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Marantz Introduces New Integrated Amplifier & CD Player

Marantz have chosen to add to its premium range and introduced a new amplifier to go with the CD 50n Network CD player. The Marantz Model 50 Integrated Amplifier looks and feels similar to the Marantz Model 40n Network Integrated Stereo Amplifier, however, doesn’t come with any of its streaming capabilities or a DAC.

It seems an interesting idea to separate everything once again in order for two purchases. Some would be wondering why not just purchase something like the Marantz Model 40n and have everything in one component?

See below the features of the Model 50 Integrated Amplifier:

  • Analog Only Circuitry: The Model 50 has no digital audio circuitry (meaning no DAC). From input to output, it simplifies use and reduces audible interference.
  • Power: 70W per channel & current feedback Class A/B amplification.
  • Connectivity: There’s a full range of analog connections for sources and preamp outputs for a Subwoofer and connection to an additional external amp.
  • HDAM SA-3 Modules
  • Musical Phono EQ: MM Phono Stage
  • Porthole Display: The Marantz porthole status display provides easy setup and status information, along with displaying the current volume level.
  • Build and Craftsmanship: Building on the robustness and craftsmanship of other Marantz AV products, including the Model 40n.

See below the specifications of the Model 50 Integrated Amplifier:

  • Number of Channels: 2
  • Power Output: 2x 70W (8 ohms), 2x 100W (4 ohms)
  • Power Transformer: Toroidal
  • Linear Drive Power Supply: Yes
  • Heat Sink: Aluminium extrusion heat sink
  • Audio Inputs: (6 Pairs) Phono (RCA + Gnd) RCA (CD, Tuner, Line 1, Line 2, Recorder)
  • Audio Outputs: 1 (recorder or line-out) + Subwoofer
  • Power Amp Direct In: Yes
  • Source Direct Option: Yes
  • Speaker (A/B): Yes – A/B / A+B
  • Speaker Terminals: Marantz SPKT-1+ (Dense brass with thick nickel plating)
  • Number of Speaker Terminals: 4 (two pairs)
  • Headphone Out: Yes
  • General EQ Settings: Balance, Bass, Treble
  • Treble Control: ± 10 dB at 15 kHz
  • Bass Control: ± 10 dB at 50 Hz
  • Phono Input: MM (Moving Magnet)
  • Phono EQ: Marantz Musical
  • Frequency Response: 5Hz – 100kHz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion:02 %
  • Damping Factor: 100
  • IR Wireless Remote: Included
  • Dimensions: 442 × 431 × 130mm (17.4 x 16.97 x 5.1 inches)
  • Weight:2 kg / 31lb / 5 oz
  • Finishes: Black or Silver / Gold

The Marantz Model 50 Integrated Amplifier availability and pricing for Australia is still to be announced.

It can also be used with any source, but was designed to be paired with the new Marantz CD 50n Network CD player. This provides all access needed to digital sources, and can transfer audio in analog via the DAC, to the Model 50 amplifier.

Both of these feature an easy to read status display, and for extra convenience, either remote control can operate both.

Vinyl reappearing hasn’t been to kind to the CD category, however sales of CDs grew during the pandemic. Many audiophiles have large collections, but even they’re jumping on hi-res digital streaming.

But even with this, Marantz has announced the CD 50n Network CD player priced at $1,800 USD. Australian pricing and availability is still to come.

CD playback takes centre stage, however, the Marantz CD 50n provides additional connectivity and distribution options for music listening flexibility.

Individuals can listen through headphones, and/or stream music throughout the house via a home network through the HEOS platform.

Before connecting to loudspeakers, the CD player needs to be paired with an amplifier or receiver.

See below the features of the Marantz CD 50n Network CD player:

  • DAC: 32bit ESS Sabre DAC
  • Headphone Amp: HDAM SA2 High Dynamic Amplifier Modules
  • Digital Filters: Custom Marantz Musical Digital Filters
  • Hi-Res Audio: Hi-Res support via USB up to PCM 384kHz/32bit & DSD 256 (Input dependent)
  • HDMI-ARC: Provides direct access to TV audio. After accessing the TV audio signal via HDMI-ARC, the device passes it through the headphone, digital, or analog audio outputs.
  • Digital Pre-Amp for flexible volume control: The user can control source volume levels before they are passed through an external amplifier/receiver to match with other sources connected to those external amplifiers/receivers.
  • Core Streaming Services: Spotify, AirPlay 2, TIDAL, Internet Radio, and more.
  • HEOS Multiroom Audio: Provides seamless music playback and allows users to stream music wirelessly from online services. HEOS also allows the device to be integrated with compatible wireless speakers and components in a wireless home audio setup. Controllable via the HEOS app for Android and iOS.

See below the specifications of the Marantz CD 50n Network CD player:

  • CD Playback Support: CD, CD-R/RW, WMA, MP3
  • Wired Inputs: 1x USB (for DAC), Digital Coaxial, 1x Digital Optical, 1x HDMI-ARC
  • Wired Ethernet Network Connection: Included
  • Wired Outputs: 1x Digital Optical, 1x Digital Coaxial, RCA Analog (fixed), RCA Analog (variable), Headphone out
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi / Bluetooth
  • Control Options: IR Remote (provided), App Control, Voice (works with Alexa, mic built-in)
  • Dimensions: 442 x 424 x 130mm (17.4 × 16.7 × 5.1 inches)
  • Weight:3 kg (22lbs / 11oz)
  • Finishes: Black / Silver Gold
  • Roon Ready

As stated above, the Marantz CD 50n Networked CD Player is priced at $1,800 USD, with Australian pricing and availability still to come.

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