The SA-14S1 is an exceptional sounding SACD player for a near “bargain” price of $2,500 (its MSRP). The resolution from this player is just amazing. Especially with SACDs. The accuracy in its musical reproduction is almost as compelling with our Esoteric P-03/D-03 transport/DAC combo that costs thousands more. Of course the Esoteric is a two piece setup with much better built quality and is coming in from a reference level category, but for the money, the Marantz has a lot going for it. It may be a one box unit but it has the same high built quality standard and can also act as a DAC for three other digital component including a USB input (which the Esoteric D-03 does not have). In our auditioning of the player, it came across as a pretty well balanced player with excellent timbral accuracy. It does necessitate a good amp and speakers to really bring the strength of the player one full circle but for under $1,500 now, you could very well be on your way to this audio nirvana without spending more than $5,000. Contact us if you want to build a system around the Marantz and your budget is $5,000 and under.
Cosmetically, the unit looks pretty good. Minor scuff marks here and there from use but nothing major. We have the original remote and will securely pack this for safe shipping.