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Marantz has announced a new September addition to its family of hi-fi audio components: the HD-CD1 CD player. Priced at $599, this new mid-size player is packed with “premium-class” technologies carried over from previous popular components, including the company’s HDAM-SA2 amplifier modules. The player is marketed as a model-mate to Marantz’s HD-DAC1 Headphone Amplifier and HD-AMP1 Integrated Amp, meaning that high-performance is intended despite the unit’s small form factor.

Marantz says the HD-CD1 is ideally used as a CD “transport” in conjunction with the HD-AMP1 (or with any other capable amplifier accompaniment). It features a centralized CD mech capable of playing MP3, WMA, and AAC files in addition to plain-old compact discs. Using optical and gold-plated coaxial digital connections, the HD-CD1 can connect directly to the HD-AMP1’s premium ESS Sabre digital-to-analog converters via available digital inputs, while features such as an aluminum front panel and double-layer baseplate insure vibration isolation.

The HD-CD1 is also capable of high-level internal digital-to-analog conversion using a Cirrus Logic CS4398 device. Marantz says that digital signals are handled with white gloves, due to the fact that its aonboard DAC is paired with an ultra-low phase noise crystal oscillator master clock and a low impedance capacitor. The intended result is a converted full-bodied analog sound with lifelike dynamics and timbre.




Listeners can enjoy music access by connecting headphones directly to the HD-CD1, tapping into the power of a dedicated HDAM-SA2 internal amplifier. Volume is controlled via an external, front-mounted, control that features an adjustable gain setting to drive the most difficult of headphones.

Other features include a low power auto-standby mode and a system friendly (both HD-CD1 and HD-AMP1) remote control.

Shipping is due to commence this coming September.

The following are Marantz's referenced highlights and benefits:
  • 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

Image Credits: Marantz
 

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Now there's a twist. Those models are made to be displayed, as opposed to rack mounting in a closet. They are beautiful. I would imagine it would look very impressive nestled in with some matching speakers!
 
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