Marantz MA-700 Amplifiers

4.75/5 (36 Reviews) MSRP : $500.00


Product Description

Monoblock - 200 wpc/8 ohms, 300 wpc/4 ohms - THX Certified


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Auricauricle a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2014

Bottom Line:   
Two Marantz MA-700 amplifers are used to drive a pair of Spendor S3/5se's in my living room. Joined with a BMW ASW650 sub, the speakers have finally be allowed to sing as they were intended: smooth, easy, and with enough verve and panache to get my toes tapping for hours on end. At first blush, my impressions were not so positive: there was just no there, there. However, freed of the need to push the bottom end into the Spendors, the amplifiers have opened up quite nicely. The Matantz MA's are a quiet pair, imparting little hiss into the mix. Not the most dynamic amplifiers I have heard or owned, the MA's perform with a laid back ease that belies their terrior-like readiness.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Coco Marantz a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2003

Bottom Line:   
G'day All : )

To begin with, YES I am a Marantz freak and in all fairness, I must also add that it does not mean that I'm just gonna sing praises when it's not earned. But here's where the MA700's are yet another Winner (with my ears being the judge, not the Brand).

I bought these off a friend and my oh my, aren't they lovely!!

As I am constantly moving my gear around and giving all my new purchases for my new home (which is under construction) a test run, these Blocs are really bringing out the best in all the media that goes thru them. And this includes, the badly engineered jobs as well.

They have a fresh and open sound coz they are well broken in, are tight and in full control in the Bass region as well as crisp in the Highs. Admittedly, they can get a little bright on some material, but then again, I think that's coz the material is recorded that way.

To keep this short, do have a listen to them if you ever get an opportunity to get them.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Purchased At:   Off A Friend



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ran a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I sampled the Marantz MA700 monoblock amplifiers for about 2 weeks. They had good bass performance and plenty of detail. For example, pianos sounded very detailed. Unfortunately, they were too bright for my Paradigm Reference Studio 100 (version 1) speakers. I found them to be too "fatiguing" when listening at loud levels. Also, sibilance was a problem. As compared to Rotel amps (RB-1080 and RMB-1095), I found the Marantz too bright, and could not listen to them for an extended period of time at the same (moderately loud) volume levels as the Rotel amps.
It's possible that the combination of the Paradigms and Marantz resulted in too bright a sound. These amps may be more appropriate for other speakers that are not on the bright side. I was hoping that the Marantz MA700s would work out, since I liked the idea of using monoblocks for future expandability (for example, if I wanted to upgrade to THX Surround EX in the future).

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $450.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Clayton a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I have been shopping for a pair of new main speakers for nearly a year now. Along the way, I auditioned a pair of Paradigm Studio 100v.2s. However, the Paradigms were hooked up to a giant amp, at least 200wpc. Of course, the salesman said that my exist receiver, a Marantz SR-96 would be adequate to drive these speakers. I was not convinced, and so I called Paradigm and talked with one of their techies. Explaining my situtation, his comment was that the speakers would be, "underwhelmed." He was clear that they needed 200wpc to shine. This started my search for additional amplification. The MA700's were highly recommended in Stereophile and in Home Theatre Magazine. After sometime spent considering the Rotels, the Outlaw and its cousin, the ATI (both only 150wpc), I went for the Marantz. Am I happy! These babies took the pressure off buying a pair of new speakers. They made my very old towers (12 year old T930s) sing as they have never sung before. My wife (not an enthusiast) thought that I had bought a whole new bunch of CDs. That she immediately heard the difference says it all. In fact, she is as happy with the purchase as I am. Talk about a first! These amps make my old speakers sound flat out $2,000 better, all for just $1200 for the three of them. On top of that, they seamlessly fit into my system. I hooked them up to the left, right, and center preouts of my SR-96. The SR-96 has a remote output that interfaces with a remote imput on the MA700s, so when I turn on the receiver, the amps turn on following a slight delay. I then hooked the rear preouts to the main ins on the receiver, which openned up the sound in the rear channels as well. The overall effect is simply wonderful. Everything I have thrown at them sounds great. It has occasioned me to revist my entire music collection. I am hearing things that I have never heard before. Previously, the sound was just a little too stuck in the box (the cabinet). Now, it is right in the room. It is like having live music in the house every day and every night. I'll start looking for new main speakers again the beginning of next year. Till then, thank you Marantz.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Local Retailer



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Zisserson a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Happiness is not the word I can use to discribe these amps. From the snap of a snare drum (which, incidentally you can feel at the base of your spine)to the breathyness of an alto sax, the detail and impact is flawless. A simple 1,3,5,8 chord on a vocal cd is presented with a live detail and presence unmatched by most other amps I have heard. The sub 100hz impact (w/o sub) is earth shattering. After switching out the amp 2 and installing the marantz, I found my speakers popping from bumping the magnet at the same relitive volume as the amp2.Just a side note..The Marantz are actually cost effective! My pre-amp, amps,cd player, dvd player,vcr....Is all marantz. I just have a funny feeling it will stay that way for a long time. 10 out of 10.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $400.00




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