Marantz CD-17 CD Players

4.56/5 (18 Reviews) MSRP : $1200.00


Product Description

3 beam holographic mechanism, 1-bit bitstream converters


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Florian a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I bought this player second-hand to replace my Marantz CD-80. The difference the CD-17 makes is obvious. Here are some impressions:

very rhythmic sounding
very detailed tight bass
a wide and deep soundstage
excellent overall easy accesible sound
clear and well placed vocals

The detail this player produces, combined with the punchy bass and the excellent timing, makes this a toe-tapping and involving player. My Fun Lovin' Criminal cds never sounded so funky. And Robbie Williams' Sing When Your Winning suddenly contains lots of rhythmic information in the vocals.

Also the variable analog output makes it possible to feed my two mono power amplifiers directly without a pre amplifier. This solution comes in handy until there is some budget for a first-rate tube pre amplifier.

System used:
Marantz CD-17 cd-player
2 Kebschull 35/70 mono Tube Amplifiers
Monitor Audio Studio 2 SE speakers
Van den Hul The First Metalshield interlinks
Wireworld Atlantis speakercable

This player is excellent value for money! So five stars for the value.

I'm not sure if the CD-17 can still compete with modern high-end cd players. So four stars for the overall rating.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $599.00

Purchased At:   www.studio107.nl



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doug C a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I've had this unit a couple years now and every time I try something else I always end up going back to the CD-17. The unit has the ability to pull all the detail off a CD and provides a well balanced sound. Build quality is exceptional.

As other reviewers have stated, the ability to hear what this unit is capable of depends on what gear you have between the player and your ears.

When I first purchased this unit the rest of my system was not up to the task. I currently run the CD-17 via Homegrown Audio Silver Lace interconnects to a B&K Reference 30 preamp via the direct output (no processing) to a Decware Zen Select tube amp (2 watts/channel) using Homegrown Audio Super Silver interconnects. From the amp via Kimber 4TC speaker cable to Klipsch RF-5 speakers. Also using a Paradigm external crossover connected via speaker level connectins to a Rane PE-17 parametric equalizer which feeds a 2-channel Sampson amp (500 watts/channel) connected to two SVS Ultra subs.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Used from dealer



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bonger a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Got this for a great price off Ebay. I actually wanted the MK II version. But not receiving the tweaks of the MK II version to save a couple hundred bucks is well worth it.

I was initially disappointed with this player. I thought it only sounded marginally better than my DVD-A player (when I played pop & rock) and thought it did not justify having a seperate CD player. But when I loaded classical and jazz, instruments came alive and voices had "meat" to them...the music just "plays" and doesn't want to stop. The DVD-A player simply sounded, flat, hollow and synthetic and unlistenable. Like other reviews said, this player is smooth sounding and that's what I would say also. For the meantime, the itch to upgrade is gone until DVD-A and SACD hardware and software is readily available and widely accepted.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $295.00

Purchased At:   Ebay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeroen Pouwels a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2002

Bottom Line:   
A combination of a Class A amplifier and the Vincent CD-S3 gives an unbelievable HighEnd sound. A Mark and Levinson Killer.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   home



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Crawford a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Fantastic - This player has it all.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Sound Academy




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