Great-Sounding Marantz HD-CD1 CD Player Packs Punch That Belies Its Size, Also Serves as a Superb Transport: Features Proprietary HDAM-SA2 Modules, High-Res DAC, $200 Off
Don't let the intentionally compact size of the HD-CD1 CD player fool you. A perfect match for the Marantz HD-AMP1 amplifier, and now available for $200 off (making it a veritable steal), HD-CD1 is packed with the state-of-the-art technology and high-grade parts that's made the Japanese company synonymous with great sound. A high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz Cirrus Logic DAC, precision-based crystal oscillator master clock, and Marantz's proprietary HDAM-SA2 modules – the same found in its Reference Series components – will spoil you with ultra-wide dynamics, exceptional frequency response, and stellar detail all the while keeping distortion to an infinitesimal minimum. HD-CD1 also touts phenomenal read accuracy thanks to its double-layer base plate, rigid top plate, and advanced transport mechanism. But this mighty mini is more than a superb CD player. HD-CD1 even includes a dedicated headphone amplifier with volume control, adjustable gain, and its own HDAM-SA2 module. Optical and coaxial digital outputs further extend the flexibility and turn HD-CD1 into a CD transport that can plug straight into the digital input on an amp (such as HD-AMP1) to take advantage of a phenomenal DAC. Factor in retro-tailored side panels, a stylish aluminum fascia, and Music Direct's 100% Money-Back Guarantee, and you've got nothing to lose and only countless hours of sonic bliss to gain.
"This compact CD player combines classy design, a healthy spec, and stunning sound quality..."
– Trusted Reviews, 4.5-star rating