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Paul Seydor has posted a review of the Marantz Reference Series PM-11S3 integrated amplifier ($4999) and SA-11S3 SACD/CD player ($3999) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions:
“So at the end of the day, where do these two Marantzes fit into the market? About the same as at the beginning: outstanding electronics that would do any system proud. The idiosyncratic way the balance and tone controls have been implemented in the PM-11S3 and the lack of a mono switch still annoy me. Deal- breakers? Not a decision I’m prepared to make for you, but that fabulous phonostage would and should loom awfully large if LPs occupy a lot of your listening time. As for the SA-11S3, well, unless I had much more discretionary income than I do, four grand is about the absolute most I’d consider paying for any product with a technology that changes as rapidly as digital does. But if I did make such a plunge, this Marantz would head the list, and by some distance, owing to its lineage, its perfect mediation of musicality and neutrality on Red Book sources, and its absolutely magnificent SACD performance.”
You can read the full review here.