Summary: Only buy this if you are going to listen in stereo 2.0 or if you are going to listen with headphones like myself this is for you. Super Audio CD (SACD) is way better than vinyl no matter what you read on wikipedia, mind you the source recording and audio engineering have to be great.
Summary: My Sony 5-disc changer that I bought in 1989 finally expired, and I had to find a replacement. I bought this Marantz because I read a good review in Stereophile that said it delivered much more than one might expect from the price.
Summary: I purchased this because I was tired of having less expensive CD players stop working due to a bad motor. The unit is solid and does have superior electronics in both the power supply and digital to analog conversion. It plays SACD's flawlessly and detects the type of CD automatically.
Summary: I have only been using it about a month. So far, it's performed flawlessly. No problems, seems a very competent system component. The only reason I gave it four stars rather than five is its signage: on the faceplate, everything is printed in a very dark grey, and of course the Player is all black.
Summary: Never knew CD (no SACD's yet) could sound so good. Clean powerful and just sounds right. Solid like a tank. Cant speak on all the features but will play any CD and get close to vinyl quality sound. Not overly bright but relaxed sound non fatiguing. This is all before break in.
Dr. Debra Jan Bibel "World Music Explorer", Amazon
31 May 2013
Summary: Marantz fortunately continues to manufacture SACD/CD players against the tide of large storage digital files, and I do not mean inferior .mp3 files. High resolution flac is forthcoming, with some formats going beyond CD disc storage.
Summary: The audio quality of this unit is clearly better than any other that I have had. It is quiet to the extreme (mechanically). I love listening to it both as an SACD and CD player. It has never failed to play any CD that I have made in .wav or mp3 format.
Summary: I really like my Marantz SA 8004 sacd player. Funny, I read some of the less enthusiastic reviews, then read the one from the Odyssey amp owner. Viola. He feels the same as me. Guess what, I own an Odyssey stratus extreme amp.