What makes the famous Marantz sound character
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Measuring audio quality
Of course we have electronic measuring instruments. But these can only measure instantaneously – it’s like taking still photographs of a dancer: it is accurate but shows nothing of the dancer’s dynamic, speed and rhythm. Music is also dynamic. Its tone, volume, pitch and intensity continuously change. That’s why every time we work on a product we measure its quality by referencing a piece of music that we absolutely know from its original source. Only then we can relate the character of each component as part of a whole. I believe this is the ultimate way to reference audio quality.
What makes a great Hi-Fi set?
One would like to say it is such-and-such a combination, looking into a manual and putting parts together. But essentially, it is all about how the different elements work together – as one holistic system. Why was a certain 60’s Liverpudlian group so special? Was it the song writing partnership? The drummer’s earthiness or the lead guitarist’s? Or was it something else? No, it was all of these characteristics combined – and the fact that they all worked together as one. It is the same with Hi-Fi sets, it is the unique interaction of all the elements. If that interaction is natural and mutually self-supporting, then it is destined to be a great composition.
Our heritage of technical excellence means we can create products with high-precision playback capabilities. But more importantly, it is our love and understanding of music reproduction that gives us the ability to communicate the scale, timbre, pitch, dynamics, and the very essence of a recording. It is this passion that helps ensure that every one of our products unlocks the power, the excitement and the emotion of music. Because Music Matters.