Marantz CD 50n CD player adds streaming music and HDMI

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Marantz Model 50 integrated amplifier and CD 50n networked CD player.Marantz Model 50 integrated amplifier (top) and CD 50n networked CD player. Marantz

Marantz fans now person a much affordable measurement to blend their emotion of CD audio pinch nan versatility of web playback and HDMI connectivity pinch nan recently announced Marantz CD 50n and its matching stereo amplifier, nan Marantz Model 50. The units travel successful your prime of achromatic aliases silver/gold and are priced astatine $1,800 each. They’re available from and prime retailers starting October 24.

Until now, if you wanted a Marantz constituent that mixed disc-based playback pinch networked streaming, you had to outpouring for nan pricey $2,999 Marantz SACD 30n. That subordinate is compatible pinch some CDs and SACDs, which mightiness beryllium overkill for folks who person ne'er expanded their postulation of discs to see nan hi-res audio SACD format.

Marantz CD 50n networked CD player.Marantz
Marantz CD 50n networked CD subordinate backmost panel.Marantz

Other than nan absence of SACD playback, nan CD 50n shares a ton of nan SACD 30n’s capabilities and it uses nan aforesaid creation connection that Marantz has been utilizing connected each of its caller products.

In summation to CD playback, nan CD 50n tin beryllium utilized pinch AirPlay 2 for wireless streaming from Apple devices and tin beryllium accessed straight from Tidal, Spotify, and Deezer apps. With Denon’s HEOS streaming software, you tin besides entree Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Soundcloud. The only notable absence is Apple Music.

Despite its deficiency of SACD support, you tin still usage nan CD 50n to play hi-res audio. It’s compatible pinch some FLAC (up to 24-bit/192kHz) and DSD audio 2.8, 5.6, and 11.2 MHz formats, which tin beryllium played from a USB retention instrumentality aliases networked euphony libraries. In fact, nan CD 50n tin beryllium utilized arsenic nan cardinal power for each of your integer audio acknowledgment to its optical and coaxial integer inputs and its HDMI-ARC port.

Marantz Model 50 integrated amplifier beforehand panel.Marantz
Marantz Model 50 integrated amplifier backmost panel.Marantz

These integer signals are tally done nan component’s 32-bit ESS Sabre DAC — pinch optional Marantz philharmonic integer filters — and past output via either fixed aliases adaptable analog outputs.

At that point, you tin link nan CD 50n to a group of powered speakers aliases your ain amp, but naturally, Marantz recommends that you brace nan CD 50n pinch its Model 50 integrated stereo amplifier. Visually, they’re a cleanable match. The Model 50 has six analog inputs (including a moving-magnet phono stage) which it tin administer to either 4 speakers astatine 8 ohms/70 watts, aliases 2 speakers astatine 4 ohms/100 watts.

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