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Marantz SA8001

Stereo SACD/CD player

5 Reviews

Item # 642SA8001

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Our take on the Marantz SA8001

Since the 1950s, Marantz has been making equipment designed to please audiophiles, and the SA8001 Super Audio CD player is no exception. From its rugged construction to its state of the art internal components, the SA8001 lives up to Marantz's reputation for solid, reliable equipment and remarkably faithful sound reproduction. The '8001 takes full advantage of SACD's wider frequency response and better dynamic range to create lifelike music with a broad soundstage and pinpoint imaging.

Since the 1950s, Marantz has been making equipment designed to please audiophiles, and the SA8001 Super Audio CD player is no exception. From its rugged construction to its state of the art internal components, the SA8001 lives up to Marantz's reputation for solid, reliable equipment and remarkably faithful sound reproduction. The '8001 takes full advantage of SACD's wider frequency response and better dynamic range to create lifelike music with a broad soundstage and pinpoint imaging.

A specially designed disc mechanism, double-layer bottom chassis, and aluminum front panel all resist vibrations that can hinder performance. A hefty power supply delivers clean current for continuously reliable playback. High-end digital-to-analog converters accurately reproduce audio tracks with amazing clarity and detail. And the SA8001 gives you gold-plated outputs to ensure the best signal transfer to your stereo system.

Product Highlights:

  • stereo playback for SACDs, CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs
  • exclusive Marantz disc mechanism
  • zero impedance copper ground plate for analog terminals
  • double-layered bottom chassis
  • audiophile grade power supply with toroidal transformer
  • SACD Text
  • remote
  • detachable power cord
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs for CD playback
  • stereo analog outputs (unbalanced)
  • headphone jack
  • remote control input/output (for use with Marantz receivers and amps with a compatible remote control in/out jack)
  • SACD specs:
    • frequency response: 2Hz - 50kHz
    • dynamic range: 112 dB
  • CD specs:
    • frequency response: 2Hz - 20kHz
    • dynamic range: 100 dB
  • 192kHz/24-bit Cirrus Logic D/A converter with digital filter
  • 17-5/16"W x 5-1/16"H x 14-13/16"D
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Super Audio CD player
  • Wireless remote (RC8001SA)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 6' AC power cord
  • 3' RCA stereo patch cord
  • 2 Coaxial digital cable (with one RCA plug on each end)
  • User Guide (English/French)
  • Limited Warranty
  • Marantz Canada warranty

Marantz SA8001 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(5 Reviews)

This SACD/CD player is the best!

Robert from Fredericksburg, Texas on 9/22/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Listening to this top af the line SACD/CD player; compared to other cheaper makes and models that I have had over the years, is like the difference between night and day. The smoothness of the sound, the stereo separation, are beyond reproach. Play your cd's, of whatever type, and you will here them anew. You will hear sounds, voices, and instuments that you never heard before; when these cd's were played on lesser equipment. This is absolutely the best purchase, for the money, that I have ever made on audio equipment. Listen to the Marantz 8001 SACD Player, and know that there is truth in the proverbial saying; " You get what you pay for." This is a stunning piece of audio equipment!



A smooth as silk

Reginald from Walnut Creek,CA on 8/22/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It's so nice to come home from a hard day's work to hear the smooth, silky tone of the Marantz SA 8001 SACD/CD player. The 8001 has a sound out of this world. The bass is very low but always under control. the mid range is smooth as silk. the Hi range is very sweet. The sound stage is wide and deep. The noise floor is very low. And to get all of this for this price, need i say more!



WOW Factor

GERALD from East Hampstead, NH on 3/16/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My equipment, all from Crutchfield, includes:Polk LTi12 speakers with sub, Denon DRA-6971CIHD Stereo Receiver, and an old Sony multi-disc player. I decided to try a single disc player by buying the Manantz SA8001. The other reviewers are spot on with this player. And to be brief, my comment on this players audio ability with the various cds, both SACD and Redbook cds is "WOW". You do have to hear it to believe it ! Crutchfield, thanks again for great customer support and fast shipping.



Superb value for the serious listner

Charles from SF Bay Area on 12/29/2007

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This unit is designed to play Superaudio CDs (SACDs) and normal CDs in stereo, only. For someone who really cares about sound quality, this really hits the sweet spot on the price / performance trade-off curve. The quality when playing SACDs is outstanding and very enjoyable. I am also glad to report that this model does an amazingly good job reproducing ordinary CDs as well. To my taste, the CD sound is more musical than I can obtain from a highly regarded, $1000 DAC, that I have in my equipment rack. I can also state that it beats the Sony SCD-C2000ES in sound quality for both CD and SACD stereo playback (as it should for more than twice the price). I have owned the unit for only 1 month, so I can't speak to reliability. It does come with a 3-year warranty. My 5 star rating is for excellent sound quality and ergonomics.



