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I Know it's New, But Anyone Listen to the Marantz SACD 30n Yet?

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Posted on March 7, 2021 at 09:07:42
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It's peaked my interest because, a) not many SACD player around anymore, b) it's got some sort of preamp abilities so I could use it for volume control with an amp. I was planning to buy an integrated with RC functions, but one of those I'm considering from Audio Note isn't RC capable.

 

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OK...How'z About the Technics SL-G700? (nt), posted on March 10, 2021 at 11:20:19
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I'd get the Ki-Ruby., posted on March 10, 2021 at 16:23:31
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If I were a getting person.

 

No Volume / RC functions on Ruby (nt), posted on March 10, 2021 at 17:44:06
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RE: I'd get the Ki-Ruby., posted on March 10, 2021 at 17:51:19
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Yeah, I'd read about that one. Marantz says sold out. I don't know it that means forever. Out of stock everywhere I've seen, some Ebay seller has some, but I'm leary of those sellers. Not a fan of used disc players either.

One thing I don't like about Marantz is the constant model churn. Maybe necessary in digital products as the tech advances, but they sure do change their lineup a lot. At least they're still making them.

 

There's also the new SA12-SE Player..., posted on March 11, 2021 at 11:39:47
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...that they show on their website. Not (as yet) available outside of Japan. When I inquired about availability in the USA, they gave me some mumbo jumbo about regions making independent decisions on which products to make available. A non answer. Also, none of their recent SACD players have balanced outputs (like my SA11-S2). What's up with that? My SA11-S2 is long in the tooth (13 years old now) and while it still plays everything I put in it, it won't forever.

 

RE: There's also the new SA12-SE Player..., posted on March 11, 2021 at 13:29:57
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No balanced = cut costs. Selling point at the SA10 level, but probably not below that. Otherwise the 30n and the 12 SE look like they compete against the other, with the connectivity of the 30 probably winning the day. That's what I mean about Marantz, model change after model change. Maybe demadn outside of the U.S. for the 12 SE would be more than the 30n. I swear last night the website had "sold out" on all of them, KI Ruby included. Now it directs me to Magnolia as a dealer. Doubt it, but worth a look I suppose.

 

The SA12-SE Player is much lower than in price than the SA10, posted on March 11, 2021 at 15:20:48
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The SA12-SE is apparently also available in the UK/Europe and its priced at 3000 pounds (about 1000 pounds less than the KI Ruby player and much less than the SA10). Not sure if it will be available here (USA) though.

 

Ltd. to small number of units., posted on March 12, 2021 at 06:12:07
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I'm not sure of the number (1000?), but some vendors may have a commitment for filling previous orders and can reserve a unit for a customer (perhaps Music Direct?).

I have a new one in my office system that offers more "musicality" and and sound stage presence than my now dead Sony 777.

 

Sent a Message to Music Direct Asking if it's Available to Order (nt), posted on March 12, 2021 at 08:24:07
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A link to a thread about the player (more), posted on March 12, 2021 at 13:28:09
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Here:

 

RE: A link to a thread about the player (more), posted on March 12, 2021 at 17:49:08
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Thanks for that. I'm definitely not a golden ear, and couldn't hear the difference between 2 or 3 HDAMS as the poster does. And I don't think I could identify a player having "less jitter" to save my life, but it's nice to read that someone is happy with the piece.

 

RE: I Know it's New, But Anyone Listen to the Marantz SACD 30n Yet?, posted on March 14, 2021 at 07:20:32
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If you'd ever heard DSD128 and DSD256, I don't think you'd be so concerned with SACD. I had the DSD64 extracted from my 12 SACDs because I've gone to playing digital files directly from my hard drive, or more accurately, my plugin flash drives since I now use a FiiO M15. It's so much simpler than playing CDs and SACDs; furthermore, these higher rez formats sound better to me. Of course, I also have some excellent sounding DSD64 files. YMMV

Happy listening!
John Elison

 

RE: I Know it's New, But Anyone Listen to the Marantz SACD 30n Yet?, posted on March 14, 2021 at 09:56:13
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The Marantz upsamples everything to DSD 256.
Please buy one, compare to your set-up and Report!

 

RE: I Know it's New, But Anyone Listen to the Marantz SACD 30n Yet?, posted on March 14, 2021 at 09:57:17
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The only reason I'm "concerned" is that I have many more than 12 SACD's in my collection. I don't find it that cumbersome to drop them in a player actually. I've tried ripping my cd's in the past, and I find that to be a pain. If I want simplicity I listen to streaming versions of what I want, someone has already done the work for me. I don't have the ears, or the setup (as the refrigerator on the other side of the wall kicks on!) to discern the differences in higher resolution formats. I asked below about ripping SACD's, but now having counted how many I have, and seen that I have to buy a certain disc player to be able to do it I don't think it's worth my time.

Nice looking player, but $1500 is pretty close to the $2500 for the Marantz, and the Marantz does lots more.

 

Safe and Sound has a few on Ebay, posted on March 15, 2021 at 19:08:53
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They are authorized by Marantz and who I bought from. A great player not to be missed. Good luck!

 

RE: Safe and Sound has a few on Ebay, posted on March 16, 2021 at 09:34:21
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I saw them, but didn't know who they were. Any issues with buying from them?

