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The KI Signature Series, by audio guru Ken Ishiwata, is synonymous with exceptional sound quality and ultra-fine electronics. Each KI Signature model receives Ken’s personal attention, and takes audio exhilaration to new levels. Ken inspects, tests, and appraises every new model that Marantz engineers develop. These products are purpose-designed to answer customer needs in terms of price and performance – but occasionally Ken discovers one that has within it the promise of more. “From time to time,” Ken says, “you come across a new product that has greater potential; it has the rudiments of greatness. I try to develop that greatness by experimenting with alternative components, seeing how far I can go, searching for reproduction perfection – and all regardless of cost. The result is a truly no-compromise masterpiece. An icon of perfection. “It’s worth it,” says Ken. When you first encounter the new KI Pearls, the first thing you notice are their unique ""Silk Pearl"" finishing. The first of its kind for Marantz. But it's the magic that Ken Ishiwata has created inside the box that really gets the pulse racing. He has built-in everything possible to ensure that the music is reproduced exactly as the original artist and recording engineer intended. Underneath the Pearl SACD player's 5mm aluminium cover is a XYRON Disc Tray with Precision Super Audio CD Drive. There's also the latest Toroidal transformer. And, the Marantz-exclusive HDAM SA2 circuitry. Together they work sublimely with all the other carefully selected components to deliver precision highspeed signal handling over the widest possible frequency range. As with amplifiers, you cannot judge a CD player by analysing its specifications. You need to listen. And that is what Ken Ishiwata has done in designing this unsurpassed KI Pearl SACD player. That's why he built in a ""bulletproof"", vibration-damped cabinet, a rock-solid power supply with Toroidal transformer, and unsurpassed CD mechanism. It all sounds easy, but only with a long experience in product design and an intimate understanding of music reproduction is it possible to create a product like this player. And you have to hear it to believe us. In short, KI Pearls are true objects of beauty in every sense.