Hi, If you post your system and listening preferences it will help the feedback you get. I vote for the Ruby because I think it is becoming a collectors item.
2. Prima Luna evo 300
The speakers are 2 different pairs
1. Martin Logan esl’s
2. Manepans MMGI
I also run a pair of Rel T5X
I listen to a lot of music by streaming off the Bel-Canto
Vinyl with the Pro-Ject.
I use a Vincent Pho-701 phono preamp.
I use MIT cables.
So now I want to break out the cd’s.
I don’t need to see your system in order to give advice. No one really does.
I used to own a Marantz Reference SA-15S2 and thought very highly of it until I got a Technics SL-G700 SACD player which kind of ran rings around the Marantz in terms of air, dynamics, tone and that elusive see-through quality into a recording.
Ken Ishiwata had a preference for that Marantz house sound and it showed in all the product he had a hand in making. They all lean towards the warm side of neutral and most music played through them had that unoffensive sound that can be big and engaging but it kept things at a distance for me as I’m not a fan of a romanticized sound.
I believe the Marantz SA-30 came out after his death and as such, the designers of that unit (and basically all from then on) went for a different sound more in line with the likes of my Technics and others out there in that they’re more engaging, upfront and detailed with better slam and dynamics, going for a more neutral presentation without the romantic sheen of old. That’s my take on it.
All the best,
Completely agree with the above post. Total BS and very voyeuristic wanting to see images to make a recommendation on audio equipment. Find it a bit creepy.
Total BS and very voyeuristic wanting to see images to make a recommendation on audio equipment.
If you really wanna go there its total BS to ask advice from strangers on the internet, but IMO, if you want to ask anyway, a picture helps.
@nonoise I second every thing in his post, particularly about the old Marantz house sound, which rolled off the treble to much for my liking. I am not familiar with their newer iterations. Btw, for the OP, the Marantz customer service doesn’t get high marks. Hopefully the CDP will stay problem free until you get your money worth, because after that you are probably SOL
I have the SA-10, which replaced a Sony 5400-ES. When I got the Sony 5400ES and played an SACD vs. the same redbook CD the quality difference in the sound was readily apparent, so I wanted to stick with SACD. I did extensive research before choosing the SA-10, which I judged to be the best alternative to the PS Audio Directstream, which went out of production at the time. I like that the Marantz converts everything to DSD using it's own technology, not an R2R and not a chip per se. I also use the DAC with a COAX cable from my ifi streamer. The DAC is said to be high quality when used this way, but there haven't been any reviews I could find that compares it to a separate DAC. When choosing the SA-10, I put it up against the $20k SACD players, which I thought were too expensive and the Technics, which has MQA and was much less expensive but has MQA. I thought I'd be giving up MQA cd's, but apparently those never took off and now I hear MQA isn't that great, too. The SA-10 may be a little dated in some aspects, but it's built like a tank. A retailer wanted full list price for it, but I got an open box for about 40% less, which I thought was a good tradeoff. I think it will hold it's value. The technology is unique and build quality is top notch. The sound is great; I just don't A/B it against anything else. I did like the Sony 5400 though and haven't had the heart to part with it. The rest of my system is a Luxman AX590ii integrated and Yamaha NS-5000 speakers. I consider it to be a great value compact reference system that should stand the test of time.
Right now you can pick up the Marantz sa-10 for $3500 that’s a $4000 savings so I was really looking at it. But I was able to pick up the Marantz KI-Ruby for just over half it’s normal price of $4000. It was a really hard call to make but I am really enjoying the Ruby. I don’t use the Dac in the Marantz but I have heard it’s a really good one on both the Ruby and the Sa-10.
Love love love my Ruby. Have had it for more than 5 years. Have upgraded everything around it several times but never once had the desire to move on from this player. I also you the DAC everyday via Optical input from both my TV and a bluesound Node 2.
interesting to here the perspective regarding the “house sound”. I find the imaging and separation to be totally engaging - not distanced at all. Definitely curious to hear that technics for informational purposes tho!
Had an SA-10 when they first came out and loved it. At the time many of the Sony execs owned them. All good until it quit... as almost any mechanical item might when it wears out. No parts available and big money to repair. Not wanting to spend the money for the SA-15 for a system I now seldom use; as I mostly stream with a dCS Bartok. I replaced it with the N30 to have the ability to play my SACDs. It's DAC is very nice for those discs... a mostly Japanese talent. For CDs, I output the N30 via SPIDIF to the Bartok for decoding.