How do you improve a “What Hi-Fi Sound and Vision?” award-winner? Easy: just continue the same painstaking philosophy of product dedication, keep even the tiniest of details at the top of mind, do everything possible to optimize mechanism and potent power supply, insist on premium digital-to-analogue conversion with CS4398, and ensure a mirrored symmetrical output stage with Marantz-own HDAM-SA2 amplifiers. And when all that is done, check it all again and fine-tune with even more specially selected components. We also added a solid metal bottom-plate and centralised the CD mechanism’s location. That is how, for example, we virtually eliminated vibration. In addition, the stable, oversized power supply feeds the digital and analogue circuitry of the player, where the high-quality CS4398 converts digital signals to analogue, this is then ‘pushed’ to the gold-plated synch outputs by Marantz’s own small signal amplifier, the HDAM-SA2. Altogether the CD6004 is a match made in heaven for the music lover who wants nothing but the best performance at an attractive price. And one more thing it’s also perfect for lovers of portable music, thanks to its iPod-digital connectivity.