The Marantz SA-11S1 SACD/CD player is a highly accomplished player on all fronts. Built quality is first class and sound quality is top of the class in the $3-5,000 category. Velvet smoothness would probably be your first thought when you hit the “open” button and then followed by a session on the CD that you just put in. Music was just undeniably smooth, refined and very well put together. Depth and detail retrieval was equally impressive . Side by side with the Esoteric X-01 player that we have in our store,, it was a no brainer if you want the best sound possible for under $1500, top notch build quality and SACD playback capability. The Esoteric X-01 was the better player but by not much in terms of sound. It was better built (even though the Marantz was very well built) and had a better transport system. But when you factor in the thousands of dollars in savings that you could then put into something else – cables, speakers, amps etc it makes the Marantz a steal. You could almost build an entire system around the Marantz for the cost of the X-01 alone. But if you have the funds and want to invest in a “legend”, than the X-01 has no equals.
Cosmetically, there are some very minor scuff marks here and there but nothing major. Player was very well cared for and it shows. We have the original box, remote and manual.