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Marantz has an enviable history of keeping on top of the audio separates game, which these days means a pretty active programme of new product development. Indeed, it doesn't feel like very long since we saw the SA7001 and now we're testing its replacement.
Despite claims to the contrary, the profile of many brands best fits either a hi-fi scenario or a home cinema one. Marantz is one of the very few companies with feet successfully planted in both camps
The SA-11 series was first launched in S1 guise as the ultimate expression of Marantz's art and craft, but since then has been superseded in this role by the 'Legendary' (sic) series. But there is more than a coincidental degree of commonality in the two ranges.
So new that our review sample was, at the time, the only one in the country, this model tops out Marantz's line of CD-only players, since all the dearer ones also play SACDs
In the escalating product race between Denon and Marantz, both companies have introduced a range of high-grade disc players and amplifiers that have helped to push the boundaries of what's commonly referred to as 'state-of-the-art' in the world of hi-fi
It must be one of the biggest and heaviest players around at this sort of price. The weight is accounted for not least by the thick steel panel screwed to the bottom which reduces audio-frequency resonance in the chassis, while the size.
KI stands, of course, for Marantz 'brand ambassador' Ken Ishiwata,whose special attention has graced those models that bear his mark. Typically, this means adding features to the basic item along the linesof better passive components