Recommendation needed for combined CD/Network Player

Big Simon

Novice Member
Hi Lovely Peoples,

Back again looking some recommendations. Bought several pieces of kit based on really helpful advice on this forum and never been let down yet!

Some great experts on here.

I am on the look out for a decent quality combined CD and Network player that i can use in conjunction with my Marantz PM6005 amplifier.

budget, ideally no more than £500-£600 if possible.

Don't know a huge amount about these, but tried to explain as best as possible

Requirements as follows:

Notes:

1. Does not require its own speaker terminals (as will be connected into the PM6005)

2. I Don't subscribe to any streaming services, however do store a 15,000 plus song library in Apple's iCloud (see note on iTunes match cloud support in desirable) that i access via iPhone etc. All music is owned and restriction free.

Mandatory

1. Must have a decent CD player
2. Must have built in wI-fI
3. Must support both airplay and bluetooth connectivity without add on devices required
4. Must come in Black
5. Can play music from a USB device that has been formatted using the layout of Apple iTunes/Music and is not cumbersome to find artists, albums etc

Desirable

1.Can display embedded album artwork metadata

2. Can support all UK based radio stations and play same with ease.

3. Can in some 'magic way' stream direct from your iTunes match/Apple iCloud music library (unlikely) and link direct to music library as opposed to having to use a USB device with music stored on it. (Note, i do not subscribe to Apple music, only to iTUNES Match to store my library in the cloud).

I have looked at the likes of the Marantz M-CR612 which seems a good fit but has its own speaker terminals etc which i don't need. (I would propose connecting the the audio out via RCA to the CD port on the PM6005).

Really appreciate any recommendations folks that may match the above criteria or perhaps something else i haven't thought off?

Thank you all

Simon.
 

andybebbs

Active Member
Not 100% sure this does all you want but might be worth a look as i have one and it works great. maybe take a look at this yamaha cd-nt670d
Thanks
Andy
 

Helix Hifi

Well-known Member
I believe, Naim. Arcam also have network/cdplayer. Yamaha as mentioned by @andybess is a solid choice.
 

Paul7777x

Distinguished Member
Almost all usb inputs that will play files are Fat32 formatted. But it doesn’t matter. What matters is if the player will recognise ALAC (if that’s how you have them ripped) The Yamaha mentioned by Andy does.
 
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Paul7777x

Distinguished Member
Ps, the Yamaha has DNLA so will play your cloud music using one of many media players. I use Mconnect. It’s very good and has album metadata capability.
 

Cebolla

Member
3. Can in some 'magic way' stream direct from your iTunes match/Apple iCloud music library (unlikely) and link direct to music library as opposed to having to use a USB device with music stored on it. (Note, i do not subscribe to Apple music, only to iTUNES Match to store my library in the cloud).

What do you mean by 'direct', ie, doesn't your mandatory requirement for the network CD player to support AirPlay (to stream audio over the network from iTunes Match on the iPhone, Mac, etc) cover this?
 
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Big Simon

Novice Member
Almost all usb inputs that will play files are Fat32 formatted. But it doesn’t matter. What matters is if the player will recognise ALAC (if that’s how you have them ripped) The Yamaha mentioned by Andy does.
Thank you for all your help, nearly all the digital files i have ripped from CD or have imported from bandcamp purchases etc have been via iTunes/Music into my library. Does that make a difference?
Its still a good platform for library management despite being Apple lol
 

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