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Marantz CD6005

Single-disc CD player/USB port for iPod®/iPhone®

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Seriously musical sound

Enjoy impressive sonic performance from every disc in your CD library or every music track on your iPod or iPhone with the Marantz CD6005. This capable disc player serves up rich, organic sound, revealing layers of subtle details that will have you exploring your music collection deep into the night. How'd they do it? First, Marantz got all the technical details right, borrowing technology from their top-notch Reference series players for vanishingly low distortion, ruler flat frequency response, and ultra-low noise levels. And then they took one more highly important step, fine-tuning the sound to impart life and musicality that go beyond mere technical perfection. This is the hallmark of all great audio components.

Trickle-down technology for top performance

The CD6005 features a range of reference-class technologies from Marantz's high-end disc players for out-of-this-world performance at a more down to earth price. Its precision disc transport and double-layered bottom chassis resist vibrations that can adversely affect sound. Marantz's exclusive HDAM op-amps in the D/A and analog output stages use discrete circuit elements in place of noisy, low-powered integrated circuits to provide wider dynamic range and frequency response for the utmost musical fidelity. A high-current power supply delivers plenty of clean juice for lively, low-noise playback.

Better sound from your iPod and headphones, too

Marantz also outfitted the CD6005 with a handy front-panel USB port that lets you plug in an iPod, iPhone, iPad®, or even a thumb drive that's loaded with tunes for listening through your home audio system. Plus, this direct digital connection bypasses your player's built-for-earbuds circuitry, taking advantage of the CD6005's high-end digital-to-analog-converter for the best possible sound from your portable music library.

The '6005 also boasts a built-in headphone amplifier with an all-discrete component design for robust output and the ability to properly drive a wide variety of headphones, regardless of impedance or sensitivity. The gold-plated, full-sized output jack is compatible with audiophile headphones, and is equipped with an independent front-panel volume control for convenient, high-quality private listening.

Looking for a great amplifier to pair with this CD player? Check out the Marantz PM6005.

Product Highlights:

  • plays CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs plus MP3, WMA, and AAC CDs
  • front-panel USB input (type A) for USB flash drive, iPod®, iPad®, or iPhone®
  • USB input supports WAV, MP3, AAC, and WMA file playback
  • high-performance 192kHz/24-bit Cirrus Logic CS4398 digital-to-analog converter
  • double-layered metal bottom plate for vibration resistance
  • centralized disc mechanism resists vibration for improved sound quality
  • Marantz HDAM® (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module)-SA2 used in analog circuitry for faster signal transfer and better transient response
  • robust, high-speed power supply for rich, dynamic sound
  • remote
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs
  • gold-plated stereo analog outputs
  • built-in headphone amplifier with full-size headphone jack and volume control
  • remote control input/output (for use with Marantz receivers and amps with a compatible remote control in/out jack)
  • detachable power cable
  • frequency response: 2Hz - 20kHz
  • dynamic range: 100 dB
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 110 dB
  • total harmonic distortion: 0.002%
  • 17-3/8"W x 4-1/8"H x 15-1/8"D
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Single-Disc CD player
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Wireless remote (RC001PMCD)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 3' RCA stereo patch cord
  • 2' Coaxial digital cable (with one RCA plug on each end)
  • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
  • Getting Started booklet
  • Safety Instructions
  • Limited Warranty Information (US/CA)

I paired this player with a new Yamaha receiver for my work room. The upgrade was well worth it. Sound quality is over the top.

Alan, Boise,ID


Marantz CD6005 Reviews

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(39 Reviews)

Marantz CD 6005

Michael from Raleigh, NC on 5/17/2016

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I have a decent system - Gallo speakers and a class A amp; I also am a professional classical guitarist so I have a pretty good ear. I put the Marantz into my system to replace a YBA YC201 that stopped working. The YBA new was priced around $1,200.00 - more than double the cost of the Marantz. Any thoughts that the Marantz would "down-level" my system were dispelled as soon as I hooked it up and played my first CD. (I usually use Diana Krall followed by Toru Takemitsu as my testers). Beside the characteristic warmth that one expects from the brand, I observed that that sound was very accurate. All of the instruments and the human voice were well-defined and sounded true to their 'nature'. Additionally, I love the USB input and can now play music from my puter or thumb drive.

