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Old 06-27-2020, 04:20 PM
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Default Opinions sought: Marantz SA-KI Ruby vs Luxman D-05U replacement

I know that the people on this forum probably have a built-in preference, but I'll ask anyway:

My Esoteric SACD player died catastrophically, & my turntable was already out of commission, so at the moment I have no way to play music. Unfortunately, this is bad timing for me to make a big expenditure on anything. The only candidates I've come up with in my current price range are the Marantz SA-KI Ruby or the replacement for the Luxman D-05U, which probably won't be available until September at the earliest.

Obviously, no one has yet heard the D-05U replacement, but has anyone heard both the D-05U & the Marantz SA-KI Ruby? If so, how would you compare them? If I opt for the Luxman, it would mean 3 months with no music for me, so it would need to be significantly better for me to wait. What do you think? Or any other alternatives? (The Ayon CD 10 II no longer supports SACD.)


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Old 06-27-2020, 04:45 PM
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Another option- there are a number of very good, relatively inexpensive streamers. Grab one of them and a Qobuz subscription to carry you until you find, and can get, what you really want.
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Old 06-27-2020, 06:04 PM
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Old 06-27-2020, 06:36 PM
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Thanks, but it will probably be 2 years or more before I will have more "disposable" income, (I need to replace my entire kitchen, etc.) & I don't want to live with a mediocre stop-gap for that long...
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Old 06-28-2020, 05:14 AM
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The Technics SL-G700 is another option.
Very decent SACD player and it streams.
Good reviews in various magazines.
Stereoplay (Germany) rated it high.
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https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/technics-sl-g700
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Old 06-28-2020, 03:01 PM
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Thanks! I'm sorely tempted (aren't we all) to exceed my budget and get a Marantz SA-10 (even though I know I shouldn't.) It's a shame there aren't more SACD players in 3K-7K range...

Streaming is a fine "extra", but I'd rather have the cost invested in better sound quality...
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Old 06-28-2020, 07:51 PM
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Thanks! I'm sorely tempted (aren't we all) to exceed my budget and get a Marantz SA-10 (even though I know I shouldn't.) It's a shame there aren't more SACD players in 3K-7K range...

Streaming is a fine "extra", but I'd rather have the cost invested in better sound quality...
The SA-10 is an Awesome machine.

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Old 06-29-2020, 02:27 AM
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There's an esoteric sacd player in the AA marketplace...
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There's an esoteric sacd player in the AA marketplace...


From a trusted seller, fairly priced. Could be just the ticket.
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