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Marantz Announces HD-CD1 Premium Compact CD Player

In a surprise Friday evening announcement, Marantz has unveiled the HD-CD1 CD player. It's compact chassis is filled with "premium-class" technology borrowed from the company’s full-sized CD players. The new player is an accompaniment to the company's HD-DAC1 headphone amp and its HD-AMP1 integrated amp.


You gotta admit, the HD-CD1 and HD-AMP1 make a cute couple.

The HD-CD1 shares the compact form factor and aesthetics of the HD-AMP1 amp. As you'd expect at this price point, it can serve as a transport (with optical and coaxial output) or it can provide live-level high-quality analog audio. The CD player can handle MP3, WMA and AAC files, in addition to standard CDs. The HD-CD1 chassis is solid, with audiophile-preferred features like a solid-aluminium front panel, a double-layer chassis, and wood-grain side panels.

If you use the HD-CD1's analog outputs, the purported advantage this player possesses is its Marantz-designed HDAM Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Modules. The company explains "in place of the all-in-one ‘chip amplifiers’ used elsewhere, these miniature amplifiers are built from separate, optimized components for the very best sound quality, and are found in Marantz products all the way up to the Reference series players and amplifiers... HDAM technology is also used in the headphone section, which has its own dedicated amplification."

Marantz says the CD transport mechanism is designed for ultra-accurate disc-reading. The built-in DAC is the premium Cirrus Logic CS4398 which is supported by low-noise circuitry. This DAC can feed the dedicated headphone amplification section, which has a volume control and featuring a HDAM-SA2 amplifier with adjustable gain setting(low, medium and high) that allows it to power demanding "audiophile" headphones.

The new player should become available to purchase for $600 in September.


Here's the highlights/benefits list from the Marantz press release:

- Award-winning Marantz CD drive technology
- High-quality playback from CD, CD R/RW
- Support of MP3, AAC, WMA file playback
- Plays most popular digital media files
- Intensively sound tuned with carefully selected components
- Unique Marantz audio experience
- High quality 192kHz/24bit D/A conversion (CS4398) and accurate system clock
- Best sound quality from CD and digital media files
- Marantz proprietary HDAM-SA2 circuits
- Wider dynamic range with lower distortion for the output stage
- Full discrete headphone amplifier with HDAM-SA2 and gain control
- High-quality sound even from demanding headphones
- Double layered bottom plate and rigid feet
- Gold Plated L/R/Coax Outputs
- System remote to control CD-player and matching HD-AMP1 amplifier
- Available in black
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...audiophile-preferred features like a solid-aluminium front panel, [...] and wood-grain side panels.
Really? I thought audiophiles cared about the sound, not the box it comes in.
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Really? I thought audiophiles cared about the sound, not the box it comes in.
I am just having a bit of fun. I use the terms audio enthusiast and AV enthusiast when talking about folks who prize performance above aesthetics. Audiophiles... I think they can take a bit of light-hearted ribbing for their love of fancy enclosures.

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Gee, why do you think that so much of the really high priced audiophile gear comes in such fancy boxes, that add greatly to the price but not the performance?

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So it is called HD-CD1 but can't actually play HDCD's?
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Amazing that they still make CD players - and for that matter, CDs. The CD holds some kind of record (no pun intended) for most long lived high-tech product.
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So it is called HD-CD1 but can't actually play HDCD's?
And no SACD support????
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Absolutely gorgeous! Thought for a moment it could do a great replacement for my CD6004... But specs wise, it doesn't seem any better than my good ole trustworthy player... Sad thing, quite like meeting a pretty hot girl, to find out she's not nice in fact =(

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Amazing that they still make CD players - and for that matter, CDs. The CD holds some kind of record (no pun intended) for most long lived high-tech product.
Nice thing if you ask me! Yes, it's still loved quite a bit! While I do love digital files music, I still need the physical contact and the play gesture... Great debate that has been rehashed to death, I know

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Honestly I used to look at these as overpriced, but I've come 180 and agree with this "You gotta admit, the HD-CD1 and HD-AMP1 make a cute couple".

