UD9004 ($6,000)

This flagship player from Marantz does it all: Blu-ray Disc, DVD, CD, SACD, and DVD-Audio disc. Its video processor provides high-definition video, as well as a vertical stretch mode able to achieve 2.39:1 aspect ratios when sourcing video projectors that lack such processing. Hi-fi audio comes thanks to the famed AK4399 digital-to-analog converter, as well as dual digital audio processors that decode all Dolby and DTS surround-sound formats. A weighty copper-plated chassis and copper feet ensure vibration-free playback from any audio or video disc content. (201.762.6500, www.marantz.com)

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