Marantz Enriches Sound with New HD-CD1 Premium CD Player
Marantz, a world leader in advanced audio technologies, announces the HD-CD1, a Premium-class CD Player with superb, elegant, classic looks from a mid-size design. While small in size, it makes use of state-of-the-art Marantz technology carried over from the company’s award-winning CD players, including the famous Marantz HDAM-SA2 amplifier modules. This unit builds on the success of the highly acclaimed HD-DAC1 Headphone Amplifier and HD-AMP1 Integrated Amplifier. The new HD-CD1 CD Player is expected to be available in September for $599.
The HD-CD1 is a high-quality CD player in the same compact form as the HD-AMP1 amplifier, and a perfect match. This product combines more than 30 years of Marantz expertise in compact disc playback with the latest developments in digital audio technology. It’s ideal for use as a CD transport when used with the HD-AMP1, or as a CD player in any situation where a compact form-factor is required without any compromise on sound quality. Selected components are used throughout the audio signal path, for the very best reproduction of music. A centralized CD mechanism, able to play MP3, WMA and AAC files as well as standard CDs, is also used for ultra-accurate disc-reading. This along with its analog audio outputs, optical and coaxial digital connections which are provided, allows the HD-CD1 to be connected directly to the HD-AMP1’s ultra-high-quality digital-to-analog conversion. The HD-CD1 also features a solid aluminium front panel, double-layer chassis for vibration isolation and retro-style side panels.
Marantz HDAM for superb audio performance
The HD-CD1 offers all the technology that’s made Marantz a leader in top-quality CD playback. And central to that is the use of the Marantz-designed HDAM Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Modules: in place of the all-in-one ‘chip amplifiers’ used elsewhere, these miniature amplifiers are built from separate, optimized components for the very best sound quality, and are found in Marantz products all the way up to the Reference series players and amplifiers. In the HD-CD1 the latest-generation HDAM-SA2 version of this technology is used, to provide a wide dynamic range and wide frequency response with lowest distortion – in other words, to get listeners closer to the music. HDAM technology is also used in the headphone section, which has its own dedicated amplification.