Marantz CD 50n, network player/multiroom audiophile audio CD player

Along with the Marantz Model 50 stereo Hi-Fi amplifier, the brand announced a few days ago the Marantz CD50n multiroom network player/audio CD player, to meet the new needs of music lovers.

The perfect companion to the Marantz Model 50 stereo amplifier, the Marantz CD 50n has many audiophile specifications. First of all, its design is in the same vein as that of the Model 50 (see photos below) associated with exclusive high-end Marantz HDAM-SA2 components and a 32-bit Dac from ESS Sabre.

Marantz CD 50n, audiophile aims

We also note exclusive HDAM-SA3 audiophile components, a toroidal transformer, a 32-bit Dac worthy of ESS Saber and support for MP3, WMA, AAC, Lossless Alac (96/24), Flac (192/24) files. ) or Wav (192/24), PCM 384 kHz and DSD 2.8/5.6/11.2 MHz via USB-B port; DSD 2.8/5.6 and PSM 192 kHz via Wi-Fi.

Finally, the chassis is reinforced with a double metal layer (2 x 1 mm). Of course, the front panel and remote control also adopt aluminum material.

Marantz CD 50n, Heos multiroom module

The Marantz CD 50 also benefits from the Heos multiroom functionality (see photo below) to easily transform this Network Player/Audio CD Player (but not SACD) into a link in a larger audio chain including, for example, real Denon Home active speakers to add sound to a home.

Among the other associated functions of the Marante CD 50n, we note access to Spotify services (Spotify Connect compatibility), Amazon Music HD, Tidal, Deezer… Plus access to thousands of web radio stations via TuneIn or to a library local music shared on the home network through Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Dual Band and AirPlay 2 compatibility.

Marantz CD 50n, connectivity

On the gold-plated connector side, the Marantz CD 50n has an HDMI input with the ARC function to recover TV sound, an optical input/output, a coaxial input/output, a fixed RCA stereo output, a RCA stereo output variable, a USB-B port, a powered USB-A port, an Ethernet port, an RS-232C jack, a D-Bus input/output, a Flasher input plus a 6.3 mm headphone output on the front.

Finally, it should be noted that the Marantz CD 50n is Works with Amazon Alexa and Roon Tested certified.

Immediately available in black or silver/gold. Indicative price: 1,800 euros.

Reminder of the key characteristics of the Marantz CD 50n:

• Type: Network player/Audio CD player

• Converter: ESS Saber 32-bit Dac

• Codec compatibility: MP3, WMA, AAC, Alac (96/24), Flac (192/24), Wav (192/24) and PCM 384 kHz

• Music service compatibility: Web radios (TuneIn), Spotify Connect, Deezer, Tidal, Amazon Music

• DSD compatibility: 2.8/5.6/11.2 MHz

• Hi-Res Audio certification: yes

• Signal-to-noise ratio: 112 dB

• THD ( Total harmonic distortion): 0.000016%

• Frequency response: 2 Hz - 20 kHz

• Input(s): 1 HDMI (ARC), 1 optical, 1 coaxial, 1 D-Bus, 1 USB-B port, 1 powered USB-A port, 1 Ethernet port, 1 RS-232C, 1 Flasher

• Output(s): 1 optical, 1 fixed RCA stereo, 1 variable RCA stereo, 1 D- Bus, 1 headphone output

• Gapless function: yes

• Other(s): HDAM-SA2 components, Marantz digital musical filter

• Multiroom function: yes, Heos

• Connectivity : Dual Band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay AirPlay 2

• Application: Heos (Android/iOS)

• Anti-vibration chassis: yes, double metal layer

• External Dac function: yes, via optical, coaxial, USB-B

• Consumption (on/standby): 35 W/0.3 W

• Voice assistant: Works with Amazon Alexa

• Dimensions (L x D x H): 442 x 424 x 130 mm

• Weight: 10.3 kg