SACD-M3 Transport Mechanism: At the heart of the Marantz
Reference Series SA-10 is an all-new
SACD-M3 transport mechanism, engineered solely for the best possible performance
when playing SACDs, CDs, and music stored on data discs. Not only does this new
mechanism promise the very best sound quality from conventional CD and SACD
discs, its extended ability with the playback of music files stored on DVD-ROM
discs makes it possible for users to create their own high-resolution audio
compilation discs using a computer DVD burner. The SA-10 can play FLAC files
from 44.1kHz to 192kHz at up to 24-bit resolution, DSD2.8MHz and DSD 5.6MHz music
files, as well as ALAC (Apple Lossless), AIFF, and MP3 files.
- Compatible Discs: The SA-10 supports playback of SACD,
CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, and DVD+R/RW discs.
- Compatible Files: Compatible audio files include MP3
(44.1/48kH; 32-320kbps), WMA (44.1/48kHz; 48-320kbps), AAC (44.1/48kHz;
16-320kbps), WAV (44.1-192kHz; 16/24-bits), FLAC (44.1-192kHz; 16/24-bits),
ALAC (44.1-96kHz; 16/24-bits), AIFF (44.1-192kHz; 16/24-bits), and DSD
(2.8/5.6MHz; 1-bit) - the player can recognize 1,000 folders per disc and
2,000 files per folder.
High Resolution DAC: In addition to a SACD/CD player, the SA-10 is
also a fully-functional digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for music stored on a
home computer, as well as having conventional digital inputs for existing source
components. The optical & coaxial digital inputs can handle files at up to
192kHz/24bit. In addition, the player's digital input section includes a USB-B
asynchronous input for the direct connection of a computer, and is compatible
with PCM and DXD music files at up to 384kHz/32bit, as well as DSD2.8MHz,
DSD5.6MHz and DSD11.2MHz. There is also a USB-A input for connecting a USB MSC
device or Apple iOS device.
- Isolated Signal Path: What's more, the digital input section is
completely isolated, to avoid any electrical noise from connected
components, a particular problem when computers are used as a source, from
finding its way into the signal-path.
- 1-Bit Conversion Technology: The digital-to-analog conversion
also takes full advantage of the 1-bit conversion technology found in past
flagship Marantz players, and incorporates brand-new filtering and
upconversion to take advantage of this simple, but elegant solution.
Note: When USB, Coaxial, or Optical inputs are selected, the
player will turn off the optical drive to achieve higher quality sound.
Marantz Music Mastering (MMM) Filtering: 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. The
MMM-Stream section of the process replaces the oversampling filters normally
used in digital-to-analog conversion, and allows the implementation of the
Marantz Musical Mastering filtering. You can select between two Filter modes - one providing a slow
roll-off and very short impulse response, the other offering the option of a
medium roll-off with short pre-ringing and longer post-ringing.
Two System Clocks: Two system clocks are used to ensure the most
accurate upconversion of the incoming signal; whether its from disc or the
digital inputs. 44.1/88.2/176.4kHz files are upsampled to 11.2896MHz, while
48/96/192kHz files are taken up to 12.288MHz for maximum performance. All of
this conversion is done using Digital Signal Processing with 32-bit
floating-point precision for accurate, detailed sound. Combining this with the
reduction to a 1-bit signal straight after the oversampling filter and Sigma
Delta Modulation allows a pure DSD audio signal to be passed to the conversion
section in the form of a very high-frequency stream of pulses, requiring only a
very high-quality low-pass filter to remove all the superfluous high frequencies
and pass the purest possible audio to the player's output stage.
USB Inputs: The Marantz SA-10 is equipped with a rear-panel USB-B and
USB-A input for music playback. The USB-B lets you playback music stored on your
Windows PC or Mac computer, while the USB-A input supports music playback from
USB MSC devices (such as a USB thumbdrive) and select Apple iOS devices. You'll
be able to control playback & search functions from the included remote control,
as well as view song/artist/album information on the player's front-panel
- USB-B Asynchronous Input (Windows & Mac Compatible): The USB-B
Asynchronous input lets you playback the music library of your Windows PC
(7/8/8.1/10) or Mac computer (OSX 10.9/10.10/10.11). A Windows PC will
require the installation of a
dedicated USB driver. Compatible music files include PCM and DXD music files
(44.1-384kHz; 16/24/32-bits), as well as DSD2.8MHz,
DSD5.6MHz and DSD11.2MHz (1-bit).
