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AMC CD8B vs. Marantz 63SE vs. Rotel 955 vs. Denon 370

post #1 of 14
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Which of these sounds the best (overall)? As you can see from my profile, I listen to everything. They are all within the same price range. Thanks.
post #2 of 14
Err...could you be more specific? I assume the CD8B and 63SE refers to the Marantz and the 955 and 370 refers to the Denon?

I've only heard the Marantz 63SE. This is the well-known giant killer of a few years back. It has a very warm sound, very musical. Not very detailed but I like what I hear. The shop where I listened to it ABed it with a cheapo VCD player and a Luxman cd player (can't remember the model) and the Marantz 63SE beats them handily. Very marked difference.

If you prefer a warm sound, the Marantz 63SE is a good model to get although it is quite an old model.
post #3 of 14
Of those listed I have the 63SE. It is a great sounding cd player, I find that it compares quite favorably to the D500SE I have, though I find the D500SE more pleasant (musical?) to listen to. I did some quick A/B without coming to any big conclusion, however I listen to both everyday (1 at work, 1 at home) and find that I prefer the D500SE. The Marantz has a much richer feature set however and a headphone jack (if that's important). Sorry I haven't heard the others on your list, but I can recommend the 63SE quite highly in the under $300 price range. It certainly is leagues better than the other CD players I have (portables, boom-boxes, mini-systems).

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Scott
post #4 of 14
I had the 63se, very nice for the dough now ($200).

About that headphone jack...it's a little scary - It has no volume control other than 'digital volume' on the remote (the digital volume diminshes the sound quality as you reduce it) In otherwards, you get blasted by an absurd volume level w/ limited dynamic range when you plug into the headphone jack.

I would definately use a separate headphone amp w/ this player if possible.
post #5 of 14
I have a Rotel 951 and the Denon 370.

The Rotel stomps the Denon.
post #6 of 14
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Originally posted by Videoshielded
I have a Rotel 951 and the Denon 370.

The Rotel stomps the Denon.
I auditioned both of those a few times (and bought the Denon). When I auditioned them (both at the same store, and a couple times with an amp) -- with a Creek OBH-11SE and OBH-11 (couple different occasions) -- it was a toss-up to me sonically. The Rotel build was better though.

Ah, well....I guess that's why we all have very different rigs ('cept MacDEF -- my rig is almost exactly like his).
post #7 of 14
Myself, I'd avoid most CD changers, they don't tend to last nearly as long as a nice single-CD player.
post #8 of 14
lean more towards the marantz im guessing

my bro has that cd player and its pretty damn sweet
post #9 of 14
I should clarify that the Rotel stomps the Denon for stereo use, and that the differences are in the soundstaging, imaging, and instrument separation. But, the Denon is pretty good, for $99.

For headphone use, I don't know; I use a custom modified DVD player exclusively.
post #10 of 14
I've had the CD63se since 1994, and... it still sings sweetly

I'm not sure about any other players, although I do intend to audition the Arcam CD72 at one point... if its positive, i might post my opinions at some stage
post #11 of 14
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Originally posted by wasifazim
Myself, I'd avoid most CD changers, they don't tend to last nearly as long as a nice single-CD player.
They also (apparantly) dont SOUND as good as the single cd players either....
post #12 of 14
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Originally posted by davidcotton
They also (apparantly) dont SOUND as good as the single cd players either....
Based on my audition of many sub-$1000 players, that can be an inaccurate generalizaton. I at one time assumed this generalization to be true, until I started actually auditioning different players.

My Sony SCD-C333ES is, for example, a carousel player, and it has a lower jitter rating than most CD players you'll come across, and also was able to track the worst-case tracking error on Stereophile's test CD for testing these things.
post #13 of 14
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Originally posted by Videoshielded
..... the Denon is pretty good, for $99.....
Dont they usually go for more than double that though?
post #14 of 14
jude, that's very true, but you can't deny that the 333ES is an anomaly of sorts as it'd be priced higher than the $500 it's been going for if the model wasn't to be discontinued. That generalization does apply to the vast majority of CD changers under $500 though..
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