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Marantz KI Pearl - player and integrated amp

The ‘KI’ in the new Marantz KI Pearl stereo SACD player and integrated amplifier duo is short for Ken Ishiwata. Ken, Brand Ambassador for the company, says the two black Pearl products are his ‘gift’ to the hi-fi industry, to celebrate his 30 years with Marantz. That might sound arrogant from anyone else, but coming from the man who developed the legendary Marantz CD-63 MkII KI Signature –and in the process created a generation of European and Far Eastern audiophiles who associate Ken’s name with high-performance upgrades – this is a gift many would be happy to receive.

Marantz KI Pearl SACD player and integrated amplifier
One reason we keep a place in our hearts for high-end audio is that there is still room for a single designer's vision, and this is no more apparent than in components with designer initials etched right into the faceplate. Right in line with NAD's stereo components wearing Bjorn Erik Edvardsen's initials, Marantz has issued the KI (Ken Ishiwata) Pearl stereo SACD player (model SA-KI) and matching integrated amplifier (model PM-KI). As with any signature gear, top-notch build is expected, and the Marantz KI Pearls don't disappoint; toroidal transformers, copper plated chassis and hand-picked components make the grade.




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As with amplifiers, you can’t judge a CD player by its specs on paper alone. You need to listen to it. And that is what Ken Ishiwata has done in designing this unsurpassed KI Pearl SA-CD Player. That’s why he built in a “bulletproof”, vibration-damped cabinet, a rock solid power supply with a Toroidal transformer and a state of the art CD mechanism. Sure, it all sounds easy, but only with decades of engineering experience and product design and an intimate understanding of music reproduction is it possible to create a product like the SA-KI Pearl.
PM-KI-PEARL
Reference Series Integrated Amplifier
  • Celebrating Ken Ishiwata’s 30 Years of Dedication and Service to the Marantz Brand
  • Limited Edition Integrated Amplifier in Honor of Ken Ishiwata 30th Anniversary
  • Personally customized by Ken Ishiwata himself
  • Pearl (Silk Black) in Color - a First for Marantz Reference
  • Solid 5mm Thick Heavy Aluminum Top Cover
  • Large Toroidal Transformer with Non-magnetic Aluminum Shield Case
  • Copper Plated Chassis with a Double Layered Bottom Plate
  • Hand Selected High Quality Audiophile Grade Components by Ken Ishiwata
  • Solid Aluminum Machined Feet
  • Marantz HDAM(Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module)-SA3
  • Fully Discrete Constant Current Feedback Phono Equalizer
  • High Accurate Volume Control IC for Linear Control Volume
  • CD Direct Input Buffer Circuit w/ HDAM-SA2
  • Current Feedback Power Amplifier featuring V/I Servo
  • New Custom Block Capacitors
  • Power Amp Direct Input as just Power Amplifier use
  • Pre Out
  • Improved visibility New LCD
  • Aluminum Top Remote
  • F.C.B.S. (Floating Control Bus System) for sync. oppearation: Complete Bi-amp drive, Multi Channel system etc. (up to 3 PM-KI-PEARL)
  • Bi-Amp Mode
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SA-KI-PEARL
Reference Series SA-CD/CD Player

  • Celebrating Ken Ishiwata’s 30 Years of Dedication and Service to the Marantz Brand
  • Limited Edition SA-CD Player in Honor of Ken Ishiwata 30th Anniversary
  • Personally customized by Ken Ishiwata himself
  • Pearl (Silk Black) in Color - a First for Marantz Reference
  • Solid 5mm Thick Heavy Aluminum Top Cover
  • Large Toroidal Transformer with Copper Plated Shield Case
  • Copper Plated Chassis with a Double Layered Bottom Plate
  • Hand Selected High Quality Audiophile Grade Components by Ken Ishiwata
  • Solid Aluminum Machined Feet
  • Original SACDM-10 Xyron material high rigid mechanism
  • SA-CD(Stereo),CD,CD-R/RW(MP3/WMA/CD-DA) playback
  • Selectable digital filter
  • Cirrus Logic D/A – CS4398
  • Original HDAM-SA2 circuits
  • Optical/gold coax digital outputs
  • Optical digital input for DAC mode (up to 96kHz)
  • Zero impedance copper ground plate – high S/N & L/R separation
  • Discrete high current headphone amp/output
  • Machined brass analog output terminals
  • Digital out off mode for pure playback
  • Low noise LCD display
  • Detachable power cord
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