Marantz is celebrating its 60th Anniversary of providing consumers with premium quality home entertainment and pristine music reproduction. Today, Marantz continues to emulate the vision and commitment of its founder Saul B. Marantz.
To help celebrate its 60th Anniversary in style, Marantz is launching two products that reflect this six-decade leadership in uncompromising audio. The new 60th Anniversary products include the Reference Class NA-11S1 Network Audio Player and DAC (SRP: $3,499.99), which enables users to playback downloaded high resolution files and create true “studio master” quality audio, right in their own living room. In addition, Marantz is debuting the elegant new Consolette (SRP: $1,199.99), which the company describes as a Wireless Streaming Speaker for audiophiles.
In 1948, CBS ignited the public’s interest in quality music reproduction with the debut of the world’s first Long Playing (LP) records. Native New Yorker Saul Marantz, a 37-year old music lover, freelance graphic artist and amateur musician, was among those swept up in the new sonic revolution. But while he loved the new level of music quality afforded by LPs, he was less impressed with the playback quality made possible by the audio gear available at the time. He spent many hours in his basement imagining, constructing and reconstructing amplifiers of his own design that would be able to unlock all the music richness and dynamics of his cherished LPs.
Saul spent four years designing, constructing and reconstructing his own pre-amplifier. THe result was a preamplifier equipped with every equalizer curve he could find to handle all the recording characteristics of the new LP records. He called his pre-amp the Audio Consolette. It made such a powerful impression on those who first heard it, that Saul decided to make and sell 100 sets. Less than 12 months later, he’d sold over 400. It was this success that led him to make a commercial version of the Audio Consolette named the Model 1. In 1953 he opened a factory in Queens, New York and the Marantz company was born.
For the last 35 years, the vision and commitment of Saul Marantz has been carried on by Marantz Brand Ambassador and legendary audio designer Ken Ishiwata, who combines his own love of music with his conceptual engineering design approach to create unparalleled high quality audio products. Throughout the years, Ishiwata has been intimately exploring and refining all newly designed Marantz units.