CD sales increased for the first time in 17 years in 2021, up 21% to $584 million. Although it will another year or so to establish a true upward trend, the fact is that listening to music on physical media isn’t dead and vinyl records (and even audio cassettes) may not be your only choice in that realm. The ability to own music on a physical medium is important!
With that in mind, Marantz has introduced the CD 60 high-performance CD player at the 2022 High-End Munich Show.
What the CD 60 Offers
To start, the Marantz CD 60 features an industrial design and sturdy build that not only looks good but contributes to stable performance free of unnecessary vibration.
The design also serves to visually complement other Marantz Hi-Fi components such as the previously announced Model 40n integrated stereo streaming amplifier. As a pair, they make a great combination for music listening fans, especially those who haven’t given up their CD collections as well as provide access to streaming sources as well.
Marantz was in on the development of the CD format with their first player, the CD 63. Now, the CD 60 has benefitted from the legacy of engineering and refinement that includes the latest HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules) utilized in the analog output stage. The new HDAMs provide superior response compared to off-the-shelf solutions found in other branded products.
These modules have been further optimized for the CD 60 offering significantly lower distortion at high frequencies than the previous generation model.
The CD 60 also includes the exclusive Marantz HDAM-SA2 high-performance Headphone Amp circuit with three gain settings (Low/Mid/High) for a perfect match with almost any headphone. The headphone amplifier can also be switched to “off” when not in use, eliminating any unwanted interference.
CD playback compatibility includes CD/CD-R/CD-RW discs. CDs with MP3 and WMA files are also playable. HDCD discs are playable, but access to the 4-bit extension is not provided. SACD playback capability is not included (according to the specs provided by Marantz).
Tip: More details on HDCD and SACD.
In addition to CD playback, the CD 60 provides a convenient front panel USB-A port that supports digital file playback for MP3, WMA, AAC and WAV, FLAC HD, ALAC, AIFF (up to 192-kHz/24bit), and DSD (up to 5.6-MHz). All are accessible via a plug-in USB flash drive.
For added music playback support, the CD 60 includes an updated reference-class 24-bit D/A converter (DAC) which also provides two filter options.
- Filter 1 delivers a gentle roll-off.
- Filter 2 provides a sharper roll-off for more precise imaging.
Connectivity includes both Analog RCA and Digital Optical/Coaxial audio outputs, as well as wired remote control connections for integration with other components or systems.
The CD 60 also comes with a wireless remote in addition to onboard controls.
Pricing & Availability
The Marantz CD 60 player will be available in Black or Silver with an MSRP of $999 at authorized Marantz retailers and online at www.marantz.com beginning sometime in June 2022.