Music maestros please
Anything that forces us to put “zilch” in the ‘Against’ column has to be special. And that’s what Marantz’s CD63 was – even photographing it snuggled up to a red pepper couldn’t hide that…
It wasn’t the first great CD player Marantz had made – the company had already cemented its place as the finest manufacturer of affordable players on the market. Indeed, it then seemed capable of resetting performance standards at affordable levels more or less at will. The CD63 followed in the footsteps of the legendary CD52, and stomped all over it. At a cheaper price.
Electronic magic dust
This player also solidified the brand’s reputation as expert tweakers. The company’s engineers could take a good standard product and turn it into a superstar with a sprinkling of electronic magic dust. Things such as upgraded capacitors, revised power supplies and improved casework – down to the types of screws and feet used – may seem minor, but they gave enough incremental improvements to lift performance significantly.
The next generation to fly the flag
The arrival of the CD6006 shows Marantz has lost none of its touch in the intervening decades. The new player doesn’t appear have changed much from its Award-winning predecessor, but it’s still a class leader – as you’ll read on p26.
The world of hi-fi may have may have changed significantly over the years but it’s nice to know Marantz’s ability with disc players remains intact.