UPDATED 01.07.15: Have been out in Eindhoven for a couple of days for a more detailed listen to the SA-14 1SE and PM-14 1SE, and can now confirm the price is rather lower than suggested in the early reports below. The products are set to go on sale in September, at £1799 apiece.
POSTED 04.06.15: Marantz Brand Ambassador Ken Ishiwata has been demonstrating the forthcoming SA-141SE and PM-141SE SACD/CD player and amplifier here at the D+M Group European Dealer Conference in Monaco – and more details have emerged of the tuning work carried out to create the new models, which celebrate 30 years since the first Marantz ‘limited edition’ products.
Playing a mixture of CD-quality, hi-res PCM, DSD files and self-copied DSD rips from vinyl, Ishiwata today introduced the new products to an audience of European journalists and dealers from around the world.
Set to go on sale in a few months at a price of around £2000 each for player and amplifier, the combination not only plays discs but also allows the connection of a computer for direct playback of stored files.
Based on existing models, the new products feature a range of familiar Ishiwata tuning strategies, including a heavy 5mm thick lid for extra damping, high rigid feet and chassis damping, and copper caps on the power transistors in the amplifier.
Both products also feature the company’s Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules, or HDAMs, here in top-spec ‘-SA2’ form, along with customised components including toroidal transformers in both player and amp. The player also uses a Marantz-original SA-CD mechanism to optimise data read-out.
As to the rest of the changes, they’ll become clearer nearer to the launch of the two products: for now Marantz is saying only that they have ‘many other secret refinements for outstanding audio performance.’
Posted 14.05.15: Launched here at High End 2015 are the new Marantz SA-141SE SACD player and PM-141SE amplifier, being demonstrated at the show by Brand Ambassador Ken Ishiwata.
The two new products mark 30 years of Marantz Special Edition products, and will be in the shops in September, at £2000/€2500 apiece.