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Experience the New Reference and Save with the Marantz SA-10 SACD Player/DAC and PM-10 Integrated Amplifier Bundle: Marantz Musical Mastering, DSD11.2MHz Playback, Benchmark Sound

Experience the New Reference with the pioneering Marantz SA-10 SACD player/DAC and PM-10 integrated amplifier. Even better, by purchasing these elite components as a bundle, you will save thousands off the cost of buying them individually. For those that don't believe serious advances can still be made in the CD player field, SA-10 – a peak-performance component that optimizes both discs and high-resolution digital music files up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD11.2MHz – stands as a revelatory experience teeming with breathtaking fidelity, cutting-edge innovation, and decades of audio expertise. The exciting SA-10 represents Marantz's biggest advance in audio since the advent of CD. Its strengths are many, including a completely redesigned and in-house-built transport mechanism, SACD-M3, that is exclusive to SA-10 and even plays high-res audio stored on CD and DVD-R. But SA-10's most impressive feature relates to its truly groundbreaking digital-to-analog conversion process. Instead of taking the traditional route of down-converting ultra-high-res files to accommodate the abilities of a traditional DAC, SA-10 upconverts everything to DSD256 via a new, patent-pending process called Marantz Musical Mastering. Incredibly, this development allows SA-10 to better DAC technology by operating without a DAC. That's right: With the Premium Series SA-10, the best DAC is no DAC – but Marantz Musical Mastering. Let us explain.

A custom-built, fully differential, and fully balanced solution steeped in terrifically complex engineering, Marantz Musical Mastering involves two stages: MMM-Conversion and MMM-Stream. In the former, two dedicated master clocks guarantee all digital signals get directly upsampled to DSD256 (four times the SACD standard) without any need for sample-rate conversion. Because the output from the 1-bit direct MMM-Conversion process is an extremely high-frequency stream of single pulses, it's already an analog signal that requires nothing else than a benchmark low-pass filter to offer the purest-possible analog output. Enter MMM-Stream, which completes the enviably elegant digital processing equation. The result: An emotionally captivating, sonically enthralling answer to a problem nearly 35 years in the making that fully makes the best of digital music without introducing any artifacts that require more post-conversion processing. You've never heard anything like it.

True to Marantz Reference standards, the Japan-built SA-10 comes loaded with an array of other sound-first features and components. SA-10 completely isolates the USB and digital inputs to eradicate noise from connected sources. A USB-A input for USB memory device, external hard discs, and iDevices joins the USB input that supports FLAC, DSD64 and DSD128, ALAC, and AIFF files. An audiophile-grade analog output stage with Marantz HDAM modules, massive power supply with toroidal transformer, and all-discrete headphone amplifier with gain control further ensure you and your recordings always remain in good hands. Marantz's outstanding five-year parts-and-labor warranty give you additional security.

We could go on and tell you about the copious details, dynamics, textures, tones, and previously concealed information SA-10 will reveal from your library. We could wax poetically about the staggering soundstaging, imaging, balances, and atmospherics you'll hear from CDs, SACDs, and high-resolution files that will now constantly reward your investment in high-caliber formats. Really, however, we want you to hear them for yourself – in your own room and with your own favorite records. Which is one reason why Music Direct backs SA-10 with our 100% Money-Back Guarantee

As for the PM-10 integrated amplifier, we'll cut to the chase: The all-analog, completely balanced, dual-mono PM-10 is the most advanced, finest-sounding integrated amplifier the legendary audio company has ever designed. Entirely deserving of its New Reference badge, this Premium Series component is essentially a preamplifier and pair of monoblock power amplifiers in a single box. Via forward-thinking, full-bridge analog switching amplification that features four switching power-amp channels in bridged mode, PM-10 delivers 200Wpc into eight ohms and a whopping 400Wpc into four ohms. Its instantaneous high-current capability allows it to effortlessly drive almost any speaker around while simultaneously eliminating noise and providing reference-level grip and dynamics. PM-10's equally advanced True Balanced Concept realizes ground-free signal management from the input all the way to the output. Such meticulous engineering and benchmark quality even extend to the newly devised and Marantz-exclusive SPKT-100+ speaker terminals, comprised of high-purity solid copper. With PM-10, no expense is spared – and no audio detail left uncovered. You'll realize this the moment you hear it.

Featuring separate power supplies for the preamplifier and each of the power-amplifier channels, PM-10 performs with utmost purity by permitting your delicate audio signals to pass through the preamplifier independent of the demanding output stages. A dedicated supply for the microprocessor controlling the volume functions and input selection prohibits any noise from the control section seeping into the audio path. Marantz's proprietary HDAM-SA3 modules, built from discrete components, fuel the preamplifier and deliver outstanding fidelity. Two sets of balanced inputs join line-level inputs, with the signal always converted to balanced before passing through the amplifier. If you value stunning naturalism and purity, PM-10 shares your interests. As such, PM-10 lacks a DAC or digital volume control – features that add noise and potential interference, both negative characteristics at odds with the all-analog PM-10's purist principles and goals.

