|Marantz PM-KI Pearl Integrated Amplifier Review|
|Home Theater Power Amplifiers Integrated Amplifiers|
|Written by Todd Whitesel|
|Wednesday, 16 December 2009|
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One of my goals as reviewer is to introduce folks to gear and music, perhaps something brand new, that will make their leisure time way better. So, let me share a piece of music from a band called Teaze and their album One Night Stands that few outside of Teaze's homeland of Canada have even heard. Teaze had a strong run around Toronto in the late 1970s and early '80s but were truly a band ahead of their time. They had a sound that would have blown people away in 1984, but in 1978 punk rock and disco had the public's attention. Lead vocalist Brian Danter's range is frightening, and I'll throw out the cut “Heartless World” as the greatest unheard power ballad (in the truest sense of “power”) ever. Danter hits a note some 5 minutes in that still astounds me. That intense high was thrown at me with a punch that George Foreman would respect.
After listening to the Pearl amplifier and SA-KI SACD/CD player as a team I can't imagine separating them. My guess is that the 500 lucky purchasers of one Pearl will also want the other. Ken Ishiwata may not be coming to your house for dinner, but he'll make sure the music sounds good for you and your friends. And why wouldn't you share? As Ishiwata rightly confirms, “Music is the highest form of art... there is no other art that can touch your heart like music.” This amp touched and stole my heart, not by its looks, but from the inside out and how it made me feel. I'm guessing it will do the same for you.