The new Model 30 and the new SACD 30n were designed by master craftsmen over a three-year development period. They are aiming to stay true to the mission of the brand's founder Saul B. Marantz to bring the original recording as close as possible to the listener. These two products are the first in Marantz's new industrial design, manufactured with great care in Shirakawa, Japan. The revised design language represents a reinterpretation of the unmistakable design elements of the legendary Marantz products of the 50s, 60s and 70s.
“Our main goal in updating Marantz was to effectively capture the timelessness, musicality and passion the brand has brought to the world for nearly 70 years,” as explained by Joel Sietsema, SVP of Brand at Marantz´s parent company Sound United. “This is why we dove into the brand’s history first to design the Model 30 and SACD 30n. We knew these new products and their successors had to continue refining that classic Marantz sound, but also deliver fresh new aesthetics and build quality that contemporary enthusiasts could love. The result is a familiar, yet entirely new Marantz ID and an exciting listening experience that delivers on the Marantz promise of the most musical sound.”
The Integrated Amplifier Model 30
The analog concept of the Model 30 is characterized by a fully discrete two-stage design with independent power supplies for preamplifier and power amplifier. The circuit exclusively responsible for the preamplifier stage provides a stable power supply independent from the power demanded by the output stage. An oversized toroidal core transformer, exclusively responsible for the preamplifier stage, is designed to ensure high sound purity. The elaborate steel enclosure surrounding the transformer suppresses leakage flux to prevent the emergence of electrical noise in the peripheral circuits.
The power supply unit for the output stage is supposed to deliver high voltage without delay to the switching amplifier. This design is intended to ensure maximum control over any kind of connected speakers, even aiming to handle strong bass effortlessly. The high signal purity should ensure outstanding audio quality.
The amplifier also features a phono preamplifier for moving coil (MC) and moving magnet (MM), a Marantz Musical Premium Phono EQ circuit and Marantz HDAM technology. The two-stage amplification in the phono preamplifier is designed to reduce distortion. In the input stage, Marantz HDAMs are combined with junction field effect transistors (JFETs), resulting in a high input impedance. The elimination of coupling capacitors further simplifies the design and is intended to further reduce signal distortion and improve signal purity. The Model 30 is also equipped with an input impedance selector switch that allows three settings: MC Low (33 Ohms), MC Mid (100 Ohms) and MC High (390 Ohms). This feature is designed to further enhance sound performance with both MC and MM cartridges.
The Model 30 continues the Marantz tradition and uses the company's own, discretely constructed HDAMs (Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Modules): This elaborate construction with controlled surface-mounted individual components and short, mirrored paths for the left and right channel is intended to provide an unrivaled sound that is as clean and detailed as possible. 2x 100 Watt into 8 Ohms and 2x 200 Watt into 4 Ohms are available. The newly developed electrical volume control is designed to ensure high linearity.
The Network SACD Player SACD 30n
The SACD 30n uses Marantz's proprietary SACDM-3L transport mechanism, designed and employed to try and achieve the best possible performance when playing SACDs, CDs and music stored on external storage devices. It is also able to access existing music file collections and leading streaming services.
Using HEOS Built-in technology, the SACD 30n can stream FLAC audio formats from 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz at up to a 24-bit resolution, DSD 2.8 MHz and DSD 5.6 MHz, ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec), and MP3 from major streaming providers, including Amazon Music HD and TIDAL. Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple´s Siri are also available for control by voice command (additional devices are required to use these features).
For best digital-to-analog conversion, the SACD 30n uses the company's own Marantz Musical Mastering (MMM stream converter and MMM conversion stage). PCM input signals are extrapolated to DSD (11.2 MHz) using the MMM stream converter within the player. The generated high frequency signal is then converted into an analog output signal by the MMM conversion stage, employed here in place of a conventional DAC.
The headphone amplifier built into the SACD 30n has a dedicated amplifier module which incorporates the well-known Marantz HDAM-SA2 circuits with a very high signal-to-noise ratio. The amplification factor can be adjusted in three stages (low, mid and high) to headphones of varying impedance. Thus even high-impedance headphones can be operated.
The Marantz integrated amplifier Model 30 (3,000€*) and the network SACD player 30n (3,000€*) will be available from authorized dealers from the beginning of September* onwards in the colors black and silver-gold.
*Prices and Availability for Germany