Pros: good sound - easy to use - USB inputs

Cons: none

Great DVD Player Well Worth The Price

NeedToVent from San Antonio, TX on 5/8/2016

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The Marantz CD6005 delivers extremely clear sound, especially in the high frequency range, just as advertised. In fact, the performance of this CD player far exceeds the Denon CD player I replaced it with, and the actual cost of this unit was very similar to that of the Denon -- without doubt the price is clearly worth the performance delivered by the CD6005. Sam, my Customer Service Rep at Crutchfield, once again provided valuable information regarding this CD player vs. the other ones I was interested in purchasing. Delivery was right on time.

Pros: Excellent sound quality -- especially for the money.

Cons: None.

Outstanding product - rave review

Jeff from Bowling Green, KY on 4/22/2016

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I just added this unit to my Garage / Man Cave Hi-Fi system and I'm thrilled with the sound quality with my CD collection. The sound is incredible. The operation of the unit is simple and the unit is well constructed. An unexpected bonus is the quality of sound delivered when connecting my I-Pod / I-Phone.....even those sound better than ever as they play through the DAC circuitry and controlling the tracks with the unit remote is handy as heck. Top notch product and I'm very pleased.

Pros: Exceptional sound quality both with cd and I-pod / I-phone. Remote control features are outstanding. The tray operates smoothly and the unit is superbly constructed.

Cons: It is difficult to leave my garage now :-)

Excellent Player

Mike from Ballston Spa New York from ballston spa, NY on 3/20/2016

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I've had this player for almost two weeks now.This is an excellent player for the money. Sound is bright and clear. A huge difference from my old player. The USB port sounds excellent as well from my I-Pod classic. You can skip songs with the Marantz control while playing your I-Pod. I had no idea how "hollow" my old player sounded. This Marantz player woke up my entire collection. It is paired with a Harman Kardon 125 watt/channel receiver, Kenwood graphic Equalizer, and Bose 301 speakers. The Crutchfield staff assisted me in choosing this player and it is a home run!

Pros: Excellent sound. Door action is very smooth. USB port sounds excellent as well. Crutchfield staff is very helpful.

Cons: None at this time

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Alan from Boise,ID on 2/27/2016

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I paired this player with a new Yamaha receiver for my work room. The upgrade was well worth it. Sound quality is over the top.

Pros: Simple and user friendly.

Cons: A little pricey but worth it.

Marantz 6005 CD Player

Robert A. from Kennesaw, GA on 2/1/2016

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An excellent addition to one of my two audio systems. Works well with Yamaha receiver and 4 Polk speakers (TSX 550t and R1A). Sound is mellow, rather than harsh, which is my preference. The usb connection works well and allows constant uninterrupted listening pleasure of my choice, which, combined with my CD and Dual 1229Q turntable, provides me the listening options I was looking for. Price point is very good. I highly recommend, although I acknowledge the subjective and non-technical perspective of my review.

Pros: Sound quality, ease of use, integrates well with system components.

Cons: Remote buttons could be enhanced to provide user with basic functions.

Excellent player

PD from Massachusetts on 1/7/2016

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This cd player is the best one I have ever owned. CD's that I have listened to for years sound so much fuller and vibrant. It is worth the price.

Pros: Excellent sound quality and build construction


Worth it!

Gary from Texas on 1/1/2016

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Simply the best CD player I ever owned.

Pros: Smooth in operation, looks great, matches perfectly with the rest of my Marantz set up, and has a great remote.

Cons: Too bad everybody cant have one!

Couldn't ask for more at this price.

Jeff from West Virginia on 12/29/2015

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This cd player is even better than my thousand dollar player for half the price.

Pros: Good build quality, smooth cd tray, open airy sound.

Cons: Wish the remote would work my Yamaha integrated amp.

Great Quality

RichardW from Falls Church, VA on 12/10/2015

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When using the unit for the first time I was struck by the quality of the hardware... the simple sound of the tray opening was a revelation for me... a huge improvement over the old plastic tray cd player I had before. Hearing the music only confirmed for me that this was money well spent. I go back some forty years with Marantz and I have owned (and still do) two Marantz amps. The quality of sound, the convenience of the usb port in front to use with my iPad, iPod and iPhone is great. I can use remotes from either the amp or the cd player to control both. I have only had the unit a few weeks, but so far so good!



Just what I wanted

Don from Iowa on 12/5/2015

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I own vintage and new Marantz receivers, turntables and cd players . Purchasing the cd6005 is allowing me to rediscover and really enjoy my cd library. Crutchfield delivers on price and service and that is why I continue to come back.

Pros: Quality, price, sound reproduction, everything I am looking for.

