MARANTZ does tend to do things in pairs, and the latest example of this quirk – the CD 50n network/CD player and Model 50 stereo integrated amplifier. Perfect partners, if you like tend to go for the same brand approach when it comes to your hi-fi system. Together, they’ll handle all your analogue and digital needs.
Going against trends, the Model 50 is an all-analogue, high-current output Class A/B amplifier with 70 watts per channel on tap, and features the familiar fully discrete HDAM technology.
According to Marantz, “the Model 50 takes inspiration from the proven platform of its sibling, the Marantz Model 40n, and strikes the ideal balance between elegant, contemporary design and the musicality expected from any Marantz amplifier.”
The Model 50 features six line inputs and an MM phono stage, so your vinyl is taken care of to some extent. There’s also a subwoofer outdoor for those who want more bass, plus pre-power output/input for future expansion.
The CD 50n, apart from playing CDs, has a range of digital inputs, while onboard HEOS streaming enables AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, Tidal and a host of other Internet sources. It has Bluetooth and Ethernet/WiFi connectivity. At the heart of the CD 50n is a 32-bit ESS Sabre DAC, mated to custom-designed Marantz filters.
Fixed and variable outputs allow hooking up to an integrated amplifier or directly to a power amplifier, while AV enthusiasts can even connect their TV audio to the CD 50n via HDMI ARC.
Both models feature crystal-clear fascia displays – including the iconic Marantz “porthole” on the Model 50 amplifier – while the remote control supplied with each component is able to operate its sibling just as well.
Available now, both the units come in black or silver gold finish options, and retail at €1,800 each.