Summary: I purchased this player to use on the end table next to my couch. It has a good headphone amp and so no receiver amp is needed since I prefer to use headphones. It sounds better than the Onkyo 3030 that I have in a separate room.
Summary: My 17 year old carousel CD play bit the dust so it was time to shop for a new player. After reading all the reviews I decided that the carousel mechanism on the current models did not measure up to that of my old unit. The Marantz player is wonderful.
Summary: I had been researching buying a new CD deck for quite awhile. I know that there are very high priced decks and didn't want to go that route. I basically just wanted to buy a deck that would really sound good - most important attribute.
Summary: I could live with this CD player and not have any pain over it. But I have a similar featured Yamaha to compare it too. The Yamaha sounds far more natural and smooth. The Marantz is tiring after awhile as it is very bright and polite. Snare drums, kick drums, vocals ...