Marantz & Philips Classics

Classic Philips and Marantz CD Player Comparison – part 1/4 premium
These oldies perform way beyond expectation and even have some special qualities that are rare in digital!
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Classic Philips and Marantz CD Player Comparison – part 2/4 premium
Part 2/4 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 The Marantz players: Marantz CD16 Exclusive 1993. CDM-4 transport, TDA1547 Bitstream DAC. This player doesn’t really belong in this review because I didn’t review it at the same time. Nevertheless, I have a very good memory of how it sounded compared to the Audiomeca and […]
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Classic Philips and Marantz CD Player Comparison – part 3/4 premium
Part 3/4 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 THE ORIGINAL 2008 REVIEW A more detailed comparsison of the CD11LE, CD12LE, CD74, CD85, CD80 Marantz players that are added later can be found at the bottom of this review. For now, let’s move on to the original review. POWER All players showed sensitive to […]
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Classic Philips and Marantz CD Player Comparison – part 4/4 premium
Part 4/4 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Fast forward 3 years – Later addition to the original review – July 2011 Three years after the review above was written, after moving house and having quite a different system, I have bought a Marantz CD80. Little later I also came across a Marantz […]
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Inside Pics of classic Philips and Marantz CD players premium
These Marantz and Philips CD players with their massive cast-iron swing-arm glass-lense mechanisms still produce excellent sound and are virtually indestructible. Here's a look inside some of the most interesting models.
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Marantz CD player DAC chipset and transport list premium
The most complete Marantz DAC/Transport Mechanism overview available, courtesy of Vasiltech.
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Marantz CD player Timeline premium
Timeline overview of the most interesting classic Marantz CD players.
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Marantz CD74 and CD84 premium
Near identical players, yet very different sound. Read about the two players being compared in detail.
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Philips CD player DAC chipset and transport list premium
The most complete Philips DAC/Transport Mechanism overview available, courtesy of Vasiltech.
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Philips CD player Timeline premium
Timeline overview of the large majority of classic Philips CD players.
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The almost complete Philips CDM range of Swing Arm CD Mechanisms premium
When CD was introduced around 1982, Philips' CDM transports were made extremely well, to the point of being almost over-engineered.
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