Summary: Gorgeous amplifier. Greatly dynamic, gently warm, and much of my music which I always thought sounded harsh, suddenly is reborn. The leds on the front panel are very gently bright even in my somewhat dark basement, about the same brightness as the leds of my Pioneer N-50 network audio player. So, the appearance of the two together are in a nice harmony.
Summary: I had purchased a Yamaha AS500 that was rated highly, but after several weeks of critical listening I found that amp to be somewhat brittle sounding. I have never owned a Marantz until now, but I was always impressed by the warmer sound that Marantz produced in a solid state component.
Summary: I bought this integrated amplifier to replace an expensive vintage McIntosh amplifier and pre-amplifier which cost me three times as much and weighs a ton and takes up more space. I loved the fact that it has a loudness contour which is hard to find these days. I listen to music at moderate levels and the loudness contour makes a huge difference. I have really efficient speakers so I don't need allot of power to push them either and the Marantz does a fine job.
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4 January 2014
Summary: I don't often write reviews, but when I do, its about a product that really stood out in a good or bad way. I have been into intro-intermediate+ level audiophile gear for about 15 years now. As a young adult, living in an apartment, I am careful about picking equipment based on utility, performance, size, esthetics, reliability and price. Although I have owned several tube amplifiers and love the sound, their warm up and reliability is suspect at best.
Summary: I am an audiophile and bought this for a bedroom system which includes Totem Arro speakers, a MacBook Pro, Denon tuner and Nordost Blue Heaven cables. It is important when evaluating this gear to keep in mind that it was built to meet a price point so there are a few things that may disappoint but one area where there should be no doubts is the sound. It sounds more powerful than it's specs and is hard to find fault with the sonics regardless of the source.
Summary: Though I did not purchase this receiver/amp from Amazon.com (I should have, I would have saved quite a bit) because I insisted on listening to every receiver I could reasonably afford before buying one; I could not be happier. What was important to me as a self proclaimed audiophile was having a high grade phono stage. I never thought I would find a integrated amp with a quality phono pre-amp. The amount of power that the PM6005 puts out is astounding.
Summary: I bought this for my home office to utilize with Vinyl records and a Apple Airport Express/AppleTV for Airplay streaming digitally to the optical DAC. I also needed to drive my Bookshelf B&W 686's which are not super efficient. PROS: I have utilized the Phono Stage with a ProJect Carbon Debut, MusicHall MMF7.1, and my trusty Technics 1210M5G. Cartridges used: AT440mla, Ortofon Red, MusicHall Mojo (aka Ortofon 540mkII).
Summary: Good: - It's well built, has a classy appearance and matches other Marantz 2U pieces of gear. If you like unassuming, kind of old school looking gear, this will not disappoint. - It has digital inputs. It's kind of insane to even think that this is worth mentioning in 2013 but, in the ludicrous "audiophile" world, an integrated amp with a DAC is simultaneously sacrilege and something worthy of praise. It's a DAC. It works.