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Good luck. I spent a lot of time and effort trying to find out the differences between the MA9S1 monoblocks and the revised version, the S2. I concluded, with no help from Marantz or my local dealers who were clueless, that therewere in fact almost no differences except some capacity was added to the power supply. Therefore, I chose to buy the older version at a savings of $2500 to $3000 and frankly, the sound is superb. My take is that I would start with the older model and see if you like it.
De plus moi aussi j'ai Ã©tÃ© trÃ¨s surpris, j'ai achetÃ© Ã Paris en occasion le complet..SA7S1/SC7S1 et 2 MA9S1.
Par curiositÃ© j'ai enlevÃ© le capot du MA9S1 et je me suis aperÃ§u qu'il Ã©tait installÃ© Ã l'interieur l'alimentation du S2
le transformateur est blindÃ© dans sa capsule NOIR, l'importateur Marantz m'a dis de ne pas se fier au photo sur le net, donc en france si vous avez la possibilitÃ© d'acheter des S1 n'Ã©sitÃ© pas.
The 11S1 is now discontinued while the S2 is still available. However I now believe it is on the verge of being replaced with the S3. Check Marantz.com and search the models. Musicdirect.com may be a good place for information as well.
From some of the reviews I have read on the two, the S2 was to have a little more warmth and tube like sound to it's presentation. In my stereo stable I recently purchased a PM8004 integrated. It falls under their reference series where the PM-11S1 and S2 reside. To best the 8004 the above models must be smoking.
Well, it looks like now we're up to the 11S3. This thing looks to be a monster--100/200 wpc into 8/4 ohms and nearly 60 lbs. at $4995.
However, for half that you can either get a 15S2 Limited or a PM-KI Pearl B-stock.
I totally agree about the PM8004. At $999 it is astonishingly good as is the matching SA8004 disk player, and I'm not a fan of digital. The PM8004 so owned the Sonus Faber Cremona Ms it was driving that for $5K the 11S3 would probably be my first choice anywhere near that price.