Enjoy reference quality CD playback or the full magnificence offered by the CD and SA-CD format. The new SA-15S1 is the successor of the highly acclaimed CD-17 CD players. The cabinet is built in the new Marantz premium design without any visible screws, a heavy double layer chassis and a slightly blue illuminated front. The low noise LCD display shows information in a decent color. The quick and reliable working mechanism has a black surface to prevent any distortion of the laser light. The carefully read out digital data will be handled by the Crystal CS4397 D/A converter. For further sound improvements the CS4397 will be served with a high precision system clock to prevent any distortion from jitter. The output stage is built in current feedback topology with the HDAM modules offering a high bandwidth and fast signal handling needed for pure audiophile playback regardless the format. Enjoy the extraordinary sound quality of this exquisite component from the Marantz 15-series.
Excellent top end sparkle, its higher note beat every player I have owned so far.
The overall sound is clean and clear but I feel like it lack some low end grunt. Anyway, if you are looking for a player which render the female voice beautifully you won't be disappointed.
Some critics mentioned about it lacks of life, I'm quite agree because comparing to the Vinyl play on my Rega P3 with RB300 arm and the simple MM Rega Elys cartridge, the presentation of the marantz seems to lost some involvement. Anyway it is still hard to find a CD or SACD player that deliver an emotion similar to LP.
The build quality is also SUPERB! The remote control is also very nice looking.
The down side is the screen is very hard to read and unreadable from 2 meters away.