Marantz unveils 12 Series Special Editions
Marantz has unveiled its new PM-12 Special Edition integrated amplifier and SA-12 Special Edition SACD player. Building on the original SA-12 and PM-12, solely created for the Japanese market, it says the £3,300 PM-12 SE squeezes the ultimate audio performance from the core PM-12 concept using a fully discrete two-stage design with separate power supplies for the pre and power amp sections. The circuitry is claimed to offer the cleanest signal path to the amplifiers, which deliver 100W per channel into 8ohm loads or 200W into 4. High-quality nickel-plated copper input terminals and high-purity copper speaker connections are also used to ensure signal purity is maintained.

Boasting a completely analogue design, the PM-12 SE draws on the PM-10 and PM-KI Ruby amplifiers that have come before it by including a moving-coil/moving-magnet phono stage, complete with Marantz Musical Premium Phono EQ circuit.

The £3,000 SA-12 SE is able to play SACDs, CDs and compilations on CD-ROM or DVD-ROM. It also has an asynchronous USB input able to handle files all the way up to 32-bit/384kHz PCM and DSD256. The company explains that Marantz Musical Mastering Stream transforms all PCM file formats to DSD, using advanced filtering and proprietary processing before Musical Mastering Conversion converts the 1-bit data stream directly into an analogue signal without the use of a conventional converter.

The pair come in a choice of black or distinctive silver-gold finishes. Available to buy now, you can find out more about Marantz's PM-12 Special Edition integrated amplifier here and the SA-12 Special Edition SACD player here.

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