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. Cheap RCA cables supplied are to be thrown out replaced with Monster cable M series and was blown away by the difference. No coloration or digital distortion.
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. I expect CDs will persist because of the inclusion of notes, artwork, and photography that enhance the enjoyment and importance of the albums.
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. It plays well from the USB ports both front and rear. The audio from a computer when listening to a radio station website seems to be as good as I could expect.
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. Hmm, either the player matches well with the amp or some of the other reviewers equipment may not be up to snuff? Possibly I don't know what I'm talking about too, I guess? But, my ears say I do.
Summary: This is a very well built cd player for the money. I got this cd player for $700.00 dollars new out of box,with warranty. Was using the marantz CD-6004 player,this was a nice upgrade from that. Really like that marantz cd signature sound and matches well with my other equipment and speaker wire and Interconnects also. Very pleased overall.
Summary: Model year is a 2012 SA8004 SACD. I had it for two weeks and it's already back to Marantz. Errors when reading disc. When it did, I found the SA8004SACD to be lacking in clarity and definition. Would not recommend. Marantz is sending me a new unit which I will sell before opening the box. I wish I could have heard it before I purchased it, however no dealers in my area had one on display. Now I know why.
Pay for the DAC and get the SACD/CD player for free!
11 July 2012
Summary: 4.5 Stars! The DAC in this unit is as good as the reference grade Benchmark DAC1. I have done extensive comparisons between the two with output levels matched and I couldn't tell the difference between the two both on optical/coax. I have tried many other DACs that couldn't touch the Benchmark's performance but this one did. Amazingly resolving and non fatiguing DAC. Benchmark as headphone amp is tiny bit better than the head phone amp on the Marantz.
Summary: I did not buy the SA8004 for its connectivity so i'm only commenting on the sound. My sample was not killer as some "pro" reviews seem to suggest. It was very good but not exceptional. Compared to players that I also have on hand such as Denon A100, Pioneer DV58, Emotiva ERC2, even Marantz' own SA8001 it was only midpack. The 8004 has fantastic bass and dynamics. The problem is the midrange.
Summary: I bought this player because it seemed like an entry-level high-end product and could interface with my laptop. I usually use it play my old collection of CDs. My speakers are two audiophile-quality B&Ws, and I use two amplifiers (discontinued Arcam FMJ 22) to power the bass and treble separately. Although my equipment is audiophile-quality (mostly gifts from other people), I don't consider myself an audiophile.
Summary: back in march i became the proud owner of a marantz sa8004 sacd player. you may have heard some of the professional reviewers rave about some new product that preforms as well as cd players coasting thousands more, well in this case if anyone of those pro,s say it about this unit there right. this player is smooth, and detailed.