Cons: none


Doesn't work from Florida on 12/1/2015

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Got this thing tonight at 7:45PM from UPS. Hooked it up. Says "no disc" on brand new discs. Quality Control is not so good I guess. First time buying from Crutchfield. They are sending me another one but I was really looking forward to having this one after reading all the rave reviews here.

Pros: None

Cons: It doesn't play CD's.

DAC makes the difference

Tom from Massachusetts on 9/28/2015

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At first, It may not be obvious why spending this amount of money on a CD player - the equivalent of > 4 years of Spotify premium subscription - would make sense. After all, Apple devices and online services provide ubiquitous access to any tune, anywhere, anytime . And if you invest a few extra dollars in a "real" pair of cans, it sounds actually ok. I thought. At least, until I plugged my headphones (V-moda or Sennheiser momentum2) in the Marantz CD6005 and played a classical music CD (Decca, 478 6775, 2015 recording in my case): the Marantz CD6005 conveyed an entirely new dimension of spatial resolution compared connecting the same headset directly to the iPhone. This effect can (partially) be replicated if the Apple device is connected via the USB input on the front panel of the Marantz CD6005, accessing the Marantz CD6005 DAC and headphone amplifier. In summary, I would recommend the Marantz CD6005 to an audiophile friend. The package of CD player, USB accessible DAC and discrete headphone amplifier is convincing. Especially for classical music or Jazz (not sure Bluegrass music needs it; but I may be wrong there)

Pros: transparency and resolution of of music - "sound"; simplicity of design and function (except for remote control) front panel USB for DAC access and built-in headphone amplifier

Cons: Complex remote control with too many buttons (50 ! sic) for my taste; 6 high quality push buttons + a volume knob would be enough.

Rediscover your CDs

Mark from North Carolina on 9/21/2015

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When paired with the Marantz integrated amp, the sound is simply amazing. Going from an old Technics CD turntable to this unit is an unfair comparison. It all starts with the weight - compared to the amp, this CD player seems just as hefty. And the sound is crystal clear with amazing detail. You can even disable unused outputs and other functions to improve the sound quality.

Pros: quality, sound, easy to use, matches perfect with the Marantz PM6005 amp, remote is flawless


Wimpy Headphone Amp

MarkV from Nashville, TN on 9/16/2015

Great player, the analog output beats the pants off the DAC in my Marantz 5008 receiver. I found the headphone amp to sound wimpy with my HD-650s.

Pros: Great DAC and analog output. Speedy disc reads. Handsome looks. Excellent remote.

Cons: Could use more DAC inputs, headphone amp doesn't quite drive my HD-650 headphones.

Marantz CD-6005

Ed G from Florida on 9/3/2015

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Checked many CD players as I had an old Sony ES which was great, but the transport gave out, which is well documented. Looked at many different brands up to a $600 limit. The reviews favored the Marantz CD-6005. I have a small room and did not think I would really get a dynamic soundstage. However, I was wrong. Even in my small room the Marantz CD-6005 gave an enlarged soundstage and I was amazed that I could pick out each instrument and its location. I am very satisfied with my choice, and for my small room size and the cost, I feel this unit is unbeatable.

Pros: Excellent sound stage and dynamics. Smooth operation. Separate headphone output with adjustable volume is a plus.

Cons: Remote does not have an open and close for the CD tray.

Great Value

Joe from Rhode Island on 8/31/2015

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This CD player has breathed new life into my whole music collection. I paired it with the PM6005 integrated amp and the combination has reawakened my love of music... I have the system plugged into a pair of Klipsch KG2.5s which I've always felt were underwhelming (until now.) CD player buttons feel solid and are simple to use.

Pros: Well built, value for money, balanced and detailed soundstage

Cons: chintzy feeling interconnect cables in box

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Anonymous from Wausau WI on 7/3/2015

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Not impressed. Lacks mid-range punch



Marantz CD Player

Andy from Georgia on 4/20/2015

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Excellent product, clear & easy functions. Great sound & control system.

Pros: Easy to use controls & remote.

Cons: None

Great CD Player

PJ from California on 4/8/2015

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A really great sounding CD Player.

Pros: Crisp, clean, clear sound.

Cons: None that I can think of.

The perfect addition

Geoff from Washington on 4/3/2015

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I purchased the Marantz CD6005 CD Changer to be used in tandem with the Marantz PM6005 integrated amplifier. The pair work beautifully together. The CD player produces sound which is crisp and clear.

Pros: Wonderful sound. Simple to operate.

Cons: A minor one: remote does not appear to have the capability to open and close the disc tray.

