Summary: It maybe an attempt to feminise what otherwise might have been an SA8004 that the tag Ken Ishiwata Pearl Lite was attached to this far from butch sounding model. Still what's in a name and whats wrong with feminine sounding Hifi model names. I shall judge it upon its merits and not any naming preconceptions. It is actually no "lite" weight as you lift it from its packing to plug it in on your hifi rack.
Summary: The Marantz KI Signature Perl Lite is a substantial elegant looking machine that nevertheless will sit happily in any type of environment. The sound is very similar to the quality appearance, elegant rather than pushy or discordant. It favours jazz, the human voice, classical and folk preferentially to raucous pop or heavy metal type sounds. However, it handles all sounds comfortably, both as CDs and SACDS.