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Marantz CD5005

Single-disc CD player

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Our take on the Marantz CD5005

Year after year, our customers give Marantz CD players top marks for their outstanding performance. Comments such as "Full of detail, yet alway warm and inviting to the ear" and "Excellent machine. Great sound and nice looks, too," constantly appear on our user review pages. And based on our own extensive listenin, we'd have to agree! Marantz CD players are impressive. If you think that all CD players sound alike, you owe it to yourself to audition the Marantz CD5005. It's the kind of player that will keep you listening late into the night, rediscovering every disc in your collection. It offers a hard-to-find combination of superb audio performance, understated good looks, and affordability.

Crystal-clear CD sound

Year after year, our customers give Marantz CD players top marks for their outstanding performance. Comments such as "Full of detail, yet alway warm and inviting to the ear" and "Excellent machine. Great sound and nice looks, too," constantly appear on our user review pages. And based on our own extensive listenin, we'd have to agree! Marantz CD players are impressive. If you think that all CD players sound alike, you owe it to yourself to audition the Marantz CD5005. It's the kind of player that will keep you listening late into the night, rediscovering every disc in your collection. It offers a hard-to-find combination of superb audio performance, understated good looks, and affordability.

The devil is in the details

The CD5005's handsome, minimalist-style chassis is solidly built and beautifully finished. Its thick, aluminum/fiberglass faceplate and metal chassis provide a strong frame to help eliminate vibrations that can adversely affect sound quality. Inside, you'll find a precision Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC and new CD mechanism — both borrowed from its big brother, the CD6005. Marantz also included circuitry refinements and specially selected parts straight out of their high-end Reference Series playbook, such as high-quality capacitors in the audio signal path for superior transient speed and better bass response. All of these design decisions add up to highly involving sound that reaches out to grab you from a dead-silent background.

Other cool extras

Music enthusiasts will love the CD5005's Audio EX mode. It mutes the digital audio outputs and turns off the display and pitch control. By eliminating these potential noise sources, the CD5005 delivers pristine sound quality. Headphone listeners will also appreciate the built-in, high-grade headphone amplifier for private listening sessions. Marantz even uses widely spaced, gold-plated RCA jacks that won't cramp the heavy-duty connectors found on high-quality cables.

Great product. My CD's sound much improved and works great with my Marantz receiver. Crutchfield is great to work with. Have and will continue to buy from them.

Anonymous, Easton, PA

What's in the Box:

  • Single-Disc CD player
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Wireless remote (RC002PMCD)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 3' Stereo RCA cable
  • 2' Mono-RCA cable
  • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Information (US/CA)

Product Highlights:

  • plays CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 & WMA CDs
  • 192kHz/24-bit Cirrus Logic CS4398 digital-to-analog converter for exceptional sound quality
  • ELNA Silmic and Cerafine audio-grade capacitors used in signal path for faster transients and better bass response
  • Marantz HDAM® (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module)-SA2 used in analog circuitry for faster signal transfer and better transient response
  • high-performance, centralized disc mechanism resists vibration for improved sound quality
  • aluminum/fiberglass front panel for vibration resistance
  • Audio EX mode switches off functions such as digital output and pitch control for cleaner sound
  • variable pitch control allows music CD playback at different speeds
  • remote
  • Toslink optical and RCA coaxial digital audio output for connecting to a separate digital-to-analog converter
  • gold-plated RCA analog output jacks
  • headphone jack with front-panel volume control
  • remote control input/output (for use with Marantz receivers and amps with a compatible remote control in/out jack)
  • signal-to-noise ratio 110 dB
  • dynamic range: 100 dB
  • detachable power cable
  • 17-3/8"W x 4-3/16"H x 13-5/16"D
  • weight: 11 lbs.
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Marantz CD5005 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(19 Reviews)

Marantz CD5005

Anonymous from Easton, PA on 1/28/2017

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Great product. My CD's sound much improved and works great with my Marantz receiver. Crutchfield is great to work with. Have and will continue to buy from them.



Great sound, not so great remote

David from Roxbury, MA on 1/23/2017

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Excellent overall. The clarity, depth and breadth of sound are very good. Whether I am listening to jazz, classic or otherwise I have found the stage presence of the musicians remarkable. I have begun (once again) to realize how different the quality is across my different recordings. I regret not upgrading sooner. One down side: the remote that comes with the unit is for multiple appliances. I have found it confusing to work with for such basics as closing/playing the cd tray. I admit I haven't sat down with the owners manual, but things that should be intuitive aren't. Random play appears to require pushing two different buttons. I am not quite sure how to work with the pause and stop buttons. Luckily the remote that came with my previous Marantz CD play still works for some of the functions on the current player.