For those with discretionary money, and want a top notch looking and performing 2-ch system this definitely should be in their comparison of systems.

The only thing that would be nice, from a convince viewpoint, it BT streaming.....Yea not the highest sound quality but when you have people over for parties/etc there's nothing like a easy sound source.
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Marantz sees a market for this? How many can they sell?

Why would anyone get this when there are great players like an OPPO 105D? At least, you can play many sources. But this is a one trick pony. I'm pretty sure in a blind test, no one can tell a difference.

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Why would anyone get this when there are great players like an OPPO 105D? At least, you can play many sources. But this is a one trick pony. I'm pretty sure in a blind test, no one can tell a difference.
I was going to ask the very same question! Does a CD player like this have any advantage over a decent BlyRay player like the Oppo 105D which many of us already have in our racks?

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A CD player? Is their new Laser Disc and 8 track player still in the works??? lol
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I was going to ask the very same question! Does a CD player like this have any advantage over a decent BlyRay player like the Oppo 105D which many of us already have in our racks?
Does a physical volume knob for the headphone jack count?
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I was going to ask the very same question! Does a CD player like this have any advantage over a decent BlyRay player like the Oppo 105D which many of us already have in our racks?
Exactly. We can store thousands of songs and media in a digital device and play it through the OPPO or any other good player. Not only that, who still buys CDs anyway? Marantz/Denon is a great company, but what were they thinking with this? Is it meant as a conversation piece?

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Quick show of hands, who here on AVS is going to buy this?
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Marantz sees a market for this? How many can they sell?

Why would anyone get this when there are great players like an OPPO 105D? At least, you can play many sources. But this is a one trick pony. I'm pretty sure in a blind test, no one can tell a difference.
Many living spaces are getting smaller, not bigger, smaller components do sell when world markets are taken into consideration.

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Many living spaces are getting smaller, not bigger, smaller components do sell when world markets are taken into consideration.
Ok...but if you get a great all-in-one player with analog outs, why would you need this? If you have a TV, most likely you'll get a player that does it all if space is limited. Wouldn't adding this occupy more space?

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Ok...but if you get a great all-in-one player with analog outs, why would you need this? If you have a TV, most likely you'll get a player that does it all if space is limited. Wouldn't adding this occupy more space?
I'm not assuming TV, many people are not using them. There is a non-video/music orientated market.

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D&M aren't exactly making stack loads of cash... if this is their thought process on how to turn this around, I just don't know if they have their heads screwed on right.
Let's see, re-introduce something that's no longer moving in decent numbers. Genius!

Why they didn't throw a Heos chip in there to make it relevant... well, who knows?
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D&M aren't exactly making stack loads of cash... if this is their thought process on how to turn this around, I just don't know if they have their heads screwed on right.
Let's see, re-introduce something that's no longer moving in decent numbers. Genius!

Why they didn't throw a Heos chip in there to make it relevant... well, who knows?
Here on AVS the reaction is "meh" and the thread views are modest. The same article shared on the AVS Facebook page is getting lots of attention. The market tenthplanet refers to is actually quite huge, and there are lots of guys in their 40s and 50s whose music collection actually does contain a lot of CDs.

A dedicated premium CD player may make no sense to an AV enthusiast with modern gear, but to someone with a soundbar on their TV, something like this and the matching amp can appear like a quite logical decision. Not crazy high-end prices but also not cheap like a Blu-ray player. And even an Oppo looks cheap compared to this stuff, it's one thing you gotta hand to Marantz, that's handsome gear.
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Yep, good points made in this thread. Many into "hi-fi" tend to skew older, and many of them are rebuilding a system after years of not having one. A nice CD player is a solid investment for someone not into streaming with a large collection -- not to mention that CDs still sound great. Opinions on price aside, these pieces are handsome, well-built, (very probably) sound great, and most importantly, are compact for small spaces. I can see these two components stacked and flanked by a nice pair of bookshelf speakers in someone's small apartment. All that being said, I'm sure D&M isn't planning on these CD players selling like hotcakes.

