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