Pros: Sound is excellent overall. cost is remarkable. looks I like.

Cons: The remote control will cause some angst. I'll have to read the owners manual. But it should be simpler and more intuitive.

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Bruce from Huntington Beach, CA on 12/24/2016

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Quality construction, clean sound, and a usable headphone jack - a very good value for a very good product.



Terrific Player for the Money

James from Lawrence, KS on 12/24/2016

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I purchased a Marantz CD-5003 some seven or eight years ago. It's still playing and I'm still satisfied with its performance. Based on that player, I purchased the CD-5005.

Pros: Digital and analogue outputs, the capability to program how text is displayed, a four-position dimmer, a program delete function.

Cons: No open/close for the tray on the remote (which is a bit bulky), the smallish display is difficult to read from a few feet away.

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Frank from La Crescenta, CA on 9/20/2016

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I'm hoping for a long lived unit. I obviously won't know for a while.

Pros: It works fine.

Cons: I would've liked an tray open/close command on the remote. If it's there I haven't found it yet.

Very Impressed!!

Michael from Concord, NC on 9/5/2016

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Top notch quality and astonishing sound! Plus, Crutchfield's price and service can't be beat! Will definitely be a returning customer!



Sounds great

J.O. from Takoma Park, MD on 7/13/2016

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I'm very much enjoying this CD player. I've only played a handful of discs on it, but I have no complaints thus far. Sounds really good!

Pros: Sounds great!

Cons: A little expensive. I contemplated the NAD player that cost less.

Great Sound!

DLM from Newcastle, ME on 7/13/2016

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Great Sound. Substantial yet simple to operate.



What a difference !

Steve P from Mount Pleasant, MI on 4/22/2016

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I previously used my BluRay player (OPPO) to play audio CDs was well as BluRay and DVD's . Having the Marantz CD 5005 has made me realize how much more detail is in the CD format when played on a dedicated component. It must be the quality of the transport and/or the DAC in the unit. I'm hearing more detail and nuance in every CD I play. This is an excellent player !! An added bonus . Now I can control it with my Marantz receiver remote since they link up with a separate cable .I can also use the CD player's remote to operate the volume and source controls of my receiver .

Pros: Sound improvement , convenience

Cons: Takes up shelf space on my rack


Anonymous from New York, NY on 4/6/2016

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Great sound when it deigns to play. The fist one went bad under warranty & Crutchfield exchanged it for another one. I also tried two other products before selecting this one because of it's outstanding sound quality - I've never heard a Steinway D bass sound so realistic.

Pros: Great sound. Lots of design features that raise the price and contibute nothing to the average everyday musician/player (me). I don't own a Marantz receiver and I 'm not a DJ so I don't need any of these bells/whistles but I pay for them anyway when the manufacturer could have invested in a high quality drawer mechanism.

Cons: Terrible drawer mechanism! Often won't open/close/play. Often finds some invisable speck of dust to cause it to quit playing. Fast forward is only double speed so it takes 5 minutes to get to the middle of a 20 minute track when the unit has stopped playing. How can these geniuses produce such a good musical product and skimp one little simple part?! I've been an audiophile since HiFi days and am not an abusive user, so it's a lack of quality.

Exceptionally Pleased

GeneT from Denver, CO on 3/20/2016

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After 25 years of enjoyment our Luxman played its last CD. A friend and owner of Denver's most respected high-end shop recommended the 5005 as a replacement for daily listening. Having sold us our premium high-end components, Carl knew what we were looking for in sound. He noted the original price of the Luxman, said based on many reviews and his personal audition of the CD5005, we couldn't go wrong. "Quite superior to your old unit," he understated. "Crutchfield has it for $400 and they ship gratis." It arrived quickly and I left it on overnight for a quick break-in before listening. The stage is immense, depth exceptional and overall sound is rich and full without embellishments, transparent, and contains accurate detail without etching. Highs are smooth--particularly strings, bass is solid and fast, and transitions are natural. Some older CDs bring smiles--they are that much better. In fact, our entire collection elicits comments from my wife and I as some details are heard for the first time. Overall, the very musical 5005 has given us another up-scale sound system. Very highly recommended. And thanks, Crutchfield for your input and service.

Pros: Exceptional sound, excellent appearance, easy operation.

Cons: Could use larger characters on the screen. Remote a bit clunky.

