Originally Posted by anoutsos
Is Classé really calling it quits? I thought that they were just discontinuing their Delta range; the Sigma range should continue to be developed, right?
Anyway, I've just discovered a potential showstopper for the Marantz: I have the OPPO BDP-93 and, apparently, it is not possible to output high-resolution audio from the OPPO, via the connections that Marantz supports (coax/toslink). So, I would either have to use the OPPO's analogue outs (not great) or settle for 48kHz audio via the toslink/coax. You would probably say, "yes, what do you expect? The SA-10 is not a processor; it's just a player", but I am not sure I am willing to sacrifice both multichannel _and_ high-resolution blu-ray audio, by purchasing the Marantz combo. (If I had the Oppo 105, that of course would have been a different game via its analogue outputs.) For music, I think the Marantz is a no-brainer, but to be honest the Marantz would have to be so much better than the Sigma SSP/AMP5 for music, as to justify sacrificing the multichannel/high-rez movie experience. Having said all that, I still think that the Marantz is a simple, analog system that would last a lifetime, while the Sigma feels a bit more susceptible to future format changes, etc. And, call me prejudiced, but "Made in Japan" sounds better to my ears than "Made in China" (well ... "Assembled in China"), in terms of reliability.
Junk-sourcing to china, like too many other Audio companies, killed Classe' IMO.
Main operation in Canada is closing for Classe' The press has not reported any further findings or products that will be affected?
I do not buy Audio sourced to china knowingly (some companies are operating secretly). It is bad enough the items we are forced to buy from china (clothes, computers, phones...etc.).
Oppo has many, many followers. In part, their products are made in china. Oddly, their customer service has been noted to be excellent.
Marantz, like Sony Yamaha and Pioneer, is sourced in Japan. Especially the top-tier Audiophile gear, so no worries.
The SA-10 does appear to be a modern player- CD/SACD and USB input for digital files. I am anxious to see and hear this model at a dealer/retailer.