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Marantz SA-KI Pearl SACD/CD Player Review Print E-mail
Monday, 14 December 2009
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Marantz SA-KI Pearl SACD/CD Player Review
Listening Session
Final Thoughts

I've been starting most of my December mornings with the Overture from Mozart's The Marriage Of Figaro. The exultant music gives me a needed boost of optimism when outside wind chills are well below zero and winter has, at least astronomically, yet to officially begin. The performance in question comes from a 1968 recording of the Berlin Opera Chorus and Orchestra directed by Karl Bohm. The CD was sourced, obviously, from analog tape and according to Deutsche Grammophon, original-image bit-processing results in “added presence and brilliance, greater spatial definition.” It's all that, and this Figaro seems the perfect marriage with the SA-KI Pearl, which brings out the music's elegance, beauty and warmth. A gorgeous performance given golden (make that pearly) wings by Marantz.

Marantz SA KI Pearl SACD Player
Final Thoughts

The SA-KI Pearl is a testament to Marantz's and Ishiwata's ongoing quest for true music reproduction. It rich, opulent sound won me over and kept me feeding it disc after disc in anticipation of what hidden audio treasures might be revealed. Most important, I wanted to listen to the player and enjoyed listening to digital like never before. For SACD and CD, buy this component for the sound and revel in an audio experience that few others will. The SA-KI is a rare Pearl, indeed.

System Setup

Marantz SA-KI Pearl SACD/CD Player
Marantz PM-KI Pearl Integrated Amplifier
Klipsch WF-34 floorstanding loudspeakers
RS Audio Cables Illume Silver Interconnects (1 meter)
RS Audio Cables Illume Silver Loudspeaker Cables (8 ft)
RS Audio Cables Kevlar Starchord Power Cable (6 ft)

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