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Marantz SA8005

Stereo SACD/CD player/DAC

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High-res audio

Yes, you can hear the difference!

Whoever said time flies when you're having fun must have been listening to a Marantz SA8005. That's because this player sounds so good, you'll forget where the time went as you happily rediscover your digital music collection. It delivers audiophile quality performance with high-resolution Super Audio CDs as well as standard audio CDs. Enjoy smooth, densely layered sound with outstanding stereo separation and spot-on imaging, thanks to Marantz's precision craftsmanship and carefully selected internal components. You'll hear subtle nuances and musical textures on your favorite recordings that you may have never even noticed.

Along with serving up stunning musical detail and clarity with your disc collection, the SA8005 also doubles as a high-quality, stand-alone digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for your other digital music sources, including the tunes stored on or streamed from your iPod®, iPhone®, or PC. It can even play the latest computer-based high-res linear PCM and DSD (direct stream digital) music files.

Top-notch quality inside and out

The SA8005's specially designed disc transport, double-layered bottom plate, and metal front panel resist vibrations that can adversely affect sound. A hefty toroidal power supply delivers plenty of clean current for effortlessly dynamic playback. The high-performance DAC accurately reproduces audio tracks with stunning clarity and detail. The gold-plated outputs help maintain sound quality by ensuring the best signal transfer to your stereo system, and are widely spaced so they won't cramp the connectors on high-quality interconnects.

Marantz SA-8005 rear panel

Versatile connections and better sound for your digital music sources

The SA8005 is also an impressive performer when used a stand-alone digital-to-analog converter. Marantz outfitted it with multiple inputs to play your digital source components through its built-in DAC:

  • A coaxial digital input is ideal for connecting a Blu-ray or DVD player, Sonos® Connect, or any other digital audio component with coax out, and taking advantage of the SA8005's high-performance processor for better sound.
  • The optical digital input is ready to take on a set-top box, HDTV, game console, Apple TV, or other digital source with optical digital output, and feed a high-quality audio signal into your stereo system.
  • A Type B USB jack feeds digital audio from your computer into the SA8005's onboard digital-to-analog converter, bypassing your computer's sound card to yield much clearer sound with stored music files, streaming services like Spotify, and Internet radio.
  • A front-panel Type A USB jack accepts direct digital signals from an iPod®, iPhone®, or a USB drive for superior sound through your headphones or home audio system.

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Highlights:

  • stereo playback for SACDs, CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 & WMA CDs
  • front-panel USB input (type A) for USB flash drive, iPod®, or iPhone®
  • rear-panel asynchronous USB input (type B) for audio playback of stored computer or streaming music files, including high-res files up to 24-bit/192 kHz PCM and 2.8 & 5.6 MHz DSD (Windows® and Mac compatible)
  • Windows PCs require free driver download from Marantz website prior to computer audio playback
  • coaxial and optical digital inputs for using player in digital-to-analog conversion (DAC) mode
  • high-performance 192kHz/24-bit Cirrus Logic CS4398 digital-to-analog converter and low-jitter dual system clock
  • USB ground/signal isolator technology to virtually eliminate PC noise
  • exclusive Marantz disc mechanism resists vibration for improved sound quality
  • double-layered bottom plate for vibration resistance
  • high-current toroidal transformer with separate rectifier stages for the analog and digital sections to prevent mutual interference
  • Marantz HDAM® (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module)-SA2 used in analog circuitry for faster signal transfer and better transient response
  • detachable power cable
  • remote control
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs for CD playback
  • gold-plated RCA stereo analog outputs
  • full-size headphone jack with volume control
  • remote control input/output (for use with Marantz receivers and amps with a compatible remote control in/out jack)
  • SACD specs:
    • frequency response: 2Hz - 60kHz
    • dynamic range: 106 dB
  • CD specs:
    • frequency response: 2Hz - 20kHz
    • dynamic range: 101 dB
  • 17-3/8"W x 4-1/4"H x 14-7/16"D
  • weight: 17.6 lbs
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Disc Capacity
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1
Disc Exchange
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N/A
Track Programming
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20
Random Play
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Single Disc
Disc Naming
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No
Direct Track Access
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Yes
Direct Disc Access
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N/A
Remote
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Included
Display Color
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Bluish white
Multiple CD Player Control
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Parts Warranty
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3 Years
Labor Warranty
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3 Years
Compatibility
CD-R Playback
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Yes
CD-RW Playback
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Yes
MP3 Playback
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Yes
SACD Playback
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2-Channel
Specifications
CD Frequency Response
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2-20k Hz
Signal to Noise Ratio
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110 dB
SACD Frequency Response
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2-60k Hz
SACD Dynamic Range
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106 dB
SACD THD
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0.0012 %
Outputs
Digital Optical Output
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1
Digital Coaxial Output
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1
Headphone
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Standard
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What's in the box?

