Marantz launches CD 60 CD player

Disc-o never dies...

by Ian Collen

Marantz has announced a new high-performance CD player is on the way, with the CD 60 set to arrive in June.

The CD player has a similarly distinctive design style to the Model 40n integrated stereo amplifier announced a few months ago, with the front panel extending out from the curved and textured frame – and of course Marantz is happy to point out that the CD 60 and Model 40n are also very compatible siblings, with the player also comfortably at home in any Hi-Fi system.

Marantz launches CD 60 CD player
The Marantz CD 60 player comes with a USB port on the front for easy-access delivery of your other digital music files.

Inside the shell, the CD 60 makes the most of Marantz’ many years of experience in the CD market, with its latest Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAM) in the analogue output stage offering an improved response, with “significantly lower distortion at high frequencies than its predecessor.” There’s also a new reference-class D/A converter delivering up to 24-bit/192kHz and DSD 5.6MHz to keep things clear across all frequencies, with two filter options for a gentle or sharper roll-off.

Marantz has also implemented its HDAM-SA2 headphone amp circuit into the CD 60, with three gain settings (low, medium and high), while the amp can be switched off when it’s not in use to negate the risk of any potential interference. It supports a range of digital files, including AAC, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC HD, MP3, WAV and WMA, and also now has a USB-A port on the front for easier plug-and-play access – because even though Marantz says it’s committed to the future of the CD format with the launch of the CD 60, it’s not oblivious to the benefits of others.

Commenting on the announcement, Joel Sietsema, brand president at Marantz, said: "With so much attention devoted to the burgeoning vinyl market plus the popularity of streaming content, we sometimes forget that an entire generation of music lovers built sizable collections of beloved compact discs. Marantz was present at the dawn of CD technology with our original player, the CD 63. Now, the CD 60 reminds us why we fell in love with the format 40 years ago – delivering more warmth, musicality, and detail than any player in its class."

Marantz launches CD 60 CD player
It should come as little surprise that Marantz is keen on promoting its Model 40n amplifier as very compatible companion.

The Marantz CD 60 player will be available from June, priced at £749 (€899*) and with the usual black and silver finishes. You can get more info on the specs and its impending arrival, plus details on the company’s very compatible amplifiers, on the Marantz website. Between this and the likes of the McIntosh MCD12000 it looks like the industry still has a lot of faith in the CD market, so who’s not planning on ditching the discs any time soon?

*20-May-2022: Initial €799 incorrect, now updated to correct price.

SOURCE: Marantz (via press release)
IMAGES: Marantz

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