Marantz SA-11S3 Reference SACD/CD Player
Asynchronous 24-Bit USB DAC, Burr-Brown 1792A DAC Chip for PCM and DSD Decoding, and 8x Oversampling Digital Filter Anchor the Cutting-Edge Marantz SA-11S3
Marantz SA-11S3 Reference SACD/CD Player is Platinum Standard in its Field: "Swiss Army Knife" Touts State-of-the-Art Transport, Bulletproof Warranty, Tremendous Build, and Definitive Sound
An instant legend, the 40-pound Marantz SA-11S3 Reference SACD/CD player builds upon the internationally acclaimed SA-11S2 with state-of-the-art improvements. Marantz adds an asynchronous USB DAC with 24-bit/192kHz decoding, Burr-Brown PCM 1792A DAC chip for PCM and DSD decoding, digital filter with 8x oversampling, upgraded transport mechanism, and an enhanced HDAM-SA2 analog output stage to what was already the gold-standard digital player. Did we mention the SA-11S3 backs up its talk with a five-year warranty? A nonpareil component with nonpareil sound, and backed by our own Money-Back Guarantee, SA-11S3 is the platinum-standard of SACD/CD players.
"The SA-11S3 may be the best digital source component from Marantz yet. It is a virtual Swiss Army knife of digital playback. Not only does the SA-11S3 act as a digital hub and a DAC, but it is one with no compromise in quality across the board. By the way, it is also a superb SACD player."
– Andre Marc, AV Revolution
Copper-Lined Chassis, Massive Transformer, Low-Jitter Clock
This reference player weighs in at almost 40 pounds with an all-new black-anodized aluminum billet, copper-lined chassis. A luxurious measure against radiated noise, copper-lining adds considerable mass for enhanced resonance damping as well. The player’s massive transformer has an additional
copper shield to minimize signal interference. A fully-copper-enclosed toroidal transformer, a customized low-jitter clock, and the Marantz HDAM-SA2 analog output stage round out this top-performing player's check list.
SACDM-2 Optical Disc Drive Increases Resolution and Accuracy
SA-11S3 also receives the latest Marantz transport mechanism, the SACDM-2, which gets a new sub-chassis and more rigid mounting.The best way to increase resolution in a disc player is to eliminate vibration at the laser. Marantz developed the SACDM-2 optical disc drive specifically to minimize vibration and provide a secure platform for the laser assembly. It provides high rotational accuracy for both CDs and SACDs thanks to thoughtful and ingenious engineering. Featuring a dual-layer top plate (stainless steel and steel), the solid metal sub-chassis is securely anchored to a dual-layer base plate. This heavy-duty and massive structure ensures rock-solid rigidity throughout the entire mechanism, allowing the laser to more accurately track every pit.
HDAM SA2 Modules and Digital Input Options
The SACD-optimized Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAM SA2) are essentially mini-power amplifiers, providing high-current output for the analog stage. This gives the SA-11S3 a more powerful, detailed, and tonally accurate sound through both the RCA and XLR outputs. The digital input options now include a front-panel USB-A for connecting your iPhone, iPod, iPad, or similar device directly to the SA-11S3's incredible DAC as well as coaxial (S/PDIF), optical (TOS-Link), and USB rear connections for playback of your digital music files.
Proprietary Digital Filters and Incredible Warranty Top It Off
SA-11S3 even includes Marantz's proprietary switchable noise-shaping digital filters that fine-tune the musical presentation to your specific tastes. This
is the ultimate analog lover's digital player. Whether playing
high-resolution SACDs or standard CDs, the performance is simply unrivaled! And the SA-11S3 is backed by a 5-year parts-and-labor guarantee, with a 3-year parts/5-year labor on the CD-Drive and optical pickup.
- Plays SACD-Stereo, CD, CD-R/RW
- Marantz Updated Transport SACDM-2
- Full Balanced Analog Audio Stage with HDAM® SA2
- Phase Error Compensation PEC777f2
- USB-B port asynchronous 192kHz/24bit
- Exceptional Burr-Brown 1792 DAC
- High Precision Quartz Clock with Linear Voltage Regulation
- External Clock Input
- Digital Phase Inversion for Balanced Output
- Toroidal Power Transformer w/Copper Shield Case
- All Copper Plated Chassis
- Vibration-Resistant Solid Aluminum Top Cover