Marantz unveils 12 Series Special Edition Hi-Fi set

posted on Thursday, 6th August 2020 by Steve May

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Marantz has unveiled Special Edition iterations of its 12 Series integrated amplifier and SACD Player with DAC-Mode. The original SA-12 and PM-12 were solely created for the Japanese market. These new Special Edition versions have benefitted from techniques and technologies trickled down from its lauded KI Ruby series.

Tuned by European and Japanese sound engineers, the PM-12 Special Edition integrated amplifier uses a fully discrete two-stage design with separate power supplies for the pre-amplifier and power amp section. It’s rated at 100W per channel into 8ohm speakers, or 200W per channel into 4ohm. Input terminals are nickel-plated copper.

The all-analogue PM-12 Special Edition draws on the design of the PM-10 and PM-KI Ruby Amplifiers by including a moving coil/moving magnet phono stage, complete with Marantz Musical Premium Phono EQ circuit and Marantz HDAM technology throughout.

Similarly, the SA-12 Special Edition draws on the development process for the flagship SA-10 and SA-KI Ruby.

A disc mechanism built purely for audio, the SACDM-3 is able to play SACDs, CDs, and compilations on CD-ROM or DVD-ROM. It also has an asynchronous USB input, able to handle formats all the way up to PCM/DXD 384kHz/32bit and DSD11.2MHz.

The Marantz Musical Mastering Stream transforms all PCM file formats to DSD format, using advanced filtering and proprietary processing before the Marantz Musical Mastering Conversion converts the 1-bit data stream directly into an analogue signal, without the use of a conventional digital-to-analogue converter.

The Marantz PM-12SE and SA-12SE will begin shipping in September, each priced at £2,999.

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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