Mu­sic mae­stros please

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - That Was Then -

Any­thing that forces us to put “zilch” in the ‘Against’ col­umn has to be spe­cial. And that’s what Marantz’s CDŠ63 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 CDŠ63 fol­lowed in the foot­steps of the leg­endary CDŠ52, 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.

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