Great CD Player

John from Kalamazoo MI on 1/29/2015

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I bought this CD player as part of a 2-channel audio setup. It is a great unit and a perfect fit with the matching Marantz PM6005 2-channel amplifier. This combination really brings the music to life by providing detailed and spacious sound that easily fills any room. The unit is easy to use the USB input is a nice feature if you want to use your I-Pod as a source.

Pros: Remote works well on both the Marantz CD player and Amp. Crutchfield are great to deal with in that they provide unbiased advice and their delivery time is fast.

Cons: I see that the unit is currently out of stock - even if you are in half a mind to buy this unit then I suggest you don't hesitate when it is restocked.

Super Nice CD Player

Syscokid from Groovy Beach, CA on 1/23/2015

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Got tired of replacing the belts for the carousel tray of my long-gone Integra 6 disk CD Player. For the last 3 years, I started relying on my Panasonic Blu Ray Player for CD listening. Havn't been using it much. The Marantz turned out to be a breath of fresh air. Huge difference. Very detailed yet warm, not ear fatiguing especially at louder volumes. The music now has so much more dimension to what I got used to. I previously have gotten into a goofy habit of only listening into Multi or 5 Channel mode, but not anymore. The Icing with this Marantz is the Headphone capabilities. I've rarely used headphones in the last 30 years to listen to my music. What an awakening...I can't believe some of the details I've been missing. Decent Headphones are a must. Very happy with the purchase of the Marantz CD6005.

Pros: Great Sound reproduction. Cosmetically nice and understated. Looks and feels like a very solid build. Discrete Built-In Headphone Amp performs beautifully.

Cons: None

New life for old CDs

Dave N from Massachusetts on 12/19/2014

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When my old Denon CD player died I spent many years playing my CDs on the DVD player. It was not the best way to listen to music. When I connected the new Marantz player I discovered what I had been missing. The music sounds better than ever before, and the headphone amplifier reveals details I never knew existed.

Pros: Good solid quality. Great sound.

Cons: None if you like to spend a lot of time listening to music.

CD6005 Sonic Excellence

EL from California on 12/13/2014

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Great sounds from both CD and ipod input. Build quality is solid. No blinding ultra bright LEDs which distract from the whole point of the matter, the music. The ipod direct functionality which bypasses ipod DACs and runs a digital signal into the marantz DACs produces a surprising improvement in sound quality. I'm running my ipod touch into the CD6005 into an old mid range model Cambridge integrated feeding my excellent def tech mythos STS towers. Simple system providing musical sounds in my primary living space. For comparison purposes, my 2 channel rig has my aged but excellent sony 777es, a 50 lb. top loader with excellent DACs. Marantz sounds a bit warmer while the 777ES is a bit more detailed and resolving. If your on the fence on this one, buy it and give it a test run in your system.

Pros: Great sounds, built quality, and ipod direct mode which charges the ipod, bypass ipod DACs, and feeds signal into the excellent marantz DACs.

Cons: None

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John K from Northern Virginia on 10/26/2014

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I had given up on CDs. They never sounded warm or accurate to me. I admit I am (or had been) a vinyl man. I would purchase CDs purely for their content and ease of input into ITunes. Then I purchased this CD player as a bundle with the Marantz PM6005 amplifier. I am now so sorry that I sold many of my CDs. The intergrated DAC (Digital to Analog) processor is amazing. Finally warm and clear from a digital source. Three distinct levels of processoring, from totally digital output to fully analog. Even my 60 year old ears can hear a clear difference. Plugging my IPOD Classic into the USB port, totally shocked how good it sounded, as close to a WAV file as an MP3 can get. Never before enjoyed the sound of my IPOD through an external amplifier. Added bonus, the IPOD can be controlled manually or through the remote control. Purely subjective, as music should be, but by far the best CD carrier I had ever heard.

Pros: The DAC is amazing. USB input for IPOD or Hard-drive.

Cons: Not enough time to listen and enjoy.

Nice Dedicated CD Player

BC from DC from Bethesda, MD on 10/20/2014

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I have a system with Conrad Johnson electronics and Martin Logan speakers and was feeding it with a cheap Sony DVD CD player. The old player certainly seemed like the weak link in $10k plus system and I wanted to upgrade. The Marantz sounds more dynamic than the Sony player and operates quicker and smoother. Yesterday I tried iTunes radio using the USB connector on the Marantz and it sounded surprisingly listenable without nasty compression even at above background music levels. Customer service was great! I ordered it on a weekday and had it the next day!