 

Very easy to deal with, posted on March 16, 2021 at 13:56:23
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The player arrived in two days double boxed. I think it was my best move ever as I think this player will be a classic. Again - no problems at all.

 

RE: Safe and Sound has a few on Ebay, posted on March 16, 2021 at 19:09:45
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I bought my SA KI Ruby from them. There was a minor issue with the remote. They promptly sent me a new one.
What a great player! Had it for about 11 months, still consider it a bargain.

 

RE: OK...How'z About the Technics SL-G700? (nt), posted on March 17, 2021 at 13:42:31
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Sounds great, but software/firmware needs some improvement. Sometimes takes a long time to start.
The App has improved since the first version, and looks ok. to me.

 

Thanks Both for That Rec. for Safe and Sound (nt), posted on March 19, 2021 at 08:02:06
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RE: Safe and Sound has a few on Ebay, posted on March 22, 2021 at 01:11:57
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Nice pic!

 

Safe and Sound has a few on Ebay and I snagged one of them, posted on March 30, 2021 at 10:27:42
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Hopefully my last SACD player purchase for the next 20 years.

Just hooked it up, and played my first SACD. I'll not comment on a first playing but so far everything is fine

Kudos to Safe and Sound as well - a completely problem free transaction. I believe only one is left on EBAY

 

RE: OK...How'z About the Technics SL-G700? (nt), posted on March 30, 2021 at 21:02:47
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I would like to demo both machines.

 

Congratulations!, posted on March 31, 2021 at 07:58:10
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Hope it sounds as good as everyone says.

Me, next years private school registration fees (x2) and taxes are swallowing mine. I'll probably have to settle for something else. I was advised that Marantz is having production issues with the SACD 30n, so confidence on availability of that is low.

Best of luck.

 

I sneaked it in despite new college tuition next year, posted on March 31, 2021 at 08:28:56
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Mother-in-law makes a nice contribution and number 2 son got more merit scholarships than expected (he did a once in a lifetime performance on his SATs)
My only comment thus far is the Ruby is a bit more feature laden than I expected so I will definitely need some time with it

 

Double Congratulations!, posted on March 31, 2021 at 09:42:31
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I really hope his college is in person. It was bad enough paying for online middle school. Mine are back in person now, and hopefully the one off to high school gets the full experience from the start. College is 4 years away, can't wait...well, not really.

 

RE: I sneaked it in despite new college tuition next year, posted on April 1, 2021 at 02:49:50
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Looking forward in reading more about the Ruby.

 

RE: OK...How'z About the Technics SL-G700? (nt), posted on April 1, 2021 at 12:14:02
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Dealer near me has both, sadly I can go nowhere without the vaccine and have been unable to book an appointment though I've been eligible for weeks! I'll just have to keep waiting.

 

RE: OK...How'z About the Technics SL-G700? (nt), posted on April 6, 2021 at 21:42:17
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I would be interested in reading about the Systems that feature both of those spinners.

 

RE: I Know it's New, But Anyone Listen to the Marantz SACD 30n Yet?, posted on April 21, 2021 at 17:08:52
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I own the Sa-10, it replaced the Esoteric K-01, I never looked back. Don't miss the Esoteric at all, that tells you how good the SA-10 is, just give it the best power cord you can afford.
PJB

 

RE: I Know it's New, But Anyone Listen to the Marantz SACD 30n Yet?, posted on April 28, 2021 at 00:50:38
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Dr. Phil

which Power Cord (PC) do you use on your SA-10 ?

 

High praise., posted on May 13, 2021 at 15:29:11
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I have an SA-10 in my sights.


Big J

"... only a very few individuals understand as yet that personal salvation is a contradiction in terms."


 

RE: I Know it's New, But Anyone Listen to the Marantz SACD 30n Yet?, posted on May 13, 2021 at 16:13:05
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I Use an AQ Blizzard on the SA-10, Thunder is a touch better even.
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RE: I Know it's New, But Anyone Listen to the Marantz SACD 30n Yet?, posted on May 15, 2021 at 01:18:12
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Thank You- Dr. Phil

 

RE: I Know it's New, But Anyone Listen to the Marantz SACD 30n Yet?, posted on May 15, 2021 at 05:57:06
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From the past and Marantz's great way with digital I would have to say the more basic SACD 30 would sound just great, looking at the design a lot of the SA-10 is in it, I would say this is like the Sony SCD1 and the when the cheaper 777ES was released later, both were excellent sounding units with the SCD1 build quality being a huge step up. With both the best power cord you can afford should be used on either of them, they can be really, really good. Mine SA-10 replaced an Esoteric K-01, I never looked back.
PJB

 

RE: I Know it's New, But Anyone Listen to the Marantz SACD 30n Yet?, posted on May 15, 2021 at 21:09:14
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Right On! the Esoteric is highly regarded. It seems the Sa-10 sets a new standard in CD/SACD playback!

 

Threadjack.., posted on June 14, 2021 at 21:05:53
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Is the M11 Plus Ltd on your radar yet? Looks like Fiio have completely discontinued the M11 pro and the M15 already.

Is it just me, or does the M11 sound better when it's charging than when it is not?

 

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