New from Marantz are Series Two versions of its midrange SACD/amp pairing, the SA-15S2 and PM-15S2, which sell for £1700 each.
The SACD player is completely different from the original model, says Marantz, and incorporates lessons learnt from the company's flagship £5000 SA-7S1 model.
At the heart of the SA-15S2 is Marantz's proprietary SACDM-10 mechanism with an extruded aluminium case and ultra-stiff Xyron disc tray, both designed to minimise vibrations when a disc is playing.
The SACDM-10 mechanism feeds a Cirrus Logic CS4398 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analogue converter.
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Bespoke componentsUnder the lid you'll also find bespoke electrolytic, thick film capacitors, Shottky diodes and Marantz's SA-2 Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAM). The latter replace single chip, off-the-shelf op-amps and are said to provide superior performance, as does the high-quality power supply.
There are two sound filter options for CD and SACD replay, and a 'display off' function to further enhance performance.
The SA-15S2 is designed to partner the matching PM-15S2 amplifier. It delivers 200W per channel, uses HDAM-SA2 and -SA3 modules and is fitted with an MM/MC phono stage.
A Power Amp Direct mode enables the SA-15S2 to be used as part of a multichannel set-up. When switched on, the Power Amp Direct mode uses the power amp section to drive the front left and right speakers within a multichannel system, while the surround channels can be driven by an AV receiver.
Alternatively, it can be used to biamp a traditional stereo hi-fi system.
Both the SA-15S2 and PM-15S2 are available now.