Marantz brand introduced the CD 50n CD player with a built-in DAC unit and network player and the Model 50 integrated amplifier equipped with a phono stage. This pair is made in a single design and, according to the manufacturer, “has become the embodiment of elegance, musicality and modern versatility . ”
The Marantz CD 50n CD player is capable of not only playing CDs perfectly (to play SACD discs you will have to choose another model, the SACD 30n), but also working as an external DAC unit and even a network player. For integration into a computer network, there is an RJ45 Ethernet port and a Wi-Fi adapter. There’s also a full range of digital inputs, including HDMI and USB-B.
The Marantz CD 50n is based on the ESS Saber DAC chip with specially designed Marantz digital filters, which, as the manufacturer proudly claims, provide “clear and detailed sound for all digital audio formats.” The new product is capable of reproducing material in PCM format with a resolution of up to 32 bit / 384 kHz and DSD up to DSD 256. The component supports HEOS wireless multiroom technology, as well as Bluetooth, Spotify Connect and AirPlay 2.
The ideal partner for the Marantz CD 50n CD player is the new Marantz Model 50 integrated amplifier , which is heavily inspired by the Applause Award-winning Marantz Model 40n. The output stages of the model are made on proprietary HDAM modules (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) of the latest generation, which operate in class A/B and provide 70 Watts when operating on a load with a nominal resistance of 8 Ohms for each of the two channels. The amplifier’s power supply is based on a powerful toroidal power transformer.
The Marantz Model 50 integrated amplifier features a built-in phono preamplifier to accommodate moving magnet (MM) cartridges. In addition, the switching arsenal of the new product includes five linear inputs on RCA connectors, a pre-amplifier output and a direct power amplifier input, as well as an output to an active subwoofer. Four pairs of acoustic terminals are provided for connecting speakers.
The new Marantz CD 50n networked CD player and Model 50 integrated amplifier are now on sale at a recommended retail price of €1,800 each.