Fills the missing Gap

DaveT47 from hagerstown, MD on 2/12/2016

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I had a Kenwood DP-880SG that just got worn out and needed a replacement. A high end of good quality, rep and at a fair price. After reading and listening I decided on the Marantz CD5005. Knowing their reputation and quality control I gave this CD Player a try. I was not disappointed and are very satisfied with my purchased. The CDs come through clear and renewed. The Player is of good construction and easy to operate. I do recommend the Marantz DP5005 CD Player

Pros: Good construction and clear sound...

Cons: Operating buttons are small and hard to read their function.

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Anonymous from New Hampshire on 12/14/2015

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This is a great brand and I had a Marantz cd player before this one and it lasted for 2 decades. Hopefully this will be our last. Great service and quick deliver!



First "audiophile" CD player

Tom D from Arizona on 8/31/2015

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I was using a Sony DVD player as my CD listening source. It sounded OK but was such a pain to use - all the controls/commands were delayed by 5-10 sec!! This player is a joy to use and the sound is terrific. There's detail previously unheard and I was somewhat swayed by the 3 yr warranty. I'm very happy to have a new, upgraded system (gave my daughter my vintage system) and so far, no complaints.

Pros: Great sound.

Cons: None

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jimmy from on 3/13/2015

The Marantz CD 5005 is amazing and can compete with high end cd players that cost hundred of dollars more. the added upgrades really shows in the detail soundstage. Punch,nuance,the nice air,warmth and clarity plus increase volume through the amp. I wittness no jitters or fatigue. I really enjoy listrening to my cd collections again. Marantz CD 5005 is very afordable and has been recommended by virtually every pro hifi dealer ,HiFi magazine out there. Big time buzz about this very musical machine.Great price,super performance.Marantz does it again. Find out what the buzz is albout. Get one and listen.

Pros: for a mid price sounds more exspensive and compareable to top hi end brands.

Cons: there really is none. you are getting more then what you pay for!

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WillR from New Jersey on 12/24/2014

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Great CD Player. I recently bought this to compliment my Marantz PM5005 Integrated amp and they sound great together.

Pros: Rich Sound quality. Remote works with my Integrated amp so I only need one for everything.

Cons: The display is a little small so it's kind of hard to read the track number from a short distance.

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KD from New Jersey on 12/11/2014

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Five star sound production. Little light POWER button always on when machine is OFF but no green light when machine in ON so you can't find it in the dark.. Delay displaying and playing tracks is longer than I'm used to.

Pros: sound production has really good depth and clarity

Cons: delay in setting up to play after turning POWER on and delay when selecting tracks longer than I'm used to. Red light stays on when machine is OFF but no green light to show power button when machine is ON.

Joy and Happiness

Ron J. from St. Louis, MO. on 11/3/2014

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We as Musicians listen a little differently than most in that we really have to hear all the bits and pieces clearly for learning the parts but we all want to hear the music clearly and cleanly. Marantz has done just that for us in a most analog sort of way. This machine really reminds me of a two inch tape recorder which I guess shows my age! It sounds that good! Everything in the music is there including the parts you've never heard before. Be prepared to listen to all of your music again because that's how good this deck is. For the people who like to play their instrument along with the CD there is a pitch control to adjust things for you and it is defeat-able for just pure listening bliss. You have found your CD player here from Marantz and your search is over, add to that Crutchfield's total support and commitment to customer satisfaction. You just can't go wrong here with this product or company. Thank You!

Pros: Simple, intuitive and a fantastic headphone amp with a always balanced level control!

Cons: Put your CD cleaner disc in there first because everything in this world needs cleaning first!


AK. Rocker from Big Lake Ak. on 10/21/2014

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I was a little nervous about purchasing a middle of the road priced CD player as all my previous gear is all high end stuff. After about 30 years my Nakamichi player finally started to act up and figured repairs on a unit that old didn't make much sense. I don't know if CD players have gotten that much better over the years or if this is just an awesome piece of equipment. It out performed all my expectations. I've always preferred the sound of an album over the sound of a CD because of the lack of good quality mid range but this thing sounds amazing and I'm playing more CDs than albums now for the first time. It has more punch and is even louder which I'm not really sure how since I'm using the same amps. I'm very impressed and would recommend this player to anyone and not think twice about it. I can only hope it last as long as the Nakamichi did but I doubt I'll be around long enough to find out LOL. Take my word for it you wont be disappointed...Rock on

Pros: Sound quality and stylish looks.

