Originally Posted by JA Fant
Much Thanks! Ernesto
Now I am the happy owner of Ernesto's SA-10 player, and I've done some extensive listening. The quality of a sound and esthetics of the player are from the higher shelf. Is it reference CD/SACD player? I don’t know; it depends from who will set the requirements for its superiority.
Marantz designed SA-10 so it needs to be used with Marantz integrated amplifier or some other preamp/ amp that has volume control. On the remote there is no volume control associated with the player but with the amp. It might be some kind of limitation for people who do not like preamps.
I’ve tried SA-10 with my Doge-8 tube preamp and my DIY tube preamp that is better from Doge-8 connected to Bryston 4SST2 amp, and Tannoy Revolution XT6 speakers. The sound is first class but I would like to try setup without preamp and some better speakers that SA-10 deserves.
I also connected SA-10 to my Onkyo TX-RZ800 receiver (that is awesome) and the sound was different, more digital, with very good transparency and resolution, but a little harsh like this from OPPO 205.
Compering Marantz SA-10 to OPPO’s 95,105, 203,205 in my opinion Marantz is a big winner. Compering cost of Oppos to Marantz it is a different story. I have few Oppos in my system before and I never liked its sound.
I also compered Marantz to my beloved Sony XA777ES SACD player and the quality of sound of both players is very close. I am afraid of my setup. Perhaps there is some unit that can’t handle Marantz to its full potential.
I would like to hear more of your opinions.