I've been drooling over that HD-AMP1 ever since it came out though. Looks like a superbly performing piece with those hypex amp modules. Would sound/look great on my desktop.

Just irks me that Marantz *still* refuses to make these (or rather, their entire lineup) available in their silver-gold "champagne" finish in the US. Looks much nicer than the black, IMO.

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I'm sure these will be big in Asia. They love compact audiophile gear.
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Yep, what may not make sense to an American living in L.A. can be just the thing in London or Tokyo. ANd, this is a very "New York" kind of stereo, too. When 1000 square feet costs over a 1.6 million on average and subwoofers are just not gonna happen, systems like this are more common too.

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A CD player? Is their new Laser Disc and 8 track player still in the works??? lol
Yes the super audio hi rez 8 track tape is coming all else will be assimilated resistance is floor tile!
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THO approves, but I don't think he's too keen on its price :stuck_out_tongue:
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I'm sure these will be big in Asia. They love compact audiophile gear.
I'm a 2 channel guy and I run Marantz. I would love a system like this but with SACD support. Oppo 103 will be replacing my Marantz VC6001 when it goes.
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In a surprise Friday evening announcement, Marantz has unveiled the HD-CD1 CD player. It's compact chassis is filled with "premium-class" technology borrowed from the company’s full-sized CD players. The new player is an accompaniment to the company's HD-DAC1 headphone amp and its HD-AMP1 integrated amp.


You gotta admit, the HD-CD1 and HD-AMP1 make a cute couple.

The HD-CD1 shares the compact form factor and aesthetics of the HD-AMP1 amp. As you'd expect at this price point, it can serve as a transport (with optical and coaxial output) or it can provide live-level high-quality analog audio. The CD player can handle MP3, WMA and AAC files, in addition to standard CDs. The HD-CD1 chassis is solid, with audiophile-preferred features like a solid-aluminium front panel, a double-layer chassis, and wood-grain side panels.

If you use the HD-CD1's analog outputs, the purported advantage this player possesses is its Marantz-designed HDAM Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Modules. The company explains "in place of the all-in-one ‘chip amplifiers’ used elsewhere, these miniature amplifiers are built from separate, optimized components for the very best sound quality, and are found in Marantz products all the way up to the Reference series players and amplifiers... HDAM technology is also used in the headphone section, which has its own dedicated amplification."

Marantz says the CD transport mechanism is designed for ultra-accurate disc-reading. The built-in DAC is the premium Cirrus Logic CS4398 which is supported by low-noise circuitry. This DAC can feed the dedicated headphone amplification section, which has a volume control and featuring a HDAM-SA2 amplifier with adjustable gain setting(low, medium and high) that allows it to power demanding "audiophile" headphones.

The new player should become available to purchase for $600 in September.


Here's the highlights/benefits list from the Marantz press release:

- Award-winning Marantz CD drive technology
- High-quality playback from CD, CD R/RW
- Support of MP3, AAC, WMA file playback
- Plays most popular digital media files
- Intensively sound tuned with carefully selected components
- Unique Marantz audio experience
- High quality 192kHz/24bit D/A conversion (CS4398) and accurate system clock
- Best sound quality from CD and digital media files
- Marantz proprietary HDAM-SA2 circuits
- Wider dynamic range with lower distortion for the output stage
- Full discrete headphone amplifier with HDAM-SA2 and gain control
- High-quality sound even from demanding headphones
- Double layered bottom plate and rigid feet
- Gold Plated L/R/Coax Outputs
- System remote to control CD-player and matching HD-AMP1 amplifier
- Available in black
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I can say this unit looks amazing, will probably give similar sound to HK Mas100/110.
Some of us can only dream of owning such, and as my great grandfather's books, Some dreams come true and The Diamond Years, is a true expression of how i feel just looking at the unit.
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People still buy brand new turntables so I guess yea there are people still buying CDs.
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