Premium Converter Chip Enhances Dynamic Range and Clarity
New for the SA-11S3 is the inclusion of the top-line Burr-Brown DSD1792A D/A converter chip, which features both PCM and DSD decoding, and provides a high current output that is substantially larger (7X more) than the DAC chip used in previous models, for greater dynamic range and improved signal to noise characteristics. Coupled to the Marantz-designed latest generation PEC777f3 24 bit DSP processor/digital filter, the combination provides unparalleled sound quality from both PCM (CD, LPCM, WAV) sources and Super Audio CD DSD bitstreams. With multi-channel SACDs, the SA-11S3 also provides stereo (2 channel) down-mixing.
Multiple Filters Offer Versatile Listening Options
Two digital filter options are provided for both PCM and DSD bitstreams. With PCM content Filter 1 has a symmetrical impulse response with extremely short pre- and post-echo characteristics and an absolutely linear phase response for a sound that is the most faithful to the original digital audio source, while the Filter 2 option provides a more analog-like signal that strikes the best balance of fine detail coupled with rich harmonics. With DSD content from SACD, Filter 1 provides a direct decoding function with no additional filtering, while the Filter 2 option attenuates any residuals above 100 kHz.
As well, there are two additional digital filtering functions, one that includes noise shaping for improved in-band low level linearity as well as another one that provides effective filtering of extremely low frequency infrasonic signals (stop band is DC~1.7 Hz). All three digital filtering functions are controlled by dedicated buttons on the remote, with last memory function that retains the settings during disc changes and even when the player is powered down.
SACDM2 Optical Drive Mechanism for Accurate Disc Readout
For optimum disc readout accuracy, the SA-11S3 is equipped with Marantz's latest generation SACDM2 optical disc drive mechanism, which provides solid rotational accuracy with both CDs and SACDs, and features a dual layer stainless steel/steel top plate, and the whole mechanism is securely anchored to the dual layer base plate via its own solid metal sub-chassis. For maximum shielding from RF interference, the chassis is copper-plated throughout.
Exclusive Output Technology Ensures Faithful Playback
The sophisticated fully differential analog output stages feature Marantz's exclusive HDAM SA2 and HDAM technologies, which dispense with the traditional IC op amp chips in favor of pure discrete circuit elements for the most accurate and musically honest reproduction. Both balanced (XLR) and unbalanced outputs are provided, and the unbalanced (RCA) jacks feature high purity solid copper cores that are gold-plated for optimum signal transfer.
Multiple Ports for Versatile Connectivity
Digital versatility is the hallmark of the SA-11S3, as the player does double duty as a reference quality DAC and is equipped with numerous digital interfaces to accept a wide variety of formats. The front panel features a USB-A port for connection to a portable device such as an iPod, iPhone, iPad and the like, as well as compatibility with other devices. There's also a USB-B port on the rear panel, which provides compatibility with a wide range of digital formats, including up to 192 kHz/24 bit digital audio, and is compatible with asynchronous data streams from a computer. In addition, there are coaxial and optical digital input ports for connection to other digital audio sources.
Rugged, Durable Construction
Weighing in at a substantial 37 pounds, the SA-11S3 features a rugged chassis that includes a newly designed 5mm thick aluminum top cover that allows stacking, even with heavy components, and the gorgeous front panel includes a full alpha-numeric display with ultra low noise LCD technology, which provides detailed operational information along with SACD text. The newly designed remote control features hairline metallic finish and provides a full suite of commands compatible with the matching PM-11S3 Reference Series integrated amplifier for easy single remote system control.