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Marantz SR4023 Stereo Reciever.,
This review is from: Marantz SR4023 Stereo Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
After owning higher end units before, I purchased this due to financial necessity and a desire to simplify my life. I did not want to go with a manufacturer known mostly for their home theater gear, so I went with Marantz due to their fine reputation on the more musical side of things. Plus, they were the only company that had the right combination of quality gear with the features I wanted at a price I could afford.
This nice receiver has all the features any audio buff could want and then some, including pre-out/main-in jacks and a subwoofer output. Sound quality is also excellent, although I remember being used to a little warmer sound. The 80 watts P/C is more than enough for most rooms, and this unit can handle 4 Ohm speakers with ease. It barely got warm during a listening session with my speakers.
The phono stage isn't the last word in performance, but gets the job done. It audibly buzzs a bit past -30 on the volume control while, but this was mostly unnoticeable while playing vinyl. Also, I heard no outside interference coming through unlike a so-called higher end unit I once owned. A metal screw, rather then the plastic one they used for the ground wire would have been preferred, especially at this price.
The remote is well thought out an easy to use, but it looks a bit similar from both ends. Also, I would have preferred an old fashioned rotating volume nob, with a little indicator light over the goofy -50 to +50 digital volume control, which is confusing and meaningless to most old school people like myself.
The tuner's performance is very good for the money, although I've never had anything much better to compare. An old feature this unit has allowing you to put a station that doesn't come in very well to mono for better sound quality is a welcome return for me. ALL receivers/tuners should have this (are you listening you modern A/V producers???).
Build quality is excellent, although past receivers had full metal face plates. I'm not fooled by Marantz' attempts to justify their cost cutting by hyping it up as "aluminum/resin enforced front panel", although their design is more cleaner and attractive than the older flat panels.
All in all, this may be the best stereo receiver available at the moment from a major manufacturer (the few that are available), and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to go that route that needs a decent phono stage and doesn't care about multi-channel. The Marantz SR-4023 doesn't do anything extra-ordinarily spectacular, but it doesn't do anything wrong either!
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Initial post: Apr 15, 2014, 10:37:19 AM PDT
Leonard B. says:
Is is Still the best when compared to Yamaha's "Natural Sound" series?
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