I have the Pearl Lite Sacd player a well. I find it tonally to be very pleasing. It replaced a more expensive Denson that I found to be too harsh for classical music in my set-up. Although it lacks the detail of the Densen it more than makes up for it by being completely untiring to listen to. I bought it blind, after carefully reading the reviews and believe that if I had gone to the dealers for an extended listen I probably wouldn't have purchased it, as it might have appeared underwhelming at first. However, having now owned it for 18 months, I am very satisfied. It cost about £650 from SuperFi and I sold the Densen for around £500, having paid £700 for it (half-price) initially. I also sold a Micromega Stage 4 for £150 (which i now regret) to fund the purchase of the Marantz.. I've always wondered what the Pearl Lite amp would sound like, but I already own a 13 year old MK1 Caspian, which might only fetch £150 and was a highly rated amp that cost me £800 in 1999.
I've always wondered what the Pearl Lite amp would sound like, but I already own a 13 year old MK1 Caspian, which might only fetch £150 and was a highly rated amp that cost me £800 in 1999.
i remember hearing the original Caspian back in about 1999 - very nice amp.
Hiya there cse,
If it helps a little I can say that Marantz PM KI Pearl Lite is a pure giant killer. I have a feeling that it is one of those units that will be rememberd even after decade or two. I wrote a review and also did a revisit after almost a year with it. Here is a link: http://www.whathifi.com/review/marantz-pm-ki-pearl-lite/user-reviews
I have checked with Marantz they dont do this in silver (only silver/gold) which sems a strange decision. Would still like this player but what does the gold finish look like?
Arcam A38, Marantz Pearl Lite CD , Spendor A3, Rega Planar Ortofon Red
I think it is good, but not exceptionally so. Furthermore it depends on the rest of your system what it will give you. But then again, you would already know that. Try and you'll find out!
Airport Express (still analog), Artephonos Energa (power-tube-amp), Peitho 303 (speakers). Panasonic TX-P42G30 (tv).
I don't quite understand your question paulsue. But CD player Marantz SA KI Pearl Lite is comming in silver or black combination. There is no gold version.
Here are pics of both versions.
In Britain silver is not avaiable the retail websites indicate silver but they really mean silver/gold! I checked with Marantz and they have confirmed this to me. Seems an odd marketing decision when silver is so popular. I wanted silver but have had to reluctuatly buy a silver/gold one. When it arrives I will give a review here.
yes, I checked now webpages also in Germany and elsewhere and Marantz is advertising their components as silver/gold and not silver as I first thought. I think that I also saw a marking on my box as SG meaning silver/gold.
In reality that silver/gold is as on first picture and I would never say that there is any gold tone on it. Actually it is silver and is same color as my Marantz SR 6003 A/V receiver. You will see for yourself when you get it and you can post back what do you think . But the best about that machine is sound I'm certain you will be surprised how good it sounds.
I notice that a new Marantz PM8005 is now available in Europe. It seems to sell at the same price as the older Marantz Pearl Lite.
The PM8005 is, I guess, an update of the PM8004 that was sold in the States in lieu of the PM-KI Pearl Lite. The Americans seemed to think that the PM8004 was a PM-KI produced for the US market. The difference was, if I remember correctly, that the PM-KI was made in Japan, while the PM8004 was outsourced to a lower cost manufacturer, so some Americans thought that the Europeans were getting the better deal in terms of quality, probably because the latter were prepared to pay a higher price.
So now the PM8005 is being sold in Europe, does it represent an improvement to the PM-KI, or is it simply something that fills the space between the PM7004 amp and the PM-KI?
I cannot find any reviews on the PM8005, except the usual marketing blurb on German HiFi websites. It is not mentioned on any of the national Marantz websites.
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The Pearl Lite CD player has now arrived,thought I would give my early impressions. It is clearly very well built and very heavy. The finish is good and the colour was not really a major issue in the end. Silver would have been better but the silver/gold looks OK. I have listened to I pod through front USB and Spotify through rear USB connection into DAC. These both worked well. Clearly a good quality DAC.
On CD performance not too sure at the moment. Bass perfomance is very good(dominates at times though) but treble seems veiled and rather dull.The sound stage appears to be unusually wide. I did check whether it was in phase! May not be a good match for my amp and speakers. Will give it longer but may not be a keeper.
The machine will take a bit of time to fully open up. Whether it will be a synergistic match for your Arcam and Spendors depends on your tastes I suspect, as I would expect this to be a very civilised combination that some may feel lacks a little bite.
Regarding the NADs, they only have loose, overblown bass if they aren't partnered correctly. The bass in my system is tight and tuneful and the overall sound is very rhythmic and nicely balanced.
Overblown bass is rarely (if ever) the result of amps being poorly designed......normally its the speakers uneven frequency response - I'd love to see the frequency respnses in output of speakers at 20-20khz sweeps at 60, 70, 80....110dB etc compared to the frequency response of amps at 10^-2, 10^-1...10^2 watts...
rooms have massive effects too...
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