Marantz SA8001

Mark from Wheaton Maryland on 7/23/2007

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Weighs 17 lbs.Good headphone performance.Very good tight bass.Cymbals clean and clear.<BR> It comes with a very skimpy A/C powercord that is meant to be replaced with a much thicker and substantial one.I'm using P.S. Audio 10 gauge Prelude A/C powercord.It makes a considerable difference.A nice upgrade.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Disc Capacity 1
CD Transport Only No
Disc Exchange N/A
Track Programming 30
Random Play Single Disc
Disc Naming No
Direct Track Access Yes
Direct Disc Access N/A
Remote Included
Display Color Blue
Multiple CD Player Control ---
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years
CD-R Playback Yes
CD-RW Playback Yes
MP3 Playback No
SACD Playback 2-Channel
CD Frequency Response 2-20k Hz
Signal to Noise Ratio Not Given
SACD Frequency Response 2-50k Hz
SACD Dynamic Range 112 dB
SACD THD 0.001 %
Digital Optical Output 1
Digital Coaxial Output 1
Headphone Standard

Product Research

Inputs and Outputs Notes


Disc Compatibility: The Marantz SA8001 Super Audio CD player can play the following discs:

  • Single layer Super Audio CDs: These discs contain a single HD (high density) layer, which can contain a high quality stereo area and a high quality multi-channel area. These discs are playable only on an SA-CD compatible unit such as the SA8001
  • Dual layer Super Audio CDs: These discs contain two HD layers for longer playing times which can contain stereo and multi-channel areas. The information is recorded on one side only, so the discs do not have to be turned. These discs are playable only on an SA-CD compatible unit.
  • Hybrid Layer Disc: These discs contain a high density SA-CD layer and a conventional CD layer, allowing them to be played either on an SA-CD-compatible unit or on a regular CD player.
  • Conventional Audio CDs
  • CD-R
  • CD-RW

Note: The SA8001 is a stereo-only player, and cannot play high-quality multi-channel audio areas.

Super Audio: The Super Audio standard is based on Direct Stream Digital (DSD) technology. This direct-stream digital format comprises a 1-bit system that has a digital sampling frequency that is 64 times higher than that of a conventional audio CD (2,822,400 vs. 44,100). SA-CD produces a frequency response of over 100 kHz and a 120 dB dynamic range over the entire audible spectrum. Because of the way the inaudible frequencies mix with the audible frequencies, the sound that is heard is more natural.

Super Audio DAC: The SA8001 uses a high performance 192 kHz/24-bit Cirrus Logic CS4397 Digital-to-Analog Converter with a digital filter for exceptional signal processing.

HDAM (High Definition Amplifier Module): Marantz uses HDAMs instead of standard op-amps, rendering a more dynamic sound and less susceptibility to radiated noise, heat, and vibration. In addition to Marantz's proprietary HDAM-SA (Super Audio) signal transfer modules, audio path circuits boast custom-selected and, in some cases, custom-made internal components chosen for their combined contribution to overall signal quality.

Toroidal Transformer: This type of transformer produces less vibration and magnetic leakage flux. The materials and manufacturing process of the ring-shaped core are strictly controlled to reduce vibration, while the short-ring attached to the perimeter of the transformer reduces magnetic leakage flux.

Large Capacitance Block Capacitor: A large capacity 3300uF block capacitor is incorporated into the power supply circuit.

Chassis: The chassis of the SA8001 is copper-coated with an aluminum front panel and a double layered bottom chassis to prevent any unwanted vibration that may cause sound quality distortion.

Terminals: The CD player uses audiophile grade selected components and terminals, plus a zero impedance copper ground plate for analog terminals which all together provide excellent signal transfer from your CD player to your amplifier.

Sound Mode: When you play a hybrid Super Audio disc, you can specify the layer to play, CD or SACD. Using the Start Sound Mode setting you can also specify which layer plays by default.

Digital Outputs: This unit is equipped with two digital outputs, one optical and one coaxial, which are active only when playing a standard CD. There is no digital signal output during SA-CD playback.

SA-CD Text Compatible: This unit can display the disc name and artist name for SA-CD Text discs only. If the information is longer than 12 characters, the display will scroll right to left.

Scroll/Recall: Use the Scroll/Recall button to scroll text while displaying text information in a Super Audio CD disc that supports TEXT. This button is also used for checking the programmed tracks during a program or when a program is stopped.

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.

Display: The display can be set to show current track/elapsed time, current track/remaining time, remaining time for entire disc, and SA-CD Text information (Album Title and Album Artist in Stop Mode, Track Title in Play Mode). The display can also be dimmed or turned off.

Playback Options: The SA8001 provide the following options for disc playback:

  • 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. No sound is output during this search.
  • 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 in random order.
  • Program Play: You can arrange and play tracks on a disc in a specific sequence. Up to 30 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.
  • AMS: The Automatic Music Search feature will play the first 10 seconds of each track on the disc. When you find the song you want to listen to, you can press the AMS or play buttons for normal playback.
  • Quick Replay: The Quick Replay feature immediately goes back a preset amount of time so you can re-listen to a missed portion of the track. The Quick Replay time can be set between 5 and 60 seconds (in intervals of 1 second).

Timer Play: This unit can perform timer play by cooperating with your audio timer. Just connect this unit's power cord to the audio timer's power socket and the timer's power cord to a AC outlet.

Remote Control: The supplied RC8001SA IR wireless remote control is a full-feature remote control for the SA8001. It also has mute, volume and input controls for compatible Marantz receivers.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

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. Digital signals are output only during playback of a standard audio CD. No signal is output during playback of a Super Audio CD.

Analog Output: The player also feature a Stereo RCA analog output connection.

Headphone Output: The unit has a front panel 1/4" headphone jack with level control.

Remote Control: Two RCA jacks (1 "in" and 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).


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