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Marantz Premium 10 series SA-10 SACD & CD Player

The Marantz SA-10 is the latest model in a range of high-end players stretching all the way back to the dawn of CD. The SA-10 is designed to sets new standards, whether with music on disc or content streamed from a computer, and to become the New Reference in digital audio.

SKU
SA10
As low as £5,999.00

Marantz - SA-10

SACD/CD PLAYER WITH USB DAC AND DIGITAL INPUTS

The SA-10 is designed to set a new standard in audio. Whether with music on disc or content streamed from a computer, enjoy your collection in refined clarity.


KEY FEATURES:

Hear All Your Music
From SACDs to DSD files, enjoy all of your music without limits.

Pure Marantz Sound
HDAM technology combined with optimized circuit design layout and carefully selected components, provides exceptional sound quality and performance.

Sound Master Tuned
Engineered and extensively tuned by a team drawing on more than 35 years of Marantz CD and SACD design knowledge.

Upscale Listening
Innovative Marantz Musical Mastering “MMM-Stream” up-sampling to DSD and filtering.


It Starts with the Disc
Whether playing SACDs, CDs, or other 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 - it happens in real time, so the disc transport needs to get things right first time.

CDs, SACDs and Beyond
The SA-10 goes so much further than just disc playback: it's also a fully-functional digital-to-analogue converter for music stored on a home computer, as well as having conventional digital inputs for existing source components. Those conventional inputs - optical and coaxial - can handle your music files up to 192kHz/24bit.

More than just a DAC
The SA-10 takes things further - just as it features an all-new disc transport mechanism, so the digital to analogue conversion has also been subject to a radical rethink, taking full advantage of the 1-bit conversion technology found in past flagship Marantz players, and incorporating brand-new filtering and up-conversion to take advantage of this simple, but elegant solution. They name it Marantz Musical Mastering.

Marantz Musical Mastering
DSD is at the heart of the way the SA-10 handles digital audio: PCM and DXD inputs are all upconverted to DSD at 11.2MHz using the proprietary MMM-Stream converter within the player, and then the high-frequency signal produced is processed by the unique MMM-Conversion stage, used in place of a conventional DAC, to produce the analogue output.


Marantz Musical Mastering: MMM-Stream and MMM-Conversion

DSD is at the heart of the way the SA-10 handles digital audio: PCM and DXD inputs are all upconverted to DSD at 11.2MHz using the proprietary MMM-Stream converter within the player, and then the high-frequency signal produced is processed by the unique MMM-Conversion stage, used in place of a conventional DAC, to produce the analogue output.

The MMM-Stream section of the process replaces the oversampling filters normally used in digital to analogue conversion, and allows the implementation of the Marantz Musical Mastering filtering. These filters – one providing a slow roll-off and very short impulse response, the other offering the option of a medium roll-off with short pre-ringing and longer post-ringing – are essentially the same as those found in the Marantz SA-11 disc player and NA-11 network music player, but here they’re implemented at a much higher oversampling rate, thanks to that upconversion to DSD11.2.

In fact, two system clocks are used, to ensure the most accurate upconversion of the incoming signal, whether its from disc or the digital inputs: the 44.1kHz of CD, and its multiples – 88.2kHz, 176.4kHz and so on – are upsampled to 11.2896kHz, while 48kHz and its multiples are taken up to 12.288kHz. This is done for maximum precision, and to avoid any need for sample rate conversion of the kind were the system to have to convert, say, 192kHz audio to DSD11.2.

In addition, all of this conversion is now done in Digital Signal Processing with 32-bit floating-point precision, rather than the 24-bit integer method used in such systems in the past.

Combining this with the reduction to a 1-bit signal straight after the oversampling filter and Sigma Delta Modulation allows a pure DSD-standard signal to be passed to the conversion section in the form of a very high-frequency stream of pulses, requiring only a very high-quality low-pass filter to remove all the superfluous high frequencies and pass the purest possible audio to the player’s output stage.

