Well regarded SA KI Pearl SACD player. Non smoker owned.
Excellent shape with low usage. No marks that I can find. This sits in my second system that has less than 20 hours of use over the last two years.
Will double box for safe travel.
Marantz SA KI Pearl Limited Edition 30th Anniversary SACD/CD Player. Original box, remote and manual. New retail $3000. Description: Single-box, fixed-output, two-channel SACD/CD player with remote control. Formats played: SACD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA, MP3 (MPEG-1). Analog outputs: 1 pair RCA (unbalanced). Digital outputs: coaxial S/PDIF, TosLink S/PDIF. Digital inputs: TosLink S/PDIF. Maximum analog output level: 2.4V RMS, SACD/CD. Frequency responses: 2Hz–50kHz, –3dB (SACD); 2Hz–20kHz, –0.015dB (CD). Dynamic ranges: 112dB (SACD), 100dB (CD). Signal/noise, A-rated: 110dB (SACD, CD). THD at 1kHz: 0.0010% (SACD), 0.0015% (CD). Channel separation: not provided. Jitter: not provided. Power consumption: 20W. Dimensions: 17.3" (440mm) W by 5" (127mm) H by 16.5" (419mm) D. Weight: 32 lbs (14.5kg).
From Stereophile review: Another Pearl from Ken? Like the SA-KI-Pearl integrated amplifier, Marantz's SA-KI-Pearl SACD player ($2999.99) starts with a carefully constructed, well-damped chassis made using a large, specially constructed copper-plating bath, to produce a constant thickness of plating said to result in reduced ground impedances and eddy currents—which, theoretically, means less noise.
The chassis is braced with an additional heavy bottom plate and topped with a 5mm-thick aluminum cover. Copper encases and shields a newly designed toroidal transformer, and the 32-lb Pearl sits on specially machined aluminum feet. "You'd be shocked by how much those mechanical differences can contribute to better sound!" Ken Ishiwata told me. Actually, I wouldn't.
Hand-selected components enhance Marantz's HDAM-SA2 and HDAM-SA amplifier modules. The power supply uses high-speed Schottky diodes and the same storage capacitor as in Marantz's flagship SACD player. The DAC is Cirrus Logic's CS4398, a 24-bit/192kHz device that also includes a DSD processor that doesn't decimate the datastream, while maintaining DSD's native sampling rate of 2.8224MHz. Marantz's new SACDM-10 disc transport features a loading tray made of Xyron, an ultrarigid, microvibration-isolating polymer.
A look inside the Pearl reveals a quality of construction that's almost opulent, given the reasonable price of $3000. The exterior build quality—including a copper-plated rear panel with a pair of machined-brass RCA jack outputs, coaxial and TosLink digital outputs, and TosLink digital input—is equally impressive, as are the front panel's clean layout and design; and the two vertical stripes of blue LEDs add a dramatic flair.
Conclusion Marantz's Reference SA-KI-Pearl is a beautifully built, well-engineered SACD/CD player that offers impressive musical balance and well-rounded overall performance. It's like a finely mastered CD or LP—on hearing it, you'll know that whoever was behind its final sound was an excellent listener and a passionate lover of music.
The Pearl does everything right and nothing wrong. It's got nothing to hide, and doesn't try. The many months I spent listening to it in the context of a very expensive system have convinced me that while a great deal more money can bring you additional performance—including greater dynamics, more visceral bottom-end slam, better resolution of detail, more transparency and air, and a range of other sonic enhancements around the edges of the performance envelope—the SA-KI-Pearl would be a credible performer in any system, regardless of cost. In a modest system, it will be the star.
Even were this edition not limited to 500 units, the Reference SA-KI-Pearl would be sure to become a collector's item. It's easy to recommend, enthusiastically and without reservation. I do.