Premium audio brand Marantz has unveiled two new products to add to its substantial portfolio. The new duo consists of the CD 50n streaming CD player alongside the Model 50 integrated amplifier, which has a phono stage in order to appeal to vinyl enthusiasts everywhere.
First up is the CD 50n, a streaming CD player that Marantz claims is "one of the most flexible CD players ever created". With multiple digital inputs and online network access via wi-fi or an ethernet connection, the new player supports files up to 384 kHz/32 bit and DSD 256 via USB, as well as streaming over your home network courtesy of its in-built HEOS platform.
The unit's sonic claims appear impressive. The CD 50n is kitted out with an internal ESS Sabre DAC combined with Marantz's own custom-designed musical digital filters for what the manufacturer asserts will provide "a clear and detailed sound with all forms of digital audio".
For the modern-day user, streaming from mobile devices is also included through Bluetooth, Spotify Connect and AirPlay 2. You can even send your TV's audio through the CD 50n and into an external amp through its HDMI ARC socket.
Arriving alongside the CD 50n is the new Marantz Model 50 integrated amplifier which takes much of its inspiration from this year's Marantz MODEL 40n, a model we praised for its bold, punchy sound, spacious, clear presentation and high-quality build. Featuring 70W of power per channel, Marantz claims that the 50 will strike the "ideal balance between elegant, contemporary design and the musicality expected from any Marantz amplifier." We are excited to find out if that holds up.
The Model 50 promises "exceptional current delivery" thanks to its specially designed output architecture operating alongside a hefty power supply and an internal signal path conceived to reduce loss of impedance.
The 50 also teases extremely low rates of distortion as part of its sonic profile, as well as substantial helpings of accuracy, transparency and musicality. This, Marantz claims, is achieved in part due to the new integrated amp's HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) tech for optimising the unit's performance. There's even a high-quality moving-magnet phono stage for bringing out the best in your vinyl collection – perfect for those of us looking to give our turntables a proper boost.
Marantz certainly knows its way around both of these particular domains, with its superb budget CD6007 CD player claiming an Award this year alongside the (also superb) PM6007 integrated amplifier. We have high hopes, then, for both of the new units.
The new Marantz CD 50n network CD player is available now for £1600 / $1800; the Model 50 integrated amplifier is available for £1600 / $1800.
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