Marantz CD-85 CD Players

4.83/5 (6 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Franco musician a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2015

Bottom Line:   
As standard, this player has a very smooth and weighty sound that you can listen to for hours but it is very smoothed over in the higher frequencies.
If you have some skill with electronics and soldering, the CD85 is the perfect platform to modify and upgrade which propels it into one of the best sounding CD players on the planet. The build quality is outrageously good, the dac chip (TDA1541 single crown) is one of the most musical in the world, the quality of the PCB is top notch, the components are very high quality. All you have to do is release it's potential which is held back by the op amp audio section.
Valve output would be the best, but amazing results can be had with a high quality op amp like OPA627 or LME9990.

Here's what I did:
Trichord Clock 3 with independent power supply for highest quality digital signal.
Sanyo Oscon SEPC capacitors on digital chip supply pins only. (Original Cerafines sounded best on audio supplies out of Oscon, Silmic, Muse).
Added 220nf bypass film caps on TDA1541 (including 4x 1uf Black Gate in critical positions)
10uf Black Gate on each supply pin of TDA1541
TDA1541 in NOS mode!!! (this does make the player noisy only when skipping tracks but it's worth it for the improved sound).
OPA627 op amps (Class A bias with military precision resistor.) Black gate on supply pins.
Direct output from OPA627 to 4.7uf Mcap Supreme and then straight out to RCA sockets. (This bypasses a load of unnecessary components that muddy up the sound).

The result is big, beautiful, natural, detailed and weighty sound with an absolutely huge soundstage. It blows away everything I've heard apart from my custom made 24bit dac which was a no-compromise design. The only limitations are the power supply design but this player has made me want to build a 16 bit Dac using this chip, it has something that no other dac chip has, it just sounds "right"!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



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

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2006

Bottom Line:   
This CD player sounds greater than my McIntosh MCD7007 !

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $85.00

Purchased At:   Ebay



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

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2002

Bottom Line:   
better then nice sounding player
mine is modified(p-supply and output stage

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   a friend



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Martin Brown a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Bought new about 12 yrs ago along with a Marantz PM75 and Mission Argonaut speakers. I still get as much pleasure from the system as the day i bought it, although not perfect it can still hold its own against newer players.
I invested in better quality cables etc a few years ago and that changed the sound, hard to say if it could be described as an improvement. Just looking at upgrading again but still find it hard to justify the expense for a small improvement. Overall, money very well spent.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $700.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Carlos Costa a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I would like to keep it for ever! Is there someone who can gime me an ideia how to improve it? I mean change transport mechanism, and DAC. I LIKE IT´S BOX AND LOOKING.I did compare it with a new Rega Planet. The rega is better but not so much considerng that they are 11 years different technologies.
It still has a good sound, I just need a more open soundstage with a litle more 3D. Sorry my poor english.
Ok I can buy a new one, but MARANTZ still works, and in ecological terms it´s a waist to send it to trash
Help me to save the planet and improve may good MARANTZ!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Raio de Som




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