Marantz CD5004 or CD6004

mtunreal69

Novice Member
Hello chaps,

I'm looking at buying a dedicated cd player to couple with my Yamaha 1067 AVR. Currently I am looking at the Marantz brand and interested at the 5004 & 6004.

My question is the 6004 worth the extra money for the quality? The 5004 looks a damn fine player, but I'm not sure whether I need to go the extra distance at the moment.

Cheers in advance.
 

Don Dadda

Distinguished Member
Hi

The 6004 has a better onboard dac than the 5004 so performance will be better. It also has a USB input.

http://marantz.co.uk/uk/Products/Pa...D6003|CD5004&SubCatId=SACDCDPlayer&CatId=HiFi

In the above comparison link, i had to list the CD6003 with the CD5004 as it wouldn't let me comare the 6004 and is basically the same as the 6003.

There maybe some CD6003 still available at £200, but fast running out, if not ran out.

However, for a so called budget cdp, the 5004 is very good at its job. I have the CD5003 and cannot fault it one bit and very happy with it.

The Cd6004 is a better cdp but if you do not want or have no intentions of using the USB functionality, then maybe the CD5004 will be enough for you.
 

mtunreal69

Novice Member
Cheers for the help. I think the DAC's maybe the only tipping point. Will their be that much difference in quality even in a modest system? Would I only really notice that difference with higher quality components in the line (i.e amp & speakers).
 

Don Dadda

Distinguished Member
It could depending on the rest of the setup. It does not have to be a top end system to notice the difference. Even on a modest setup you can notice the difference. It could also be the speakers or amp that is stopping you from hearing that difference

What are your speakers and amp?
 

mtunreal69

Novice Member
The speakers are Monitor Audio Bronze series (BR5's for the front stereo pair) and using a Yamaha 1067 AVR. I don't have a dedicated stereo amp, but the 1067 seems to handle music very well.
 

Don Dadda

Distinguished Member
I've heard good things about the 1067 and the speakers are of quality so there's no issue there and would of thought there would be a difference. How much i don't know, its difficult to say with AVR's , but as said, if the usb is not a requirement then the 5004 should be fine enough.
However, if you can afford the 6004, then why not have the best you can get for your hard earned monies.
 

Don Dadda

Distinguished Member
Mate,

It is abit. If the 6003/4 was available at the time i bought the CD5003 i would of gone for that as it is a better cdp and not that much more at the time.

However, now the 6004 price at £309 is £130 more than the 5004 (£180) thats a differnt story. TBH, if i didn't need the USB, i wouldn't be prepared to pay that much, but that's not taking anything away from the 6004 as it is a very good cdp and could match many priced above it.
 

BlueWizard

Distinguished Member
Though they are becoming very rare, there are still a few places that have the Marantz CD6003

Google-UK - Shopping - Marantz CD6003 - 4 sources

Exceptional AV - Marantz CD6003

Naturally you want the best CD player you can afford.

Also, since the new model CD/PM6004 are indeed new models, they are not discounted yet. In a year, the price will be down a bit. Until then, if you can find a good source, the CD6003 is certainly worth investigating.

If you order from HyperFi, call and verify that the item is indeed in stock.

As an alternative, though quantities are limited, RicherSounds.com has the Cambridge 550C for £249 -

Richer Sounds - Cambridge Audio 550C CD Player

Otherwise Yamaha CDS300 (£179), Denon DCD510 (£169), NAD C515 (£225), HiFix.co.uk has the Denon DCD710 for £269 (normally £299).

If you really are capable of going as high as £300, then there are a few other players to chose from. For example the Yamaha CDS700 is £299 from PeterTyson.co.uk. A search of Google indicates the Yamaha CD can sell as high as £460.

As previously mentioned the Denon DCD710 is typically about £299, though HiFix has it for £269.

Again, if there is a chance you can get the CD6003 model from a trusted source, that would probably be your best bet. However, if you really have £300 to spend, there are a few alternatives to the Marantz PM6004.

Just a few thoughts.

Steve/bluewizard
 

mtunreal69

Novice Member
Cheers for the help chaps. I've decided to just get stuck in and go for the 6004. I think it will stop the envy pangs, thinking i should of spent the extra money in the first place. Looking forward to it arriving now.
 

mtunreal69

Novice Member
Hey up chaps,

the 6004 turned up today. What a machine, definitely the right choice. It sounds a dream and works really well in my system.

Cheers for all your help chaps.

mtunreal69
 

Don Dadda

Distinguished Member
Excellent - Nice early crimbo present for yourself.

Hope you have many years enjoyment :thumbsup:.
 

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