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Friday, 21 February 2014 ,  Written by Andre Marc
Marantz SA-14S1 SACD Player & DSD DAC Review
As noted in my recent review of the terrific Marantz NA-11S1 network player and DSD DAC, the Japanese company has been on quite a roll with respect to digital source components. The NA-11S1 proved to be a reference class source and, it turns out, one a in a series of new products aimed at allowing Marantz to stay at the cutting edge, with an appeal to audiophiles who want plug-and-play computer and digital audio devices.Marantz continues its push forward with the new $2499 SA-14S1 SACD player, PCM and DSD DAC. Yes, it decodes DSD, one of a handful of SACD players with this capability. Of course, disc players with digital inputs that decode up 192 Khz PCM have now become standard. Consumers have decided they want optical disc players that function as full system digital front ends.Let us get one ...
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 ,  Written by Andre Marc
With the move to computer and hard drive based digital sources, one would think a format tied to a physical medium would be odd in 2013. But SACD has proved to be remarkably resilient among audiophiles, with a torrent of new titles appearing from such boutique labels and Analogue Productions, Mobile Fidelity, Blue Note, and many more. These are not obscure releases, but many well-known and loved classics in rock, classical, and jazz. There are also many newly recorded SACD releases available, mostly in the classical genre. There is no doubt the format is doing just fine, from this reviewer’s perspective.High-end manufacturers also seem to think so. At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, an impressive number of new SACD players were introduced; many equipped with digital inputs as well. The inherent quality of true Direct Stream Digital (DSD) digital has ...
Friday, 20 April 2012 ,  Written by Andre Marc
Marantz SA-15S2B Limited Edition SACD Player Review
Last month I reviewed a terrific preamp from a small company, and I mentioned that great products can come from small artisans that build per order. I also mentioned that large, multinational companies can also produce great products, with the power of economies of scale and resources that are very difficult to compete with. Marantz is clearly one of those companies. I have yet to evaluate a recent Marantz product that was not built beautifully, and did not offer excellent value. Everything I have heard off their assembly line offered true high-end sound. The most recent review I did was of the $599 PM6004 Integrated Amplifier.Up for review here is a product I frankly did not except to review, the Marantz SA-152SB Limited Edition SACD player. SACD is a medium whose health is either in great decline, or going strong ...
Monday, 01 November 2010 ,  Written by Michael Palmer
McIntosh MCD1100 SACD Disc Player Preview
Audiophiles, gather round and take out your wallets.  The premium sound gurus from McIntosh have announced the MCD1100 SACD Disc Player, which is engineered to deliver extended functionality and maximum musical fidelity from CD, CD-R, CD-RW, SCACD, Hybrid SACD, MP3, and WMA stereo music discs.  And, it doesn't require a separate preamplifier to deliver warm, rich and emotionally engaging sound from today's many digital music sources.  The MCD1100 can be added to any existing system or used as a standalone component with a set of high quality headphonesThis is what McIntosh President Charlie Randall had to say about the MCD1100: "In creating McIntosh source components, our designers and engineers have always strived to deliver all the emotional content in recorded music. For the first time, we now offer superlative McIntosh performance for not only a compact disc library, but any ...
Thursday, 29 April 2010 ,  Written by Andre Marc
Marantz SA-11S2 SACD/CD Player Review
Marantz has been in the home electronics game for over 50 years now. I won't go into their long and storied history, but it has covered a lot of territory.  From its beginnings as Saul Marantz’s vision of high quality home entertainment products to the large Japanese conglomerate it is today, Marantz has certainly had its ups and downs.  While it’s simple enough to do a Google search on their various owners, today it is owned by D&M Holdings; the same folks who own McIntosh Labs.  They have been on a mission to preserve the Marantz legacy and their current crop of products in their Reference line is proof of an excellent job. Marantz has had many famous, illustrious engineers and designers under their roof, and to this day, they offer cutting edge products well reviewed by the high-end audio ...
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