Hi Fi Critc Audio Excellence Award
“… admiration for this player keeps on growing the more one listens.”
“By any standards this is a remarkable player/source, and a major achievement that fully justifies its Audio Excellence label, joining the top flight of digital hardware with much the same consummate ease it displays when playing music. Dramatic, totally involving and more than a little addictive …”
T3 Online Review
In another reminder that the CD is far from dead (despite reports of its demise), Marantz has just launched a brand new CD player and amp combi that brings exceptional audio to your home entertainment setup.
The Premium 10 series combines an SA-10 CD player/DAC and a PM-10 amplifier and features groundbreaking Marantz audio technology designed to deliver the best possible sound from high-resolution audio formats and CD alike.
Available in a crisp silver or suave black finish, the system is accented with subtle blue illuminations when in use so it'll look fetching wherever you set it up.
“…There was that characteristic combination of solidity and substance, detail and dynamics, and effortlessness….the SA-10S1 grabs the attention with the sheer scale it can deliver, and then rewards a closer listen into both the mix and the deep soundstage it creates.”
This all-new disc drive with its extended compatibility, plus format conversion, ensures the SA-10S1 is both a way to keep your disc collection alive while also exporting beyond regular CD resolution. It’s a convincing bridge between the legacy silver disc and 21st century formats, the combination of solid build, advanced technology and superb sound making it a fine candidate for your ‘last-ever CD player’.”
The Ear 5 star Review
“Listening to the PM-10 with my regular CAD 1543 MkII DAC and Melco N1A server via Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3 speakers reveals it to produce a crisply detailed yet smooth, grainless sound that has tube amp like finesse. It also has drive, that is the music that has this quality loses none of it in the amp’s hands, and the absence of perceived distortion encourages the volume upwards. Which means that a great recording like Bellezza Crudel (Vivaldi, Tone Wik, Barokkanerne, 2L) delivers all the tonal depth of the period instruments alongside the beauty of the soprano voice in the context of an effortless melody. A pretty complete musical experience in fact. This is a fast and powerful amplifier that manages to keep its own character largely under wraps…”
“…the SA-10 is a pretty sweet converter that delivers music in highly coherent and engaging fashion thanks to precise timing and a clean, low noise presentation…”
“…for those with decent CD collections, especially if they contain SACDs there’s a lot to be said for a disc spinner like this…”
“Both source and amp have very, very low perceived distortion which makes itself apparent in a clean, smooth presentation that some might feel lacks the grit of realism. But another view is that it doesn’t add the fine grain that other amplifiers introduce. You only have to hear the intimate yet open sound of Joni Mitchell singing ‘The Man I Love’ (Gershwin’s World, Herbie Hancock, Verve), over a chunky but soft bass line to appreciate just how close the 10 series combo gets to the heart of the music. The sound it produces is as sophisticated as the build and finish of the hardware itself but unlike that it has a soft side that gets you very close to the soul of the music.”
Stereo Sound Winner
“The Marantz’s ability to float a stereo imaging is equally impressive with the SA-10 casting a wide, deep and spacious soundstage populated with securely located instruments. That composure we mentioned earlier makes itself felt here, as things remain stable even when the piece becomes more demanding.”
“Even the headphone output is good. Marantz has put considerable effort into getting this to perform well and it does, mirroring the line level output’s clean, refined and engaging sound.”
“We’re in no doubt that the Marantz SA-10 is a brilliant digital source component and one of the finest disc players we’ve come across. It’s very well made and has the kind of unfussy disposition that allows it to sound right at home across a wide range of systems. Highly recommended.”
“On demonstration at Marantz’s Eindhoven headquarters, both amplifier and disc player sounded superb…”
“…The SA-10 also functions as a DAC and has extensive galvanic isolation, optimised for USB playback. It too is a very interesting product, and together with the PM-10 it’s obvious the company has invested much time and money in producing them. A brief audition showed that they’re both great sounding products, which didn’t come as a complete surprise…”