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Marantz BD8002 Blu-ray player gets June date for Japan

Steven Kim

Sliding in just under the "Q2, 2008" line we were told back at CES, Marantz will deliver its BD8002 Blu-ray player to Japanese shores in June. It's still got some good looking specs, including Silicon Optix Realta video processing, DTS-HD MA and Dolby TrueHD; but somehow another pricey Profile 1.1 player leaves us feeling a little empty. We're really hoping that the announced pricing doesn't carry straight over (it usually doesn't) -- the ¥336,000 ($3200) sticker would be a 50-percent markup over the already-steep $2100 tag we saw just a few months ago. We'll definitely hold off judgment until we can put our eyes on the performance, but even accounting for MSRP-to-street adjustments, the pricing will keep this baby off of most short-lists (our included).

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