Pros: Sounds great, operates quickly and smoothly, shows song titles on enabled CDs, USB connection on front panel.

Cons: No optical input to use internal DAC for streaming from a digital source.

Great replacement CD player

BK from Cedarburg, WI on 9/29/2014

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This CD player replace an ancient Denon player that had a transport mechanism that had died a decade ago. This failure was fatal The Marantz sounds great and was easy to set up. I miss the ease of selecting specific tracks on the CD player itself, but the remote is functional an integrates with the Marantz amp. Since what I really want is a solid CD player that is not musically noticeable and adds and subtracts nothing, I am pleased with this purchase thus far.



Big difference

JBisb from Bisbee AZ on 9/20/2014

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I'm upgrading from a Sherwood CD player, and was trying not to expect too much. I'm very happy with my purchase, because of the dramatic difference. I'm a classical music fan, and there was a difficulty with the lower registers(cello, etc.). That's all solved now, since there is just a great deal more information coming through.

Pros: Sound is more distinct and complex

Cons: None so far.

Crystal Clear

RRR3 from Sammamish, WA on 7/26/2014

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I haven't had a CD player in years and have been using a BluRay player when needed. This unit has replaced my BR player and I'm happy I got it. I was looking for two main features...good DAC and good headphone amp. I sampled the player with a CD and a good pair of headphones and the sound is flawless. Perfect match to my Marantz receiver.



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Myron from Cincinnati on 6/17/2014

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I have listened to many CD players since their first introduction . The most expensive player I've owned was a well respected LaserDisc Cd combo player that sold for more than $1000 in the mid '80s (My how technology has changed) and have listened to many 'high end' players at the Boutique Audio Salons. This player has that High End Sound at an Affordable price. (Well reviewed in a British audio magazine.)

Pros: This player has a rhythm and pace that allow the music to sound more like a live performance than a jumbled mess of instruments playing together. Sort of like a high school band vs a Symphony Orchestra. They can both play the same song but once it has that rightness about it. Plays beautiful music.

Cons: Doesn't like dirty or scratched disc. Won't play Flac music files through USB.

Just what I needed

chr from Portland, OR on 5/26/2014

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I wanted a high quality unit with USB capabilities. This definitely satisfied my requirements.

Pros: Sound Stability Ease of use


Nice Player

Tyson from Palmer,AK on 4/27/2014

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The CD6005 is a great value w/ great sound and solid construction.

Pros: Sound Quality, component isolation, overall build quality. The usb port is also a nice addition

Cons: Doesn't play FLAC. Headphone amp not powerful enough to use w/ 300 ohm cans (headphone amp needed).

Marantz CD6005 - a very nice CD player

GaryW from Cincinnati, OH on 3/24/2014

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The trend seems to be away from CDs and more toward digital media but I have a collection of CDs that I wanted to play at home and in the car. I was looking for a "good" CD player for use with my Home Theater system of components. I found it with the Marantz CD6005. This is an excellent CD player. Many years ago I had a couple of Marantz components and I am glad to report that the name still means quality. There are many multiple CD players available from many manufacturers including Marantz however I decided to purchase this single CD player. I wanted the player to contain high quality components but less mechanical parts used to control five or six disks. If you can not move to your CD player to change disks, you will want a CD changer but if you want the best sound for your money one disk at a time, the CD6005 is an excellent buy. I am happy with the sound and operation of this unit. The remote control that Marantz includes can be used for additional components if you so choose. If you have an important CD collection and are not stuck with just downloadable media, this high end CD player is an excellent choice.

Pros: Single disk player (less mechanical parts which can lead to problems in the future), good remote, quality components, good headphone jack amplification, The Marantz name

Cons: None thus far

Crystal Clear

EdgardoV from Bayamon, Puerto Rico on 1/17/2014

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It's been almost three weeks since I received my new CD6005. Not so light, but it is not a brick. Nice looking front fascia with simple and intuitive controls. I bought it primarily for it's headphone amplifier which, according to the manufacturer's literature, is a dedicated fully discrete one. One specification that popped out to my attention was the high speed, Schottky Barrier Diodes in the power supply section. These diodes are commonly found on higher priced equipment, which, to me, is a measure of Marantz commitment to manufacture high quality products. This makes for a really quite power supply section . It is still in the break-in period, along with a pair of Philips Fidelio X1 headphones, but the sound is so clear and detailed that you will swear those sounds were not there. The bass, on the other hand, is not so powerful, althogu is clean and tight. I switch back and forth between the X1's and Sennheiser HD598. There is still not so much bass. For the moment, I will continue the break-in period. For the future, I will pair it to a Woo Audio WA6 -SE vacuum tube headphone amplifier with a Sophia Princess Mesh Plate 274B rectifier tube and matched pair 6GL7/6EM7 drive/power tubes, plus one pair of 6GL7->6DE7 Teflon tube adapters. For sure, it will be another dimension.

