Marantz CD-6000 OSE CD Players

4.31/5 (89 Reviews) MSRP : $500.00


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Single Tray - Dual differential DACs


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kev Edwards a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2010

Bottom Line:   
This is my second Marantz CD6000 K.I.Signature, the first one i put a Russ Andrews Yello Power lead on it and the listening experience was over smooth via Senhieser HD600 headphones, to polite.
The second one, the Champaigne version, dont know why, just looks more seductive, is a vast improvement on my Black version. The detail retrieval is superb, warm fool blooded sound via my Grado SR60i headphones and not one hint of sibilance, i can only assume i cocked the sound up using the Russ Andrews power lead, not to worry, have mine stood on a 4 shelf Custom Design 1988 (Newcastle UK) metal stand with the MDF shelf covered in a black cloth, top shelf spiked onto 4 self tap screws, player is earthed via the chassis back to a earth pole on my MK UK double power socket, anyone got any ideas as which amp this player works superbly with please.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by arnout a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2007

Bottom Line:   
This review concerns the CD6000KI version.

I always loved the looks of this machine, but didn't have the money at the time to buy one - I bought a Marantz CD5000 instead.
6 years later I found a 2nd hand deal and I didn't hesitate to buy one.

Much heavier and sturdier built than the CD5000 and rave reviews all-over, this in strong contradiction to the CD5000 which received rather luke-warm reviews, I had high hopes for this KI machine.

The CD6000KI was supposed to be a full-blooded Marantz, whereas the CD5000 was nothing more than a souped-up Philips, with a rather lean, 'rough and ready' sound.

Since I have both now I can honestly claim that there are far more similarities than differences between the two players.
Both have this distinct warm/cool mixture: lush and rather warm mids and pretty bright highs - but not aggressively so.
Both machines don't add that much drive to the music, they are more or less observant and objective.
They play the discs and nothing more, except maybe adding some pleasing warmth to the material.

So both are full-blooded Marantz players or both are souped-up Philips players, just a matter of perception.

So the differences aren't that big at all and think the higher cost of the CD6000KI at the time ($750 for the CD6000KI, $250 for the CD5000) isn't really justified when it comes to sound alone.

The CD6000KI plays just a little more confident, with more force and with bigger strokes - though at the same time with more refinement than the CD5000.
This isn't audible with every cd I play and in hands on testing with the CD5000 I many times wasn't even able to hear a subtle difference.
Most differences occurred when I had settled to the new sound of the CD6000KI for a week or so and then decided to listen to my old cd player again.

The CD6000KI is definitely more fluid and analogue sounding, but still it isn't like night and day.

Now for the worst part:
My old and cheaper CD5000 plays every disc without a problem, not the CD6000KI.
Strangely enough it doesn't have a problem with CD-R's, it plays them and skips to another track with very little effort.
But some original cd's aren't recognized at all: the CD6000KI starts to make loud noises and finally decides to give up.
"ERROR"
After a couple of tries it then accepts to play some music, but do not ask him to skip to another track...

Not a very big issue, because in the end it will play the discs and I kept my faithful CD5000 as a back-up machine, but needless to say that it's pretty annoying.

So.
How to rate the CD6000KI?

For the price I paid for it it isn't a bad deal.
The sound is better than CD5000's sonics and the machine is handsome, in fact to me the best looking cd player ever made.

If I had bought this KI machine full-price in 2002, paying $750 when I could have a bought a very similar $250 Marantz CD5000 then in retrospect I would rate it pretty low.

Overall 3 stars
Value 3 Stars

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $250.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mystic fred a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2005

Bottom Line:   
as i mainly listen to vinyl, it was a challenge to find an affordable cd player that would deliver an accceptable sound quality. i tried many popular makes but settled for the marantz 6000oe trichord clocked. this modification is highly recommended and will lift the marantz to perform to its true capability. i was amazed at the quality of detail this machine revealed from my cd's, and handles cd-rw copies well, as long as you don't mess around with the track order numbers.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   second hand



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by music@lover a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2005

Bottom Line:   
i seen a marantz on ebay and it was a 6000se so i asked the guy if he would mod mine the same spec, i sent it off and i got it back in 48 hours amazing. after a run in of three days i compered it to a a £2000 meridian cd player i was gob smacked my marantz ,was now a super player. it was every bit as good and, my marantz had more detail,and space than a meridan wow, if you own one tweak it cos it is the best money i have ever spent. i now need a better amp and speakers to match this quality player

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $190.00

Purchased At:   audio_excellence



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

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2005

Bottom Line:   
mine is modifed with a modified trichord clock 2 and work on the power supply and a silver plated woven mains cable it is now every bit as good as a £1950 naim cd5x with the flat cap2 audio_excellence dose the work for £160 it the best £160 i have ever spent bargain

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   audio_excellence




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