According to Marantz’s in-house Sound Masters, some products have more potential than expected. These products are rebranded as Special Edition models and the Sound Masters pay extra attention to detail, the selection of components and countless listening sessions. The SA-12 and PM-12 were developed exclusively for the Japanese market and were found to have such potential, according to the company itself.
Marantz PM-12 Special Edition
The PM-12 Special Edition Integrated Amplifier was developed with one goal in mind: to extract ultimate audio performance from the basic PM-12 concept. That’s why the model features a completely discreet two-stage design with separate power supplies for the preamp and power amp section. The circuit provides the purest signal path for the amplifiers, delivering 100W per channel to 8 ohm speakers or 200W per channel to 4 ohm speakers. The nickel-plated inputs and pure copper speaker terminals ensure signal purity from the moment it enters the amplifier until it is sent to the speakers.
The PM-12 Special Edition is based on the design of the PM-10 and PM-KI Ruby amplifiers with the Moving Coil / Moving Magnet phono stage and features Marantz Premium Phono EQ circuit and Marantz HDAM technology. The fully analog design of the PM-12 Special Edition features a low-noise bottom and a sleek appearance. While it may seem convenient to have a DAC in the amplifier, digital circuitry naturally generates a lot of electrical noise that can disrupt the subtle analog signals passed through the amplifier. That is why Marantz chose to keep this completely analog approach and keep the PM-12 Special Edition as pure as possible and to equip the SA-12 Special Edition player with the special DAC mode.
Marantz SA-12 Special Edition
The SA-12 Special Edition is based on the development process of the SA-10 and SA-KI Ruby. The SACDM-3 disc mechanism specially developed for audio can reproduce SACDs, CDs and compilations on CD-ROM and DVD-ROM. It also features an asynchronous USB input, suitable for formats of up to PCM / DXD 384kHz / 32 bits and DSD 11.2 MHz. The Marantz Musical Mastering Stream converts all PCM file formats to DSD format using advanced filtration and processing before the Marantz Musical Mastering Conversion instantly converts the 1-bit data stream into an analog signal without the use of a conventional digital-to-analog converter.
Price and availability
The Marantz PM-12SE and SA-12SE will be available from September in the colors black and silver-gold, for a price of 3,300 euros.