Marantz SA-KI Pearl CD/SACD Player
and PM-KI Pearl Integrated Amplifier
All prices in euros () unless otherwise noted.
At time of report, 1 is approximately 1.37 US dollars.
Ken Ishiwata is a well-known and highly respected person in
high-end audio. He has been behind the development of numerous products. Now, with the
latest Pearl products from Marantz, he quite literally has his name attached.
Marantz showed two new Ishiwata-approved audio components
designed to commemorate Ken's 30 years with the company. Each component has his initials
on the faceplate.
There are two Pearl products. One is the SA-KI Pearl
CD/SACD player (2800 ), which features an aluminum transport mechanism and extensive
copper shielding in the chassis. Ishiwata has been a strong proponent of SACD since its
inception, so it's not surprising to see support for it included in this player.
product is the PM-KI Pearl integrated amplifier (2800 ). The PM-KI is said to
produce 90Wpc into 8 ohms and 140Wpc into 4 ohms. It comes standard with an MM/MC phono
stage and a CD Direct input.
struck us about the Pearl products is not just that they have Ken Ishiwata's name
attached, but that they appear to be high-quality, well-executed designs offered for at
reasonable prices -- a good thing in these economic times. While it's not so important for
consumers in Europe, KI told us that these new Pearl products will be readily available in
North America soon, which hasn't always been the case with past Marantz products.