Join Date: May 2004
Location: 30 miles NW of Sacramento, CA
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I'm interested in this Marantz CD player, and as a guy in his late 60s I fit some sort of CD buyer demographic, I guess. I've a couple thousand CDs, 3/4 of which I've acquired this year after I discovered how cheaply major label classical mega-boxes were being offered. Coincidentally, this week I purchased my first pair of high-end headphones, a Sennheiser HD 700. While much of my listening is with my home theater system utilizing a Denon receiver, a Panasonic Blu-Ray player and Atlantic Technology speakers, I've realized when my wife is sleeping headphones would be a better alternative. Also, there are times when having an orchestra or quartet in my head is what I want when I play a CD. My older Koss and Sony phones are not comfortable after prolonged wear. The Sennheiser is reputed to be good for hours of listening.
While my Denon receiver may work well with the Sennheisers, a dedicated headphone amp may improve their sound. I've been considering a new CD player, DAC and amp to power the headphones. (I posed a question about the issue in the headphone thread earlier today.) The Marantz player obviates the need for the other separate components. It looks good (I like the black better, btw) and would fit on a side table next to my recliner with no cables except the power cord. All in all, it may be a solution for a problem I barely knew I had.
I never got around to purchasing SACDs, so while I'm surprised by the lack of SACD support in the player, I'm not affected by it. I think Marantz would have had a bigger market for the machine if that support had been included.