Pros: Crystal clear sound (mids and highs), excellent looks, good price

Cons: Not so much bass

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bob mittermeier from scottsville ny on 12/31/2013

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this player is a vast improvement for the money !!!!




RC from Ricmond, VA on 12/30/2013

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Purchases this to replace and old Sony. The sound is so much better. CDs have much more depth and clarity. Highly recommended.

Pros: sound quality.

Cons: none but a bit pricey.

Mesmerizing music!

SantyE from Wall, NJ on 11/24/2013

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I have been listening to this impressive CD player for the last week and can honestly say that I am absolutely floored by the musicality and the pure clean sound it delivers. I had stopped using my CD player a few years ago, instead relying on my Sonos system to stream my FLAC files to my speakers. The audiophile bug slowly bit, and first I upgraded my speakers to the sublime Goldenear Triton sevens. Then I connected my Sonos to the amplifier via the Meridian Director DAC which brought my music to a different sonic level. Next I upgraded my amp to the Yamaha A S-2000, which improved my music even more (hard to believe, but true). I was sure i was done upgrading, but I kept looking at my old 5 disc CD player that was never getting used (the sound quality was easily sub-par when compared with my Sonos via the Meridian DAC) and decided on one final upgrade - the Marantz DC 6005. I am so happy with this CD player. I was sure that it would be difficult for any CD player to match the sound from my Meridian DAC, but this Marantz player is actually a little "cleaner" and more precise. While it may lack a little of the warmth of the Meridian DAC, I do not think this is bad and prefer the slightly crisper sound from this player. Of course, using the Sonos is still much more convenient, it is so much easier finding the artists you want to listen to, in addition to being able to stream music from services like MOG. But if I really want to critically listen to music, I use this player!

Pros: Clean, clear, crisp non-fatiguing sound

Cons: My wife's a little cross that my CD's have started coming out of storage!

Marantz CD 6005. A fantastic player and immense value for money. Its p

Masterpeice from Hot sunny desert, Arizona on 10/20/2013

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A stunning performance, then, and I am not surprised to see the CD6004 overtaken. But how did Marantz manage that? By retuning the parts for the power supply and audio circuitry. That's how. Well alright, the USB port at the front now handles WAV and charges iPads properly, even in standby. Oh, and the display has an extra line of text. Even the body looks the same (with the exception of shinier buttons) and mirrors the company's more expensive separates. At the back are identical connections: a set of analogue outputs next to digital coaxial and optical sockets. Be sure to fiddle with the player's sound mode. This turns off the display, the digital outputs, (or both) and improves sound quality. There's no stark contrast - unlike an old school bass boost - but listen for longer and you'll notice a more spacious, more subtle sound with both set to 'off' If you play your IPod through the front USB port, i was curious to see if the Marantz CD 6005 takes the unfettered digital signal, or an analogue signal? In addition, most docks take an analogue signal from the bottom of the ipod. So, What does Marantz this CD 6005 do? It takes the digital signal. Marantz CD6005: verdict Marantz has played it a little safe. But you don't get this far ahead and throw everything out in the name of innovation. When you've nailed this corner of the market, you don't need to do much else. The best has just been made better. Again.

Pros: Great dynamics and detail  Open and spacious delivery  Superbly musical  WAV-compatible USB

Cons: Nothing at this price


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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

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Audio Section
Disc & USB Playback
Convenience Features

Audio Section

Marantz HDAM Technology: Ordinary CD players employ conventional IC-based op-amps in the D/A and analog output sections, but the CD6005 is equipped with Marantz exclusive HDAM technology, which uses discrete circuit elements and not ICs. HDAM technology provides wide dynamic range and wide frequency response along with lowest distortion for the utmost musical fidelity

High Current Power Supply: For the most stable power to the various circuit blocks, the power supply employs high speed, high current Shottky Barrier Diodes in the AC-DC conversion circuit, and the power supply is fitted with high current storage capacitors for the most stable DC supply to the mechanical and electrical sections.

Reference Quality D/A Conversion: The CD6005 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. To prevent interference with the critical analog audio output circuitry, the digital audio circuit block is housed in its own shielded subsection.

