Summary: Great player. Solidly built. Actually, I can't imagine it could sound much better. And for the price, it's a steal. My only complaint, if you can call it a complaint, is that it came with cheap patch cords. I'll have to order some better ones, just to make sure.
remote is great but wish it would allow changing between speaker sets
31 July 2014
Summary: very convenient hi fi source. the dac is robust. the drive is silent. remote is great but wish it would allow changing between speaker sets. the headphone out performs well, even with 600ohm beyerdynamic. front USB is very useful, but a bit slow with initial loading. more optical digital inputs would be nice, for ps4 and Xbox.
Brings out the little details from the CD. That ...
14 July 2014
Summary: Brings out the little details from the CD. That some higher priced CD players fail to delivery that audiophile buddies own. The built in DAC BRINGS WARMTH. To some of my early bright and ear edgy CD's. Very musical. Solid bass. Wide sound stage all bonus.. Ears,.
Summary: The SA-8005 is an excellent player with a solid DAC. I compared the SA-8005's DAC with a previous high-end bit-perfect DAC I owned (using coax digital output from the SA-8005 into the external DAC). The SA-8005 was more detailed and had better instrument separation. I have moved the external DAC to my video system, and the Marantz now feeds directly into my listening system's amp.
Summary: First the good: CD playback is super. I've been using an Oppo BDP-83SE as a CD source for years and was quite content, but I purchased the SA8005 and CDs seem smoother, more bass slam without losing detail. The main reason I bought it was to take advantage of the DAC with my MacBook Pro. The Mac sees it as a USB audio option, but when I try to play a standard CD rip (ALAC or AAC) the display on the 8005 shows "unsupported".
Summary: The Crutchfield overview says you can hear the difference and they are absolutely correct. I was using a Blu-Ray player as my CD player and had no idea what I was missing. The SA8005 was a giant leap forward in sound quality. Before purchasing this player I found the highs in most music very annoying and grating, it was a "Wow, how did that cowbell get into this song?" situation. This player puts the highs in their natural place.
Pros: Construction: moving parts operate smoothly and quietly. No wobbly buttons or noisy CD trays. Versatility: CD and SACD player, a DAC, and an iPod dock. Connections: More than most people will ever use, but its nice to have them, just in case. Cost vs. Benefit: There are better players but they cost a lot more money for only a small (if even noticeable) increase in sound quality. Aesthetics: Coordinates with my other Marantz unit, and lastly: it really ties the room to...
Cons: I've used the SA8005 for several weeks and have no issues or concerns with it. Considering what I wanted and needed to what I got, I would have to try very hard to think of a con for this player.
Summary: I've owned the SA8003 (some problems), 8004, (great player) and now the 8005. Marantz generally makes a quality player and that is so for the hardware of the SA8005. However, the Windows driver is faulty and will not load (Win7). I've spent the last 2 weeks trying to contact and convince Marantz USA they have a problem with the Windows USB driver. Very poor customer service, they are either clueless to what the driver does (tier 1) or dismissive of the problem (tier 3).
Pros: Great hardware, works 100% with MAC but NOT Windows.
Summary: Wonderful sound ! The player begs you to pull out CDs that haven't seen the light of day in ages and doesn't disappoint. Your reward is a very easy well rounded sound, deep bass and sound stage depth...more on the warm side of sound than the analytical. So.... a joy to listen to, CD after CD.
Pros: Ability to hook up to a computer or jump drive....which I haven't tried yet.