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Marantz HDCD1

High Definition CD Player



The latest addition to the new Marantz MusicLink series is the HD-CD1, a high-quality CD player in the same compact form as the HD-AMP1 amplifier, for which it is the perfect match. Combining more than 30 years of Marantz expertise in compact disc playback with the latest developments in digital audio technology, it's ideal for use as a CD transport when used with the HD-AMP1, or as a CD player in any situation where a compact form-factor is required without any compromise on sound quality. Small it may be, but it makes use of state-of-the-art Marantz technology carried over from our Award-winning CD players, including a high-resolution 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converter from Cirrus Logic, a high-accuracy system clock, and the famous Marantz HDAM-SA2 amplifier modules, as found in our flagship Reference Series CD players and amplifiers. Selected components are also used throughout the audio signal path, for the very best reproduction of your music. A centralized CD mechanism, able to play MP3, WMA and AAC files as well as standard CDs, is also used for ultra-accurate disc-reading and, along with its analog audio outputs, optical and coaxial digital connections are provided, allowing the HD-CD1 to be connected directly to the HD-AMP1's ultra-high-quality digital-to-analog conversion. The HD-CD1 also features the stylish MusicLink design, with a solid aluminum front panel, double-layer chassis for vibration isolation and retro-style side panels. It also includes a high-quality integral headphone amplifier with adjustable gain to drive high-end headphones for personal listening and comes complete with a remote control for all its functions, also able to 'drive' a complete system of HD-CD1 and HD-AMP1. It's a superb Marantz CD player-in miniature!

Marantz HDAM for Superb Audio Performance

Compact the HD-CD1 may be, but at its heart is all the technology that's made Marantz a leader in top-quality CD playback. And central to that is the use of the Marantz-designed HDAM Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Modules: in place of the all-in-one 'chip amplifiers' used elsewhere, these miniature amplifiers are built from separate, optimized components for the very best sound quality, and are found in Marantz products all the way up to the Reference series players and amplifiers. In the HD-CD1 the latest-generation HDAM-SA2 version of this technology is used, to provide a wide dynamic range and wide frequency response with lowest distortion - in other words, to get you closer to the music. HDAM technology is also used in the headphone section, which has its own dedicated amplification.

Reference-Quality Digital-to-Analog Conversion

Central to the sound quality of the HD-CD1 is a high-quality CD transport mechanism, designed for ultra-accurate disc-reading, and this sends data to the player's high-resolution digital-to-analog converter, which is the same Cirrus Logic CS4398 device found in top-flight digital hardware. This is used together with a crystal oscillator master clock designed for ultra-low phase noise, and a low impedance capacitor, also designed for low noise, ensuring digital data is converted into an analog sound with lifelike dynamics and timbre, breathtaking presence and sheer musicality.

Dedicated Headphone Amplifier with Volume Control & Adjustable Gain

Whether you want to use the HD-CD1 on your desk for full-time headphone listening, or just occasionally want to connect a pair of 'phones for a private music session, the dedicated headphone section in the player will delight. To make the most of personal listening, it has its own volume control and a dedicated HDAM-SA2 amplifier, complete with adjustable gain setting-low, medium and high-to enable it to drive even highly-demanding audiophile headphones.

Analog and Digital Outputs

As well as its own high-quality analog outputs, enabling it to be used with any amplifier including the matching HD-AMP1, the HD-CD1 has both optical and coaxial digital outputs, meaning it can be used as a CD transport straight into the digital input on the HD-AMP1 and allowing it to be used with the superb ESS Sabre DAC built into the amplifier. Like the analog outputs, the coaxial digital connection uses a high-quality gold-plated RCA socket, and a digital cable is supplied with the player.

High-current Power Supply & Vibration-Suppressing Chassis

Noise is the enemy of great sound, and the HD-CD1 has extensive measures to suppress both electrical and mechanical interference. A high-current power supply with high-capacity storage capacitors is used to ensure the player is able to deliver the dynamics of music, along with high-speed Schottky Barrier Diodes. The player also has auto-standby and very low power consumption when in standby mode. The HD-CD1 is built on a double layer base-plate for rigidity and vibration suppression, aided by the use of compliant feet, a solid aluminum fascia and a rigid top-plate, and is finished with retro-style side-cheeks for that 'classic Marantz' look.

System Remote Control

The remote control handset supplied with the HD-CD1 controls all the functions of player, and can also 'drive' the matching HD-AMP1, for simple system integration and convenience.

CD / CD-R/RW / WMA / MP3 / AAC / / / /
CD-Text / SA-CD Text / ID3 Tag / WMA Meta Tag / AAC Meta data / / / /
Data Disc Compatibility: DSD / WAV / ALAC / /
iPod / iPhone compatible USB input Yes
DAC operation mode: USB / Coax / Optical / /
Asynchronous mode rear USB Yes
Bit-perfect transmission Yes
USB-B DSD Audio Streaming (DoP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6 Yes
Signal isolator for DAC Mode operation Yes
HDAM version SA2
Power Transformer: Toroidal / El /
High Grade Audio Components Yes
Customised Components Yes
Symmetric circuit layout Yes
Copper Plated Chassis Yes
Extra metal plate for chassis strengthing Yes
Digital out off / Audio EX Mode /
Headphone: Standard / Buffer / Current feedback / (HDAM-SA2) /
Selectable filter: CD / SA-CD / DAC-Mode / /
Marantz Musical Mastering Yes
Marantz Musical Mastering Stream Yes
Marantz Musical Mastering Converter Yes
Zero Impedance Matching joint (copper) Yes
Separated rectifier circuit for analog and digital circuitry Yes
Display: Dimmer / Off /
Low noise LCD display Yes
5mm Aluminum top cover Yes
Program Play (CD / SA-CD) 25
Repeat Yes
Random Play Yes
Pitch Control Yes
Start Sound Mode for SA-CD Yes
Analogue Out (Cinch) 2ch
Balanced Out Yes
Digital Optical In / Out / 1
Digital Coaxial In / Out / 1
Sample Rate digital In Yes
Gold Plated Cinch Yes
USB Audio (Front) / Made for iPod / Made for iPhone® / /
USB type B input for PC (back) Yes
Asynchronous mode rear USB Yes
Sample Rate USB type B In Yes
USB-B DSD Audio Streaming (DoP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6 Yes
D-Bus Yes
Headphone Out Yes
Headphone Volume Control Yes
Mechanism CJDKT690
D/A Conversion Multi-bit, Delta-Sigma
Digital Filter CS4398
Noise Shaper CS4398
Low Pass Filter stage HDAM
Output Buffer HDAM SA2
Headphone amp HDAM-SA2+Buffer
Frequency Response (Cust.) Yes
Dynamic Range (SA) Yes
Signal to Noise Ratio (SA) Yes
Total Harmonic Distortion (SA) Yes
Channel Separation (SA) Yes
Frequency Response 20 Hz 20 kHz
Dynamic Range 100 dB
Signal to Noise Ratio 110 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion 0.002%
Channel separation 98 dB
Available color: Black Yes
Metal Front Panel Yes
Remote Control RC003HD
Power Consumption in W 14
Standby Consumption in W 0.3W or less
Auto Power off Yes
Detachable Power Cable Yes
Maximum Dimensions (W x D x H) in inches 12 x 12.3 x 4.3
Weight in lbs 12.6

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