Marantz CD-5001 CD Players

4.58/5 (19 Reviews) MSRP : $330.00


Product Description

  • Plays CD, CD-R/RW Discs
  • CD Text Compatible
  • Dot Matrix FL Display
  • 1 Coaxial Digital Output


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by JerCub a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I snagged this 5001 new on Ebay for $150 to replace an AMC CD9 that skipped so much that I finally trashed it, but not before completely dismanteling it for a look see. As luck would have it, I sprung the door on the 5001 and had to take it apart also. (Fixed it myself but not easily). Compared to the CD-9, the Marantz is extremely cheezie looking on the inside, very insubstantial and plasticy compared to the AMC which was extremely heavy and used nothing but audiophile appearing parts. That said, I have to wonder if all of the weight and beefy parts are necessary for decent audio performance. That AMC was really impressive on the inside and to my ears, better sounding than the Marantz with tighter bass and more midrange beef. But...it skipped from the time it was new, big problem! As a side note, the last cd that I listened to on the AMC was Keb Mo and in the sweet spot of my system, so I immediately played the same cd under the same conditions with my new 5001 and was a little dissapointed by the slightly unjointed bass and lack of midrange fullness. Now, back to the Marantz 5001, it's pretty enjoyable really. It definitely sounds more audiophile than not, has nice features including a really great working remote, and it operates quiet, smooth and quick. It might be worth five stars, but I like to be conservative and I would recomment the 5001 to anybody for a listen I don't have the AMC anymore, so can't compare now that the Marantz is broken in. I am happy with the 5001 and that is all that matters.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2008



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by amicusterrae a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I've used this CD player in my office for the last three years, at least five hours a day, five days a week. It has excellent measured performance and imparts no sound of its own to recordings. The unit has some heft and feels solidly constructed. Only the disc tray seems a little flimsy. The player has some unique features, including a headphone jack and a pitch adjustment. There's also a nice remote control. Of course, it has digital and analog outs as well. Considering that few to no other manufacturers offer headphone output, this feature alone is worth the price of admission if you frequently use cans. The player easily drives my AKG k601 headphones (120 ohms). There's no need for a separate amplifier, making this a very simple office system!
Marantz has now introduced a new version of this player, making the 5001 a great closeout / used buy. It has withstood heavy use in my office, and I expect many more years of service. It's a great CD player for headphone users, or those who just like quality components. Yes, you can spend a lot more for a more durable loading tray, even more pride of ownership, maybe a better warrnaty, etc., but you are not going to get more transparent sound. The measured performance doesn't lie.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Audio Advisor



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by vcaponi a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I am having my higher end tube model serviced and was curious to find out for myself how this very nice looking and well finished entry level Marantz player compared. When I first listened to the 5001 I perceived the mid range to be on the grainy side. The vocals also sounded too pulled back and too airy. Bass response seemed to extend deep enough but was a bit muddy, not as tight as my tube model. High frequency response and detail was very good, not overly bright like most earlier CD players that I've owned. I had a Rotel RCD-955AX several years back that sounded very nice, but even so in retrospect it was too bright sounding. The Marantz 5001 on the other hand has a surprisingly warm tube like analog sound. I have found over the past few years, since I began upgrading my dedicated audio system, that first impressions do not usually reveal the true characteristics of a component. I don't know if it's just a matter of my ear adjusting to a new piece of equipment, or if it's truly a burn in issue. I am inclined to think that perhaps it is a bit of both. I listened to the 5001 for several days, playing a variety of music from jazz, folk, rock and classical. When I went to bed I would put a disc in and let it play on repeat overnight. After a few days passed my original perception began to change. The player still had an airy tone in the vocals, but now it was more pleasingly airy, and the graininess seemed to smooth itself out. The vocals still a bit pulled back, but not so much as my first impression. Bass seemed to tighten up as well. The soundstage that this unit produces is huge and very realistic. A few classical recordings truly brought this characteristic out, unbelievably close to a live concert in a large hall. Bottom line, I am very impressed with this Marantz cd player. In my opinion it is an excellent choice as an entry level player or for serious audiophiles. It sounds so good after a few weeks of listening that I'm considering selling my tube model and banking the difference. I think a part of it is that this player seems to be a very good match to my vacuum tube integrated amplifier, but I would expect that it would sound very nice through any amplifier. For the price of this unit you can't go wrong....excellent value for an audiophile grade player!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Crutchfield



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Thessalon1 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2008

Bottom Line:   
Hi, I bought the Marantz cd5001 to upgrade from entry level samsung and yamaha dvd-cd players, which had been doing double duty for movies and music. I have it paired with a NAD c325bee integrated amp, playing through Athena asb1 bookshelf speakers and an athena asp400 sub.

The biggest difference in moving from a dvd player to the marantz was the soundstage. Hard to describe, but with the dvd players (and assuming you are about 9 feet centered in front of the speakers 6 feet apart), it seemed as if most of the music was being played moreso in front of you, with some variation and placement of instruments a little to the left and right of the center spot, but never to the full extremes of the right and left channels. With the marantz, the whole soundstage spectrum was filled (all the space between the speakers and then some), so that it seemed you could place each instrument, including vocals, more easily. And because of this, the music seemed less "congested" and more airy and spacious.

Vocals and words being sung were more clearly articulated and understandable. Compared to the dvd players, I noticed a lot less sibiliance.

Lastly, and again this is hard to describe, the music seemed more balanced. With the dvd players, often it was coloured in favour of vocals being over pronounced in the mix. With the marantz, it just seems to sound more balanced and neutral.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $339.00

Purchased At:   Advance Electronics



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

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2008

Bottom Line:   
Great CD player. I love it for Jazz, Classical with its built-in headphone amp it makes for a great office system, or a second system.

Nice mellow Marantz sound, can listen for hours.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   audioadvisor




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