Marantz CD5004 CD Player
What can one say about the Marantz CD5004 that hasn’t already been said by other commentators? I have to admit that while I do tend to like the sound quality that comes with Marantz upper end models I do tend to have a problem with their look. The Marantz CD5004 while solid and with a good feeling of durability about its face plate components & connectors still to my mind is a bit “fussy” and is slightly retro but cant really decide if it wants to look modern or more traditional. I guess its a matter of opinion kind of thing. For me Marantz components are not to my liking in terms of appearance, but maybe they are for you?
Anyway regardless of the units aesthetic qualities the real test of any such unit must of course be its audio, I’m glad to say that on this count the Marantz CD5004 does not disappoint. It to my ears is extremely transparent with a very good and highly listenable high end. The headphone circuit is extremely good for direct listening very smooth and listening in this fashion makes you realise just how good this units sound staging is, precise and wide but never in an abrupt or artificial way. If I had to describe the general results I got from the CD5004 they could be summed up as detailed yet extremely musical. The supplied remote is decent enough and allows easy access to all major functions. Over all this unit definitely punches well above its weight and for $350 you’ll be hard pressed to find anything in this price range that sounds as good, just a shame about the face plate really.
High Performance Audio High quality film capacitors are used in the audio signal path for superior transient speed and better bass response. The CD5004 utilizes our Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module, or HDAM, at critical analog circuit junctions to insure smooth and ultra-fast signal transfer from one stage to another. The D/A converters themselves come from Cirrus Logic. Yes, we’ve used them before but only in far more expensive products such as our THX-certified DV8400 DVD player; so we know they’re good. In fact, they’re capable of handling high definition audio data streams (DSD and 24-bit/192 kHz PCM signals) without losing their composure. You might think they’re a bit of overkill for CD reproduction. But you’ll know better once you hear the CD5004. For private listening, a current-buffer headphone amplifier is included for extraordinary sound quality. It’s no secret that audiophiles want everything just as it was recorded. If you’re of that persuasion, you’ll really appreciate the CD5004’s selectable Audio EX mode. Audio EX bypasses the pitch control, mutes the digital output, and shuts the FL display off completely. With those three potential noise sources eliminated, you’ll be able to hear everything just as the artists intended.
Connections Connecting the CD5004 to the rest of your system is easy, even if you choose high performance cables. For one thing, the gold-plated output terminals are widely spaced so they won’t cramp heavy duty connectors. And the terminals are chassis-mounted so they’ll take the strain of audiophile interconnects. For custom installation demands, the CD5004 has a detachable AC cord and a flasher input jack for remote control ease.
Convenience You’ll also be interested to know that the CD5004 plays more than just conventional CDs. It’s ready for CD-R and CD-RW discs with MP3 and WMA files, too. So you can listen to your favorite playlists with full CD convenience. In addition to all the information you need to locate and enjoy your favorite passages, the high density fluorescent display also shows CD Text. Simply press the remote’s TEXT button to see the album title, track title, artist and composer name, etc. If you’re a musician, the word “tuning” probably causes a grimace. That’s because it’s often very difficult to play along with a disc because of pitch differences between it and an instrument. The CD5004 offers an easy solution to that dilemma, a pitch adjustment that “retunes” the disc so you don’t have to retune your guitar or anything else you’re playing! And this pitch adjustment is perfect for slowing down those hard-to-learn riffs that can make or break a performance. Don’t forget the CD5004’s Quick Replay feature either. Just push a remote control button and the CD5004 instantly “backs up” anywhere from 5 to 60 seconds (your choice) and begins playing again. So if you didn’t catch that riff the first time, you can quickly hear it again.
Analog audio circuits featuring HDAM-SA2, High performance Cirrus Logic stereo D/A converter, Current-buffered headphone output, Audio EX mode for super-quiet performance, MP3/WMA playback capability, Variable pitch control, Adjustable Quick Replay, CD-Text, MP3/WMA tag data display, Independent gold plated analog output jacks, IR Flasger Input, IEC type detachable power code
Playback Formats CD, CD-R/-RW (CD-DA/MP3/WMA)
Random/Repeat Play Yes
Recording Edit Mode Yes
AMS (Auto Music Scan) Mode Yes
Peak Search Yes
Disc Changeable In Play
Pitch Control Yes
Headphone level Control Yes
Headphone Out 1
Analog L&R Out Independent Gold Plated RCA: 1pair
Digital Optical Out TOSLINK: 1
Digital Coaxial Out Gold plated RCA: 1
External control (RS232C) Flasher In x1
D-Bus Remote (RC-5) In/Out 1/1
Format 16-Bit Linear PCM, MP3, WMA
Sampling Frequency CD:44.1kHz, MP3/WMA:32,44.1,48kHz
Dynamic Range 100dB
Frequency response 2Hz – 20kHz
S/N Ratio 110dB
Remote Control Device Remote integrated Marantz amp. basic control function
Power Requirement AC 120V 60Hz
Power Consumption 14W (Standby: 0.4W)
Dimensions W x H x D (Inchs) 17-5/16 x 4-1/8 x 13-3/8
Weight (lbs) 11.2
RRP: $349.99 (Check Current Pricing on Amazon)