Originally Posted by machani
The Marantz 5 CD changers are built solid and heavy. I have the CC4300 which I use as transport with an external DAC. It's analog out also sounds great, but not with the smoothest treble - owning to the outdated NJM DAC - and can sound fatiguing over time.
I could not find any reviews of the new Marantz CC4001 5 disk carousel changer. The CC4001 looks cosmetically like the CC4300, but has better specs, a detachable power cord and a much better DAC.
Incidently, the single-disk CD5001 received excellent user feedback at AudioReview. Both the CC4001 and the CD5001 share the "SACD Grade" Cirrus Logic CS4392 DAC and I would imagine they would sound pretty similar.
But I would be interested in the opinions of anyone who has tried the CC4001.
Perhaps I can help.......not more than two hours ago I stood at my front door taking delivery of a Marantz CC4001 from the FedEx driver; I bought a "referb" unit for $218 and change (that includes shipping to Seattle) from Accessories4less; it looks as if it might have been a return...there is a slight unpretentious scratch on the front, left corner face. Otherwise it's "new" is every way. Service from Accessories4less was extraordinarily exceptional...I definitely recommend them without any hesitation !....but that's another story.
As I type this I am listening to Donald Fagen on the new Marantz.......Yikes !!!
The first thing that strikes me about the CC4401 is the how noisy the carousel is in operation. I bought the Marantz because I need something to replace a Harmon Kardon Model 25 DVD player which I had been using temporarily as a replacement for an older Onkyo DX-5500 CD player which went belly up for the second time. Rather than take the Onkyo in again for service and shell out, at bare minimum, another C note, I decided to temporarily make due with the HK DVD player until I decided what to do about buying a new dedicated CD player. Incidentally I found the sound from the HK to be rich, full and well rounded. In retrospect I might have done better to continue to use the Harmon Kardon as the CD player and just get a new DVD player. ( if anyone is interested......I REALLY liked that old Onkyo player.......both the "face" of the unit, and the remote, each have individual track selection buttons (1-20) providing direct access to every track individually.......also the Onkyo has a separate volume knob, again, on both the unit face AND remote......GREAT feature when your across the room and want to adjust volume !!).
Anywho......I decided to replace the Onkyo. I wasn't necessarily interested in a carousel....but the price on the CC4401 from Accessories4less is remarkable......and feedback at Audio Review on the CD5001 was good. ( Both the CC4001 and the CD5001 share the "SACD Grade" Cirrus Logic CS4392 DAC as noted above.....and I too imagined they would sound pretty similar. ). So there you have it......and now I own the CC4401.
Without further ado..... my first impressions : the mid-range is hollow (even a bit "muddy") and over emphasized . Overall this player just simply lacks the depth, balance and richness I am used to enjoying. The remote is the cheapest (read: "flimsy") acccesory I have ever seen ! As noted above the noise from the carousel while operational is disconcerting, but to be fair I have never owned a carousel before, so pehaps I need to allow some time for "adjustment". On the plus side the unit certainly is hefty......Marantz is known for build quality; my first receiver was a 30 watt Marantz made back in the late 70's; it was a notable work horse......probably cost about $200 bucks new! I kind of wish I still had it around for the spare bedroom....but alas, it went by the way of a trade-in as I continued to upgrade.
I will follow up with new thoughts and impressions as my experience with the Marantz CC4401 progresses.
- regards to all !