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UNBEATABLE SOUND FOR THE PRICE

THE SOUND QUALITY OF THIS UNIT IS ALMOST AS GOOD AS MY OPPO BDP-95. IT WOULD BE HARD TO GET ANOTHER UNIT FOR UNDER $800 TO EQUAL IT IN MY OPINION.

- FLOYD M, CA
 
Marantz CD5004 an excellent cd player

One of my two cd players died after nine years so I started looking for a replacement. I saw the Marantz CD5004 going for a great price, I got it without hesitation. Since the early 1970s Ive known about Marantz and their reputation for high quality audio products. I wasnt disappointed. This player is well made with an uncluttered good looking front panel design. The sound reproduction is naturally clear and detailed with excellent sound staging. The LCD display is well designed and includes a feature which allows text such as title and performers encoded on the cd to be scrolled across the display when a disc is first inserted in the player. I liked this player so much that when I saw it being offered on a Boxing Day special at a much lower price than my first purchase I grabbed a second one.

- Mahendra D, ON
 
resurrected my faith in my system and saved me a lot of cash...

I have a home theatre system with an NAD 755 receiver. It took a long time before I committed to the receiver - it was certainly at the upper limits of my budget. I had previously used NAD products and love the sound - but was quite disappointed in the musical performance of this amp. Movies etc were fine. I was using SP-DIF outputs from pioneer and yamaha DVD players as the sound source, with B&W 602 speakers. I started to look at tube amps and new speakers to get the listening experience that I wanted. Investigating online a lot pushed me in the direction of one last attempt to fix the situation as cheaply as possible. I saw a lot of positive reviews about this CD player, and the changes that it made to peoples music. I was sceptical about the improvement that a digital player would make but went for it. The difference is amazing. Richness and depth of the sound are now wonderful after the very flat feeling the music had before. Even my girlfriend, who has absolutely no appreciation for quality of music -- hope she is not reading this :- -- noticed the difference. I cannot recommend this enough - it has saved me a fortune!

- DAVE R, WA
 
Nice Value, Great Sound.

This is a nicely constructed, quiet operating CD Player. The on-board DAC in this player will make some well built ~old~ outboard DACs sound less transparent and unnecessary. This Marantz is that good and worth a fair A/B contest. AUDIO EX2 mode sounds the smoothest imho [shutting off the dig-out,panel & Pitch], but makes it a bit more difficult to A/B with an outboard DAC. Make sure to allow this to break in for about a day. Sounds a bit bright in the very beginning. When it settles, its a very neutral and dynamically revealing player. If you need to add a layer of warmth to your system via a player, youll most likely have to spend a ton more on something else or add an outboard DAC. If you need to add a new layer of transparency to an old budget system, or tired of noisy/whiny transports, give this a try.

- Mr. D, ME