The Marantz NA8005 Network Audio Player Profiled

Marantz NA8005 Network Audio Player
Marantz NA8005 Network Audio Player. Image Provided by D&M Group

You have a great home theater setup for both audio and video - In fact, even though you have a home theater receiver that is several years old, it has great amps and delivers the great sound you desire. On the other hand, you are finding that it isn't up to date with all those network and streaming features many new receivers provide.

On the other hand, you paid big bucks for that "old" receiver and the thought now of digging into your wallet again, after only a few years, for a replacement just isn't in the cards right now. However, all is not lost, as you have the availability to upgrade your old receiver with all the latest streaming and network audio features by mating it with the Marantz NA8005.

The Marantz NA8005 is what is referred to as a Network Audio Player. This device does not connect directly to speakers (it does not have any built-in amplification) but works as an external tuner, but offers a something a different.

However, instead of receiving radio stations like those external AM/FM tuners of hold, you use it to stream audio files, via provided Ethernet connection (No built-in WiFi), that are located on the internet (such as Spotify, Sirius/XM, Pandora, and vTuner) or downloaded and stored on network or physically connected devices such as PC/MACs, NAS, and USB flash drives.

The NA8005 can also stream audio files from iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) via its built-in Apple Airplay feature or you can connect an iPod or iPhone directly to the front panel USB port.

When connected to your home network, or directly to a PC, the NA8005 can access most digital audio file formats WAV, WMA, MP3, MPEG-4 AAC, and ALAC, as well as Hi-Rez DSD, FLAC HD 192/24 and WAV 192/24. Also, the NA8005 supports Gapless playback.

Also, an added bonus is the NA8005 has Digital Coaxial/Optical inputs so you connect additional sources, such as many CD players, DVD, or Blu-ray Disc players, and take advantage of the Network Audio Player's own internal Audiophile-grade DAC (Digital-to-Analog Audio Converter).

The NA8005 provides both Analog and Digital coaxial/optical output options for connecting it to your home theater or stereo receiver, or an integrated amplifier. However, to take advantage of capabilities of the NA8005's internal DAC, you need to use the analog stereo outputs from the player to your receiver or amplifier.

NOTE: It is important to point out that the digital coaxial/optical audio inputs on the NA8005 will not pass Dolby Digital or DTS surround sound-encoded audio signals as they would when included in a home theater receiver - they will only accept 2-channel stereo PCM audio.

Attempting to transfer Dolby Digital or DTS-encoded audio signals to the NA8005 causes unwanted noise on either the digital coaxial/optical/analog stereo output end that could damage speakers when passed through to an amplifier. When connecting the digital coaxial/optical output of a DVD or Blu-ray Disc player to the NA8005, make sure you set the digital audio output of those source devices to PCM.

For high quality private listening, the NA8005 also provides a dedicated headphone amplifier with a 1/4-inch jack. This means that when you want to listen to music in private, you can still get high-quality results. Also, in addition to connecting the NA8005 to a traditional audio system, you can also use it as standalone unit for high-quality music listening with just headphones.

For control convenience, you can use the provided remote control with the front panel display, the free downloadable iOS and Android remote control apps, or you can integrate the NA8005 into a custom control environment via its RS232 port.

If you a looking to upgrade your old audio system or a looking for a standalone network music player, the Marantz NA8005 is definitely an option to consider.

The Marantz NA8005 has a suggested price of $1,199.00.