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  • SACD player
  • Remote control (RC002PMSA)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 6' AC power cord
  • 38" Stereo RCA cable
  • 34" Mono-RCA cable
  • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
  • Getting Started booklet
  • Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Information

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Features

SACD Player: The Marantz SA8005 supports playback of single-layer, dual-layer, and hybrid-layer SACDs; as well as CD-Audio, CD-R/RW (MP3/WMA) discs. The Super Audio standard is based on Direct Stream Digital (DSD) technology. This direct-stream digital format is a 1-bit system with a sampling frequency 64x higher than a conventional audio CD (2,822,400 Hz vs. 44,100 Hz). SA-CD produces a frequency response of 2Hz to 50kHz and a 110dB dynamic range. Because of the way inaudible and audible frequencies mix, the resulting sound is more natural.

Marantz HDAM Technology: Instead of conventional op-amp integrated circuits, the SA8005 is equipped with our exclusive HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) technology. These discrete circuit elements feature wide-band response along with high slew rate, to deliver the most nuanced and detailed musical reproduction, and are ideally suited for today's high resolution wide-band digital audio sources.

High Resolution D/A Conversion: Featuring the reference-class high current CS4398 D/A converter, the SA8005 can accept a wide range of digital audio source types, including Super Audio CD Direct Stream Digital content at 2.8 and 5.6 MHz, along with linear PCM up to 24-bits/192kHz. The analog audio sections feature HDAM technologies for the purest audio reproduction. The DAC section features dual clock synchronization for optimum signal decoding, and can also decode MP3 and WMA digital audio formats.

Digital Inputs + Stand Alone DAC Capability: You can use the SA8005 as a stand-alone digital-to-analog converter, thanks to the inclusion of both coaxial and optical digital audio inputs. You can also connect your favorite portable audio device, via the convenient front-panel USB (type-A) port, and the SA8005 is compatible with the iPod, iPod touch and iPhone. The rear-panel asynchronous high speed USB (type-B) port lets you connect your home PC to the SA8005, so you can enjoy superb sound quality from your favorite PCM and DSD high resolution tracks stored on your computer. The USB (type-B) port also features Marantz's unique ground isolator circuit design that prevents PC-originated ground plane noise transfer.

  • Optical/Coaxial Inputs: The optical (toslink) and coaxial (RCA) digital inputs let you connect up to two external digital audio devices, such as Apple TV or other network digital audio players. Only PCM signals (32-192kHz) are compatible with the optical and coaxial inputs.
  • USB Type-A Input (iPod/Android Compatible): The front-panel USB port lets you connect select USB mass storage class devices (formatted in FAT16/32); such as Android smartphones/tablets (Froyo/Gingergread OS only), portable digital audio players, and thumbdrives; plus Apple iPod/iPhone devices (Classic, Nano, Touch, iPhone). You'll be able to listen to stored music (MP3/WMA/WAV/AAC) and music apps from your compatible device. This USB port will also charge your device while connected and you can control music playback from the included remote control.
  • USB Type-B Input (Mac/Windows Comaptible): By connecting a computer to the USB (type-B) port on the rear-panel of this unit, you're able to bypass the computer's soundcard and playback a variety of digital music files stored on your computer through the SACD player's 24-bit/192kHz DAC. The unit is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.3 and later, as well as Windows XP (SP3), Vista, 7, or 8. Windows requires the installation of a dedicated driver software found on the Marantz Website.

Analog & Digital Outputs: Two digital outputs, one optical (Toslink) and one coaxial (RCA), are provided for sending the audio signal to the digital input terminals of a receiver or digital recorder. No signal is output from either during playback of the HD layer of a Super Audio CD; digital signals are output when playing a CD, the CD layer of a Hybrid SA-CD, or any device connected to one of the digital inputs. The SACD player also features a stereo RCA analog output connection.

