Summary: I bought this amp almost a year ago from Amazon & I wanted to give it some time before I reviewed it. I needed a stereo (not surround sound) amp with certain features & this serves all my needs. I also needed an amp that could fit in to a limited shelf space. Most of the amps made now are very big. It has a phono input & being that I have a large record collection, this was important.
Summary: I wanted an integrated amp that had a phono stage, a remote, and consumed less power than the power amp I was using with my PC. All of these were met at a reasonable price with the PM5004. This amp has enough power output to drive my NHT 2.5i speakers rated at 6 ohms and 86db to satisfyingly loud levels in the small studio apartment I live in.
Summary: I think that if you are able to get this second hand or refurbished, it is well worth the try. At $450, there may be other choices. My NAD receiver was better but in terms of reliability there is absolutely no match between the two brands. I ran the amp through several types of speakers and always found the sound OK but not thrilling- maybe a bit thin, for my taste at least.
Summary: Outstanding performance, balance and clarity for a fraction of the price of a high end unit. Needed something to push my Warfdale Diamond 2 speakers and after reading numerous publications went for it. Was at a crossroads with witch unit I was planning on buying and finally pulled ( or pushed) purchase button. Three months later the only regret is I didn't do it earlier.
Summary: Excellent amp, just what I was looking for. In these days of virtual everything I wanted to go back in time and revisit the joy of holding, admiring the artwork, and taste the almost forgotten sensation of listening to a vinyl long playing record. And powered by this amplifier, the LPs sound nearly as perfect as they did at their primetime.
Summary: this is the first speaker amplifier I bought in years, and I have been very happy with my purchase. I use it to drive a pair of Wharfedale Diamond speakers, and use as input (mainly) a Meier Audio StageDAC. I am very happy with the clean, lean sound of this system, and natural soundstage: excellent for listening to movie dialog, and for classical/acoustic music.
Summary: Having been out of the integrated amp game for some years I was a little hesitant about forking out almost 500$ on this amp when there are cheaper products on the market... Oh boy was I glad I spent the extra coin on this little black box of delights. I have the Marantz wired up to a Pro-ject 3 turntable along with a pair of Warfedale 7's and Gale Gold Mark II - !!!TRULY AMAZING!!!GET THIS AMP!!!
Summary: My gear, like me, is starting to show its age. Since prices have gotten ridiculous on the sort of audiophile stuff I lust for, I looked around for something in the budget audiophile category and found myself springing for this amp and its companion 5004 CD player for a combo price of $750. Marantz has put out some fine stuff over the years and also some so-so stuff. Of course the old Marantz company founded by Saul Marantz is long gone.
Summary: This is my first integrated amplifier. I bought it mostly for vinyl. I felt my turntable (Rega rp1 w/performance pack upgrade) was better than my Onkyo receiver was letting on. Turned out to be true! I really love the options on this. Eighty percent of the time I go source direct, but it is so nice to have the ability to adjust bass and treble on certain albums. I even use the "loudness" setting occasionally for late night low volume. A great amp for for the money.
Summary: The Marantz PM 5004 amplifier was exactly what I'd been looking for. I needed an old school amp that had inputs and outputs for both a cassette deck and a table-top CD-R deck... and also a phonograph input. I thought it would be an easy item to find, but I guess no one wants to listen to music through nice sounding components that are resonably priced anymore, because it was hard to find something that had what I needed.