The Marantz UD5005 is a solid and stylish disc player that weighs in at 9.5 lbs. It is intended to be part of a Hi-Fi component setup that includes an amplifier and speakers, but it works just as well when used alone with just a TV. It has HDMI control functions that turns a TV on or off when the player is powered on and off, and provides the ability to control the unit from a TV remote control.
A slew of video resolutions are available ranging from 480/576i all the way through to 1080p. The standard Blu-ray 24 frame per second rate can be turned on or off according to what your TV will support and auto or source detection settings are available if you are not sure what resolution to choose.
If you are unhappy with the picture quality, or would like to tweak it further, there are a large number of picture adjustments that you can make to influence noise reduction, brightness, contrast, gamma correction, hue tones and more.
A USB port on the front of the device allows you to access music, video or picture files that you have stored on a flash drive. A network connection is also included for BD-Live features, YouTube and Netflix streaming apps, and for firmware updates for the device itself. However, it should be noted that the Marantz UD5005 cannot connect wirelessly to a home network. It has to be hardwired to your Internet connection, and this is one of the few strikes you can level against the UD5005.
Marantz also claims that they have increased the startup time for this model, but it still takes 26 seconds to power up and open the tray for the first disc.