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In Reply to: RE: Anyone actually heard the Marantz SA 10? RIQUE said he has one, but posted by oldmkvi on March 03, 2017 at 10:54:03
Yes, as reported here on another thread. I have one it is installed and is up and running. So far it has about 8 hrs listening on the clock. It is way too early to make wild statements about it's SQ.
What I will say is that it is an incredibly well engineered machine and is extremely well packed and presented. The box contains a personal letter from Ken Ishiwata, a pair of white silk gloves and an invitation to join an exclusive '10' club. The machine appears to use a similar chassis to the SA11-S3 rather than the SA7-S1 but is about the same weight as the SA7-S1 - bloody heavy!
In operation the drawer mechanism is slow in operation but very quiet and it does not "slam" shut like the SA7-S1's which was also an in-house purpose built design. Marantz for some reason have reverted to the balanced output configuration of Pin 1 And, Pin 2 Hot (+), Pin 3 Cold (-). The SA7-S1 had the Pin 2 / Pin 3 configuration the other way around which has caused a problem for me as the interconnects for the link to the pre-amp were specially modified for me by Cardas so now I have to send those cables over to the US again to have them reversed once more. Meanwhile I have been forced to start my listening with absolute phase reversed which is not good.
The things that strike you immediately are;
- Huge soundstage width and depth
-Very high resolving power at even low levels of listening. Inner detail unravelling is excellent even in dense passages
- Extremely low noise floor - it is silent in playback from disc
- Very accurate instrumental timbres, excelling at piano, string and timpani but great on all including organ which had our house shaking!
- Transient attack is guillotine like
Insofar as it is far too early to describe the character of the music produced, I am a little puzzled by a physiological instinct that it seems to play music 'slowly' which I haven't got my head around just yet.
Give it time, and keep us posted!
I have the SA11s3 which has pin 2 neg. and pin 3 pos. If you go into the menu you can change the polarity. I also have the PM11s3 which has the same configuration so polarity is not an issue for me. Check your manual to see if you can reverse the polarity of the SA10.
The SA7-S1 had a phase reversal button on the facia but sounded better with the correctly wired cables, don't ask me why? There is no similar facility on the SA-10S1. Neither does it have provision for connection of a Master Reference Word Clock which transformed the performance of the basic machine.
The SA-10S1 manual comes in CD-ROM form but of course the MacBook Pro has dispensed with most useful facilities like a disc player and there is as yet no operating manual on-line on the Marantz 10 website to download!
So yes, I will explore the on-board menu when I can access it with confidence and a little knowledge.
Third item from the top.
Here is a link:
According to the download, you can indeed invert the phase from a menu setting.
The manual you are looking at is from Marantz USA. The OP is from the UK. If you go to Marantz UK there is no provision to download a manual. Is it possible that the USA version and the UK version are slightly different?
I am still looking for a dealer to demo.
Fantja There is a review by Jason Kennedy of both the expensive Class D Marantz PM-10 amplifier & a brief one of the SA-10 spinner in The Ear, but IMO the Hired Fox final one is still the most authentic and most likely to remain so.
Frank I - will deliver his review in October.
Thank You- Disbeliever.
Has anyone else taken a demo on this spinner?
unsure what is going on here?
Has anyone found RIQUE?
Anyone get an audition on this spinner?
Anyone else seen or heard this player?
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