For the ultimate in clarity and transparency, PM-10 can operate in "Purest Mode." This function deactivates any superfluous circuits and provides the signal the cleanest-possible pathway through the amplifier. Want to use PM-10 as a dedicated power amplifier? No problem. A Power Amp Direct input takes the signal directly from the input section to the power stage. For stellar vinyl LP playback, PM-10 includes a discrete MM/MC phono preamplifier housed in its own shielded case. A double-layer copper-plated chassis, 5mm-thick aluminum top lid, double-thick copper PCB in the output section and main power supplies, and aluminum die-cast feat serve as further evidence that PM-10 goes over the top inside and out. Backed by Music Direct's Money-Back Guarantee and Marantz's five-year parts-and-labor warranty, PM-10 is indeed the New Reference.

Uncompromising SACD-M3 Transport Lets You Create High-Res Disc Compilations
Whether playing SACD or CD, or data discs containing music, it's vital that any player retrieves the information as accurately as possible. Unlike a computer reading a disc for ripping, there's no time for repeated re-scans when playing music. Disc playing happens real time, so the disc transport needs to get things right first time. Many modern CD and SACD players use computer-style DVD or universal disc drives simply because it's increasingly difficult for manufacturers to source dedicated "music drives" purely designed for SACD/CD playback. Marantz's solution? If you can't buy it off the shelf, design it and have it made. The all-new SACD-M3 transport mechanism is engineered solely for the best possible performance when playing SACDs, CDs, and music stored on data discs. Not only does SACD-M3 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. That means making and playing hi-res disc compilations is now just as simple as it's always been to make such discs in CD quality.

Simply Brilliant: Marantz Musical Mastering Process Is Better Than a Conventional DAC
Rather than down-convert ultra-high-resolution files to suit a conventional digital to analog converter, as happens in most designs, SA-10 upconverts everything to DSD256 via Marantz Musical Mastering – Conversion. Two dedicated master clocks ensure all digital signals are upsampled directly to DSD 256 – four times the SACD standard – without any need for sample-rate conversion. Two filter settings allow the listener to shape the sound. The other half of Marantz Musical Mastering – MMM-Stream – prepares the DSD256 signal for analog output to an amplifier. Based on technology going back to the early days of Bitstream conversion, it enables an ultra-simple conversion process. The output from the MMM-Conversion process is, in effect, already an analog signal – or, a very high-frequency stream of single pulses. With all the hard digital work done, this stream needs nothing more than a very high-quality low-pass filter to deliver the purest-possible analog audio output. For all its apparent complexity, it is a very elegant solution to digital processing – and unique to SA-10.

24-Bit/192kHz Through Conventional Inputs, High-Res 32-Bit/384kHz and DSD256 Via USB Input
SA-10 doubles as a fully functional digital-to-analog converter for music stored on a home computer and boasts conventional digital inputs for existing source components. Those conventional inputs – optical and coaxial – can handle 24-bit/192kHz files. In addition, the player's digital input section includes a USB-B asynchronous input for the direct connection of a computer. It's compatible with PCM and DXD music files at up to 32-bit/384kHz as well as DSD64, DSD128, and DSD256 plus ALAC (Apple Lossless), AIFF, and MP3 files. What's more, SA-10's 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.

Huge Power Supply, Custom-Made Block Capacitors, and Nickel-Plated Copper Output Terminals
SA-10's analog circuit is fed by an oversized power supply with customized block capacitors with 4.700μF each. This guarantees no detail gets lost or diminished. In addition, the capacitor holders – usually comprised of brass – are made out of copper. These improvements, a result of countless hours of testing and listening, deliver a unique performance under all musical conditions. In addition, the analog RCA output terminals are handmade from a solid pure copper core and plated with a nickel substrate. The composition brings out the full beauty, stability, and power from all recordings.

Fully Discrete Headphone Amplifier with HDAM-SA2 Modules and Gain Control
For the ultimate flexibility, SA-10 features a high-quality headphone stage with Marantz's dedicated HDAM-SA2 amplifier modules. This unique circuit ensures a high signal-to-noise ratio, minimum interferences, and rich bandwidth. To work with a wide variety of headphones, the gain factor can be changed from low to mid to high. It effortlessly drives low- to high-impedance headphones for unforgettable listening experiences.

