Marantz intros new look Model 30 amp and SACD player

posted on Tuesday, 1st September 2020 by Steve May

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Marantz has introduced a new generation of flagship Hi-Fi pairings. The Model 30 amplifier and SACD 30n Network Audio Streamer and CD player usher in a fresh industrial design language, modernising the brand’s signature design elements.

The new models are produced at the brand’s Shirakawa factory, Japan, 

“Our main goal in updating Marantz was to effectively capture the timelessness, musicality and passion the brand has brought to the world for nearly 70 years,” explains Joel Sietsema, SVP of Brand at parent company Sound United. “This is why we dove into the brand’s history first to design the Model 30 and SACD 30n. We knew these new products and their successors had to continue refining that classic Marantz sound, but also deliver fresh new aesthetics and build quality that contemporary enthusiasts could love. The result is a familiar, yet entirely new Marantz ID and an exciting listening experience that delivers on the Marantz promise of the most musical sound.”

The all-analogue design of the Model 30 amp features a fully discrete two-stage build, with independent power supplies for the pre-amplifier and power amplifier. The power supply circuit and an oversized toroidal transformer have been designed for the product; a double shield steel case is mounted around the transformer to suppress noise in peripheral circuits.

The amp also features a moving coil and moving magnet phono stage, complete with Marantz Musical Premium Phono EQ circuit and Marantz HDAM technology. Distortion is reduced using two-stage amplification in the phono stage, and Marantz HDAMs are combined with JFETs (junction field effect transistors) in the input stage, giving high input impedance.

The SACD 30n Network Audio Streamer and SACD player are built around the brand’s proprietary SACDM-3L transport mechanism. It also has the Heos platform built in, alongside, a USB-DAC and built-in preamplifier.

Via Heos Built-in, the SACD 30n can stream FLAC files from 44.1kHz to 192kHz at up to 24-bit resolution, DSD 2.8MHz and DSD 5.6MHz, ALAC (Apple Lossless) and MP3 files.

It also works with a variety of voice-enabled technologies, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri.

The SACD 30n uses Marantz’s proprietary Marantz Musical Mastering (MMM-Stream converter and MMM-Conversion stage) for optimal digital audio conversion. PCM inputs are up-converted to DSD at 11.2MHz using the MMM-Stream converter within the player. The high-frequency signal produced is processed by the MMM-Conversion stage, used in place of a conventional DAC, to produce the analogue output.

The Marantz Model 30 amp and SACD 30n Network Audio Streamer and SACD Player sell for £2,700 each.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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