Marantz SA-KI Ruby, My Reference DAC

ClipdatClipdat Posts: 9,507
edited August 2020 in Going Digital
My article about Ken Ishiwata and the Marantz SA-KI Ruby has just been posted at The Audio Beatnik: https://theaudiobeatnik.com/marantz-sa-ki-ruby-my-reference-dac/

In this post I share my experiences with the Ruby, and the story of how I befriended Ken before his departure from Marantz and untimely death.

Please enjoy the read, and let me know what you think!

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  • vmaxervmaxer Posts: 4,892
    Very good read.
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  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 3,207
    Great story Drew!
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  • SIHABSIHAB Posts: 2,023
    Nice article Mr. Drew
  • BlueBirdMusicBlueBirdMusic Registered User Posts: 1,496
    Drew, I want one after reading your article.

    I admire your relationship with Ken Ishiwata and bow my head in respect.
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  • msgmsg Posts: 6,376
    edited August 2020
    That's a nice piece of writing, Drew, I enjoyed several sections, especially where you define the Marantz's performance and use the painter's canvas analogy.

    I found myself nodding along as you described the process of listening in the context of the audio refinements we aspire to, a bit of a "what's possible".

    Good read.
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  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 824
    Very well-written piece, Drew. You own a future classic.
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 4,064
    Another enjoyable, quality piece of writing Drew. Well done!
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  • JayCeeJayCee Posts: 1,082
    Very cool story/article. Goes a long way when a rock star from our audio world reaches out like that.

    Haven't had the same one-one-one interaction but have had Richard Schram (Parasound) and Paul McGowen (PS Audio) reply directly to me...on weekends. Met Robert Lee of Acoustic Zen @ the Munich audio show and he was so nice and easy to talk to. Never tried to sell me, however, left me feeling that he loved audio and if I could swing the Crescendo speakers I'd have a thoughtfully designed work of art, excellent sounding speaker, from a damn nice guy.

    Congrats on the published article and the memories to go with your Ruby!
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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 9,502
    edited August 2020
    If I knew you in real life I'd definitely call you Mt. Drew
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  • Very nicely written review, Drew. I appreciated the personal interactions detailed and know that Ken must have truly loved what he did for the best part of his adult life.
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 11,729
    Obviously a budget system and grateful for the offerings, but not really impressed with the DAC chip choice. There are other budget chips that I believe would offer more, even for an extra $50
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 9,507
    edited August 2020
    "Texas Instruments 24-bit 192kHz DAC" - it doesn't say what model.

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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,978
    Great story Drew. Thanks for sharing w us.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 9,507
    Thanks Joe! And a big thank you to everyone else who took the time to read my article. I sincerely appreciate it.
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,904
    Wait...what about the Benchmark DAC? Has this Marantz unit surpassed the Benchmark DAC3?
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 9,507
    edited August 2020
    Despite having the Benchmark DAC3 B in my possession for some time now, I've yet to actually hook it up and listen to it.

    The only Benchmark gear I've experienced is the LA4 preamp and AHB2 power amp.
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,904
    I guess "reference" is always relative.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 9,507
    edited August 2020
    Well I've only been on my audiophile journey for 8 years now, so I'm not saying I've had experience with hundreds of DACs.

    But, I have got my ear on and had first hand experience with at least 15 different ones.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 9,507
    Actually I counted again, and It's actually 22 different DACs that I've had in my system(s), soon to be 24 once I listen to the Auralic and the Benchmark. :)
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,978
    Curious to see your findings between a streamer+Benchmark DAC and the Vega G1
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 9,507
    edited September 2020
    Yeah, that might be interesting. I could do that using the Aurender A100 as a streaming transport connected to the Benchmark via USB.
  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 3,207
    edited September 2020
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Yeah, that might be interesting. I could do that using the Aurender A100 as a streaming transport connected to the Benchmark via USB.
    The G1 is my bet! And as always great reading!
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  • MilitoMilito Posts: 1,200
    Great review and story.
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  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 4,417
    Great article man. Keep up the good work!
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