Marantz has a new toy coming January of next year. Set to replace their SA-7 Reference CD Player, the new SA-10 is on its way and it comes with some new features. Of course, like most of Marantz’s high-end reference products, it also comes at a price.
One of the biggest changes that you will find is the fact that it is no longer just a CD player. Highly coveted for its ability to bring CDs and SACDs to life, it now plays your favorite digital file formats via CD, USB or PC. Their newly created drive inside (SACD-M3) made just for this model, plays both analog and digital formats of CD and DVD.
They decided to go a different route for digital music than simply using a DAC. Instead, the player up-converts it all to DSD256 using two methods they refer to as MMM-Conversion and MMM-Stream (the MMM stands for Marantz Musical Mastering), in which they refer to as four times the quality of SACD. MMM-Conversion up-converts it and MMM-Stream prepares it for analog output.
Sounds pretty nice right? If you’re an audiophile it kind of draws the interest of your ears as they yearn for hearing a sample of what it can do. However, the price tag is what will stop most consumers in their tracks. With a price of $7,999, it will limit those who would be wiling to add one to their collection of audio toys.
There will always be those lucky few though that will be more than able to get there hands on one. They will just have to wait till next month when it releases. If that lucky person is you, make sure to let us know what you think below in the comments, come time.