Cons: Couldn't get the CD-Rom owners manual to down load but was able to down load it through goggle.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Disc Capacity 1
CD Transport Only No
Disc Exchange N/A
Track Programming 25
Random Play Single Disc
Disc Naming No
Direct Track Access Yes
Direct Disc Access N/A
Remote Included
Display Color Bluish white
Multiple CD Player Control ---
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years
CD-R Playback Yes
CD-RW Playback Yes
MP3 Playback Yes
SACD Playback No
CD Frequency Response 2-20k Hz
Signal to Noise Ratio 110 dB
SACD Frequency Response Not Compatible
SACD Dynamic Range Not Given
SACD THD Not Given
Digital Optical Output 1
Digital Coaxial Output 1
Headphone Standard

Product Research



Disc Compatibility: The Marantz CD5005 Single Disc CD Player can play CD, CD-Text, CD-R, and CD-RW discs (both 12cm and 8cm discs). The CD5005 supports MP3 and WMA audio files that have been recorded onto CD-R or CD-RW discs in ISO9660 mode 1/2 or Juliet/Romeo disc format. The Marantz CD player will recognize up to 255 total files and folders on a single disc. The unit will also display CD-Text, ID3, and WMA song/artist information.

Playable Files (Extension) File Specifications
MP3 (.mp3) Sampling frequency: 32/44.1/48 kHz
Bit rate: 32 kbps to 320 kbps
File format: MPEG1 Audio Layer 3
Tag Data: ID3 (ver.1.x - 2.x)
WMA (.wma) Sampling frequency: 32/44.1/48 kHz
Bit rate: 64 kbps to 192 kbps
File format: Windows Media Audio
Tag Data: WMA
Note: When there are multiple folders containing MP3/WMA files, the playback order of folders is automatically set when this unit reads the media. The files in each folder are played back in the order in which the files were recorded on the media, from the oldest date and time.

24-bit/192kHz DAC: The CD5005 features high resolution D/A conversion and is equipped with the reference class CS4398 D/A converter, which provides up to 192kHz/24-bit resolution for optimum fidelity with high resolution audio file types.

HDAM-SA2 (High Definition Amplifier Module): The CD5005 utilizes Marantz's Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module, or HDAM, at critical analog circuit junctions to insure smooth and ultra-fast signal transfer from one stage to another. Marantz uses HDAMs instead of standard op-amps, to render a more dynamic sound with less susceptibility to radiated noise, heat, and vibration. The unit uses an HDAM-SA2 for high-speed and high-quality sound.

Symmetrical Circuit Layout: To achieve the best possible sonic performance, signal paths need to be short, direct and mirror imaged. The construction of the Marantz CD5005's circuitry provides improved stereo imaging by ensuring close to perfect symmetry between right and left channel layout.

High-Grade Headphone Circuit: The high-grade headphone circuit incorporates a high-speed buffer amplifier to enable headphone listening of high quality sound reproduction, late at night or in other such situations.

Aluminum Front Panel: The unit's front-panel combines the structural advantages of extruded aluminum with the resonance absorption characteristics of glass-reinforced resin.

20 Track Music Calendar: A linear music calendar appears at the bottom of the display, and lights up with the number of tracks on the currently selected disc, up to 20. An "arrow" icon indicates the presence of 21 or more tracks. After a track has been played, the number for that track disappears from the calendar display. In addition, the tracks selected during Program Play appear in the music calendar display, and disappear after they are played.

Note: This Music Calendar is only available when playing back Audio CDs.


Gold Plated Outputs: The CD player features gold plated outputs in order to offer the best connection for your system. The terminals are chassis-mounted so they can take the strain of audiophile interconnects.

Digital Outputs: Two digital outputs, one optical (Toslink) and one coaxial (RCA), are provided for sending signal to the digital input terminals of a receiver, outboard D/A converter, or CD recorder.

Analog Output: The CD player also features a stereo RCA output for analog connection.

Headphone Jack: The unit has a front panel 1/4" headphone jack with level control. The high-grade headphone circuit incorporates a high-speed buffer amplifier to enable headphone listening of high quality sound reproduction.

Remote Input/Output: Two RCA jacks (1 In/1 Out) are provided for connecting the player and another Marantz A/V component for system remote control purposes. The accompanying switch allows you to select the remote control mode you desire: External (when the player is connected to another component's remote control jacks) or Internal (when the player is used as a standalone component).


Audio Enhancers: The Marantz CD5005 incorporates various audio adjustments to enhance your listening experience.

