Marantz SA-10-S1 Super Audio CD Player

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Model: SA10S1GD UPC: 699927031855 Item: 3829

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For many years, the Marantz Reference Series of MA-9, SC-7, and SA-7 has set the standards for playback and amplification: not only does it draw on all the expertise the company has developed over decades, it’s also the embodiment of the thinking underpinning every product the company makes, summed up in the simple phrase ‘because music matters’. Now, Marantz is challenging its own Reference Series with the introduction of the Premium 10 Series – products designed to create a new reference through new design and engineering.

Comprising the SA-10 SACD/CD Player and matching PM-10 integrated amplifier, this new series sees a complete re-invention of the design principles behind the company’s statement products. The player and amplifier are the result of an extensive research, development, and – of course – listening process, leading to the incorporation of new thinking and new architectures alongside established Marantz technologies and strengths. All of this has targeted one very clear aim – the best possible reproduction of music, from CD quality all the way up to the latest ultra-high-resolution formats.


  • All-new SACD-M3 transport mechanism for CD, SACD and more
  • Playback of high-resolution audio compilations on DVD-ROM 
  • USB input for hi-res audio up to PCM /DXD 384kHz/32bit and DSD11.2MHz
  • Isolation of USB and digital inputs to remove noise from connected sources 
  • USB-A input for USB memory device, external hard-disc and iDevice
  • Innovative upsampling to DSD and filtering using unique Marantz Musical Mastering – Stream technology 
  • All-new custom-designed 1-bit direct Marantz Musical Mastering – Conversion from DSD to analog
  • High-quality analog output stage with Marantz HDAMs 
  • Generous power supply using toroidal transformer
  • Dedicated headphone amplifier with all-discrete construction 

Reference class Super Audio CD player with USB DAC, digital inputs and unique Marantz Musical Mastering technology

The SA-10 is an exceptional player of both CD and SACD discs, but can also play high-resolution music stored on computer-burned discs, as well as being a high-end digital to analog converter for computer-stored music. From the unique new disc transport designed for this player all the way through to a complete rethink of the way digital audio data is converted into analog signals, the SA-10 is a ‘clean sheet’ design, the result of painstaking research and development and extensive listening in Marantz’s custom-built listening facilities. That’s symptomatic of the way Marantz has always done things: while it always aims for the most elegant engineering solution, the listening test is always the final arbiter. It’s all to do with that simple phrase running through the heart of everything the company does: ‘Because Music Matters’.

Whether playing SA-CD 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 – it happens in 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. The Marantz solution? If you can’t buy it off the shelf, design it and have it made: at the heart of the SA-10 is an all-new SACD-M3 transport mechanism, engineered solely for the best possible performance when playing SA-CDs, CDs and music stored on data discs. Not only does this new mechanism promise the very best sound quality from conventional CD and SA-CD 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. The SA-10 can play FLAC files from 44.1kHz to 192kHz at up to 24-bit resolution, and DSD2.8MHz and DSD5.6MHz, well as ALAC (Apple Lossless), AIFF and MP3 files. 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.

CDs, SA-CDs, and Beyond

However, the SA-10 goes so much further than just disc playback: it’s also a fully-functional digital-to-analog converter for music stored on a home computer, as well as having conventional digital inputs for existing source components. Those conventional inputs – optical and coaxial – can handle files at up to 192kHz/24bit, but in addition the player’s digital input section includes a USB-B asynchronous input for the direct connection of a computer, and this is compatible with PCM and DXD music files at up to 384kHz/32bit, as well as DSD2.8MHz, DSD5.6MHz and DSD11.2MHz.

That means the SA-10 is not only equipped to handle all the commonly-available high-resolution audio formats now sold by online retailers, but also the ultra-high-resolution files becoming available from a number of specialist labels and outlets. In other words, the player is entirely futureproof. What’s more, the 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.

More Than Just a DAC

CD players (and indeed amplifiers) with built-in DACs usable for computer audio are nothing new, and neither is DSD capability on such devices. Indeed, the Marantz range already has several CD/SA-CD models so equipped. However, the SA-10 takes things further – just as it features an all-new disc transport mechanism, so the digital to analog conversion has also been subject to a radical rethink, taking full advantage of the 1-bit conversion technology found in past flagship Marantz players, and incorporating brand-new filtering and upconversion to take advantage of this simple, but elegant solution.

The DSD advantage

Marantz has long been an advocate of the benefits of the DSD format, originally developed to enable Super Audio CD, and was one of the first manufacturers of SA-CD players, its first ‘statement’ player, the SA-1, being launched in 2001. In more recent times, it has demonstrated both analog and CD content converted and upsampled to DSD: played via a DSD-compatible DAC, this delivers an audibly superior output.