Precision System Clock: The CD6004 employs a precision system clock to virtually eliminate any jitter for distortion-free music that sounds like the artist intended.

Fully Discrete Headphone Amplifier: The all discrete headphone amplifier section features the ability to properly drive the widest variety of headphone types, regardless of impedance or sensitivity, and the headphone output is equipped with a volume control. The gold plated ¼" jack is compatible with audiophile and studio headphone types and adapters.

Audio EX Function: For improved analog audio output fidelity, the Audio EX function lets you disable the front-panel fluorescent display, to minimize noise artifacts. You can also disable the digital audio outputs when listening via analog audio for even greater noise reduction.

Gold Plated Analog & Digital Outputs: The analog audio RCA outputs, along with the digital coaxial output connector, are all gold plated to ensure optimum signal transfer with no degradation.

  • Analog RCA Outputs: The CD player also features a stereo RCA output for analog connection.
  • Optical/Coaxial Digital Outputs: For optimum compatibility with digital audio amplifiers and decoders the CD6005 is equipped with both optical and coaxial digital audio outputs.

Rigid Chassis Design: The CD6005 CD player's front-panel is constructed from aluminum and glass-reinforced resin, which resists harmful resonances that can harm sonic quality. The panel is finished in a soft black tone, and features a graceful curvature that complements any home décor. The CD player also employs a double layered bottom plate to prevent unwanted resonance that could lead to distortion.

Disc & USB Playback

Disc Compatibility: The Marantz CD6005 Single Disc CD Player can play CD, CD-Text, CD-R, and CD-RW discs (both 12cm and 8cm discs). The CD6005 supports MP3, WMA, WAV, and AAC 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 512 total files and folders on a single disc. The unit will also display CD-Text, ID3, and WMA song/artist information.

Front-Panel USB Port: The CD player features a front-panel USB (type-A) port. The front panel port is designed for USB mass storage class devices, such as your Android smartphone/tablet or USB thumbdrive. The front-panel USB port is compatible with FAT16/FAT32 file systems and will play MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV files. The CD6005 can support 700 folders and 65,535 files per folder. The unit will also display MP3/WMA tag data information. The front-panel controls and supplied wireless remote will operate basic playback functions of your connected USB device. The 5V/1A USB  port will also charge your device while connected.

Compressed Music File Formats: The Marantz CD6005 supports the following compressed music files on CD-R/RW discs and USB.

File Format Sampling Frequency Bit Rate Extension
MP3 32/44.1/48 kHz 32-320 kbps .mp3
WMA 44.1 kHz 48-192 kbps .wma
AAC 32/44.1/48 kHz 8-320 kbps .m4a
Linear PCM 32/44.1/48 kHz 16-bit .wav

iPod/iPhone Direct: You can connect your iPod or iPhone to the front-panel USB port using the 30-pin or Lightning cable supplied with your Apple device (not included with this unit).  Sound quality is maximized by using the USB connection along with the CD6005's D/A converter. Playback can be controlled using the front-panel or remote buttons, or the iPod/iPhone itself. You can browse your iPod/iPhone's music library from the CD6005 by Album, Artist, Genre, Playlist, or Track. The CD6005 will also display song/artist information, as well as charge your iPod/iPhone. The unit is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compliant and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/25/2013):

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Unit/Remote iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
7th 1.02PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N
2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Convenience Features

Two-Line Florescent Display: For optimum visual clarity, the CD6005 features a deluxe two-line fluorescent display that features alphanumeric characters (up to 16) for song/artist information from CD-Text discs and MP3/WMA/AAC music tracks. The display is dimmable.

Remote Control: The supplied IR remote control features an easy to use ergonomic design, and can control the CD6005 as well as control the matching PM6005 integrated stereo amplifier (sold separately). The remote can also be used to control your USB-connected iPod or iPhone. The CD player also includes a Remote Input/Output and Flasher Input.

  • 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).
  • Flasher In: This 3.5mm minijack input is used to control this unit using an optional keypad (sold separately) from another room of your house.

Playback Functions: The Marantz CD player offers a variety of unique playback functions for CD & USB.

  • Direct Search: You can use the numeric keypad on the remote control to select a specific music track.
  • 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.
  • Timer Play: When this CD player is connected to a commercially available external audio timer (sold separately), the unit's power is switched on and media playback starts at the specified time.
  • A-B Repeat: You can specify the section within a track that you want to hear, and play it back repeatedly.

