Marantz CD5005 CD Player
I have come to really enjoy separates—particularly since I listen to a lot of high-definition music as well as a lot of CDs and other two-channel sources that benefit from a clean, stereo system. The new Marantz CD5005 CD player is a $399 product that pairs with the newly-announced PM5005 integrated amplifier and which makes for a very capable duo. The Marantz CD5005 is an updated CD player in their stereo collection that makes Hi-Fi separates available for a budget price. The new CD5005 CD player will be available in July and can be purchased at the Audiogurus online home theater store.
The updated Marantz CD5005 CD player may not look like much of an update on the outside. It still has the beautiful brushed metal face and chassis that perfectly matches the PM5005. The differences are all internal. In addition to including everything the CD5004 has (like Marantz’ HDAM-SA2), the CD5005 adds an upgraded DAC CS4398 and a brand new internal CD mechanism. These are the same components that were formerly only available in the CD6005. In addition to CDs, the Marantz CD5005 can play CD-R and CD-RW discs. It can also play back MP3 and WMA files. An Audio EX(clusive) mode switches off functions like the digital output and pitch control when not in use, so you can simplify the signal chain and achieve a more direct output path for your music. There’s a Random play function, and a newly upgraded remote control and low power and auto stand-by feature have been added. The Marantz CD5005 uses high quality gold-plated analogue outputs (unbalanced RCA and digital only) and features an easy-to-read LCD display.
Marantz CD5005 CD Player Features
- CD, CD-R/RW playback
- Support of WAV, MP3, WMA file playback
- High quality 192kHz/24bit D/A conversion (CS4398) and accurate system clock
- HDAM-SA2 circuitry on board for high quality audio
- Digital optical and coaxial inputs
- Fully discrete headphone amplifier
- Audio EX(clusive) Mode
This CD player is a perfect match to the Marantz PM5005, so budget-conscious audiophiles looking to put together a high-quality two-channel separates system for under $900 are going to have a field day with these new products—and for good reason.