Marantz CD-63 K.I. Signiture CD Players

4.14/5 (50 Reviews) MSRP : $500.00


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

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I bought my Marantz CD63 KI back in 1996 complete with the matching Marantz PM66 KI amplifier and have never felt the need to upgrade since. Connected up to my 1983 Rogers LS7 loudspeakers, it delivers a big soundstage with decent depth, pinpoint imagery and no harshness in its superb sound quality. Clearly a CD player which is greater than the sum of its parts. Brill !

Strengths:
Decent build quality and superb sound quality.

Weaknesses:
At this price, none whatsoever

Similar Products Used:
Several Marantz and Rotel 965BX CD players and Pioneer A400 amp.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1996



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

Date Reviewed: December 25, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I,m using the 63 ki for many years now,and it is a very fine machine,if it is matched in the right setup. I understand all the conns I,m reading here,But it needs a system that is much better then the pricerange of the marantz itself. I am using it in a system of more than 10 times its pricerange,including tube amplifiers an Apogee ribbons,and it brings music out of the cds. I have used many other other players in the system(even sacd player),but grabbed back many times for the marantz. In this system it brings a naturalness wich is better then the others,dispite of lesser resolution,but good dynamics and transparant soundstage. Voices and instruments have a real shine and picture very well. The sacd has better resolution,but lacks musicality the marantz does. I,m still very happy with it,and for its price,there is no other contender in my setup.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999

Purchased At:   friend



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gary Lee a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2004

Bottom Line:   
there are of course many setups, and many different types of preferences for sound, or what constitutes hi-fi. I am also a vinyl fan, but i guess you simply must have a cd player due to the larger selection of new music available.

my setup includes nordost cabling (fast, and very transparent), cyrus III+PSX-R and Ruark Talisman II floorstanders. To me, hardware is great, but always secondary to the music. As long as the music is good to your ears, you can forget the technology behind it.

In short, whatever the hype, or magazine reviews,
the 63KI works for me big time. It's very detailed, yet smooth, and very transparent. Bass is a bit light, but pacy. Where this player really shines for me is vocal and acoustic instruments.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $197.00

Purchased At:   2003



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by spandel01 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I WAS A FRUSTRATED VICTIM OF THE HI-FI WORLD BECAUSE I FOUND THAT BEER MONEY COULD NOT BUY CHAMPAGNE.THEN I FOUND THE CD63MKII KI.THE STARKNESS OF THE SOUND TURNS TO AN INCREDIBLE RICHNESS OF DETAIL WHEN PAIRED WITH A WARM AMP AN CABLES.IN MY CASE AN ARCAM ALPHA 7 AMP,AUDIOQUEST MIDNIGHT CABLES[AUDIOQUEST RUBY 1*INTERCONNECT,RUBY2 INTRODUCED LISTENER FATIGUE] AND RUARK TEMPLAR LOUDSPEAKERS.THESE WORK IN PERFECT HARMONY.WHEN FUNDS BECOME AVAILABLE AN ARCAM ALPHA 9 POWER AMP WILL BE ADDED FOR EXTRA PACE.HAVING FRIENDS IN A HI FI BUSINESS HELPS THE "TRYOUT" SESSIONS THAT ARE SO NECCESSARY IN THIS HOBBY.HAVING TRIED MANY BRANDS IN MANY DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS NONE HAVE HAD THE IMPACT THAT THE CD63MK11KI HAS GIVEN MY SYSTEM.TRUE HI FI HEAVEN HAS BEEN ATTAINED THROUGH THIS TRULY REMARKABLE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   GESSNER AUDIO



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by T C Neo a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I purchased this player almost 3 years after its debut for US$400 equivalent (originally priced at US$600 equivalent). It has been with me for almost 2 years.

I would describe as a smooth & detailed CDP in the budget range. If you like well-recorded jazz & vocals, I would highly recommend to audition this player. Of course, given its modest price, it has some shortcomings - especially if you have already begun to develop "golden ears". While this CDP may provide one with details, its treble can be too overbearing at times, especially on bright recordings. Vocals for instance can sound "shouty" whilst accoustic instruments can sound metallic and uninvolving.

One way to overcome this is to roll-off the HF by either partnering it with warmer-sounding gears (eg. Arcam Alpha 8 amp with Cardas or StraightWire cables). However, you tend to lose a bit of detail when you do this. The plus side is that it'll give you a smooth & warmer sound. The Arcam Alpha 7SE is another good CDP - warm & just as smooth as the 63KIS but less detailed.

Another option is to send the player for reclocking and replacing some of its components (eg. op-amps & capacitors, etc) with better ones. Check out the Trichord & L C Audio websites. This option allows the player to space out the HF so that it becomes more pleasant to the ears. Besides better separation, the "upgrade" will also improve timing, provide wider & deeper soundstage, tighter bass & "cleaner" sound (less noise) resulting in smoother sound & more detail. However, this "upgrade" is not cheap as it can cost up to US$375 equivalent. This will double the cost of the CDP. You will have to compare this souped-up version against other CDPs costing around US$700+. Unlike adding an external DAC, the "upgrade" will not change the characteristics of the CDP. Choose this option only if you like the character of the CDP.

This CDP may not suite those who listen to rock, heavy metal, techno, dance & hip hop. For those who prefer a more direct approach to music (as opposed to smooth & warm), try the Rotels, NADs & Creeks.

At the end of the day, it all depends on the type of music you listen to. And should you decide to audition this CDP, bear in mind that system matching is very important. Like any other audio equipment, If wrongly matched, you will notice the CDP's weaknessess more than its strengths.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Local Dealer




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