Resumen: I could live with this CD player and not have any pain over it. But I have a similar featured Yamaha to compare it too. The Yamaha sounds far more natural and smooth. The Marantz is tiring after awhile as it is very bright and polite. Snare drums, kick drums, vocals ... everything is very politely presented. Meaning somehow the dynamics get robbed. Whereas the Yamaha all those things sound real and snappy.
Resumen: Yes its better than 99% of the CD/DVD combos people use thinking all digital is the same. But it colors things bright and not the most natural sound. If you compare this to others I think there are better choices. But if you are using a dvd/bluray etc to play CD's and compare to this Marantz you will see why standalone like this is still in demand. Its designed for music and while digital may be 1's and 0's ...
Resumen: Unless you go very high end , I. e. European, there is a limited supply of good CD players on the market these days to choose from. I looked around a lot of stores and on-line sites before I ordered the player. This Marantz CD player has a very good, clean sound, looks great, works great, it is a great value for the money and satisfies an audiophile like myself.
Resumen: This CD player has received rave reviews from almost every audio equipment review site and the vast majority of owners. However, in my case, the unit was DOA. After connecting the unit to my system, the unit's CD tray would not open, USB playback was non-functional, and the display had flickering issues. Obviously, (and unfortunately), I received a lemon.
Resumen: MY 15 year old Harmon Kardon purchased at Future shop has recently begun to show signs it is on its' last legs. I started researching cd players and kept hearing about this amazing unit from the new Marantz. I owned Marantz products 25 or 30 years ago when they were made in Germany and hadn't paid much attention to the new company. Well let me say this..everything I heard about this cd player is true. The sound quality is absolutely superb.