Reference Super Audio CD Player with DAC
The SA-10 is designed to set a new standard in audio. Whether with music on disc or content streamed from a computer, enjoy your collection in refined clarity
Rediscover your music with Marantz
From SACDs to DSD files, enjoy all of your music without limits.
HDAM technology combined with optimized circuit design layout and carefully selected components, provides exceptional sound quality and performance.
Engineered and extensively tuned by a team drawing on more than 35 years of Marantz CD and SACD design knowledge.
Innovative Marantz Musical Mastering “MMM-Stream” up-sampling to DSD and filtering
Whether playing SACDs, CDs, or other data discs containing music, it's vital that any player retrieves the information as accurately as possible: unlike a computer reading a disc for ripping, there's no time for repeated re-scans when playing music - it happens in real time, so the disc transport needs to get things right first time.
Many modern CD and SACD players use computer-style DVD or 'universal' disc drives, simply because it's increasingly difficult for manufacturers to source dedicated 'music drives', purely designed for SACD/CD playback. The Marantz solution? If you can’t buy it off the shelf, design it and have it made: at the heart of the SA-10 is an all-new SACD-M3 transport mechanism, engineered solely for the best possible experience.
Not only does this new mechanism promise the very best sound quality from conventional CD and SACD discs, its extended ability with the playback of music files stored on DVD-ROM discs makes it possible for users to create their own high-resolution audio compilation discs using a computer DVD burner. The SA-10 can play FLAC files from 44.1kHz to 192kHz at up to 24-bit resolution, and DSD2.8MHz and DSD 5.6MHz, well as ALAC (Apple Lossless), AIFF and MP3 files through USB. That means making and playing hi-res disc compilations is now just as simple as it’s always been to make such discs in CD quality.
The SA-10 goes so much further than just disc playback: it's also a fully-functional digital-to-analog converter for music stored on a home computer, as well as having conventional digital inputs for existing source components. Those conventional inputs - optical and coaxial - can handle your music files up to 192kHz/24bit.
In addition the player's digital input section includes a USB-B asynchronous input for the direct connection of a computer, and this is compatible with PCM and DXD music files at up to 384kHz/32bit, as well as DSD2.8MHz, DSD5.6MHz and DSD11.2MHz.
That means the SA-10 is not only equipped to handle all the commonly-available high-resolution audio formats available, but also the ultra-high-resolution files becoming available from a number of specialist labels and outlets. In other words, the SA-10 player is entirely futureproof.
What's more, the digital input section is completely isolated, to avoid any electrical noise from connected components - a particular problem when computers are used as a source - from finding its way into the signal-path.
The SA-10 takes things further - just as it features an all-new disc transport mechanism, so the digital to analogue conversion has also been subject to a radical rethink, taking full advantage of the 1-bit conversion technology found in past flagship Marantz players, and incorporating brand-new filtering and up-conversion to take advantage of this simple, but elegant solution. We name it Marantz Musical Mastering.
DSD is at the heart of the way the SA-10 handles digital audio: PCM and DXD inputs are all upconverted to DSD at 11.2MHz using the proprietary MMM-Stream converter within the player, and then the high-frequency signal produced is processed by the unique MMM-Conversion stage, used in place of a conventional DAC, to produce the analogue output.
The MMM-Stream section of the process replaces the oversampling filters normally used in digital to analog conversion and allows the implementation of the Marantz Musical Mastering filtering. These filters - one providing a slow roll-off and very short impulse response, the other offering the option of a medium roll-off with short pre-ringing and longer post-ringing - are essentially the same as those found in the Marantz SA-11 disc player and NA-11 network music player, but here they're implemented at a much higher oversampling rate, thanks to that up-conversion to DSD11.2.
In fact, two system clocks are used, to ensure the most accurate up-conversion of the incoming signal, whether its from disc or the digital inputs: the 44.1kHz of CD, and its multiples - 88.2kHz, 176.4kHz and so on - are up-sampled to 11.2896MHz, while 48kHz and its multiples are taken up to 12.288MHz. This is done for maximum precision, and to avoid any need for sample rate conversion of the kind were the system to have to convert, say, 192kHz audio to DSD12.2MHz.
