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In Reply to: RE: Marantz SA8004 vs Ruby KI inquiry posted by PAR on February 19, 2020 at 13:30:50
I have a KI ruby and it is excellent. The upsampling to 4x dsd really smooths the sound. This may be the last sacd player from marantz that does this. Buy it before they are gone.
Yes, that upsampling to DSD does wonders for CDs too. My CD collection has never sounded so good.
I've been weighing up investing in a Ruby KI, and I'm wondering how the DAC functions on it. I'd be interested in replacing my separate DAC with one integrated into a SACD player. I stream from a hard drive a lot, though, so I'm concerned about its ability to handle high-bit files. I'd appreciate any feedback,
It was designed to handle pretty much any digital format you throw at it.
I think the Ruby KI is very similar to the SA10 in most aspects. I recently purchased an SA10 and use the USB connection to the DAC from my computer running Audirvana, (through PS Audio Lanrover). This works very well, and seems to handle high resolution DSD files with no problem. Of course,
Audirvana is doing a lot of the work here, but the SA10 does work much better than the SA14 I had before.
but sadly only single ended RCA outputs. :-(
Got to go to the SA-10 for balanced outputs.
But still, if that's not an issue this should be ones last silver disk spinner.
And do it quickly because it's about over for Marantz.
Visited the Marantz/Polk Audio room at RMAF last year and the guy running the room (Polk audio guy?) didn't even know who Ken Ishiwata was, and Ken was still alive at that point albeit recently retired.
Why do you think it is just about over for Marantz? They still have quite a presence at places like Best Buy, for example (Mostly video receiver).
Marantz likely becomes a consumer brand, and sells at Best Buy, but I think products like the Ruby KI and SA10 are the last of a long line of really top products for Marantz.
No, I got it at Music Direct. Best Buy has a "Magnolia" division which carries some high-end audio, and I did ask a salesman I know there about the SA10, but he never answered my email. My point was that Marantz's presence there seems pretty stable, so I think the company should be too. It is true that this doesn't guarantee that they will continue to innovate in audio. But I think there is a new SA12 available now in Japan, perhaps eventually in the U.S., which is something like the Ruby. Still, I agree that the Ruby might be a good bet now....last I looked there were good deals on them at Music Direct. I probably should have gotten one of those instead of the SA10, since I don't need balanced outputs.
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