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It is a single-disc CD/SA-CD player that handles SA-CDs, CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs with WMA, MP3, and CD-DA audio files.

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Pros

setup is relatively easy, supports high-end audio equipment

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reproduction of audio from SACD discs is perfect

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output is on par with units that are twice the price

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doesn't distort or impose its own tone over the sound

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output offers superior clarity, detail and fidelity

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Plays compressed audio with BETTER definition - sorry to contradict the 'CON' posting...but it's even better if you play uncompressed audio, which many so-called MP3 players allow.

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Cons

remote control is big and bulky, awkward to work with

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playing compressed audio through the USB port is dramatically lower definition

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only designed for stereo sound reproduction, not 5.1 setups

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The Marantz SA8003 is a single-disc CD/SA-CD player that handles SA-CDs, CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs with WMA, MP3, and CD-DA audio files. Included also is a USB input for music playback (WAV, MP3, and AAC) via a USB flash-drive or an iPod. Like its predecessor (the CD5003), this unit also hosts Marantz’s exclusive HDAM circuitry, built to insure smooth and ultra-fast signal transfer from one stage to another. However, the SA8003 adds along a Xyron High disc tray built from Zylon—making it extremely rigid and able to withstand long-term use. Additional features of the Marantz SA8003 include an extra-large torroidal transformer, a high-performance Cirrus Logic DAC converter, and shielded digital outputs.

Features
  • Sophisticated new aluminum/reinforced resin front panel
  • Xyron High rigid disc tray, base and precision drive
  • MP3/WMA playback capability for CD-R and CD-RW discs
  • USB input for Music playback by USB memory or iPod Digital Connection
  • Separate power supply and audio circuit boards
  • Double-shielded Toroidal power transformer
  • Audio circuits with HDAM®-SA2 modules
  • Audiophile-grade selected components
  • High performance Cirrus Logic D/A converter
  • Headphone output with current buffer amplifier
  • Double layer bottom chassis
  • Machined chassis-mount analog outputs with zero-impedance copper plate
  • Copper shielded digital output circuit
  • Power Standby, Detachable Power Cord
  • Hand held remote controller
Specifications
  • Disc Capacity: 1
  • Playback: SA-CD, CD, CD-R/RW (CD-DA/MP3/WMA)
  • Playback: USB (MP3/WAV/AAC)
  • Power Transformer: Toroidal
  • Audio DC: Cirrus Logic CS4398
  • In/Out: Headphone Out, Analog L&R, Digital Optical/Coaxial
  • Frequency Response: 2Hz-50kHz
  • THD: .0020%
  • Consumption: 25W
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