• 04-05-2008, 03:48 PM
    Marantz 5001 vs. Onix CD-5SE
    Hey all, it has been abit of time since my last apperance

    So here's the thing while getting my list down for a new int amp (Rotel, Music Hall, Cambridge...) Picked up from a former audio sales guy a very nice Marantz PM7000. So now for a dedicated CD player. So 1st thought would be the Marantz 5001. Now there's this buzz about Onix CD -5SE. Close in cost, same warranty of 3 years. Onix is Burr Brown and the Marantz is the Cirus (if I remember correctly). Any thoughts on how these two compare? I've seen alot about Oppo vs Onix but that's universal vs dedicated.

  • 04-05-2008, 05:14 PM
    Hey Alex, good to see ya around.

    Ready for goofy audiophile terms? The Onix will probably sound more "analytical" whereas the Marantz will sound "warmer" and "musical". I say probably because I have only heard the Marantz, but a quick Google check tells me that the Onix has some of the same innards as the lowerline Denon cdps.

    I suppose it's possible that through different implementation the Onix will have a completely unique signature sound...but I wouldn't bet on it. Depending on your system particulars you may find yourself substituting the word "brittle" for "analytical", or it may be just what you need to get a spring in your step.
  • 04-06-2008, 09:18 AM
    Yeah I like what I hear about the Marantz. Since I'm still thinking about a new int amp I could wait abit. Still have the Denon universal to go with for now. Just feels like that bug is coming on.