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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 listening, we 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 listening, we 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.

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

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)

Nice CD player. Ideally, for me, the headphone jack would be replaced with an input to utilize the units DAC for other components. Not that great of a headphone stage. No complaints on the CD transport/function though.

Thomas, Melbourne, FL


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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

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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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

My friend told me too. I have never owned a good cd player for the home. I read a few third party reviews and decided this was it. Only confusing issue is the multi laden button monster remote of which I will never use. [ Robert  Aug 09, 2018 ]
I read the reviews after searching for something in my price range. [ John  Jul 29, 2018 ]
I have a Marantz CD5002 that ran well for 10 years but died. This CD5005 has an upgraded CD mechanism and reference series DAC & components, so the sound will be an improvement over my CD5002 which already sounded very good indeed. I listen to alot of classical and jazz, and sonic accuracy is important. Also, spoke with Cody on the phone, he was very helpful and answered all my questions. So I wanted this machine, but ONLY from Crutchfield. They are a great company to do business with. [ John  Jun 23, 2018 ]
I've loved Marantz products since 1970 when I worked for a dealer/service center. I already have a CD6005 and CD6006 in other systems, and am very happy with them. This CD5005 will be used with a Marantz model 1120 integrated amplifier, model 120b tuner/scope, and Klipsch speakers. Marantz has always made quality equipment; built to last. I'm a huge fan! [ Dave500  Jun 23, 2018 ]
Brother's recommendation and price. [ Caroline  May 26, 2018 ]
I've owned a Marantz CD5004 for years, so I leaned in the direction of another. Your representative Ryan was very helpful in answering my questions. Great service. [ CARL C  Apr 25, 2018 ]
I have been ordering from crutchfield for years,would gladly do it again! [ Tyrone  Aug 03, 2017 ]
I have a Marantz receiver and this will fit nicely. [ D  Jun 01, 2017 ]
Recommendations by Audio Video Choices in Phoenix, Arizona and a friend who purchased a Marantz cd player. [ curtis  Mar 09, 2017 ]
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 ]

5 questions already asked

I'm not sure...don't even know what an hybrid CD is? [ JERRY  Jul 01, 2018 ]
Not sure what you mean by a hubrid [ LLEWELLYN  Jun 30, 2018 ]
I don't know that much about using optical/coax connections. I have CD5005 connected to a true stereo receiver and use just the internal DAC, which I find produces great sound/fidelity for my system. [ The receiver buyer  Mar 22, 2017 ]
I think it depends on which DAC you want to use. My amplifier has a DAC in it so if I had preferred to use that one I guess I would use the optical connection. Right now I am using the coax to hook into the amplifier. I hope this helped. I don't think both coax and optical should be connected at the same time. [ MUSTAFA T  Mar 21, 2017 ]
You would just use the optical if that was your desire. I do not believe that you would use both. [ Gary  Mar 21, 2017 ]
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

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