I have a very high end system so I was looking for a CD player that could rival the best Including Esoteric, T and A etc. Listening to this amazing player, its clear to see that Marantz virtually reinvented the CD player. This player excels at playing Red Book CDs like no player I have heard. It plays SACD exceptionally well, but how many SACDs were actually produced. This is the first player that equals my $25,000 LP system (TT and Preamp). So this player is for those who have an excellent system and want to hear everything that was actually recorded on CDs with no CD harsh/brightness. The build quality is exceptional, best I have seen in a CD player. Inputs and outputs are provided that really make sense for audiophiles. The control system is excellent as is the remote. It is obvious that Marantz went all out to produce the best unit possible. In my opinion they have achieved it with The SA-10.
Pros: Basically it equals the best analog sources when played on an excellent system
Cons: Not for those that do not have the system to accommodate it. One of the less expensive Marantz's would be better for some systems.
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Build quality is tip-top; heavy as a tank and nicely assembled. I don't see how a cd/sacd player gets any better..... sounds good and you can tell why it is pricey, even on a modest system. On a higher end system, the sky is the limit. It will give your speakers and amplification everything they need to output the top end of their performance threshold.
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