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“marantz cd63 kis”

Written on: 21/05/2012

this is a truely terrible player,completely over hyped no idea why,i owned one and stopped listening to music along with the awful kis pm 66 amplifier i listened to this against a marantz cd6300 and that is a good player,maybe technology has moved on a lot the cd6300 is fine good id say but this 63 is the pits,i like the linn players genki and ikemi good second hand now… Read Full Review

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Mesaboogiestratplayer's Comment

Written on: 18/12/2012

With your opinion you stand pretty much alone. Do yourself a favour and buy a really good amplifier and fine speakers. The weak point in your system may be the cheap integrated amp. Go for a better model or upgrade straight to a pre/power amp combo. This CD player was elected "Product of the Year" by dozens of European hifi journalists - not without a reason. If it sounds terrible in your ears, it is most probably not the player that's to be blamed. By the way, you can't compare a former 500 GBP player with machines like the mentioned Linn which cost twice as much or more. Sure, you can always benefit from a bargain offer on the 2nd hand market, but then again the Marantz might be a steal for, say, 200 GBP or even less.

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Jerrykeys's Comment

Written on: 06/09/2013

I agree. I think CD63KI (and even 63SE) can compete with later models CD17 and 17mk2. These Players almost sound analogue to me. I am still using one of those!

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Basslover's Comment

Written on: 06/09/2013

I must say that I'm more inclined to agree with guest's opinion (if I understand it). It sounds like he's quite sure that he can hear a difference with the amp/speakers he's got.

"Product of the Year", "hifi journalists"!! I'd not take too much notice of that. I once hung on every word that the 'experts' said, even if they did contradict each other, and even themselves. But those days are over.

The 63 KI is a moderately good player (among many), but nothing more.

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“The older the better!”

Written on: 09/07/2011 by BassLover (1 review written)

I originally owned a CD63SE (Special Edition) and have since owned a 67 OSE and 2 63 KI Sigs. The KI definately kicks butt, when compared to the lesser models. It's better, particularly at the frequency extremes: clearer treble and much better bass. I experimented with some more modern transport/DAC set-ups for a while (after having my original 63 KI stolen), but missed that Marantz sound. Having realised that the modern machinery wasn't actually any better (contrary to what the manufacturers… Read Full Review

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Guest's Response to BassLover's Review

Written on: 21/07/2011

Which 'older' CD player are you refering to that beat the CD63KI Signature ?.

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Basslover's reply to Guest's Comment

Written on: 06/09/2013

Sorry for the delay; I'll answer with a bit of info, anyway:

I'd recommend most players made around 88 to 92. Basically the earlier multibit players trounce the later bitstream models, especiality with timing, musicality and imaging.
The bitstream models were cheaper to make. That's why they replaced the multibit players and became the norm.
The older models also have better disc transports.

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Jerrykeys's Response to BassLover's Review

Written on: 06/09/2013

I totally agree with you!! CD63SE and KI are still awesome Players. Even in the year 2013. They give space and fluidity to the Music. More modern DACs are very precise, you can hear almost everything, but if it lacks depth and breathing what is the use?!

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Basslover's reply to Jerrykeys's Comment

Written on: 06/09/2013

It's nice to have people agreeing, but I think there's been a misunderstanding; I wouldn't recommend the CD63, in any of it's guises. It's just that the KI (at twice the price of the original) is the better. No surprise.

I think that you've got the right idea. I'd recommend that you try an even older player than the CD63, if you're interested.

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“After a lot of 'Googling' and checking of various...”

Written on: 27/10/2009

After a lot of 'Googling' and checking of various reviews within the audiophile press I have opted for a used Marantz CD63 MkII KI Signature CD player to keep within my meagre buget of £200. What a difference from my previous model, an ancient, yet well regarded, Denon 1100 model: the sound of the Marantz is magical, most noticeable the width of the soundstage. Details are sharp and bass much more pronounced. I have noticed notes, sounds that I hadn't before. It is very musical in its output… Read Full Review

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“marantz ki signature is aclassy performer but it...”

