Summary: I've been getting by with an aging Marantz CD and Pioneer DVD/CD/SACD player (CD63SE and DV-58AV, respectively) coupled to decent external D/A converters (PS Audio, Musical Fidelity) and, thinking D/A conversion was the critical factor affecting the sound, wasn't expecting a vast improvement with...
Summary: After several weeks of listening I am very pleased with my SA8005 CD player. I wasn't all that familiar with Marantz products so I was a bit concerned how the DAC would perform but both sound crisp and well balanced with my Musical Fidelity amplifier.
Pros: Crisp sound when playing CDs (especially SACD) with plenty of punch and equally solid performance from the DAC. Very easy to use and solidly built, immediately noticeable when you insert the CD into the tray.
Cons: Nothing significant yet other than the remote seems a bit slow responding at time and I definitely miss the printed out manual.
Summary: I used play California Audio Lab Mark II. It was play well since 1996. I had Pioneer DVD player that can play SACD, but sound quality was same as regular CD. I put it in the trash can when I purchased blue ray DVD player. Recently I purchased Marantz and played old SACD.
Pros: Clear sound and powerful punch.
Cons: There is no eject button in the remote control. Fast-forward does not working well.
Summary: I wanted to get back into a higher end audio system and was familiar with the Marantz brand - had a 1060 integrated amp in the 70's (it still works!) so I opted for this model coupled with the 8005 CD player.
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.
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.
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 playe...
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: Love this player, but have a question: to play back SACD's or hybrid SACD's, do I need to change the settings on the player? If so, what do I need to do to get best quality sound? I have only stereo, not multi-channel in my system. Thanks!