Summary: Listening to the Marantz SA-KI Pearl SACD player was a truly enjoyable experience. I think Mr. Ken Ishiwata would be very pleased with the emotional enjoyment that his player brought into my home. As for recommendations, it really depends on what you're after. While the SA-KI Pearl is a terrific two-channel player, I did miss the ability to play multi-channel SACD media.
Excerpt: Being in business – any business - for 30 years is reason enough to celebrate, but when you've enjoyed a long-running position at the top of your field there's even more cause for rejoicing. That's the story behind Marantz's SA-KI Pearl components, a limited-edition run (500 worldwide) of “gifts” from Ken Ishiwata to those in the audio community who have enjoyed his innovative designs during his Marantz tenure.
Excerpt: Ken Ishiwata knows a thing or two about hi-fi. He's the key designer, developer and brand ambassador for Marantz , and signs off on all new products – if he doesn't like it, it doesn't get made. To celebrate 30 years of working together, the company released the KI Pearl amp and SACD player, which Ishiwata himself then demoed around the world.
Conclusion: Was nach diesem Test übrig bleibt, ist die Aufforderung, schnell zu sein. Von diesem Player stehen weltweit 500 Stück zur Verfügung. Sprechen sich die überragenden musikalischen Eigenschaften weiter herum, dürfte die Quelle jedoch schnell versiegen. Spätestens dann ist der SA-KI-Pearl wertvolles Kultobjekt.