No-Compromise SACD/CD Player and Dedicated DAC
The Marantz SA8005 one-ups its highly regarded predecessor, the SA8004, with even more features and versatility. The most significant feature of the new SA-8005 is the flexibility of its USB DAC. It offers iOS and thumb drive compatible up front (supporting up to 24/192 FLAC and WAV) and PC/MAC compatible around the back for playback of everything up to 5.8 MHz DSD files.
Add a high-current headphone amp and a very robust fixed line output for connection to your preamp (both based around Marantz's proprietary HDAM circuits) and you've got one heck of a DAC on your hands. And it goes without saying that the SA8005 does a great job playing discs too!
Inspired by Marantz's Premium Line
Marantz design engineers have taken everything possible from what they learned in Marantz's Premium Line and reincarnated that knowledge in this exquisite stereo Super Audio CD Player - along with a mega-portion of versatility. For example, it faithfully reproduces a wide sound stage with no extra or missing information, thanks to the faster, low-noise and lower impedance symmetrical circuits with high-quality components.
The loading mechanism virtually eliminates resonance, while its reduced distortion spectrum gets the very best of audio quality from Super Audio CDs. And just like the Premium SA-14S1, the SA8005 includes a DAC mode. It has optical and coaxial digital input as well as USB-B for direct connection to your PC. This means you can use the player’s high-quality DAC and the high-quality audio output stage with HDAM-SA2 modules. That’s why this newly developed player also includes Marantz's latest ground/signal isolator technology to virtually eliminate PC noise.
The player operates as a soundcard for the PC and the USB-B port works in asynchronous mode to support not only 24-bit/192 kHz, but also the DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz for maximized versatility and performance. All these different sources use the same excellent audio processing, so all your music will radiate the same intense luster, energy, and pinpoint detail, whatever the source.
Eliminating Vibration Equals Better Sound
Part of the magic of the Marantz SA8005 lies in the superior disc mechanism. Featuring a Xyron disc tray, this precision engineered drive virtually eliminates micro-vibrations to allow the digital circuitry to process a more accurate data stream. This, in turn, translates directly into a more coherent and pleasing sonic experience.
The Marantz SA8005 extracts extraordinary performance from all your discs. Your SACDs, CDs, even MP3- and WMA-encoded CD-Rs and CD-RWs are delivered with fresh perspective.
iPod Connectivity and Much More
Front and rear panel USB inputs expand your musical horizons as never before. Now you can enjoy your iPhone and iPod audio files via a digital connection and hear them anew though your audio system courtesy of the SA8005's advanced circuitry.
Both the front panel USB "Type A" input and the rear panel USB "Type B" input support 24-bit files. The rear panel USB-B port works in asynchronous mode and capable of handling PCM up to 192kHz/24bits and DSD2.8 & 5.6Mhz direct streaming. In addition to your iPod and iPhone files, you can "push" high definition digital music files from your computer to the SA8005. The SA8005 also accepts data from any USB stick or USB hard drive storage device.
The SA8005 includes two rear-panel digital outputs. These outputs provide an S/PDIF signal even when the USB input is receiving iTunes music files.
Extraordinary Sound Quality
While it meets the digital-convenience demands of today's music lover the SA8005 also delivers sound quality that speaks to Marantz' leading position in the world of high end audio. Indeed, the SA8005 represents a rare marriage of current feature-set with high performance audio circuitry.
You'll find high quality parts throughout the SA8005. Chosen only after extensive listening tests, they contribute exceptional performance levels to critical circuits.
In the analog section, Marantz-proprietary HDAM SA2 circuits handle critical buffering and stage-to-stage signal transition. Symmetrical signal traces help maintain perfect synchronization between left and right channels for rock-stable imaging and a convincing soundstage.
An impedance-matching copper plate inside the rear panel just behind the analog outputs improves signal-to-noise performance and channel separation to preserve the SA8005's outstanding imaging capabilities. A shield around the digital outputs is a further detail in Marantz's quest for quieter operation as it prevents digital noise from affecting sensitive analog circuits.
Known to produce less stray magnetic leakage that can otherwise increase noise in analog circuits, Marantz engineers chose a high capacity toroid transformer for the SA8005's power supply. To suppress the noise even further, Marantz engineers specified an exterior casing with large non-conductive brass mounting screw to hold the transformer in place.
Cirrus Logic SACD DAC
The Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC offers advantages. For SACD playback, the Cirrus IC accepts the SACD's 2.8224 MHz sampling rate directly without the need for any preconditioning, and the integral 50 kHz low-pass filter protects subsequent circuitry from potential oscillation.
Dedicated Headphone Output and More
The headphone output includes a high-speed current buffer circuit for minimal interference with the main audio output circuit, maximum articulation, stability, and fatigue-free listening.
Other features include a soft-touch Power/Standby switch and full-function remote. A true Marantz, it contains the most advanced circuits in a chassis that's highly styled to blend with any decor.
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|Marantz SA805 vs Sony SCD555es|
My beloved Sony SCD 555es will no longer play my Hybrid SACD disks. From the online research and phone conversation with Sony this is the beginning of the end of the player. Luckily single layer SACDs and Red book disk still play and I am able to compare the two directly. The Marantz SA8005 was burned in for 25 hours using Stereophile’s test CD 3- track 20; left on repeat. Additionally, a variety of other CDs and SACD’s were played through the system. Red Book: I thought the Sony was better on the standard playback, until I began to play certain disks such as George Benson’s -Songs and Stories , Ray Charles –Genius Loves company by monster music and the Eagles –hell freezes over and Sting’s- The soul Cages. The Marantz SA8005 is unforgiving of poorly mastered music. Period. The music sounded as if someone put a heavy weight blanket over my SL3s. On well-mastered music such as above it sings. Fine details not noticed on the Sony become noticeable. The Denon CDR-W1500, I have as part of my system to record my albums that I want to listen to in my car, has too much of a bass emphasis for critical or natural listen It is awesome for all out loud, party stomping, dance throw down. The Marantz wins over all for telling the truth. SACD: This was virtually a tie. On the single layer disks I was able to compare Peter Gabriel - 3 and 4 and Natalie Cole – Ask a woman who knows I could not hear much of a difference. Both decks were also auditioned through their headphone jacks via my Sennheiser HD580 and again I couldn’t hear much if any difference. Any slight difference I would equate to a slight difference in volume that I could get perfectly matched. Overall the SA8005 is a tiny bit warmer in the bottom end like +.001 and this is not a complaint. I expected the Marantz to whoop the Sony based on the advancements in technology but this is not the case. I will miss the multichannel capability of the Sony, but I am more than satisfied with the performance of the SA8005. Associated Equipment: Rotel rc1590 connected to Krell Kav 2250 via Cardas Quad link interconnect, Martin Logan SL3 and Depth i, Monster Reference 2 interconnect and Audioquest Mont Blanc speaker cable, Denon CDR-W1500.
|- Michael A, MA|