This glitzy setup may not be the cheapest system on the market, but it comes with Marantz's good reputation and an impressive selection of features.

A separates-based system, the DVD player includes prog scan-capable component video outputs. The amp can handle Dolby Digital and DTS, while Dolby Pro-Logic II is also on board.

Pictures via component are stunning, with vibrant colours. Detail is also good, and there's only minor evidence of noise in the darkest scenes. Audio-wise, the combination of a Marantz amp and Mordaunt-Short speaker package gives a practically perfect performance.