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Marantz KI Pearl Lites seem great value?

Both the Marantz KI Lite amp and CD are currently available for around 650 each. This seems great value and they have received great reviews from several publicatons including group test winner and outstanding product. The CD player can be used for SACD, it can be used as a DAC and has a front and rear USB. The amp has phono and can drive difficult loads. Is there a catch? Any owners out there?

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RE: Marantz KI Pearl Lites seem great value?

Taking into account features and their sound quality, they would be pretty hard to beat. I suppose the main alternative would be the Pioneer A70 and PD50, which have pretty much identical features.

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RE: Marantz KI Pearl Lites seem great value?

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Both the Marantz KI Lite amp and CD are currently available for around 650 each. This seems great value and they have received great reviews from several publicatons including group test winner and outstanding product. The CD player can be used for SACD, it can be used as a DAC and has a front and rear USB. The amp has phono and can drive difficult loads. Is there a catch? Any owners out there?

From the reviews I've read of the KI Lites, the only "catch" that I can evisage is speaker matching. It has, according to reviews, a smooth presentation so I'd avoid the likes of Dynaudio, if you don't want to cross the sonic plimsole line and end up with an overly warm sound.

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Thanks for the advice. I do prefer a sound on the warm side of neutral though to be honest. I do have Dynausio Excite x 12 but I have found them to be very neutral so far. The Excite range do seem to be different from previous models in this respect - and not difficult to drive either! I may go for the CD to start with and make a judgement about the amp at a later stage.

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I've had my Pearl-Lite SACD

I've had my Pearl-Lite SACD for around 18 months now and can't fault it. Sound quality (that's such a vague term and doesn't do it justice) is outstanding. It replaced a Micromega Stage 2.

 As an electronics tech I can also confirm that the internal build quality is first rate in all respects and that this player appears (from what I can tell) to use one of the best pickups in the business, the OXX8005 laser & mech from Pioneer.

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RE: Marantz KI Pearl Lites seem great value?

At that price they're a really good buy. Just make sure you try them with your speakers first, though, just to make sure.

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Thanks for replying Mooly.  Have you found it to be on the warm side of neutral?

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At that price they're a really good buy. Just make sure you try them with your speakers first, though, just to make sure.

They were 900 I think when What Hi fi reviewed them! Not sure whether you have heard the Dynaudio x12 but people seem to wrongly assume that they are overly warm (and / or difficult to drive)
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Thanks for replying Mooly.  Have you found it to be on the warm side of neutral?

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It's extremely musical and non fatiguing is probably the best way to describe it. Absolutely no harshness or over bright quality. Its not warm as in a "bit mushy". All the fine detail and soundstaging is there but without that "etched" artificial quality that some players exhibit.   

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Sounds what I am looking for. Do you make use of the digital inputs and have you tried any SACD's?

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I have the Pearl Lite SACD player and love it. Not overly warm at all. The only disappointment is looks, it doesn't really look much different to the cheaper range. I prefer the looks of heavier casing on British HIFI. Still undecided whether or not to go with matching amp. I have it with Neat Petit SX speakers, which aren't warm, just very detailed and perhaps a liitle bit boomy, but that could be my small room and wooden floors

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Thanks for replying the problems with your room sound like mine!

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Sounds what I am looking for. Do you make use of the digital inputs and have you tried any SACD's?

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Yes and yes. The digital inputs I use for listening to occasional podcasts and the like put onto a USB flash drive. I thought I would never use them but in fact they are really useful.

SACD's I haven't many. Quality is well... if I'm honest there isn't a huge difference between the normal CD layer and the SACD. Both sound stunning and show how "right" the original format was (is) when executed properly. Output from SACD is slightly higher than CD so that can make the SACD "sound" more impressive on first listen.

 

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RE: Marantz KI Pearl Lites seem great value?

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Ketan Bharadia wrote:

At that price they're a really good buy. Just make sure you try them with your speakers first, though, just to make sure.

They were 900 I think when What Hi fi reviewed them! Not sure whether you have heard the Dynaudio x12 but people seem to wrongly assume that they are overly warm (and / or difficult to drive)
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No, what I said is that Dyns can be smooth sounding compared to MA or Focals and all the reviews point the Marantzes in a similar direction. Therefore you'll need to listen to one with your speakers and see how you find them.

Personally speaking (and this is purely IMHO) I like to partner smooth or warm components with stuff that has an 'edge' or something that gives a bit more pep.

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RE: Marantz KI Pearl Lites seem great value?

Getting the KI pearl lite amp and CD player put an end to my year long search for a replacement system! I started with CA 620, then NAD, Rotel RA1520, Audiolab 8200CD and a few others until at last finding something that had a natural and stunning sound. The DAC is very good, as is the phono stage which stands equal to the rega mini fono and CA 640, plus there's a headphone amp in the CD player which sounds as good as listening through the amp. Another selling point for me was the ability of the remote control sensors to respond to the right angle position of my listening chair and speakers. I'm using PMC DB1i speakers, and it all sounds great for all kinds of music. Highly recommended, and at that price an absolute bargain!

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RE: Marantz KI Pearl Lites seem great value?

paulsue38 wrote:
Both the Marantz KI Lite amp and CD are currently available for around 650 each. This seems great value and they have received great reviews from several publicatons including group test winner and outstanding product. The CD player can be used for SACD, it can be used as a DAC and has a front and rear USB. The amp has phono and can drive difficult loads. Is there a catch? Any owners out there?

Slightly lateral thinking, but what about the Audiolab 8200CDQ with a pair of active speakers? Nice and simple.

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