First impression – Marantz Model 30 and SACD 30N

We’ve had the Marantz Model 30 and SACD 30N in our listening room for a week now. Not enough for a complete review – and there are more devices to look at – but enough for a first impression. We have put our first impressions on video for you. And also made a sample-compilation. Not just on the Focals, but also on the Bowers & Wilkins 805D3 and DALI Rubicon 6. That way you can get a decent impression of the new Marantz. 

In the video we take a look at the connection possibilities of the Model 30, and the SACD 30N. Think of the phono stage in the the Model 30 and the dac-inputs, streamer and wireless capabilities of the SACD 30N. It’s a very versatile duo! And with a price in between the 8000 Series and 12 Series it’s around 3000 euros per piece (inc VAT). Now there was of course the 14-series which was slightly cheaper with 2500 euros per component. We wonder a bit what happened to that.

The Model 30 is built around an nCore amplifier. The nCores are powered by a switching power supply. The pre-stage is powered by a toroidal power supply. The SACD 30N has the same optical drive as the Denon DCD 2500. But the Marantz offers streaming and a dac that can be used by other digital sources. These then have the advantage of the MMM conversion technique: Marantz Musical Mastering. What that is, we explain in the video.

These 30-series (Model 30 and SACD 30N) impress us with their sound. Where the 14-series lacks the energy to grab our attention, these 30-series just put down a lovely sound stage: 3D, energy, detail… and enough ‘oemf’ to sketch a well-founded sound image.

The full review will come later. We don’t want to deprive you of the first impression!

Video First impression Marantz Model 30 and SACD 30N

Sample Video Marantz 30 Series


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