Marantz KI Pearl SACD player and amplifier
Limited-edition models mark Brand Ambassador Ken Ishiwata's 30 years with the company

30 years after he joined Marantz, the company's Brand Ambassador, Ken Ishiwata, is launching a special commemorative pairing of KI Pearl SACD player and integrated amplifier.

The new models, selling for £2500 each, are in a new 'silk black' finish, and will be available in a strictly limited edition of just 500 of each unit.

Ishiwata has designed and tuned the products 'to reproduce music exactly as the original artist and recording engineers intended.'

The company says that for the CD player 'Ken specified a "bulletproof", vibration-damped cabinet, rock-solid power supply with a toroidal transformer, and an unsurpassed CD mechanism.'

This uses an SACD-M10 drive mechanism with a Xyron loader, while the digital-to-analogue conversion is Cirrus Logic's CS4398. The player also has selectable digital filtering and an optical digital input to allow other sources to be connected through the DAC.

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Meanwhile the analogue section uses the latest HDAM-SA and HDAM-SA2 versions of the company's Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Modules, an encapsulated transformer, and Ishiwata's familiar copper-plated chassis, here with an additional damping plate, massive aluminium feet and a 5mm aluminium top cover.

The 90Wpc KI Pearl Amplifier uses similar casework, HDAM-SA2 and HDAM-SA3 modules, and a fully discrete two-stage power amplifier. There's a constant current feedback phono stage, offering moving magnet and moving coil operation, a CD direct input buffer circuit, and a power amp direct input.

In addition, buyers of the KI Pearl products will also receive a limited edition book, and an SACD produced by Ishiwata specially for the Pearl anniversary.

The KI Pearl products will be launched to the public at the Munich High End Show later this month, and will go on sale soon after. You can find out more about them, and the story behind them, at the special KI Pearl microsite.

Click here for a behind-the-scenes look at the launch of the KI Pearl duo, and the chance to win a very exclusive KI prize.