Ken Ishi­wata signs off the Marantz Ruby CD & amp

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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.

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