This third generation of the spectacular SA-11 features a brand new SACD two-disc mechanism and a new High Current Audiophile D/A Converter. The result is even finer, more delicate audio detail. But even before these new refinements, this player was already standards-setter of repute because it utilises many of the advanced technologies that were originally developed for the Reference Series SA-7S1. For example, it uses the exclusive-to-Marantz Dynamic Digital Filtering technology, which makes standard CDs sound as incredible as SACDs. It offers two filters for different tastes, not just for discs, but for any digital signal. What's more, it uses a high-end algorithm previously used only in professional recording studios. This type of filtering retains greater detail for an even wider sound stage and a perfect balance.
In addition, it provides fully balanced signal handling on short, symmetrical, and discrete circuit architecture as well as the HDAM'SA2 high-speed amplifier module. The internal high-precision clock minimises jitter to the lowest possible level, while the rigid double-layer chassis dampens vibration to an absolute minimum. There is also extensive copper-plating and system-block shielding to keep the signal as clean as possible. You also get a high-quality headphone output featuring HDAM SA2 and current feedback amplification. In addition, we have included a USB input on the front panel for playback and recharging. The DAC mode offers three digital inputs the USB-B works in asynchronous mode when directly connected to the PC, plus coaxial and optical digital input. All of which means, you get more detail, more precision and more emotion than ever and all in a wideopen sound stage that positions every instrument and vocalist with pin-point precision. This is enjoyment to the extreme.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to connect and playback audio from a PC or Mac Computer via a connected USB cable (using the SA-11S3's DAC mode), it is necessary first of all to install the appropriate software driver on to your PC or MAC. Please download the driver software plus installation manual here: SA-11S3 USB DAC Driver Software and Manual (multilingual).
Choke InputIn the power supply section, the choke input topology is adopted to drastically reduce rectifier harmonic noise and to reduce the influence of distortion from the mains power network. This system is especially suitable for a control amplifier in which very small signal amplification occurs.
Copper Plated ChassisA copper plated chassis provides the best shielding against noise or electromagnetic distortion radiating from other components in the equipment. It prevents this noise from being amplified together with the audio signal. And even more important, it gives equal low impedance ground level to every point of the chassis, keeping the ground potential as clean as possible.
DSD Direct ConvertionSuper Audio CD (SA-CD) is an established music format that provides a more natural, ultra-high quality sound. It offers a smooth migration path to a higher quality sound, as all existing CDs can be played on the SA-CD player. SA-CD is based on the Direct Stream Digital (DSD) technology, which uses 1 bit delta-sigma modulation and a sampling frequency that is 64 times higher than that of the CD. This enables the SA-CD to offer a frequency range up to 100KHz and a dynamic range of 120dB.
HDAM SA2Marantz developed its own discrete circuit boards to replace standard IC's. These HDAM's consists of discrete surface mount components with short mirror image L/R signal paths. Those devices are doing exactly the same thing as the Op-Amps, but outperform the regular IC Op-amps dramatically in terms of the Slew Rate and reduced noise level, resulting in a much more dynamic, accurate and detailed sound. Over the years Marantz developed different types of the HDAM to improve quality and to fit to the special requirements of a product category like CD or amplifier.
Shottky DiodesA Shottky diode is a special type of diode with a very low forward-voltage drop compared to normal diodes. This lower voltage drop translates into higher system efficiency. Shottky diodes have very fast signal handling, can easily stay higher temperatures and are sensitive very low voltages.
Super Audio CDSuper Audio CD (SA-CD) is an established music format that provides a more natural, ultra-high quality sound. It offers a smooth migration path to a higher quality sound, as all existing CDs can be played on the SA-CD player. SA-CD is based on the Direct Stream Digital (DSD) technology, which uses 1 bit delta-sigma modulation and a sampling frequency that is 64 times higher than that of the CD. This enables the SA-CD to offer a frequency range up to 100KHz and a dynamic range of 120dB.
Symmetrical Circuit LayoutTo achieve the best possible sonic performance, signal paths need to be short, direct and mirror imaged. The construction of our circuitry provides improved stereo imaging by ensuring close to perfect symmetry between right and left channel layout.
Toroidal TransformerToroidal transformer has several advantages over a normal EI core transformer. It is very efficient and therefore delivers more power compared to the same size of an EI core transformer. In addition, due to its shape, the electromagnetic radiation and the mechanical vibration are extremely low all ending in a better sound quality.
Zero Impedance Matching JointImproves the signal to noise ratio significantly by adding a copper plated bracket across the output terminals of the player providing the best ground contact possible.
Format: 1-Bit DSD
Sampling Frequency: 2.8224MHz
Dynamic Range: 114dB (Filter 3)
Frequency response: 2Hz - 50kHz (-3dB)
THD: 0.0009% (Filter 3)
Format: 16-Bit Linear PCM
Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz
Dynamic Range: 100dB (Filter 1)
Frequency response: 2Hz - 20kHz
THD: 0.0015% (1kHz, Filter 1)
Front Panel: 3pc Aluminum
Remote Control: Aluminum Top with Marantz Amp. Basic Control Function
Power Requirement: AC 240v 50Hz
Power Consumption: 26W (0.3W in Standby)