Ken Ishiwata signs off the Marantz Ruby CD & amp
Marantz are in the process of upgrading their ‘12’ series of AV receivers to the ‘13’ series. We have already received the SR5013 ($1,650) and SR6013 ($2,290), with the SR7013 due before the end of the year. Upgrades over the earlier series include the addition of Apple AirPlay 2 and the achievement of a new ‘IMAX Enhanced’ status, showing they meet “stringent performance standards established for image and sound performance by IMAX, DTS and Hollywood’s leading colorists”.
The other exciting news from Marantz is the limited release of their KI Ruby series. It has been some time since Ken Ishiwata released a ‘signature’ product crafted under his watchful eye. The Ruby series marks his 40th anniversary with the company. There are two models (pictured above), selling for $6,990 each.
PM-KI Ruby integrated amplifier:
Rated at 100 watts/channel into 8 ohms (200 watts into 4), this amplifier boasts the finest components available, separate power supplies for the pre and power amp stages and a high performance phono stage. As expected this is a greatsounding amplifier.
SA-KI Ruby SACD player:
Despite the swing to streaming there is still a lot of life left in CDs. A great number of people have large CD collections and wish to extract the best performance possible out of them. As well as handling CDs and SACDs, the Ruby also has an asynchronous USB input for hi-res audio, and a high quality dedicated headphone amplifier.