But SA-10's most impressive feature relates to its truly groundbreaking digital-to-analog conversion process. Instead of taking the traditional route of down-converting ultra-high-res files to accommodate the abilities of a traditional DAC, SA-10 upconverts everything to DSD256 via a new, patent-pending process called Marantz Musical Mastering. Incredibly, this development allows SA-10 to better DAC technology by operating without a DAC. That's right: With the Premium Series SA-10, the best DAC is no DAC - but Marantz Musical Mastering. A custom-built, fully differential, and fully balanced solution steeped in terrifically complex engineering, Marantz Musical Mastering involves two stages: MMM-Conversion and MMM-Stream.
In the former, two dedicated master clocks guarantee all digital signals get directly upsampled to DSD256 (four times the SACD standard) without any need for sample-rate conversion. Because the output from the 1-bit direct MMM-Conversion process is an extremely high-frequency stream of single pulses, it's already an analog signal that requires nothing else than a benchmark low-pass filter to offer the purest-possible analog output. Enter MMM-Stream, which completes the enviably elegant digital processing equation. The result: An emotionally captivating, sonically enthralling answer to a problem nearly 35 years in the making that fully makes the best of digital music without introducing any artifacts that require more post-conversion processing. You've never heard anything like it.True to Marantz Reference standards, the Japan-built SA-10 comes loaded with an array of other sound-first features and components. SA-10 completely isolates the USB and digital inputs to eradicate noise from connected sources. A USB-A input for USB memory device, external hard discs, and iDevices joins the USB input that supports FLAC, DSD64 and DSD128, ALAC, and AIFF files.
An audiophile-grade analog output stage with Marantz HDAM modules, massive power supply with toroidal transformer, and all-discrete headphone amplifier with gain control further ensure you and your recordings always remain in good hands. We could go on and tell you about the copious details, dynamics, textures, tones, and previously concealed information SA-10 will reveal from your library. We could wax poetically about the staggering soundstaging, imaging, balances, and atmospherics you'll hear from CDs, SACDs, and high-resolution files that will now constantly reward your investment in high-caliber formats.
Really, however, we want you to hear them for yourself - in your own room and with your own favorite records. This all-new disc drive with its extended compatibility, plus format conversion, ensures the SA-10 is both a way to keep your disc collection while also exploring beyond regular-CD resolution. It's a convincing bridge between the legacy silver disc and 21st century formats, the combination of solid build, advanced technology, and superb sound making it a fine candidate for'your last-ever CD player. Outstanding Product review, March 2017.
Uncompromising SACD-M3 Transport Lets You Create High-Res Disc Compilations. Whether playing SACD or CD, or data discs containing music, it's vital that any player retrieves the information as accurately as possible. Unlike a computer reading a disc for ripping, there's no time for repeated re-scans when playing music.Disc playing happens real time, so the disc transport needs to get things right first time. Many modern CD and SACD players use computer-style DVD or universal disc drives simply because it's increasingly difficult for manufacturers to source dedicated "music drives" purely designed for SACD/CD playback. The all-new SACD-M3 transport mechanism is engineered solely for the best possible performance when playing SACDs, CDs, and music stored on data discs. Not only does SACD-M3 promise the very best sound quality from conventional CD and SACD discs, its extended ability with the playback of music files stored on DVD-ROM discs makes it possible for users to create their own high-resolution audio compilation discs using a computer DVD burner. That means making and playing hi-res disc compilations is now just as simple as it's always been to make such discs in CD quality. Simply Brilliant: Marantz Musical Mastering Process Is Better Than a Conventional DAC. Rather than down-convert ultra-high-resolution files to suit a conventional digital to analog converter, as happens in most designs, SA-10 upconverts everything to DSD256 via Marantz Musical Mastering - Conversion. Two dedicated master clocks ensure all digital signals are upsampled directly to DSD 256 - four times the SACD standard - without any need for sample-rate conversion. Two filter settings allow the listener to shape the sound. The other half of Marantz Musical Mastering - MMM-Stream - prepares the DSD256 signal for analog output to an amplifier. Based on technology going back to the early days of Bitstream conversion, it enables an ultra-simple conversion process.
The output from the MMM-Conversion process is, in effect, already an analog signal - or, a very high-frequency stream of single pulses. With all the hard digital work done, this stream needs nothing more than a very high-quality low-pass filter to deliver the purest-possible analog audio output. For all its apparent complexity, it is a very elegant solution to digital processing - and unique to SA-10. 24-Bit/192kHz Through Conventional Inputs, High-Res 32-Bit/384kHz and DSD256 Via USB Input.
SA-10 doubles as a fully functional digital-to-analog converter for music stored on a home computer and boasts conventional digital inputs for existing source components. Those conventional inputs - optical and coaxial - can handle 24-bit/192kHz files. In addition, the player's digital input section includes a USB-B asynchronous input for the direct connection of a computer. It's compatible with PCM and DXD music files at up to 32-bit/384kHz as well as DSD64, DSD128, and DSD256 plus ALAC (Apple Lossless), AIFF, and MP3 files.What's more, SA-10's digital input section is completely isolated to avoid any electrical noise from connected components - a particular problem when computers are used as a source - from finding its way into the signal path. Huge Power Supply, Custom-Made Block Capacitors, and Nickel-Plated Copper Output Terminals. SA-10's analog circuit is fed by an oversized power supply with customized block capacitors with 4.700µF each. This guarantees no detail gets lost or diminished. In addition, the capacitor holders - usually comprised of brass - are made out of copper. These improvements, a result of countless hours of testing and listening, deliver a unique performance under all musical conditions. In addition, the analog RCA output terminals are handmade from a solid pure copper core and plated with a nickel substrate. The composition brings out the full beauty, stability, and power from all recordings. Fully Discrete Headphone Amplifier with HDAM-SA2 Modules and Gain Control. For the ultimate flexibility, SA-10 features a high-quality headphone stage with Marantz's dedicated HDAM-SA2 amplifier modules. This unique circuit ensures a high signal-to-noise ratio, minimum interferences, and rich bandwidth. To work with a wide variety of headphones, the gain factor can be changed from low to mid to high. It effortlessly drives low- to high-impedance headphones for unforgettable listening experiences.
Accessories: Power cord, RCA cable, Remote control, Remote connector cable, AAA batteries (2x), Safety instructions, Owner's manual. 9/10 Condition with no signs of damage or abuse. Units may have small cosmetic blemishes. SACD: 2 Hz 60 kHz (-3 dB). CD: 2 Hz 20 kHz (±1 dB).SACD: 0.0008 % (1 kHz). CD: 0.0015 % (1 kHz). Standby Consumption: 0.3 W. Dimensions (WHD): 17.3" x 5" x 16.5. This item is in the category "Consumer Electronics\TV, Video & Home Audio\Home Audio\Home Audio Components\CD Players & Recorders". The seller is "audiophilemusicdirect" and is located in this country: US.
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