Fully Discrete Headphone Amp: For the most enjoyable personal audio experience, connect your favorite headphones to the SA8005 and listen to the highest fidelity natural sound, thanks to our fully discrete headphone amplifier circuitry. With discrete circuit headphone amplifier topology, the SA8005 delivers superb personal listening, featuring wide-band response, tremendous dynamic range against a virtually noiseless background, and there's a convenient front-panel headphone volume control.

High Current Toroidal Power Transformer: For the most stable DC supply to the various circuit stages, the SA8005 is equipped with a high current toroidal power transformer, and features separate rectifier stages for the analog and digital sections to prevent mutual interference.

System Remote Control: The ergonomically designed remote control includes additional control functionality that lets you operate the matching Marantz PM8005 integrated stereo amplifier (642PM8005, sold separately) as well as our network audio component. The SA8005 also features remote control input and output ports for additional remote control connectivity.

Auto Standby: With the Auto Standby Mode turned on this unit will enter standby mode after approximately 30 minutes (continuous) of no audio playback.

 
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3 out of 5

USB DAC does not work

Written By cupboy, UT on Sunday, May 18, 2014
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MacBook unsupported by USB DAC. This eliminates the ability to play DSD files. There is a review online that says the same thing, so it's not just limited to the unit I bought.
Pros:
SACD playback
Cons:
DSD Downloads will be unplayable.
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5 out of 5

Great Player That Will Last a Lifetime

Written By ArcFlash, Columbus, OH on Friday, May 16, 2014
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The Crutchfield overview says you can hear the difference and they are absolutely correct. I was using a Blu-Ray player as my CD player and had no idea what I was missing. The SA8005 was a giant leap forward in sound quality. Before purchasing this player I found the highs in most music very annoying and grating, it was a "Wow, how did that cowbell get into this song?" situation. This player puts the highs in their natural place. I can hear them and enjoy them without them being overbearing and irritating. Same for the bass, I can hear it and appreciate it, but its not distracting me by bumping the entire room. This unit really separates the sound. I can now clearly hear different voices and instruments in the music making it more detailed and interesting for me. Also, in certain songs, I can now hear very low volume, subtle sounds that I was not aware of previously. While SACDs are not common these days, I still have enough in my collection that I wanted this feature; it's nice being able to enjoy all that music again. I plan on using the DAC feature in the future with Hi-Res downloads, but can't comment on that feature at this time. The SA8005 performs admirably with my iPod. Using a 5' cord I can sit in my favorite chair and listen to music without having to change disc. Using Apple Lossless format the sound quality is comparable to the original CD. I am very happy with this purchase and highly recommend it to anyone wanting a new CD/SACD/DAC player.
Pros:
Construction: moving parts operate smoothly and quietly. No wobbly buttons or noisy CD trays. Versatility: CD and SACD player, a DAC, and an iPod dock. Connections: More than most people will ever use, but its nice to have them, just in case. Cost vs. Benefit: There are better players but they cost a lot more money for only a small (if even noticeable) increase in sound quality. Aesthetics: Coordinates with my other Marantz unit, and lastly: it really ties the room together.
Cons:
I've used the SA8005 for several weeks and have no issues or concerns with it. Considering what I wanted and needed to what I got, I would have to try very hard to think of a con for this player.
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4 out of 5

Windows Driver Faulty

Written By Amham, New Jersey on Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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I've owned the SA8003 (some problems), 8004, (great player) and now the 8005. Marantz generally makes a quality player and that is so for the hardware of the SA8005. However, the Windows driver is faulty and will not load (Win7). I've spent the last 2 weeks trying to contact and convince Marantz USA they have a problem with the Windows USB driver. Very poor customer service, they are either clueless to what the driver does (tier 1) or dismissive of the problem (tier 3). I resorted to the internet (Head-fi.org) to gather other new owners and found the problem to be global. Finally a Swedish user was able to contact Marantz UK and their customer service recognized the problem, researched it and found the proper replacement. Luckily the Swedish user sent me the updated driver and finally the SA8005 is working 100% with high speed USB and DSD. If you are having a problem with loading the Windows driver (32/64 bit) insist that Marantz USA supply the corrected driver on their website. As of 2/18/14 the posted driver is faulty.
Pros:
Great hardware, works 100% with MAC but NOT Windows.
Cons:
Faulty Windows USB driver.
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