Looking at the sa-8004 also and curious if the sa-11s3 would really sound $2000-3000 better??
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Mc, I have really enjoyed the sa11-1. I have used it with Pathos integrated mono-blocked and Cremora M speakers. Ive gotten to the point in my old age whee I really enjoy things a little smooth and the Marantz is certainly that. But it is still detailed enough for me. I did upgrade the fuses and I thought that made a big difference in its sound. Since I did that awhile back I've really enjoyed the player. The reason I'm interested in the 3 is its USB connection. The one caveat on the 1 is that I have been having trouble playing SACDs and have the player in for repairs. We'll see how that plays out.
I have the S3 for several weeks now. It is planed as a source for the third and smallest stereo set up. Just out of curiosity I paced it on the number 2 set up. The is S3 is an incredibly good player, no matter weather it plays CD, SACD (SACD sounds wonderful and with this player you actually see the superiority of SACD over CD as a format) and hi-res files over the USB-B port. Anyone who is interested into buying a digital player even double the budget of the S3, should take it into consideration. It has perfect depth and layering of the music, you really get a sense of an endless stage. Usually I read that Marantz player do not have many details...not this player. It has so money details, that I can actually hear the mistakes in some productions that slipped the producers. The key thing in serving all those details is extreme musicality. You can continue to listen to it for hours and hours without the slightest sense of fatigue. The sound is rich & full. You instantly get the meaning of the term holographic presentation...it is almost visible how each instrument and voice is positioned and presented.
The biggest problem of this player is actually the brand. I have many friends that look down on Marantz as a brand, but believe me the S3 is truly a high-end device that under another brand will cost at least double the budget. Explaining how some component sounds is a very personal thing and sometimes very hard to do. That is why if you have a chance to audition this source, especially in your system, do not miss it! This goes even for those who aim much higher with their budgets.
"The one caveat on the 1 is that I have been having trouble playing SACDs and have the player in for repairs. We'll see how that plays out."
I had the same issue with my SA11-s1. Thi issue was the laser assembly needed to be replaced, but it was only just over $200 to do so - well worth it on this great player!
Sorry about my sidetrack here...
How does the SA15S2 Limited Edition compare to the SA11-S3 on redbook (because I have zero SACD software) and through its RCA outputs (because my preamp only has RCA inputs)?
If their redbook CD performance is close enough, then I can save money on the features I don't need.
Hi all for what its worth figure I would chime in Just received my new SA-11S3 it was on sale(open box)for $3200.00 Including shipping at Music Direct It replaces my 10-year old Shanling T200 SACD player from what I am hearing so far this truly is one amazing SACD player and I am sure will get even better as it breaks in .