- USB-A MSC Input (Apple iOS Compatible): The USB-A input lets you
playback compressed music files including MP3
(44.1/48kH; 32-320kbps) / WMA (44.1/48kHz; 48-320kbps) / AAC (44.1/48kHz;
16-320kbps), and high res music files including WAV (44.1-192kHz;
16/24-bits) / FLAC (44.1-192kHz; 16/24-bits) / ALAC (44.1-96kHz; 16/24-bits)
/ AIFF (44.1-192kHz; 16/24-bits), / DSD (2.8/5.6MHz; 1-bit) stored on a USB
MSC (mass storage class) devices formatted in FAT16/FAT32, such as a USB
thumbdrive or portable digital audio player. It can recognize up to 1,000
folders and 2,000 files per folder. The USB-A input also supports playback
of music files and music apps on select Apple iOS devices (including the
iPod classic, iPod nano 3rd gen and newer, iPod touch 4th gen and newer, as
well as the iPhone 3GS and newer). The USB-A input will also charge your
portable digital audio player or Apple iOS device while connected. The USB-A
input does support music playback from Android devices.
Optical & Coaxial Digital Inputs: The SA-10 is also outfitted with
a coaxial and optical digital input for connection to other digital audio
sources. The coaxial and optical digital inputs support 2ch Linear PCM signals
from 32kHz to 192kHz (16/24-bits). Dolby Digital/DTS signals are not supported.
Balanced & Unbalanced Analog Outputs: The Marantz Reference Series
SA-10 SACD player features balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA outputs. Balanced
connections guard against induced noise and allow long cable runs without
compromising sound quality. The analog RCA output terminals are hand-made from a solid pure copper core, and plated with a nickel substrate.
Note: In order to minimize noise from peripheral circuitry which could
interfere with the analog audio signal, this unit is equipped with a peripheral
circuitry off function which turns off the digital output circuit, the display,
and the illumination lamp.
Discrete Headphone Amp: For music lovers enjoying their favorite
recording via headphones, the SA-10 features a high quality headphone stage with
dedicated Marantz-own HDAM-SA2 amplifier modules. This unique circuit ensures a
high Signal-to- Noise ratio, minimum interferences, and an overall rich sound.
To work with a wide variety of headphones the gain factor can be changed from
low to mid to high. It drives low to high impedance headphones effortlessly for
the ultimate private listening experience. The SA-10 features a front-panel,
full-size 1/4" headphone jack.
Note: The headphones circuit operation can be turned off to minimize noise
from the headphones circuit which could interfere with analog audio output
Custom-Made Block Capacitors: The SA-10's analog circuit is fed by an
oversize power supply with customized block capacitors (4.700μF each). This
guarantees in any situation of playing demanding music that no detail gets lost
or diminished. In addition, the capacitor holders have been made out of copper
(not brass). These improvements deliver exceptional performance under all
Toroidal Transformer: This unit features a toroidal
transformer that produces less vibration and magnetic leakage flux compared to
conventional power transformers. The materials and manufacturing process of the
ring-shaped core are strictly controlled to reduce vibration, while the
short-ring attached to the perimeter of the transformer reduce magnetic leakage
Copper & Aluminum Construction: Like the partnering
PM-10 integrated amplifier (sold separately), 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. The
player also sits on aluminum machining feet.
Front-Panel Display: The player's front-panel, low-noise display
indicates track number, playback time, and song/artist/album information (when
available. The display circuit operation can be turned off to minimize noise
from the LCD screen and the display circuit which could interfere with analog
audio output signals.
Remote Control: The SA-10 comes with an IR remote control for wireless
operation of the SACD player. The remote also operates playback & search
functions for your USB connected device - including thumbdrives, select Apple
iOS devices, Windows PC, and Mac computer. Two RCA jacks (1 in/1 out) are provided for
connecting this player and another Marantz component for system remote control
Auto Standby: The player will automatically enter standby
mode when there is no input signal for approximately 30 minutes.