Marantz PM5004 Integrated Stereo Amplifier
- Current feedback amplifier circuit, Discrete-component amplifier, Input buffer circuit for High S/N & Ch. Separation
- Source Direct mode, Active Filter type Tone Control, Loudness,
- MM phono input, 5 line-level inputs, 2 Record outputs
- Transparent screw-type A/B speaker terminals
- Detachable Power cord, System remote controller
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Current feedback amplifier circuit, Discrete-component amplifier, Input buffer circuit for High S/N & Ch. Separation, Source Direct mode, MM phono input, Active Filter type Tone Control, Loudness, 5 line-level inputs, 2 Record outputs, Transparent screw-type A/B speaker terminals, Triple command code sets, IR flasher input . Detachable Power cord, Standby Mode, System remote controller
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The appearance is quite beautiful. The front fascia gleams with a black brushed front and has two elegantly curved "cheeks"; the two large dials feel solid and shine with that expensive look and you can feel the fine surface-finish. The casing elsewhere is mostly metal. The fascia "cheeks" are plastic, but they look superb. The only parts that don't feel expensive are the bass, treble, and balance dials which feel like flyspray lids. The source selected is indicated by a small blue LED, and the individual speakers A, speakers B, the source direct, and loudness buttons all incorporate a little blue LED indicator lamp each of which lights when each function is selected. The remote control mute function silences the music and a little burgundy indicator light shines to the right of the source indicators when the amplifier is muted. There is a red standby LED when the amplifier is put into that mode with the remote control.
The remote control provides some functions which the front of the amplifier does not (mute and standby mode for the amplifier). The remote is rather large and overly complicated for this unit but will control other Marantz components. It works really well at some distance and at awkward angles to the unit and through the glass of a stereo cabinet door - quite impressive.
I personally feel this amplifier is best with a pair of speakers which add warmth and roundness. My speakers (refurbished Genesis 1+) provide a rich full warm midrange with wide dispersion and superb frequency response (38Hz-20kHz +/- 2 dB) - plenty of bass and a well articulated treble. Their slight weakness is that they tend to provide a slightly soft muddy sound. This amplifier compliments them perfectly because its sound has exceptional clarity and separation. I experience the best of both worlds - a clear wide soundstage with superb clarity, but a warm, full, rich, and large sound. Bass is big and not boomy. The slightly brittle edge to the sound of the PM5004 is nicely rounded off by the Genesis 1+ speakers. I suspect that with a clinical or bright pair of speakers this amplifier would provide an excessively brittle sound.
As far as power, when I originally auditioned my speakers in about 1980, a number of 30-35 watt per channel amplifiers struggled to drive them, and for thirty years I used a 45W/channel amp (45/8ohm, 55/4 ohm). To my delight, this Marantz PM5004 has no trouble at all powering these old (refurbished) speakers. I rarely turn the volume over 1/3. The room is filled with the musicians arrayed between and behind the speakers. The sound loses some sweetness at high volume, but I have noted no distortion. If you need high volumes to fill a large space this may not be the best choice, because it loses a little of its sweetness at high volumes but this is hardly surprising for a 35W per channel amplifier. Even at full volume there is hardly any hiss - noise is extremely low.
I listen a lot with headphones and don't think that the headphone output is particularly well implemented. But the Marantz (which has a MM phono; and CD, tuner, and auxiliary single-ended RCA lines in) has two tape loops! This means even with a cassette deck on one set of tape loops, you can attach a headphone amplifier to the remaining tape-out RCA jacks. I have a Bellari HA540 tube headphone amplifier connected to the first set of RCA record jacks (the second set of tape loops are connected to a Nakamichi Cassette Deck 2), and it works beautifully providing excellent uncompromised (or scarcely compromised) music to my Sennheiser HD800s.
Just to add to the other reviews, the phono stage (moving magnet) is very good - it lives up to the standard of sound the rest of the inputs of the amplifier. In fact I am using the amp as a phono stage right now for a much more expensive amp system and it is doing very well.
Overall I thoroughly recommend this amplifier with the provisos above. To get substantially better you will need to spend around $2,000 or more - this will buy you a more filled-out timbre. Sins of the Marantz are omission, not of commission - i.e. they are the least serious type of issue (and there are always issues, even in equipment costing tens of thousands of dollars).
A really really good sound and a Stereophile Magazine recommended component for good reason - absolutely astonishing for the money and so 5*.
TurnTable: Project Carbon Black (awesome TT for the price )
Amp : Marantz PM5004
Speakers : Fluance SX6
This amp is a must buy for anyone looking for an amp for TT. It is pure old school amp with no otheroverheads.It has a Phono stage for TT and the sound quality is exceptional in that category of less than $400.Looks awesome and sounds incredible and costs less.
NOTE : this is not a receiver but an AMP hence buy for what it is and you will be sorted
I now plan to add the Marantz CD Player to this and upgrade my speakers to Energy 70 floor standing once the prices are a little better to indulge
What I like about the Maratntz is that now I cab enjoy my music at low volume, as my previous gear only sounded good when loud.The source direct option is great, and so is the "loudness" button.
This amp really sounds great and should provide me with great sounds for years to come. As a life long vinyl lover I couldn't be happier with my equipment. I think this amp was a better option for me than going through the vintage route. Top notch all the way - now to enjoy the music and forget about the gear!
The PM5004 delivers outstanding sound driving my pair of UTAH speakers (40 years old). My LP's sound perfect and clear.
I connected up my iPad/MacBook via the 3.5mm audio jack to the AUX port using a 3.5mm Male to RCA Stereo adapter cable and the sound is excellent!
Speaker connection is a breeze and am looking forward to new floor-standing speakers. Next comes a new CD/Cassette Deck, a new Stereo FM/AM Tuner, new Bookshelf speakers.....