Thanks for the suggestion but I have recently purchased some Dynaudio x12.s.
Arcam A38, Marantz Pearl Lite CD , Spendor A3, Rega Planar Ortofon Red
There's a very nice Leema Pulse on a auction site.
Amp: Leema Pulse; Source: Naim CD5i-2, Denon 260MKII, Pro-ject XP I; Speakers: PMC TB2i
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I'm interested in buying the Marantz Pearl Lite pair, but would like more information on what speakers could be suitable. I notice that Delfinus has rather expensive ones. Someone above mentioned the PMC DB1s.
What about speakers such as those from the Monitor Audio RX range or the Rega RS3 / 5?
Kind regards to all,
I believe that Marantz PM KI Pearl Lite is one of the best value solid state amplifiers available on the market. After all these days I'm still amazed how good it is and it really drags me into the music. And that is all what is important for me. I don't like the amplifiers that are just effective for a short period of time with all that audiophile trickery and then at the end you find out that it starts to annoy you with some spitting or sibilant sounds and that with time you find out that music is robbed of the soul and emotions.
With Marantz PM KI Pearl Lite I can finally enjoy music for hours and hours. Marantz has tone controls and I give this feature a big plus as I use amplifier also for listening of the Internet radio stations and there you can compensate a little bit. My bass tone control is in neutral position, mid is in neutral and highs are at 11 o'clock at the moment. When needed I just turn off Source Direct and this way no music can annoy me anymore. But on average and also when listening to my CDs I'm bypassing tone controls as I found out that I receive a little more dimensionality and deeper sound stage. Music is so sweet to listen through Marantz PM KI Pearl Lite. I can confirm once again that is the most natural sounding amp I had in my system. I can describe sound as very coherent through all frequency spectrum and nothing is hanging out. Musical presentation is just very involving and smooth.
I can compare Marantz PM KI Pearl Lite with some very expensive amps and I would still rather opt for this amp. Before purchasing this amp I had also Modwright KWI 200 shortlisted, but to pay 5.000 EUR for an amp and that maybe at the end I will not be completely satisfied what I would pay for? I did not take a risk. Marantz PM KI Pearl Lite has also few advantages in comparison to Modwright KWI 200. It has phono input by default (didn’t tried it yet), it has tone controls, it has balance control if you need it, it has headphones output which I use, and it has A+B speaker binding posts which I need as I use also REL B2 for my lowest octave.
What was interesting for me was that character of the Modwright KWI 200 is very similarly described as Marantz PM KI Pearl Lite and Marantz PM KI Pearl. On that basis I decided I would just try it blindly and yes it was a thing with which I'm very impressed. My initial impression and a little bit longer review can be found here: http://www.whathifi.com/review/marantz-pm-ki-pearl-lite/user-reviews
Happy musical holidays to all.
I have a KI Pearl Lite Amp (that i snagged for £500 )paired with PMC DB1i's and i agree with the previous posts. I replaced a Cyrus Amp with this and the improvement for me was huge. Best Hi-Fi bargain i ever found!
It's fed from a Mac Mini playing AIFF files through Pure Music and a M2Tech Young DAC using Audioquest cabling and i find it very involving with no fatigue at all, bringing more out of the PMC speakers.
Highly recommended, especially at the price it's going for now, very hard to beat for value and a lovely detailed sound.... go for it!
I believe that Marantz PM KI Pearl Lite is one of the best value solid state amplifiers available on the market.
Have you thought of buying the matching Pearl Lite SACD player? An excellent machine. And how come you have such expensive speakers???
I have Anthony Gallo Reference 3.5 speakers already for some time now. I bought them new and used them with Musical Fidelity A308 and Musical Fidelity NuVista CD player.
Having good speakers is not bad thing at all. If you read a review on the Stereophile about original Marantz PM KI Pearl you will see that reviewer has connected the amp with very high end speakers Wilson Audio Specialties MAXX 3 which are even 10 times more expensive than my speakers. http://www.stereophile.com/integratedamps/marantz_pm-ki-pearl_integrated_amplifier . What I found interesting is that his observations are very similar to what I discovered with cheaper Marantz PM KI Pearl Lite. So if I wrap that up I can see that Marantz Pearl gear has a lot of headroom and it can offer an extremely good musical presentation also on the best speakers out there.
