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Marantz SA-14S1 SACD Player & DSD DAC Review  Print E-mail
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Written by Andre Marc   
Friday, 21 February 2014
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Marantz SA-14S1 SACD Player & DSD DAC Review 
Set Up and Listening
Conclusion

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 thing out of the way. SACD production aimed at the audiophile market is alive and well. Small labels, such as Analogue Productions and Mobile Fidelity, are putting out a steady stream of titles. Classical music lovers have it really good, as there are several labels that are releasing native DSD recorded discs. On top of that, there are great titles coming out of Japan, where SACD enjoys great popularity. Lastly, older hybrid, dual layer SACDs are still readily available from major labels by major artists.

Now that we have that out of the way, the SA-14S1 plays SACDs, CDs, decodes PCM from any device, and DSD files from a computer to give you a one box solution. Though, unlike the NA-11S1, the SA-14S1 cannot stream audio from a network-attached computer or storage device. There is also a front USB input for iDevice connectivity and a headphone jack. The analog outputs are on RCA jacks (the flagship SA-11S3 SACD player is equipped with balanced outputs). A full function metal remote control is supplied.

Marantz SA-14S1 SACD Player
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.

 




 

 
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