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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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Great reviews, matches the PM6005 and it's a Marantz!!!!! [ Gordon  May 17, 2016 ]
ratings [ israel  May 12, 2016 ]
This unit had excellent reviews as a CD player alone and in addition streams I-phone music running it through a processor to improve fidelity. It is awesome to have a CD player that supports older technology as well as new.Doubling its value to me. Way to go Marantz! [ Timothy  Jan 21, 2016 ]
After researching I believe this unit will deliver the quality and features I want with a reasonable price point. [ Joseph  Jan 20, 2016 ]
I picked this item based on the reviews I read and it's ability to play an iPhone or iPad via the front USB port. [ ROHAN  Jan 11, 2016 ]
Had trouble deciding whether a CD player should be multi-disk, or whether I wanted recording. Ultimately decided to opt for what most reviews indicated was the best, warmest sound. [ JAMES H  Dec 30, 2015 ]
I know the brand quality [ Gary  Dec 19, 2015 ]
My husband Julian actually selected this CD player. He's been viewing this amp on the Crutchfield site for some time. The plan is to configure the Marantz CD6005 to a 1961 HH Scott 299c tube amp with a pair of vintage University 315c speakers. Jules custom designed and built the speaker boxes for the 315C's. Thank you for carrying such high quality products. [ Patricia  Dec 11, 2015 ]
This was highly rated as an audiophile quality single CD player and I needed something to replace my 20 plus year old Nakamichi OMS5. [ cspagano  Dec 05, 2015 ]
Rave reviews in hi fi magazines [ Jeff  Dec 04, 2015 ]
Experience with company [ David Marc  Dec 04, 2015 ]

4 questions already asked

Yes, the random play feature works fine while playing a thumbdrive. Cheers, Joe [ Joseph  Apr 04, 2016 ]
I don't use the shuffle/random play feature, but the manual says that it is available when "playing files on a USB memory device." [ Marc  Apr 03, 2016 ]
Sorry, I just operate it simply with basic functions. [ JULIA  Apr 03, 2016 ]
I'm sorry that I cannot because I do not play files from a thumb drive. I can promise you that this will provide richer sound from your CD's than you can imagine, however. George [ George  Apr 02, 2016 ]
Yes. It's controlled by the remote. [ Clyde H.  Apr 02, 2016 ]
No, The resume feature works only with an iPod or USB device connected and if you already have the "Resume" feature "ON". The "Resume" feature normally are present in DVD Players and you are watching movies exclusively. If you play a music CD in a DVD player the "Resume" feature does not work either. [ VICTOR  Mar 01, 2016 ]
I don't think that ever happened, but I would not count on it. You can pause if for a really long time, but once it turns off, you start from the beginning. Really great sound and a solid performance though. [ Niels  Mar 01, 2016 ]
Sorry, but I have not used it enough to answer your question. [ JULIA  Mar 01, 2016 ]
No, it doesn't. It does "resume" on media attached to the USB port. [ Marc  Mar 01, 2016 ]
Sorry it took me so long to answer. Well, all I can tell you is I don't use the headphone jack. I use my receiver headphone jack but, since you asked the question, I plugged my Koss Tony Bennette signature series headphones into the Marantz and have plenty of power, but they are only 38 ohm. I don't know if this helps you but, I love the Marantz and I love Crutchfield! [ KEITH  Jan 15, 2015 ]
I don't know. I don't have headphones like that to try. Sorry. [ MICHAEL  Jan 13, 2015 ]
I'm not so into the technical side of things, but it powers my Denon AHD-2000 fairly well. Could be a little better. They are 25ohm though. Hope that helps somewhat. [ BRANDON  Jan 12, 2015 ]
No. Only play mp3, WMA and AAC formats. [ VICTOR  Mar 01, 2016 ]
Sorry, I can't help you with this one. I bought this great player for cd play only and am pretty much illiterate as far as the other features. [ KEITH  Apr 09, 2014 ]
Yes [ DEWEY  Apr 09, 2014 ]
Yes yes it does [ JAY  Apr 09, 2014 ]
Good question. I will burn some flac files on a disc and try playing them and get back to you. However, I can say that it plays audio CD's flawlessly, bringing out every detail in the music. [ SANTHOSH  Apr 09, 2014 ]
I do not have an answer to this question. [ DENNIS P  Apr 09, 2014 ]
I'm sorry, but I don't know what flac files are. I play CDs on it, and it works very, very well. I am quite happy with it. [ EDMOND  Apr 09, 2014 ]