For some long months I had shortlisted some very expensive amps that I would buy as my next upgrade and plug into the system with my Gallo's. Shortlisted were Gryphon Diablo, Gryphon Atilla, McIntosh MA7000, McIntosh MA6900, Leben CS600. I was closest to buy Modwright KWI 200 as I loved a combo of Modwright LS100 and Modwright KWA100SE that I heard at the dealer. Modwright KWI 200 is an integrated amplifier and has almost similar character as previous mentioned combo, but the price for this integrated is also very high (4.990 EUR new) in comparison to Marantz. Then I just experimented with my budget Marantz gear that I had at home and I found out that is not bad at all with my speakers and in some aspects also better than what I heard with more expensive gear. Then I shortliested also Marantz PM KI Pearl original and Marantz PM KI Pearl Lite as its sound was on many forums and reviews described exactly what I was looking for and very similar to Modwright character. Then opportunity came and I went with Marantz PM KI Pearl Lite which I would say is the best "recession amp" you can buy and enjoy in full and touch or overpass also some very hi-end gear. I bought it and I was not wrong. I enjoy Marantz PM KI Pearl Lite much more than with some extremely expensive gear that I heard in my system, at the dealers or at the Hi-Fi shows. I'm certain that this is the best amp you can buy for the money.
As far as the SACD I do not intend to buy it as I practically do not have any SACD media. I have a very good CD player Musical Fidelity NuVista 3D which I just renewed with new transport. Combination with Marantz is very good and much better than my previous combo with MF A308. But if I go back to Marantz SA KI Pearl Lite I can read only good words about this combo. Price is also convenient and I think it is a smart direction to go to.
I can conclude that a lot of audiphiles has too much prejudice about Marantz gear and they do not want to touch it. They usualy say that it is just a mass production for the masses. But from my experiences I can say that Marantz Pearl gear is extremely good gear with simple and great engineering, nice design, smart technical solutions and what counts most with excellent musical result. And you can get all that for a very honest price.
I have a KI Pearl Lite Amp (that i snagged for £500
Where did you manage to purchase at such a great price? Was it new or second-hand?
Having good speakers is not bad thing at all. If you read a review on the Stereophile about original Marantz PM KI Pearl you will see that reviewer has connected the amp with very high end speakers Wilson Audio Specialties MAXX 3 which are even 10 times more expensive than my ....
I kept looking around for a few months and was lucky to stumble upon someone who had bought one and never used it, he was abroad a lot like myself.
He had only bought it just under a month before, still sealed in box and i would say new ...He needed the cash and i was a happy bunny
Just lucky, right find at right time. Nice when it happens with what you're actually looking for...
It does really sing with the DB1i's with no fatigue whatsoever... however i am tempted to see how it would sound with a pair of KEF LS50's ?
I realise i'd have to demo to check out for myself but i am interested if anyone has any thoughts on this idea of a change of speakers?
Why would you want to change to a cheaper speaker?
Fair enough question i suppose.
Should leave well alone and not tamper while i'm enjoying the music and happy with it all
I am a bit confused here. Does cheaper mean 'not as good' ? In my experience it does not.
There is no harm imo in trying cheaper speakers. You might be surprised.
Hello Paulsue38I have recently posted comments relating to the Pearl Lite CD Player which I purchased only recently and I’m in the early stages of assessing and admit didn’t dem prior to purchase which isn’t something I have done before however on removing this product from packaging the first thing that struck me was its weight and build quality which is dam good now then Sound quality for £649 admitted also purchased Analogue audio interconnect cable Chord Chameleon plus also reduced in price and in all honestly cant grumble one bit Phew! Still working my way through my CD collection so early days but I’m pleased with what I have listened to so far this is indeed a very good CD Player and well worth having a listen and of course appreciate dem first as its down to personal taste at the end of the DayCheers Chuckle
Nice to read all the positive comments on the Pearl Lite Amp and CD player. I live in Switzerland and I'm stunned by the price of the Pearl Lites over here. They sell for about 1400 CHf, which is around £950. You guys over in the UK have some good Hi-Fi deals going for you at the moment!
I'm thinking of purchasing them from HiFiX in Coventry, who seem to be prepared to ship them over here.
However, I have a few questions before I go ahead:
1) What do you guys think about the quality of the DAC on the SA-KI compared to that in the Audiolab M-DAC, say (or the 8200CD, for that matter)?
2) I also read in the reviews that the DAC will not directly accept FLAC files. I'm hoping that this should not be a problem, because I play my music via Foobar 2000 from an Asrock Vision 3D home theatre PC, and I guess the conversion to *.wav is accomplished on the PC before it is padded to any DAC (I might add that the Asrock is a most excellent choice, BTW).
3) I would like to hear some more comments on how the PM-KI amp will perform with more 'common-or-garden' speakers such as those from the Monitor Audio or Rega ranges. I'm thinking of purchasing either Monitor Audio RX6s or Rega RS3s.
Sorry for all the questions.
Best regards to all,
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