In addition, all of this conversion is now done in Digital Signal Processing with 32-bit floating-point precision, rather than the 24-bit integer method used in such systems in the past.
Like its partnering, the PM-10 integrated amplifier, the SA-10 is constructed to the highest possible standards, with a double-layered copper-plated chassis for excellent rejection of mechanical and electrical interference, and casework constructed from thick non-magnetic aluminum panels and 5mm thick top lid. Both products also sit on aluminum machining feet for reduced vibration and allows for a smoother listening experience.
|CD Compatibility: CD / CD-R/RW / SA-CD / WMA / MP3 / AAC||Yes / Yes / Yes / Yes / Yes / Yes|
|CD-Text / SA-CD Text / ID3 Tag / WMA Meta Tag / AAC Meta data||No / Yes / Yes / Yes / Yes|
|Data Disc Compatibility: DSD / WAV / ALAC||<=5.6 / 192 / 96|
|iPod / iPhone compatible USB input||Yes|
|DAC operation mode: USB / Coax / Optical||Yes / Yes / Yes|
|Asynchronous mode rear USB||Yes|
|Signal isolator for DAC Mode operation||Yes|
|HDAM version||HDAM+HDAM SA2|
|Power Transformer: Toroidal / El||Yes / No|
|High Grade Audio Components||Yes|
|Symmetric circuit layout||Yes|
|Copper Plated Chassis||Yes|
|Extra metal plate for chassis strengthing||Yes|
|Digital out off / Audio EX Mode||Yes / No|
|Headphone: Standard / Buffer / Current feedback||No / Yes (HDAM SA2+HDAM) / Yes|
|Separated rectifier circuit for analogue and digital circuitry||Yes|
|Display: Dimmer / Off||No / Yes|
|Low noise LCD display||Yes|
|5mm Aluminum top cover||Yes|
|Selectable filter: CD / SA-CD / DAC-Mode||Yes / No / Yes|
|Marantz Musical Mastering||Yes (HD)|
|Marantz Musical Mastering Stream||Yes|
|Marantz Musical Mastering Conversion||Yes|
|Program Play (CD / SA-CD)||Yes / Yes|
|Start Sound Mode for SA-CD||Yes|
|Analogue Out (Cinch)||2ch|
|Digital Optical In / Out||Yes / Yes|
|Digital Coaxial In / Out||Yes / Yes|
|Sample Rate digital In||192 kHz / 24-bit|
|Gold Plated Cinch||silver / nickel|
|USB Audio (Front) / Made for iPod / Made for iPhone®||rear / Yes / Yes|
|USB type B input for PC (rear) Sample Rate USB type B In||Yes|
|Asynchronous mode rear USB||Yes|
|USB type B input for PC (rear)||384 kHz / 32-bit|
|USB-B DSD Audio Streaming (DoP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6||-> DSD11.2|
|Headphone Volume Control||Yes|
|D/A Conversion||Marantz Musical Mastering Conversion|
|DAC IC||Marantz Musical Mastering Conversion|
|Digital Filter||DSP (Marantz)|
|Low Pass Filter stage||HDAM x 2|
|Output Buffer||HDAM SA2|
|Frequency Response (Cust.)||2 Hz - 60 kHz|
|Dynamic Range (SA)||109dB|
|Signal to Noise Ratio (SA)||112dB|
|Channel Separation (SA)||105 dB|
|Frequency response||2 Hz - 20 kHz|
|Dynamic Range||98 dB|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||104 dB|
|Total Harmonic Distortion||0.00%|
|Channel separation||100 dB|
|Total Harmonic Distortion (SA)||0.00%|
|Available Colors: Gold / Silver / Black / Silver-Gold||Yes / No / Yes / No|
|Metal Front Panel||Yes|
|Power Consumption in W||50|
|Standby Consumption in W||0.3|
|Auto Power off||Yes|
|Detachable Power Cable||Yes|
|Maximum Dimensions (W x D x H) in mm||440 x 419 x 127|
|Weight in kg||18.4|
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