Marantz design engineers have taken everything possible from what we learned in the Premium Range and reincarnated that knowledge in this exquisite stereo Super Audio CD Player - along with a mega-portion of versatility. For example, it faithfully reproduces a wide sound stage with no extra or missing information, thanks to the faster, low-noise and lower impedance symmetrical circuits with high-quality components. The loading mechanism virtually eliminates resonance, while its reduced distortion spectrum gets the very best of audio quality from Super Audio CDs. And just like the Premium SA-14S1, the SA8005 includes a DAC-mode. It has optical and coaxial digital input as well as USB-B for direct connection to your PC. This means you can use the player’s high-quality DAC and the high-quality audio output stage with HDAM-SA2 modules. That’s why, importantly, this newly developed player also includes our latest ground/signal isolator technology, to virtually eliminate PC noise. The player operates as a soundcard for the PC and the USB-B port works in asynchronous mode to support not only 192 kHz / 24bits but also the DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz for maximized versatility and performance. All these different sources use the same excellent audio processing, so all your music will radiate the same intense lustre, energy, and pin-point detail – whatever the source.
- Super Audio CD / CD playback, USB-A and DAC-Mode (USB-B, OPT & COAX in) for HD-Audio
- USB-B port works in asynchronous mode and capable of handling PCM up to 192kHz/24bits and DSD2.8 & 5.6MHz direct streaming
- Analog audio circuits featuring Marantz HDAM-SA2 for high quality audio
- High Current Audiophile DAC CS4398 and low jitterdual system clock
- Toroidal Transformer and high quality customized components
- Double layered bottom plate for extra stability
- Headphone Amplifier with HDAM -SA2
- System remote to control Amplifier, CD-Player and Network Player
FEATURES CD Compatibility: CD / CD-R/RW / Super Audio CD / WMA/ MP3 -Yes / -Yes / -Yes / -Yes / -Yes Super Audio CD Text / ID3 Tag / WMA Meta Tag data -Yes / -Yes / -Yes iPod / iPhone compatible USB input -Yes DAC operation mode: USB / Coax / Optical -Yes / -Yes / -Yes Asynchronous mode rear USB -Yes Bit-perfect transmission -Yes USB-B DSD Audio Streaming (DoP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6 -Yes / -Yes Isolator for DAC Mode operation -Yes HDAM version HDAM+HDAM-SA2 Power Transformer: Toroidal / El -Yes / - High Grade Audio Components -Yes Customised Components -Yes Symmetric circuit layout -Yes Extra metal plate for chassis strengthing -Yes Digital out off -Yes Headphone: Buffer -Yes (HDAM-SA2) OTHERS Separated rectifier circuit for analogue and digital circuitry -Yes Display: Dimmer / Off -Yes / -Yes PLAYBACK Program Play (CD / Super Audio CD) 20 Repeat -Yes Random Play -Yes Start Sound Mode for Super Audio CD -Yes INPUTS / OUTPUTS Analogue Out (Cinch) 2ch Digital Optical In / Out 1/1 Digital Coaxial In / Out 1/1 Sample Rate digital In 192 kHz / 24-bit Gold plated Cinch -Yes USB Audio (Front) / Made for iPod / Works with iPhone -Yes / -Yes / -Yes USB type B input for PC (back) -Yes Asynchronous mode rear USB -Yes Sample Rate USB type B In 192 kHz / 24-bit USB-B DSD Audio Streaming (DoP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6 -Yes D-Bus -Yes Headphone Out -Yes Headphone Volume Control -Yes Mechanism FG Mecha (MZ original) D/A Conversion Multi-bit, Delta-Sigma DAC IC CS4398 Digital Filter CS4398 Noise Shaper CS4398 Low Pass Filter stage HDAM Output Buffer HDAM-SA2 Headphone amp HDAM-SA2 Super Audio CD AUDIO Frequency Response (Cust.) 2 Hz - 60 kHz Dynamic Range (SA) 106 dB Signal to Noise Ratio (SA) 110 dB Total Harmonic Distortion (SA) 0,0012 % Channel Separation (SA) 100 dB CDDA AUDIO Frequency Response 2 Hz - 20 kHz Dynamic Range 101 dB Signal to Noise Ratio 110 dB Total Harmonic Distortion 0,0018 % Channel Separation 100 dB GENERAL Metal Front Panel -Yes Remote Control RC002PMSA Power Consumption 29 W Standby Consumption 0.2 W Auto power off -Yes Detachable Power Cable -Yes Maximum Dimensions (W x D x H) 440 x 341 x 106 mm Weight 8.0 kg
Vinyl vs Digital
One of the most commonly asked question is what is better? Vinyl or Digital music.
Short answer is both have their pros and cons.
I will go through the differences are we see them and try to list the pros and cons as comprehensively as we can.
- Delivers analog sound. This is what is refered to as a 'warm' sound. Analog sound is what we hear with our ears. The vibration of the styli (needle) in the groove of the record creates sine waves that is then reproduced by the amplifier and speakers. There is no digital conversion that is an estimate of the music.
- Can last a lifetime.
- Cartidges and styli can usually be upgraded.
- Delivers a wider frequency range including ultrasonic frequencies (above 20 kHz) that have been shown to help the body release endorphines that brings on that 'feel-good' feeling.
- Potentially more accurate sound.
- Can come with booklets with band photos and lyrics.
- Can be easily damaged.
- Large music collections can take up alot of space.
- Not 'toddler friendly' (though they DO make good frisbees)
- Needs more maintenance.
- Not a portable media.
- Large collections in very small space.
- Can be used in multiple devices. (computers, phones, MP3 players, CDs, USB sticks, etc)
- Much less suseptible to physical damage than vinyl.
- Can be organised much more efficiently. (search entire music libraries with a simple click)
- Digital devices can be improved by external Digital to Analog Convertors. (DACs)
- Can be digitally remastered after recording. (Usually done is a studio)
- Easy to make copies of files.
- Can lose entire collections if hard discs fail.
- Doesn't have the 'warmth' that vinyl has.
- Is not an exact copy of the music. Digital music is an estimate that is accomplished with 'sample rates' (the higher the sample rate the closer to the original)
- A lot of digital music is compressed. (lower sound quality)
- Potential compatability issues with different file types on different hardware.