Marantz SA-12SE Special Edition Super Audio CD Player + DAC

£3,199.00 inc. VAT

Trade-in available

Drawing on the development process for their flagship SA-10, and designed by the same team, the SA-12 Special Edition is a reference-quality Super Audio CD Player, plus DAC, created by Marantz to celebrate the love of music and exalt the mastery and emotion of music. Released in September 2020.

Available in Black or Silver Gold finishes.

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Marantz was there at the start of the Compact Disc revolution, launching their first player — the original CD-63 — in 1982. In the following years, Marantz became well known as the CD-Player specialist.

Marantz Musical Mastering (MMM) technology defines new standards in the digital and analogue audio processing. A disc mechanism built purely for audio, the SACDM-3 is able to play SACDs, CDs, and compilations on CD-ROM or DVD-ROM. It also has an asynchronous USB input, able to handle formats all the way up to PCM/DXD 384kHz/32bit and DSD11.2MHz.

In addition, the Marantz Musical Mastering Stream transforms all PCM file formats to DSD format, using advanced filtering and proprietary processing, before the MMM Conversion adapts the 1-bit data stream directly into an analogue signal – without the use of a conventional D/A converter.

Marantz Special Editions

Special Editions are the Marantz way to celebrate the love of music that runs deep in the veins of sound masters and engineers, exhibited in the artistry and craftsmanship of those special components.

Marantz Sound Masters will occasionally identify a product with a higher potential than expected and master it with extra unwavering attention to detail, component selection and listening sessions. The original SA-12 was solely created for the Japanese market, and quickly proved to be the next chosen one. European sound engineers combined it with achievements made developing the famous SA-KI Ruby, and thus the SA-12 Special Edition was born.


  • Engineered and extensively tuned by a team drawing on more than 35 years of Marantz expertise in CD players
  • Innovative Marantz Musical Mastering “MMM-Stream” up-sampling to DSD and filtering
  • Custom-designed 1-bit direct “MMM–Conversion” from DSD to analogue
  • High quality analogue output stage with Marantz HDAM-SA3 technology and low impedance output
  • In-house developed Marantz SACD/CD mechanism “SACDM-3” designed purely for audio
  • Playback of SACD/CD playback and of compilations on CD-ROM and DVD-ROM (audio)
  • Asynchronous USB input for hi-res audio up to PCM/DXD 384kHz/32bit and DSD11.2MHz
  • Isolation of USB and digital inputs to block noise from connected sources
  • Power supply using toroidal transformer
  • Dedicated headphone amplifier with all-discrete construction featuring HDAM-SA2


  • CD Compatibility: CD / CD-R/RW / SA-CD / WMA / MP3 / AAC
  • SA-CD Text / ID3 Tag / WMA Meta Tag / AAC Meta Data
  • Data Disc Compatibility: DSD 5.6 / WAV 192 / ALAC 96
  • DAC operation mode: USB-B / Coax / Optical
  • Asynchronous mode rear USB
  • Bit-perfect transmission
  • USB-B DSD Audio Streaming (DoP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6: DSD11.2
  • Signal isolator for DAC Mode operation
  • HDAM version: HDAM SA2 + HDAM SA3
  • Power Transformer: Toroidal
  • High Grade Audio Components: Yes
  • Customised Components: Yes
  • Symmetric circuit layout: Yes
  • Digital Out Off: Yes
  • Headphone: Current Feedback
  • Selectable filter: CD / DAC-Mode
  • Marantz Musical Mastering: Yes (HD)
  • Marantz Musical Mastering Stream: Yes
  • Marantz Musical Mastering Conversion: Yes
  • Separated rectifier circuit for analogue & digital circuitry: Yes
  • Display: On / Off
  • Low noise LCD display
  • Analogue Out Cinch: 2ch
  • Balanced Out: Yes
  • Digital Optical: In / Out
  • Digital Coaxial: In / Out
  • Sample Rate Digital In: 192 kHz / 24-bit
  • Gold Plated Cinch: Silver / Nickel
  • USB Audio: Rear
  • Asynchronous mode rear USB: Yes
  • USB-B input for PC (rear): 384 kHz / 32-bit
  • USB-B DSD Audio Streaming (DoP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6 / DSD11.2
  • D-Bus: Yes
  • Headphone Out: Yes
  • Headphone Volume Control: Yes
  • Remote Control: RC005PMSA
  • Power Consumption: 47W
  • Standby Consumption: 0.3W
  • Auto Power-Off: Yes
  • Detachable Power Cable: Yes
  • Maximum Dimensions (W x D x H): 440 x 419 x 123mm
  • Weight: 16.4kg
  • Carton Maximum Dimensions (W x D x H): 557 x 536 x 243mm
  • Carton Weight (inc. product): 19.6kg

Full Marantz Range Available

Unilet Sound & Vision are premium partners for Marantz, offering sales and aftercare service on all models. Do get in touch if you require advice or assistance on their range.

More Information



Marantz offer several product line-ups: Their Range series offers the most flexible system-building options imaginable for every lifestyle, whilst at the very high-end, their Premium series guarantees hi-fi purists the ultimate listening experience.

Other product categories have been developed over the years, including the Reference models, to faithfully reproduce the purist musical emotion, and the KI (Ken Ishiwata) models which offer unparalleled quality. Music brings emotion to vision and puts the passion into our experiences. For Marantz, the realistic reproduction of music is the essential goal.

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Additional information

Weight 16.4 kg
Dimensions 41.9 × 44.0 × 12.3 cm

Black, Silver Gold

Purchase Options

Click & Collect, Trade-In Available


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