Well to start with the Marantz is an SACD player,the Cary is not.If SACD playback is in your plans,I think the answer is simple.The Cary is a fine redbook and HDCD player,I owned one before I went to SACD medium.
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Thanks...I should have clarified...I don't own any SACD's so I'm looking for a good 'redbook' player...doesn't matter if it is SACD or HDCD...they have one of each on Audiogon which is in my 'pricepoint', i.e. below $1K. The Cary is newer than the Marantz but I keep reading that the Marantz is an excellent 'redbook' player...I guess the question is which plays back 'redbook' better...this Cary or this Marantz?