Marantz CD6004

Tested at £310
100100
5

Best CD player up to £500, Awards 2012. Its predecessor was already brilliant, but the CD6004 is even better

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I dont like the CD6004. Its very bright and fatiguing. I bought with a Yamaha CDS300 and the Yamaha sounds far more natural to my ears. Not affiliated with either. THe Marantz 6004 is not a bad unit - it is noticeably larger and heavier than the Yamaha and appears to be "built" to justify the price difference but the Yammy just sounds way better. The Marantz is very clear but it simply is to bright and polite. Drums do not thump. It seems to rob the kick and snare of excitement. Johnny Cash sounded like he was in the room on the Yamaha with that mudslide voice of his. The Marantz made apparant it was digital. To bad I wanted to like this player but no matter what type of music I tried the Marantz had me tired within half the album. Switch over to the Yamaha as its actually relieving. Classical violin? Oh god no not the Marantz, not the marantz! ... its like a cat cry.

Nigel from Toronto.

I picked a new CD 6004 and gave it 2 weeks with the XLO burn in CD track 9.

What a fabulous sonic and musical machine.

Beautifull vocals and pin point imaging.

This is no cd player to overlook,It sounds fabulous.

Using Xindak Gold power Cord and interconnects!

Highest marks for bang for the buck AND 3 year parts and labour warranty.

hi, with what speakers is it best to match it?

 

is there any Android or ios App ?

I hope more improvement made for next version, even there is no negative list from whathifi

I've had my CD6004, partnered with the PM6004, for a couple of months now and it has lived up to all my expectations.  It produces beautiful clear sound and simply "does what it says on the tin".  The only small issue is that the headphone port doesn't drive good headphones particularly well (I have AKG K702s).  If you have the PM6004 this isn't really a problem as its headphone port is great.

The other thing I would say is that the Marantz combo is easily capable of driving better speakers that the ones that WhatHiFi tend to recommend.  I have the KEF Q500s and I have heard it with the MA RX6s and it is excellent with both.

Chris

I have the 6004 combo with Kef R100's, sounds really good!

Just bought one of these from Eric Wiley's in Castleford, listening to Jeff Buckley's 'Grace' I was blown away by the sound it's rich, lush & fantastic for the price. It wouldn't be out of place with a £500.00 tag on it, you can't go wrong!

I'm about to rediscover all my CD's with this it's like swapping the apple earbuds for a pair of Ultimate Ears/Grado's/Sennheisers.

Reading the review, I would be quite interested to get the CD6004. But I don't intend to buy the ampli PM6004, as I already have an old (but quite good I think) NAD 3240PE amp... There are the NAD C545BEE and C565BEE which also get very good reviews but which are said not to be as good as the Marantz CD6004... Anyone could advise??? Tx

Agreed that it makes sense to leave the various digital bits to the cd player but to add a digital input here would have been a good feature, or at least offering support for a lossless format on the usb port. Maybe they are leaving this feature for more expensive sacd players and whatnot

Agreed with the lossless input, in fact, I went to the Marantz.US page and the picture there doesn't how any USB input...maybe on ly UK version does?  I'm wishing one of the top budget transports would support async. USB and support 24/96 and such (Pioneers new receivers are doing it so maybe its coming?)

microbiologycory wrote:
I went to the Marantz.US page and the picture there doesn't how any USB input...maybe on ly UK version does?

No, the US version has a USB input, too –  it's clearly visible in the pictures on the US site, which says:

'USB Input is iPod Compatible

The CD6004 works with iPod and iPhone, as well as USB thumb drives and hard disc drives, giving you easy access to your entire digital music library.'

 

MARANTZ 6004 CD player VS HARMAN-KARDON HD 990 CD player.

If there is any person who ever heard both, so maybe he knows what supposed to be better and produce better quality of music?:

Thanks...

Yes it makes sense, there would be no other reason to have the usb input on the CD player, in that case they would have put it on the amp right?

johnwood704 wrote:
Yes it makes sense, there would be no other reason to have the usb input on the CD player, in that case they would have put it on the amp right?

Well, putting a USB input on the amp would have meant building digital-to-analogue conversion in the amp; it's already there in the CD player, so it's relatively easy to use it for external sources such as iOS and USB devices. Marantz Brand Ambassador Ken Ishiwata explains more on this subject in this interview

Thanks for the link, good interview and it answers my question. Also interesting to read that they have paid attention to the headphone amp in the PM6004. I have been looking for a DAC and headphone amp for a while now, but at even less money, this looks to offer so much more.

Does anybody know, if I plug an MP3 player into the USB, will the signal be processed by the CD6004's dac?

 

Would be great if this is the case.

johnwood704 wrote:
Does anybody know, if I plug an MP3 player into the USB, will the signal be processed by the CD6004's dac?

Provided the CD6004 can see it as a USB mass storage device, then yes it should work fine.

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