So why develop all this in-house? The Marantz engineering team says that, as ever, extensive listening sessions gave the reasons: ‘We found big sound quality differences when PCM signals got converted to DSD outside of a conventional DAC and then fed to the DSD input of the conventional DAC. The conclusion of our finding was that for best sound quality we have to do the conversion ourselves.

“This experience led us to evaluate all kind of SDM structures and optimise this to achieve the best sound quality.”

The same thinking informed the design of the DSD-to-analogue filter itself, which feeds into the familiar Marantz HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules) in the output stage, here used in dual-differential configuration for optimal sound quality.

Built To Perform
Like the partnering PM-10 integrated amplifier, the SA-10 is constructed to the highest possible standards, with a double-layered copper-plated chassis for excellent rejection of mechanical and electrical interference, and casework constructed from thick non-magnetic aluminium panels and 5mm thick top lid. Both products also sit on aluminium die-cast feet.

Marantz SA-10 Specifications
features
CD Compatibility: CD / CD-R/RW / SA-CD / WMA / MP3 / AAC SA-CD TEXT/ ID3 TAG / WMA META TAG / AAC META DATA
Data Disc Compatibility: DSD / WAV / ALAC    <=5.6 / 192 / 96 IPOD / IPHONE COMPATIBLE USB INPUT
DAC operation mode: USB / Coax / Optical ASYNCHRONOUS MODE REAR USB
Signal isolator for DAC Mode operation BIT PERFECT TRANSMISSION
HDAM VERSION: HDAM + HDAM SA2 POWER TRANSFORMER: TOROIDAL
HIGH GRADE AUDIO COMPONENTS CUSTOMISED COMPONENTS
SYMMETRIC CIRCUIT LAYOUT COPPER PLATED CHASIS
EXTRA METAL PLATE FOR CHASSIS STRENGTHENING DIGITAL OUT OFF
PLAYBACK
PROGRAM PLAY (cd/sa-cd) REPEAT
RANDOM PLAY START SOUND MODE FOR SA-CD
INPUITS/OUTPUTS
ANALOGUE OUT (CINCH) : 2CH BALANCED OUT
DIGITAL OPTICAL IN / OUT DIGITAL COAXIAL IN / OUT
SAMPLE RATE DIGITAL IN: 192 KHZ / 24 BIT GOLD PLATED CINCH: SILVER / NICKEL
USB AUDIO (FRONT) / MADE FOR IPOD / IPHONE USB TUPE B INPUT FOR PC (REAR)
ASYNCHRONOUS MODE REAR USB SAMPLE RATE USB TYPE B IN
USB-B DSD AUDIO STREAMING (DOP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6: ->dsd11.2 HEADPHONE OUT
HEADPHONE VOLUME CONTROL  
SPECIFICATIONS
MECHANISM: SACD-M3 (METAL) D/A CONVERSION: MARANTZ MUSICAL MASTERING CONVERSION
DAC IC: MARANTZ MUSICAL MASTERING CONVERSION DIGITAL FILTER: DSP (MARANTZ)
NOISE SHAPER: dSP (MARANTZ) LOW PASS FILTER STAGE: HDAM X 2
OUTPUT BUFFER: HDAM SA2 FREQUENCY RESPONSE (CUST.): 2 HZ - 60 KHZ
DYNAMIC RANGE (SA) 109 DB
SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO (SA) 112 DB
CHANNEL SEPERATION (SA) 105 DB
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 2 HZ - 20 KHZ DYNAMIC RANGE: 98 DB
SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO: 104 DB TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION: 0.0015%
CHANNEL SEPERATION: 100 DB TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION (SA) : 0.0008%
GENERAL
METAL FRONT PANEL REMOTE CONTROL: RC004PMSA
POWER CONSUMPTION IN W: 50 STANDBY CONSUMPTION IN W: 0.3
AUTO POWER OFF DETACHABLE POWER CABLE
MAXIMUM DIMENSIONS (W X H X D) IN MM: 440 X 419 X 127 WEIGHT IN KG: 18.4