The Marantz lives up to its reputation from 40 years ago. Excellent Buy!!!
Martin Beckman, Amazon
4 weeks ago
Summary: My Pioneer Integrated Amp is fading after 40 years. Having replaced my DUAL Direct Drive Turntable with a Staunton T.90 Direct Drive, I needed to get a new IA. The Marantz lives up to its reputation from 40 years ago. The PM5004 delivers outstanding sound driving my pair of UTAH speakers (40 years old). My LP's sound perfect and clear. Now onto getting a new pair of speakers to add to the pair of booming UTAH's. Excellent Buy!!!
Summary: I own this unit. I purchased this a year ago with top of the line Polk speakers. I also purchased a marantz turn table and the sa8005 CD player. They all have been performing great, I am very happy with the sound and feel this was a great value. I would recommend this setup to friends. The sound cranks by the way. It's clear and loud for my turn table and CDs.
Summary: I really like this amplifier. Its sound is crystal clear with my pair of Time Windows. The power is more than adequate to drive me from my large Victorian living room. There are no extra "features" that I will never use. There are plenty of I/O terminals on the back to interface the peripherals I have. The only thing I don't like about this unit is that the front panel is black and the white printing is too small to read in dim light.
Summary: I've been a long time fan of the vintage Marantz equipment and bought this amp to add to my Vintage 1152DC. It's built very solid unlike most of what you buy these days. It has a very solid preamp for a turntable. I run Klipsch Ref 82 speakers and it powers them very well with a good clear sound. I never thought I would be happy with the modern amps but am very please with this and would purchase it again.
Absolute must have budget AMP with class and delivers the goods
smita bhattacharjee, Amazon
8 July 2014
Summary: My set up for context : 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.
Summary: I bought the Marantz to replace an amp/preamp combination that was developing problems. I have it connected to a pair of older Definitive speakers with built-in subwoofers. The first thing I noticed once I was hooked up was that the sound seems cleaner and that I can play music more softly than before. My living room is an unusual space -- it's only about 24 x 16, but extends upwards a full three stories. There's a lot of volume.
Pros: Excellent performance at volume levels. Very clear reproduction.
Cons: Two nits: 1. The getting started guide doesn't give a clearly labeled picture of the inputs. I have a turntable (which is easy, because it's off by itself in one corner), a cd player, and a tuner. The guide shows where the CD input is, but not the tuner. I'm working in a relatively tight space with shorter cables. I ended up looking at the picture of the back on the Crutchfield site to figure out the location of the tuner input. 2. Index marks on the controls would be...
Summary: I'm using the Marantz PM8005 to drive a pair of PSB Imagine T speakers. The amp is quite adequate to achieve moderately loud sound levels in a 16x18 ft room. I find the sound produced by this pairing to be excellent, though slightly warm in color. I've heard delightful renderings of Pink Floyd's Time and Eagles' Hotel California.
Pros: Accurate, warm, rich sound; great build quality, three tone controls, good binding posts
Cons: Not quite enough power for low efficiency speakers. Not quite as crisp as some amps might be, especially with certain speakers.
Summary: This is my first integrated amp since the mid 90's when my mid 80's Harman/Kardon kicked the bucket. Up until now I've used home theater receivers for my music, a Yamaha in the living room and an Onkyo in the basement. I have forgotten how music should sound. As I am getting older (52) I've developed a wider range of music preferences, and have learned to appreciate genres that I would have never considered in my younger days.