Marantz PM6004 Integrated Amplifier and CD6004 CD Player
Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity
10 May 2012
Summary: What's left to say? Marantz has once again created a budget line that defies its price point. You have a solid amplifier capable of driving tough speakers that not only has on on-board phono stage but is also made with discrete components. With a well built smooth sounding CD player and a useful USB port (albeit not fully functional, FLAC support would have been a big plus) this combination of low to mid priced gear is at home even with much higher priced speakers.
Excerpt: Integrated amplifiers are probably more popular than ever before. Today, many companies offer a one box, convenient solution loaded with features and requiring fewer cables / less rack space, which allows for full system control with just one remote. That is not to mention that advances in design have made it possible for audio engineers to produce great sounding, easy to use products at even entry level price points.
Conclusion: The Marantz PM6004 is one of those pieces of stereo gear that makes life difficult for manufacturers, audio dealers and audio reviewers alike. While we wouldn’t exactly call the PM6004 a budget component, it does offer a premium sound quality that has a way of blasting away its competition’s price-performance justifications. When you can get sound this good for under $1,000, it gets tough to justify spending more.
Pros: Ample power, Tight bass, transparent mids, warm-yet-detailed treble, Phono pre-amp included, Two sets of speaker outputs, Source direct mode
Cons: Lacks muscle needed for deepest sub-bass, No ⅛-inch input for portable media players
Excerpt: It’s a bold move to change a product that most people consider to be at the top of its game, but so competitive is the market these days that resting on one’s laurels leaves one open to surprise challenges from eager rivals.
Pros: Solidity and scale, but with precision and pace, excellent transparency
Testbericht: Marantz CD6004 / PM6004 CD-Player und Vollverstärker
25 September 2012
Excerpt: Musikgenuss muss nicht teuer sein - das will Marantz mit seiner neuen Stereo-Kombi erneut unter Beweis stellen. Der CD-Player CD6004 und der Vollverstärker PM6004 kosten zusammen gerade einmal 900 Euro; AV-Magazin hat getestet, ob dabei schon richtig Spaß aufkommt.