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What's going on with Marantz?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by dennis1077, Feb 21, 2021 at 12:11 PM.

  1. ssmith3046

    ssmith3046 Forum Resident

    We did a lot of R&D work but we would have production runs. We manufactured devices used in the refurbishment of the W-80 and B-61 warheads. Other runs like that. I always felt like I had job security working at the national lab because we wouldn't be able to outsource any work because of security. Good luck on the back side tool.
     
  2. Oelewapper

    Oelewapper Plays vinyl instead of installing it on the floor.

    Funny that those warranty practices are illegal over here in the EU.
    Some electronics brands tried to pull that off some years ago and failed.
     
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  3. rockin_since_58

    rockin_since_58 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Simi Valley, CA
    Our devices are in 95% of the world's cell phones and other wireless devices.
     
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  4. The Beave

    The Beave My Wife Is My Life! And don’t I forget it!

    What other CD players used the AKM CHIP?
    Q
     
  5. luckybaer

    luckybaer Thinks The Devil actually beat Johnny

    Location:
    Missouri
    Not a CD player, but I think the Schiit Modi 3+ DAC uses the AK 4490 and the Modius uses the 4493.

    At the other end of the price spectrum, and an actual CDP, the Bryston BCD-3 uses the 4490.
     
  6. Speedmaster

    Speedmaster Well-Known Member

    Location:
    The Netherlands
    Same here in Holland: almost no stock on entry and middle models. Higher end (3000+) has some stock, but might be pre-covid stock. Goes for cd-players and amps.

    Also, what is available has seen some dramatic price hikes. Some amps like the PM8006 retail for 25% more then a few months ago.
     
  7. Oelewapper

    Oelewapper Plays vinyl instead of installing it on the floor.

    I'm glad that I don't live in Holland :p
     
  8. classicrocker

    classicrocker Life is good!

    Location:
    Worcester, MA, USA
    I work for an audio / video company and the AKM fire was tough on the industry but there is a shortage and back order on many critical electronic components so don't be surprised if it is tough to get some gear for a while.
     
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  9. dennis1077

    dennis1077 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    My CD player just started acting up. It was playing fine last night. I hope I can get another few years out of it before it kicks the bucket.
     
  10. DavidR

    DavidR Forum Resident

    Location:
    Europe
    Probably just the lens needs cleaning...
     
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  11. Oelewapper

    Oelewapper Plays vinyl instead of installing it on the floor.

    Or a fresh laser, those are easy to swap out in most cases.
     
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  12. dennis1077

    dennis1077 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    That would be ideal. I REALLY don't want to get rid of my CD5004.

    I'm VERY disappointed that Marantz discontinued the 5000 series. The CD6007 is expensive and I'll never use the USB port. I feel like I'd be paying for a feature I don't need or want.
     
  13. dennis1077

    dennis1077 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Would that be a job for a trained tech?
     
  14. Oelewapper

    Oelewapper Plays vinyl instead of installing it on the floor.

    Nah, those lasers just require careful handling, just like a cartridge/stylus on a turntable.
    They plug in/out with a ribbon cable.
    Some require a drop of tin to be removed to activate it, but even a 10 buck soldering iron will suffice.
    However, don’t let the laser lying around after it’s activated - it becomes sensitive to ESD, so plug it in shortly after activation for good measure.
    There are plenty DIY videos on YouTube about laser replacement.
    Most lasers have a type number printed on somewhere so you can find a replacement on the web easily.

    By far the hardest thing is to get a good deal - pricing for parts can vary heavily between sellers.
     
  15. Benzion

    Benzion "Cogito, ergo sum" Forum Resident

    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    Have you considered Rotel? - A very good brand, on par with Marantz, IMHO. AudioAdvisor and MusicDirect have both become authorized dealers recently, and both stock them. Things do run out, but get replenished regularly.
     
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  16. Mayidunk

    Mayidunk Forum Resident

    Location:
    New England
    BTW, I believe the CD6007 uses the AK4493 as well. FYI...
     
  17. dennis1077

    dennis1077 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I just googled Marantz CD5004 laser replacement. $30. Not bad.

    So far my player is holding up. Occasionally it will have trouble loading a disc. I'll hear it spinning for a few minutes before finally reading the disc. For some reason, it won't play a mint Tom Waits disc at all. So far, it's good 95% of the time. Fingers crossed.
     
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  18. dennis1077

    dennis1077 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I haven't considered it. I'll be sure to check it out. So far, I haven't felt good about alternatives to Marantz. Maybe Rotel will be the one!
     
  19. The Beave

    The Beave My Wife Is My Life! And don’t I forget it!

    LOL! I just bought a CD11 Tribute player from Audio Advice, which is also an authorized dealer, 2 days ago.
    Beave
     
  20. Speedmaster

    Speedmaster Well-Known Member

    Location:
    The Netherlands
    Yeah, only ‘oelewappers’ live in Holland ;)
     
  21. Oelewapper

    Oelewapper Plays vinyl instead of installing it on the floor.

    Haha no they live in Oele, a place in Overijssel; wappies live in north or south holland :p
     

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