Originally Posted by wtxgringo
currently i'm using the 7004 for bluray dvd etc but also cd listening & altho it's good, would it be better to have a dedicated cd player for music since i'm using hdmi only for the marantz? i have mordaunt-short carnival speakers & they're ok, plan to upgrade to jamo c607s so am trying to get the best listening experience on a tight budget. was thinking of getting the onkyo cs5vl since it has many rave reviews & not a bad price. thx!
I have used the 7004 for music for quite sometime and have been quite pleased. I use the dedicated stereo outputs to a marantz 6005 receiver and Klipsch RF-82 speakers. Can you do better, probably but I don't know what you are willing to spend to get there. For comparison purposes, I had my brother bring his Emotiva ERC-2 over one day just for kicks. Sound quality was much better but not enough for me to justify the expense for another player. We did not use any high resolution audio, just regular CDs. The cost on the ERC-2 is about $350 right now and it does have an impressive feature set. If I listened to CDs more than digital music these days, I would buy one. Currently, I use my NA7004 to stream rhapsody for most of our music.
So my opinion would be if you are using the disc player for occasional cd use, you should be fine. If you will use it for heavy music use and really want the audiophile quality, go with the emotiva product.