Marantz CD5004 CD player Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Digital Source: Creek Destiny CD player.
Preamplifier: Audio Valve Eclipse line stage.
Power Amplifier: Audio Research Reference 110.
Integrated Amplifier: Creek Destiny, Marantz PM5003 and PM5004.
Loudspeakers: Epos M5i, Paradigm Atom v5.
Cables: Interconnect (all MIT): Magnum M3, MI-350 CVTwin Terminator, MI-330SG Terminator. Speaker: Acarian Systems Black Orpheus.
Accessories: Various by ASC, Bright Star, Celestion, Echo Busters, Salamander Designs, Simply Physics, Sound Anchor, VPI.—Robert J. Reina

Marantz America, Inc.
100 Corporate Drive
Mahwah, NJ 07430-2041
(201) 762-6500

LM2940's picture

Thanks for the timely review! I have been looking at buying this unit this past week but I have no place to go and audition it. Your review really helped!
Count me in as one who does not want to see the death of the CD. Long live the silver disc!

deckeda's picture

There are two typos in the URL here for the Follup Up between the two amps. The working URL= --- however, even that URL shouldn't really have "ivsi" in it, just "vs"---an attempt to italicize what appears in the page's Title tag didn't work.

Yours truly,
An unemployed noticer.

Stephen Mejias's picture
Fixed it. Thank you, Noticer.
zachisawesome's picture

I recently purchased this amplifier, and a Rega RP1 to build a new stereo system. I currently have a set of polk speakers that are a few years old and I plan on replacing. Any thoughts on speakers other than the Atom's or the PSB alphas?

larry's picture

have you considered the polk lsi series?

Instaxeis's picture

I purchased this cd player in February of this year and was just blown away by how amazing it made my music sound. It started me on my audiophile baby steps, which knowing me...will lead down a path of musical bliss. Oh and a piece of equipment here or there (so far twice a month since Feb.) I bought it without auditioning it, but I got from Best Buy, so it made it easy with their return policy, I like the ability to change pitch with it. Also, the setting where it turns just about everything off to give it extra playing power, when its not in that setting...its pretty noticeable. Wonderful cd player.

garyoke's picture

I got a 5004 today and I'm returning it tomorrow.

Was replacing an Arcam DV88 that has started to shut itself off at regular moments. The Arcam is extraordinarily transparent, with a good, solid low end. I put the 5004 into my system and noted the holographic midrange (Paul Simon's Dazzling Blue), but also a metallic harshness that was quite wearying. More distressingly, the low end just wasn't there. Reverberant booms replaced the solid lows I was used to in James Taylor's September Grass on the October Sky disc. 

Classical faired better, particularly chamber music. But listening to Claudio Arrau play Beethoven Sonatas there was something missing from Phillips' warmth in the recording. Older recordings (Bernstein/NYP) sounded harsher than I used to hear through the Arcam as well. This wasn't a case of, "well am I really hearing that?". This was: "The unit is going back into the box and is getting shipped back now - I can't live with this sound".

Maybe it was the unit I got - but I don't think so. Think I'll have the Arcam repaired.

Any one else have this experience?

tmsorosk's picture

garyoke , if you got it today and are returning it tomorow , I guess you didn't run it in for the traditional 3 to 4 hundred hours , to bad . Have you learned nothing from Stereophile ?

Marcelo_Ramone's picture


Can you tell me about the headphones output quality.

I want to buy this player to listen with sennheiser hd 598.

Thank you.-

revdocjim's picture

This month I replaced a 15 year old Sony CD player with the Marantz CD5004 and so far I am very happy with it. I feed it into a home made passive attenuator, which then goes to my Hafler XL-280 power amp and Magnepan MMG speakers. I live in Tokyo and was able to get the 5004 for $250 which is a pretty sweet deal! The passive attenuator volume control cost me about $125 in parts.

Spiderking31's picture

I use the marantz CD5004, and have owned it now for about a year and a half, and it's just such an amazing CD player....if used with the right equipment, it will give you true audio nirvana! This CD player also brings out such details, specifically the low level dynamics!. But when paired with very nice equipment, then you'll hear things in the recording's you were previously unable to notice!

Equipment used.

Marantz CD5004
Sennheiser HD650
Moon Audio Blue Dragon V3 headphone cable
Little dot MK3 tube amp