|Marantz SA-14S1 SACD Player & DSD DAC Review|
|Home Theater Audio Sources DVD-Audio/SACD Players|
|Written by Andre Marc|
|Friday, 21 February 2014|
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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.
The SA-14S1 is loaded with much of the same technology as several of the recent Marantz digital products and some features exclusive to the new player. According to Marantz, "the analog circuits feature our exclusive HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) technologies. The SA-14S1 features a newly developed center-mounted disc drive mechanism mounted on its own sub-chassis for the most reliable and stable playback, and the power supply features a high current toroidal power transformer with Oxygen Free Copper secondary windings."
The chassis is rock solid, with the player weighing in at 32 lbs, with its hefty power supply contributing to some of that weight. In the US, the Marantz players are available in black, and the design features the classic Marantz curved front panel and small display. The connectors and finish are all of superior quality.