Written on: 05/08/2009

marantz ki signature is aclassy performer but it can't beat my Rotel 965bx. Even with steriods it won't come any close!!… Read Full Review

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“The Marantz CD63 KI signature has very natural sound...”

Written on: 04/04/2009

The Marantz CD63 KI signature has very natural sound and expressive, can handle all type of music… Read Full Review

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“I have owned my 63 sig from new, some 6-7 years, with...”

Written on: 08/01/2009 by Pauly462 (1 review written)

I have owned my 63 sig from new, some 6-7 years, with out a doubt, the best CD player i have ever purchased! as people keep saying this machine is still currently better than a lot of £1000 players around today, go out and find one second hand, eBay is a good place, you will not be disappointed.

Brilliant machine, go find one, separation and placement of instruments good, imaging good, solid and reliable , if being picky a touch bass light? But nothing to worry about… Read Full Review

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“I have added this review as I have the CD63 SE as...”

Written on: 14/12/2008 by alanweaver (1 review written)

I have added this review as I have the CD63 SE as well. This is in my second system in the basement with Musical fidelity B1 amp and Mission 770 'silver' speakers ( £460) in their day. The KI is better. The midrange is slighty lower in volume level which has the effect of giving a more pronounced top end. The whole of the mid range has more detail and the SE mid range sounds harsh and muddled by comparison. I was happy with the SE untill I connected the KI. Don't get me wrong, the SE is good… Read Full Review

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“I have owned the standard CD-63mkII and the KI Sig...”

Written on: 20/09/2008

I have owned the standard CD-63mkII and the KI Sig version sounds nothing like it, the KI is in a much higher class in terms of sound quality and can often rival many more expensive players… Read Full Review

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“The Marantz CD63 KI signature is definately the best...”

Written on: 17/10/2004 by wille802 (1 review written)

The Marantz CD63 KI signature is definately the best cd player i've ever owned, having previously owned Denon, it is clear to see why so many people choose Marantz… Read Full Review

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“CD63 KI. This is a fabulous player.”

Written on: 25/07/2003 by John. (1 review written)

CD63 KI. This is a fabulous player… Read Full Review

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Johnmarvelly's Response to 118842_John.'s Review

Written on: 12/10/2004

I've not had problems with the high output level. The built in electronic volume control works really well (if you did have a problem) and takes nothing away from the fabulous sound quality of this player.
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<br>The sound stage from this player is huge with great finesse as well. The player also feels well built. I don't intend parting with mine.

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“I purchased this gem from my friend , i was using a...”

Written on: 31/03/2003 by devmohan. (1 review written)

I purchased this gem from my friend , i was using a sony cdp90 , but when i connected 63mk2 i can hear some difference between the two. Marantz is very detailed and the bass is tight. Though the features are quite a few when compared with sony , i like this player and very much pleased with it… Read Full Review

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“Great Value for money. If you're looking for a smooth,...”

Written on: 16/08/2002 by Chris. (1 review written)

Great Value for money. If you're looking for a smooth, detail and superb sounding player this has got to be it for the price range. Vocals are extremely pleasing.

Definitely, a recommended product and well received by various magazines… Read Full Review

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39163_Xav.'s Response to 33400_Chris.'s Review

Written on: 23/09/2002

Bought the CD63 KI, superb sound, and as mentioned value for money. It is a bargain buy; no doubt! Just checkout the HiFi World Mag and lookup CD Players and you will see that they concur.

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82329_Tom.'s Response to 33400_Chris.'s Review

Written on: 23/03/2003

Has a smooth, but not very detailed sound when using analog connects (also has coaxial and optical out). Looks nice, fairly user-friendly, and very reasonably priced. I like mine. :)

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67840_Mick.'s Response to 33400_Chris.'s Review

Written on: 24/01/2003

Been using the marantz cd63 mk2 ki signature for the last few weeks, not the great leap forward i was led to beleive. Still that just shows never take magazine reviews as gospel. Good then but not great.

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