The way this is done is nothing new: in fact, the famous Bitstream conversion technology developed relatively early in CD’s history, in which digital data is handled as individual bits – rather than the chunks of data on which conventional DACs work – is ideal for this task. Of late, Bitstream converters have fallen out of favor, but one of the very best of their kind was the TD1547, otherwise known as the DAC 7, used in Marantz players of the past.

Known for its musical sound and even tonal balance, the DAC 7 was a 1-bit DAC, just as DSD is a 1-bit format: rather than the combination of, say 24-bit resolution at a 192kHz sampling rate, as used in many hi-res files, DSD uses 1-bit, but at a much higher sampling rate. So DSD64, as used for SA-CD discs, is 1-bit at 2.8224MHz, and DSD256, or Quad-DSD, is 11.2MHz/1-bit. This means music stored in DSD is a much more literal representation of the original analog waveform of the sound recorded, and thus needs much less processing to turn it into audio able to be passed to an amplifier. Or, as the company puts it, ‘DSD is analog’.

Custom-Made Block Capacitors

The analog circuit is fed by an oversize power supply with customized block capacitors with 4.700μF each. This gurantees in any situation of playing demanding music that no detail gets lost or diminished. In addition, the capacitor holders – usually from brass – have been made out of copper. These improvements, a result of countless hours of testing and listening, deliver a unique performance under all musical conditions.

Thick Nickle-plated Copper Output Terminals

The analog RCA output terminals are handmade from a solid pure copper core, and plated with a nickle substrate. Again, this has been chosen after extensive tests with different terminals and materials, as it brings out the full beauty, stability, and power from all recordings.

Fully Discrete Headphone Amplifier with Gain Control

For music lovers enjoying their favorite recording via headphones, the SA-10 features a high quality headphone stage with dedicated Marantz-own HDAM-SA2 amplifier modules. This unique circuit ensures a high Signal-to- Noise ratio, minimum interferences, and an overall rich bandwith music playback. To work with a wide variety of headphones the gain factor can be changed from low to mid to high. It drives low to high impedance headphones effortlessly for the ultimate private listening experience.



  • Frequency response
    • Super audio: 2Hz ~ 60kHz (-3dB)
    • CD: 2Hz ~ 20kHz (±1dB)
  • S/N ratio
    • Super audio: 112dB
    • CD: 104dB
  • Dynamic range
    • Super audio: 109dB
    • CD: 98dB
  • Total harmonic distortion
    • Super audio: 0.0008% (1kHz)
    • CD: 0.0015% (1kHz)
  • Analog audio out (balanced/unbalanced): 1/1
  • Digital audio out (coaxial/optical): 1/1
  • Digital audio in
    • Coaxial/optical: 1/1
    • USB-A: 1
    • USB-B: 1
  • Headphone out: 140mW @ 600Ω/330mW @ 250Ω/710mW @ 100Ω
  • Power consumption: 50W
  • Standby consumption: 0.3W
  • Maximum dimensions (W x H x D): 17.3" x 5" x 16.5"
  • Weight: 40.9 lbs.

What's in the Box

What's in the Box

  • SA-10-S1 Super Audio CD Player
  • Remote
  • Detachable cable


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Customer Reviews for Marantz SA-10-S1 Super Audio CD Player

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Rated 5 out of 5
Superb CD, SACD And USB Reproduction
Purchased my SA-10 about one year ago and it replaced a much more expensive SACD player. I've not missed it due to the great sound of my 1,200 CD music collection. It is a very flexible unit and I used the USB input to listen to mixes I've made of different songs and genders. All formates are musical, great detail and with the settings built into this player, you can find the perfect one that will bring out the best of your preamp, amp, and speakers. You could spend a lot more by 3 times the cost of this unit, and you would not gain anything near the outlay to beat this unit and then it would be in certain areas only.
January 16, 2021
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Rated 4 out of 5
Vert good SACD
Very good sounding SACD player.
You need to be very precise when putting the CD in the loading tray as it will not recognized the cd if it not sit flat at the tray.
Sleep mode can not be overtight and no trigger input - you need to wait 10-20 seconds for the CD to wake up... Annoying!!
November 20, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
SA-10: So Gold!
Extraordinarily beautiful sounding SACD/CD player and internal DAC -- and with a more than capable internal headphone amp to boot! And, perhaps best of all, I was able to score a champagne gold finish version of this baby!
November 14, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
Astonishingly good.
Been listening to a lot of CD’s since I got the SA-10. That’s saying a lot given my life long preference for all things analog. Thanks
November 10, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
Best buy for money, quality and sound!
Robustly built, works very well in every respect. The DAC is best at this price of competition and possibly twice this or more. Very happy with this unit.
November 10, 2020
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