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In Reply to: RE: Marantz SA10 Reviews posted by hiredfox on April 25, 2017 at 01:42:52
HIREDFOX . At long last you have admitted that I was right about the unsatisfactory SQ of the obese SA7-S1 and that a very expensive dCs Clock is required for a satisfactory performance. Herewith are the comments by Mark Lawton from the first review from Positive Feedback Online, the glowing one by Dr Sarconicus is total nonsense.
I am not afraid to ask for a little "more" zest & spice from the SA7-S1 and that's why I am sending it off to the Mod Man to be upgraded. This is what I asked him to address in order of importance
1. Improve dynamics, heft, slam, power,punch, oomph etc.
2. Increase transparency,palpability and address blackness of background. It has a very low-level amount of "fog" between you and the performers, images are a tad"soft" around the edges could use some firming up.
3.Tone is a hair on the warm side of neutral, a small correction wouldn't hurt. Tone is also a tad on the dry side, and if that's fixable, that would be great.
Well that's why I sold my SA7-S1 after a 700 hour burn in. and of course the poor bass.
This is an old battleground now used mainly for tourism!
Having spent £5k on the SA7-S1, it is surprising that you gave up so easily and didn't follow the rest of the audio community in linking it to a Word Clock, as that was a very well reported improvement almost from the off. It had a Word Clock input which to any research minded audiophile was an open invitation to play around with it.
The other question is why didn't you do your research beforehand as the SA7-S1 was freely available for home demo?
As I got the Marantz SA7-S1 at Trade price, there was no need to do any research ,knowing it would be easy to dispose of if I did not like it. Quite frankly I should not of bought it because the SACD is Stereo only. I also owned at that time my very extensively modded CD94 , I had compared it to the CD7 which I did not buy as the two players were virtually indistinguishable for SQ, this near 30 year old CD94 is still being enjoyed by the guy I sold it to.
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