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Marantz Adds To 2-Channel Hi-Fi Series

Mahwah, N.J. – Marantz added a
new CD player and integrated stereo amp to its Hi-Fi series of more affordable
two-channel audio components.

The $599-suggested PM6004 integrated amplifier
and $499 CD6004 CD player are
said to incorporate technology from the brand’s top-end Reference series of
two-channel components, which includes CD/SACD players from a suggested $1,999
to $5,999, a $2,499 integrated amp, stereo amps, and a $1,499 turntable.

 Unlike the Hi-Fi series’ only other CD player
at $349, the CD6004 CD player features a USB port, which is on the front panel.
The USB streams music from an iPod, iPhone, USB drive or connected hard drive.
Like the lower-priced model, the CD6004 CD
player plays MP3/WMA CDs and displays metadata and CD Text.

 The new CD player features the Reference
series’ Hyper
Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAMs)
reproduce music with what
the company said is “an
ideal balance of bass, midrange and treble for a digital listening experience
that could easily be mistaken for analog.” Other technologies used to enhance sonic
performance are a current buffer design and symmetrical circuit layout. Features
include IR flasher input, optical and coaxial digital outputs, double-layered
bottom plate to prevent vibrations, and a front panel made
from aluminum and glass-reinforced resin to resist resonances.

The new $599
integrated amp joins $449- and $999-suggested integrated amps in the Hi-Fi
series. Its power output was not announced, nor is it available on the brand’s
web site, but the other two models are rated on the web site at 2×45 watts into
4 ohms and 2×100 watts into 4 ohms. Both are 8-ohm-stable.

As with Marantz’s Reference amplifiers, the new PM6004 integrated amp features Torroidal transformer, current-feedback amplification and HDAM circuitry. It
also features five
line inputs, two line outputs, all-discrete moving magnet phono
stage, and discrete
preamp- and amp circuits.