Dual-Mono Design with Separate Power Supplies for Preamp and Each Power Amp Channel
Amplifiers usually use a single transformer with separate power-supply regulation for the preamplifier and power amplifier sections. PM-10 takes things much further. A dual-mono design, it boasts separate power supplies for the preamplifier and each of the power amplifier channels. One transformer is dedicated to the preamp to ensure the delicate signals passing through that section of the amplifier aren't affected by the demands of the high-power output stages. There's also a dedicated supply for the microprocessor controlling volume adjustment, input selection, and more, meaning no noise from the control section finds its way in to the audio path.

Purely Analog Amplifier Includes "Purest Mode" and Power Amp Direct Ability
PM-10 is a purely analog amplifier. Many contemporary designs include digital-to-analog conversion (DAC) capability, or adopt digital amplification and volume control. Marantz keeps things as clean and simple as possible. While it may seem convenient to have a DAC in the amplifier, digital circuitry is by its very nature noisy (in the electrical sense) and can interfere with the delicate analog signals passing through the amp. That's why Marantz chose to design its Premium Series with any digital-to-analog conversion in its SACD/CD or network music players, keeping its amplifiers as pure and clean as possible. To make the most of that purity, PM-10 can work in "Purest Mode." When engaged, this option deactivates any superfluous circuits, giving the signal the cleanest-possible path through the amplifier. There's also a Power Amp Direct input that takes the signal straight from the input section to the power stage to let the unit work as a pure power amplifier.

The Many Benefits of True Balanced Concept and Bridged Amplification
For PM-10, Marantz wanted the purest sound – plus the power and dynamics to drive and control the world's most demanding speakers. To achieve this, engineers continued the balanced working found in the preamp stage right through to the power amplifier stage to its speaker outputs – and also adopted bridged working to develop the power required while maintaining that balanced design. This True Balanced Concept realizes a ground-free signal management from the input to the output. So, what is a bridged amplifier? In a conventional amplifier, one speaker is driven by the positive and negative part of one single output stage per channel. A bridged amplifier does things differently, using two separate amplifier stages per channel to drive one speaker. In other words, one amp pushes the speaker cones and domes, while the other pulls them back. With much greater control over the way the speaker drive units behave, in that the amplifier can make them start and stop moving much more precisely, translates to enhanced definition and speed. Your system will be able to play music with much better rhythmic and spatial controls, not to mention more realistic vocal and instrumental resolution. In PM-10, the bridged amplifiers in the power output stage – a total of four amplifier channels – allow this control to be combined with huge power output. That ensures not just the power to drive even big, power-hungry speakers to high levels while keeping the sound clean and distortion-free, but also the grip to make sure those speakers are doing just what the music demands.

Reference-Setting Internal Components and Build Quality
Marantz has long built a reputation for choosing the best-possible components for its Premium Series products. If it can't find what it wants, it designs and builds the required part. That thinking informed its Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module (HDAM). Unhappy with the audio quality available from "amplifier on a chip" IC components, the company designed its own alternative in the form of a miniature amplifier module built entirely of discrete components. In PM-10, the latest-generation HDAM-SA3 is used as part of a current-feedback topology designed for the widest possible frequency and dynamic ranges – just the thing for today's ultra-high-resolution audio formats – and aided by ultra-fast custom-made block capacitors for the fastest-possible response to demands for high current. The same current-feedback design is applied to the built-in MM/MC phono preamplifier.

Why Balanced Is Better
The benefits of balanced audio layout have long been understood. Unlike a conventional layout, where one half of the signal path is in the ground plane of either an amplifier or a cable, balanced working uses two conductors or paths – one for positive, the other for negative – and an entirely separate ground to protect them. The benefit in cables is any external interference will affect both positive and negative conductors, but since the signals they are carrying are the mirror image of each other, they will mutually cancel out any effect. The same is true when balanced working is applied to audio circuitry. Not only does this mirror imaging of the layout, in which identical components are handling the positive and negative legs of the signal, cancel out any potential interference – it also means any noise or errors introduced in the circuitry will also be cancelled out. An additional benefit is that balanced working also uses stronger signals than unbalanced designs, as both halves of the circuit are active. Rather than just having one half pushing and the other just providing the ground, balanced is a "push pull" operation. A stronger signal means one less susceptible to any outside interference. The more signal there is, the less obvious any noise will be. PM-10 uses a fully balanced layout from the input section all the way through to the final power amplifier section. It has two sets of balanced inputs, and also conventional unbalanced line-level inputs (plus a high-quality phono preamplifier), with the signal from these inputs being converted to balanced working before being passed through the amplifier. By keeping the signal balanced all the way through the amplifier, and combining that with optimized power supply design, Marantz engineers achieved maximum noise rejection throughout the audio path and the highest-possible signal purity.

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