Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Dedicated Source Components › Marantz CD6004 OR any given CD player + Bifrost DAC?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Marantz CD6004 OR any given CD player + Bifrost DAC?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hello. I'm looking to set up a modest audiophile headphone system to listen to my CDs. I already own the Sennheiser HD 600, but I've been listening to them out of a Harman Kardon HK 3385 A/V receiver coupled with a Technics SL-PD887 CD player, which doesn't have digital out.

 

The first thing I'll purchase is a headphone amplifier. I've been looking at Schiit amps, and am torn between the Asgard and Valhalla.

 

Next I have to decide what to use for a source, and this is where I ask for your generous advice. Should I get the Marantz CD6004 and plug it straight into the headphone amp, or get a more modest CD player with digital out and couple the amp with the Bifrost DAC? Which is bound to give me greater clarity and detail at low volume?

 

I listen to classical music, jazz, and classic hard rock and metal, along with some "world music", will be using CDs exclusively, and will never ever migrate to downloads or anything that involves a computer.

 

Any recommendations are welcome!

 

Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 13
Thread Starter 

No one?

post #3 of 13

I vote a modest Blu-ray player (with coaxial or optical digital out) and the Schiit Bifrost DAC, keep using the H/K 3385 as a headphone amplifier.

A Blu-ray player is designed to read a disk 50 time denser then a music CD or six times denser then an Audio-DVD.

On eBay they sell DACs from $60 to $100 (made and shipped from China).

SMSL AD-793 & SMSL AD-1955.

post #4 of 13

I use my Marantz CD5003 with my HifiMan EF2A amp and it works wonders.

post #5 of 13

I have an Onkyo C-7030 CD player hooked up to my Asgard and really like the sound.  It has optical and coax digital outs, so I can upgrade to a Bifrost if I get the urge to upgrade.  The Bifrost looks like a beast of a DAC for the price.  :)

post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

A year and a half later and I've been listening to the original Asgard and my Sennheiser HD 600, but still the same CD player with no optical out.

 

The question stands, should I get the Bifrost DAC and a regular CD player or a Marantz CD6005 with incorporated DAC?

 

I would really appreciate any advice.

 

Regards.

post #7 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by CDCollector View Post
 

A year and a half later and I've been listening to the original Asgard and my Sennheiser HD 600, but still the same CD player with no optical out.

 

The question stands, should I get the Bifrost DAC and a regular CD player or a Marantz CD6005 with incorporated DAC?

 

I would really appreciate any advice.

 

Regards.

I can't speak to the quality of the DAC in that Marantz unit, but for myself the decision would boil down to the simple fact that I could connect a Bifrost to anything with a USB or optical connection and enjoy its benefits, whereas the CD player would always be just that. Now if there is a significant jump in quality in the CD player's DAC that makes it worth considering over a Bifrost, it's another matter.

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply.

 

The only aspect to consider in my case is audio quality. I listen exclusively to my CD collection and have no interest in making use of a PC or anything else.

 

What will sound better, the Marantz with incorporated DAC, or a CD player + Bitfrost?

post #9 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by CDCollector View Post

Hello. I'm looking to set up a modest audiophile headphone system to listen to my CDs. I already own the Sennheiser HD 600, but I've been listening to them out of a Harman Kardon HK 3385 A/V receiver coupled with a Technics SL-PD887 CD player, which doesn't have digital out.

The first thing I'll purchase is a headphone amplifier. I've been looking at Schiit amps, and am torn between the Asgard and Valhalla.

Next I have to decide what to use for a source, and this is where I ask for your generous advice. Should I get the Marantz CD6004 and plug it straight into the headphone amp, or get a more modest CD player with digital out and couple the amp with the Bifrost DAC? Which is bound to give me greater clarity and detail at low volume?


I listen to classical music, jazz, and classic hard rock and metal, along with some "world music", will be using CDs exclusively, and will never ever migrate to downloads or anything that involves a computer.

Any recommendations are welcome!

Thanks in advance.

By the time you're done, you could have an Oppo 105 that'll offer all the bells and whistles of the separates and more, substantially better sound quality, virtually unmatched versatility and a HP amp worthy of some praise. It took a Violectric V200 to better it. Good luck.
post #10 of 13

marantz cd6005 deserves more attention and respect than it's received. My itch to re-collect CDs has been justified with this amazing player that has everything incorporated. I'm really happy with CDs but I also like the fact I can plug in hi-res WAV files to play. Some places sell this unit for under $500, that's a bargain compared to DAC+AMP+CD player setups I've been seeing.

post #11 of 13

If you get the CD6004 you may still want the Bitfrost but if you get the Bitfrost you won't have any need for the Marantz so get the Bitfrost.

post #12 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by CharlesC View Post
 

If you get the CD6004 you may still want the Bitfrost but if you get the Bitfrost you won't have any need for the Marantz so get the Bitfrost.

Charles, don't confuse CD5004 with CD6004 my friend :)

 

However knowing CD6004 is close to CD6005, I'd like to see what people make of the Bifrost in comparison.

post #13 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by allets View Post
 

Charles, don't confuse CD5004 with CD6004 my friend :)

 

However knowing CD6004 is close to CD6005, I'd like to see what people make of the Bifrost in comparison.


Ha.  I meant to say CD6005.  I'm just assuming that the Bitfrost will be a better DAC than that built into the Marantz but I don't know. I have a lot of respect for the DAC in my CD5004 and wouldn't replace with a Modi but if I had the cash I wouldn't mind going for the Bitfrost/Asgard2/HD650.  But, hey, I'm happy.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Dedicated Source Components
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Dedicated Source Components › Marantz CD6004 OR any given CD player + Bifrost DAC?