all-copper chassis and double bottom plate. A Massive Toroidal Transformer provides and astoundingly clean 110watts x 7 power output for authoritative, effortless reproduction of movie soundtracks and music. In addition, the newly developed all Discrete Current Feedback (SA-ready) amplifier design enables the receiver to deliver a minimum of 70 percent of its two-channel power rating when driving five channels simultaneously-a far more robust "real world" specification than competitive models.

The SR8400 is engineered for superlative sound quality, featuring 192 kHz/24-bit D/A converters on all 7 channels along with the latest Cirrus Logic CS49400 32-bit DSP processor, for maximum resolution, dynamic range and channel separation, and comprehensive bass management facilities with variable Crossover Points (source direct and pure direct).

Like SR9300 and the recently introduced SR7400, the new Marantz SR8400 provides all of the digital and analog audio and video inputs, outputs and switching facilities for the most demanding home theater setup, including seven digital inputs (six assignable). The two HDTV-compatible component video inputs are dual wide-bandwidth that operate with time base correction (TBC), enabling total compatibility with all types of fixed-pixel display devices such as plasma monitors and DLP projectors. Many competitive receivers do not include this feature, and component video signals cannot be routed through such receivers and displayed on a fixed pixel device. The receiver also upconverts all composite and S-Video signals to component video output, greatly simplifying the set up and required cables in home theater systems using a display device with component video inputs. In addition, the SR8400 includes an RS-232C serial port connection which facilitates integrated system control and enables future performance upgrades. DC Triggers and Direct IR Flasher Input add to its utility in custom applications, and a built-in HDCD® decoder provides the superior sonic benefits of HDCD playback from CD players and DVD players without HDCD capability.

The new SR8400 is compatible with every popular 7.1-, 6.1- and 5.1-channel surround sound format, including Dolby Digital EX, DTS ES, DTS 24/96, Circle Surround 6.1 (CS2). The receiver also features Dolby Pro Logic IIx surround sound processing recently introduced by Dolby Laboratories. Dolby Pro Logic IIx provides a natural and immersing, full-range 7.1-channel listening experience from stereo and 5.1 encoded sources and made possible with proprietary matrix processing algorithms that deliver an authentic and expansive 7.1-channel sonic environment from any two or 5.1 channel source. Stereo sources can be processed to either 6.1 or 7.1, while any 5.1-channel program source can be processed to deliver 7.1-channel sound. Dolby Pro Logic IIx is also fully compatible with Dolby Surround Pro Logic technology, and can optimally decode Dolby Surround-encoded videocassettes and television programs with enhanced depth and spatiality. Additionally, the SR8400 includes TruSurround Headphone technology from SRS Labs to deliver a realistic surround sound listening environment while listening through stereo headphones.

A wealth of additional performance and convenience features are included in the SR8400, such as 8-channel direct inputs to accommodate DVD-Audio and SACD players, a precision FM/AM tuner with 30-station preset tuning, multi-room operation, Source Direct and Pure Direct functions for maximum sonic purity during audio-only listening, a multi-language on screen menu display and much more. The receiver is bundled with Marantz's new RC1400 Programmable Learning Remote Control, a slim, versatile remote that provides total control of a complete home entertainment system.

The Marantz SR8400 Home Theater Receiver will be available in March at a suggested retail price of $1,599; the SR7400 is currently available at a suggested retail price of $999.

The SR6400 and SR5400: Upgraded Performance and Flexibility
The Marantz SR6400 and SR5400 6.1-channel home theater receivers are significantly upgraded from the previous models (SR6300 and SR5300) to offer an exceptional combination of high-end performance, features and operational flexibility. Both are designed to deliver superlative sound quality, thanks to technologies such as 32-bit DSP processors and 24-bit/192kHz Cirrus Logic CS49400 D/A converters on all channels, massive power transformers, all-discrete current-feedback amplifier topology, and many additional refinements. The SR6400 delivers 100 watts (into 8 ohms) into each of its six main channels, while the SR5400 provides 90 watts x 6 (into 8 ohms). Both models are compatible with popular 6.1- and 5.1-channel surround sound formats, and include proprietary TruSurround Headphone technology and Circle Surround 2 processing from SRS Labs.

The SR6400 and SR5400 both feature HD-compatible component video switching, along with an extensive complement of digital and analog audio and video inputs and outputs, including 6.1-channel preamp outputs and 7-channel direct inputs, to accommodate the multichannel audio outputs from players with DVD-Audio and SACD capability. In addition, the SR6400 includes an RS-232C connection for integrated system control. Both receivers offer a host of additional performance and convenience features for maximum home theater enjoyment, and are supplied with versatile system remote controls.
Built to the same high standards as the SR7400, the SR6400 and SR5400 receivers include refinements such as metal alloy faceplates, internal components selected for maximum sonic purity and heavy-duty speaker terminals for all channels.

The Marantz SR6400 and SR5400 Home Theater Receiver are currently available and carry a suggested retail price of $749.00 and $599.00 respectively.
The SR4400: An Outstanding 6.1-Channel Receiver Value
The Marantz SR4400 receiver makes it easy for home theater enthusiasts to upgrade to the enhanced realism of 6.1-channel surround sound, at a suggested retail price of just $449.00. The SR4400 is ideal for a wide variety of high-performance home theater systems, featuring surround sound decoding formats including Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS-ES Matrix and DTS-ES Discrete, SRS Circle Surround II processing and other DSP modes. The receiver provides a generous 80 watts per channel x 6 (into 8 ohms) using an all-discrete amplifier section for powerful, dynamic home theater sound, and utilizes 24-bit/192kHz D/A converters for exceptional fidelity and resolution. The receiver offers inputs to accommodate multiple A/V sources, and includes S-Video and composite video switching, along with performance and convenience features such as a new, simple set up menu, a 7-channel direct input, 30-station-preset FM/AM tuning and full remote control operation.

The Marantz SR4400 Home Theater Receiver is currently available for an SRP of $429.


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