Marantz SA-10

The SA-10 is an exceptional player of both CD and SACD discs, but can also play high-resolution music stored on computer-burned discs, as well as being a high-end digital to analogue converter for computer-stored music. From the unique new disc transport designed for this player all the way through to a complete rethink of the way digital audio data is converted into analogue signals, the SA-10 is a ‘clean sheet’ design, the result of painstaking research and development and extensive
listening in Marantz’s custom-built listening facilities. That’s symptomatic of the way Marantz has always done things: while it always aims for the most elegant engineering solution, the listening test is always the final arbiter. It’s all to do with that simple phrase running through the heart of everything the company does: ‘Because Music Matters’.

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It Starts with the Disc

Whether playing SACDs, CDs, or other data discs containing music, it’s vital that any player retrieves the information as accurately as possible: unlike a computer reading a disc for ripping, there’s no time for repeated re-scans when playing music – it happens in real time, so the disc transport needs to get things right first time.

CDs, SACDs and Beyond

The SA-10 goes so much further than just disc playback: it’s also a fully-functional digital-to-analog converter for music stored on a home computer, as well as having conventional digital inputs for existing source components. Those conventional inputs – optical and coaxial – can handle your music files up to 192kHz/24bit.

More than just a DAC

The SA-10 takes things further – just as it features an all-new disc transport mechanism, so the digital to analog conversion has also been subject to a radical rethink, taking full advantage of the 1-bit conversion technology found in past flagship Marantz players, and incorporating brand-new filtering and up-conversion to take advantage of this simple, but elegant solution.

Marantz Musical Mastering

DSD is at the heart of the way the SA-10 handles digital audio: PCM and DXD inputs are all upconverted to DSD at 11.2MHz using the proprietary MMM-Stream converter within the player, and then the high-frequency signal produced is processed by the unique MMM-Conversion stage, used in place of a conventional DAC, to produce the analog output.

Built For Generations

Like its partnering, the PM-10 integrated amplifier, the SA-10 is constructed to the highest possible standards, with a double-layered copper-plated chassis for excellent rejection of mechanical and electrical interference, and casework constructed from thick non-magnetic aluminum panels and 5mm thick top lid. Both products also sit on aluminum machining feet for reduced vibration and allows for a smoother listening experience.
CD Compatibility: CD / CD-R/RW / SA-CD / WMA / MP3 / AACYes / Yes / Yes / Yes / Yes / Yes
Data Disc Compatibility: DSD / WAV / ALAC<=5.6 / 192 / 96
iPod / iPhone compatible USB inputYes
DAC operation mode: USB / Coax / OpticalYes / Yes / Yes
Asynchronous mode rear USBYes
Bit-perfect transmissionYes
Power Transformer: Toroidal / ElYes / No
High Grade Audio ComponentsYes
Customised ComponentsYes
Copper Plated ChassisYes
Digital out off / Audio EX ModeYes / No
Analogue Out (Cinch)2ch
Balanced OutYes
Digital Optical In / OutYes / Yes
Digital Coaxial In / OutYes / Yes
Sample Rate digital In192 kHz / 24-bit
USB Audio (Front) / Made for iPod / Made for iPhone®rear / Yes / Yes
USB type B input for PC (rear) Sample Rate USB type B InYes
Asynchronous mode rear USBYes
USB type B input for PC (rear)384 kHz / 32-bit
USB-B DSD Audio Streaming (DoP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6-> DSD11.2
Headphone OutYes
Headphone Volume ControlYes
Digital FilterDSP (Marantz)
Low Pass Filter stageHDAM x 2
Output BufferHDAM SA2
Frequency response2 Hz – 20 kHz
Dynamic Range98 dB
Signal to Noise Ratio104 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion0.00%
Channel separation100 dB
Metal Front PanelYes
Remote ControlRC004PMSA
Power Consumption in W50
Standby Consumption in W0.3
Auto Power offYes
Maximum Dimensions (W x D x H)440 x 419 x 127mm