  • Audio EX Function: The Audio EX mode is provided in order for you to enjoy  high quality sound based on how you have connected the CD5005 to your amplifier. Audio EX bypasses the pitch control, mutes the digital output, and shuts the FL display off completely. With those three potential noise sources eliminated, you'll be able to hear everything just as the artists intended. There are three settings - Off (digital signal is only output when the pitch control setting is 0), EX 1 (offers better overall sound), EX 2 (offers best sound from analog outputs).
  • Display On/Off Function:  The CD5005 features a Dot Matrix FL display . The "Display Off" function enables the main unit display to be turned of. By turning off this display, the pulsive noise generated from the display is reduced, thus eliminating its effects on the music signals.
  • Pitch Control: The "Pitch Control" functions enables the play speed (pitch) to be varied over a +/-12 step. This feature is particularly useful for musical instrument practice sessions. This function is only possible when playing back audio CDs only.

Search Options: The CD5005 offers the following search options.

  • Direct Search: Directly enter the track number on the remote control to play the desired track.
  • Track Skip: Skip to the next or previous track or the beginning of the current track.
  • Forward/Reverse Search: For searching for a particular part of the current track, you can search forward or backward.

Playback Functions: The CD5005 provides the following options for disc playback.

  • Repeat Play: You can repeat playback of one track, the entire disc, or specific portions of a track (A-B repeat).
  • Random Play: You can play all tracks of the disc or folder in random order.
  • Program Play: You can arrange and play tracks on a disc in a specific sequence. Up to 25 tracks can be programmed. As you are selecting tracks, the display will show the number of tracks in the program, and the total playing time of the programmed tracks. During program play, you can repeat the entire list of programmed tracks, or play them in random order.

Remote Control: In addition the unit's from panel controls, the single CD player comes supplied with a dedicated full-feature IR remote control for wireless operation of the CD5005. In addition, the remote has controls for a connected Marantz amplifier with input selection, volume control, and mute.

Auto Standby: With Auto Standby On, you can automatically set this unit to standby mode after the CD player is in stop-mode (no operation) continuously for approximately 30 minutes.

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Why did you buy this?

My Marantz CD5003 lasted seven years with daily use. [ James  Dec 10, 2016 ]
Quality of build and sound. Also function features such as random play and programmable track selection. [ William E.  Oct 15, 2016 ]
Chad suggested it. My radio station has used them. I've used other Marantz products and found them to be reliable. Chad's Bio: [ Frank  Aug 24, 2016 ]
Friend recommended for new home stereo...great reviews [ TAD J.  Apr 01, 2016 ]
Purchased this model about a year ago for my family room and has performed flawlessly. This one is for my big system in the basement; powered by a vintage pioneer SX-1050 receiver. Very satisfied with this product. [ David  Mar 20, 2016 ]
Liked comments and seemed as if would suit my church. [ James M.  Feb 08, 2016 ]
good reviews [ edward  Dec 12, 2015 ]
Great reviews. Also saw it being used in a high end store as one of their source CD players for some fairly expensive equipment. They felt the sound quality was as good as the more expensive Marantz CD players. [ ANN-KATRIN  Dec 10, 2015 ]

3 questions already asked

Not to my knowledge. I went thru the on line manual and the quick start manual and there is nothing on formatting a disk. I put a blank CD in mine and it just comes up with a 00:00 play time. If it had a format function, you would think it would recognize the blank, and ask if you wanted to format. I believe it is a player only, and has no "burn" capabilities. [ Glenn  May 08, 2016 ]
This is a CD Player, not a CD recorder, so therefore the answer would be no. [ Arthur  May 07, 2016 ]
I think so. I'm not as tech savvy as others so you may want to send an emailed question to the manufacturer. I have not encountered any issues with any of my CD's, both home made and store bought. [ The receiver buyer  May 06, 2016 ]
I cannot answer that because I have only played commercial cd's, but the sound quality through the Marantz is better than previous players I have had including Yamaha, Denon, Sony and TEAC. [ Brian  May 06, 2016 ]
I have had no problems with my Marantz, playing almost daily for around 10 months. [ Brian  May 06, 2016 ]
Hi Michael, I am so glad that I can talk to a real person I really want to let you know that my brand new CD player is broken after using it 3 times what can I do? [ Sheila  Jun 24, 2015 ]
I haven't used this feature yet and I operate it in EX2 mode and the features seem to be different in the different modes. But isn't it usual for there to be silence between the tracks anyway? [ Bruce  Jun 18, 2015 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy  Sep 08, 2014 ]  Staff