Marantz CD7300 CD-player

Several years back, many Japanese hifi makers had upmarket CD players that have been very well constructed - strong, hefty and having a feel that shouted "extravagance".

It is not bulky and as huge as those senior players, but it feels really sturdy and seems really pricey. Plus - and this can be not unimportant to some folks - the CD7300 is produced in Japan.

One welcome - and uncommon - attribute on CD players is a headphone outlet. Does the 7300 possess a headphone outlet, but in addition a volume control for the headphone output signal. Fine.

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The 7300 additionally boasts Cirrus DACs, and ELNA capacitors, selected because of their sound quality.

The 7300 has some characteristics that are unique.

It usually must be finalised prior to the disc could be played when a CD is written on your own desktop. The cd is unable to be added to once finalised.

So it attempted, writing several audio tracks on cd r from my handy Macintosh. That is very good, I believed, until I attempted exactly the same disk in another CD players (Arcam, Rega and Rotel) additionally inhouse.

It is still recommended though. Add more tracks to the cd plus they will not be seen until the CDR is finalised.

Another feature that is uncommon is the capacity to change the pitch of the CD. This option can be obtained exclusively in the remote. Pitch control may be helpful to aspiring musicians.


Like the remaining players it had its own sound, although listening to the CD7300 it was instantly apparent that this is a quality CD player.

The CD7300 had a large, meaty sound with a lot of body and weight to instruments and voices.

You can plainly hear the double bass is a huge, vibrating instrument, while the piano had depth and body, along with attack in its sound.

Jazz drummers really can make their instruments sing. His cymbal that is excellent work is a highlight of the disc. The Marantz, using its showing, comprehensive and delicate high end, brought this.

The one place where the Marantz nicely only a little is in time and pace. The CD7300 consistently looked a little "slower" sounding than another three, but better in this respect than what I recall from some preceding Marantz CD players.

The features described previously showed up in all the music.

While some modern hifi gear is somewhat upfront in sound (perhaps as it seems more instantly striking in a hifi store, or because some magazines reinforce this kind of sound), the Marantz is likely to be seen by some as a little laid back in sound.

This is, I suppose, because Marantz is among the few hifi brands that put an emphasis on replicating body and the weight of musical instruments.


A great CD player at a great cost from Marantz. The CD7300 majors on copying body and the weight of musical instruments, offering a feasible alternative.

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