Integrated Amplifiers

Pioneer PD-D6MK2 SACD Player and SX-A9MK2 Integrated Amplifier

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Introduction

The D6 SACD player and A9 integrated stereo amplifier are two of four possible combinations in the Pioneer G-Clef series of SACD players and integrated two channel amplifiers that are sold as a pair. The G-Clef series is tested and approved by AIR Studios in London and are designed for the discriminating stereo lover in mind. As quoted from Pioneer's website, "The AIR Studios quality seal is proof not only of the extraordinary engineering that has gone into these audio units, but also of the exceptionally high quality of their craftsmanship and carefully selected electronic components".

With sleek curved faceplates and a shiny black lacquer finish, this combo is certainly a statement piece. But did this duo convert me, a die-hard multi-channel music man, into a two-channel purist? Almost.

Specifications

  • Pioneer Elite D6 Stereo CD-SACD Player
  • Codecs: Redbook CD, Two-Channel SACD
  • MFR: CD 4 Hz – 20 kHz; SACD 4 Hz – 50 kHz
  • S/N: CD 118 dB, SACD 110 dB
  • THD+N: CD 0.002%, SACD 0.003%
  • Dimensions: 4.2" H x 16.5" W x 13.5" D
  • Weight: 9.9 Pounds
  • MSRP: $499 USA
  • Pioneer Elite A9 Integrated Stereo Amplifier
  • Output: 70 Watts RMS x 2
  • Inputs: CD, Phono (MM/MC), Tape, AUX, Tuner (XM Ready), USB (Rear)
  • Outputs: Speakers, Pre-Out, Tape Loop, Headphone
  • Dimensions: 4.4" H x 16.5" W x 14.5" D
  • Weight 25 Pounds
  • MSRP: $ 1,600 USA
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