For sale, a Marantz CD17 KI Signature in black. Including original remote and manual.

The Marantz CD 17 KI Signature is the perfect embodiment of the Marantz philosophy - the constant striving for that little bit extra. Last year I reviewed the CD63 KI, the first of what was to be a small series of special uprated versions of existing offerings under the auspices of Marantz's design guru Ken -Ishiwata. This involved taking a straightforward machine, stripping it down and rebuilding it with a host of audiophile upgrades, doubling the price but producing what can only be described as a wolf in sheep's clothing. At the time the same kind of hot-rodding was on the drawing board for the CD 17.

All the hallmarks of Marantz-quality sound are there in abundance, characterized once again by supreme smoothness and a big, natural bass. It is just this degree of excellence in the 'warmth' department that makes a quality Marantz machine like this such a good ambassador for digital, but the temptation to pursue this sympathetic reading at the expense of clarity and sparkle is always resisted. The combination of the two extremes and the integration between them in the CD17 KI is extremely impressive, resulting in a huge sound where required.

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