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4.67 of 5
|Reviewed by: pjasz (AudioPhile)
Review Date April 20, 2011
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Value Rating 5 of 5
Used product for More than 1 year
The Marantz PM-8003; Hopefully, the PM-8004 is a carry-over to the PM-8003 integrated amlpifier –other than the tri-tone controls and the Speaker A/B switch differences.. I Have been enjoying the PM-8003 since August, 2009.
Sound quality; Absolutely excellent ! Think (and enjoy) a sound quality blessed with finesse; layered, dimensional and a truly remarkable “openness” to the mid-band. The sound is simply musical, yet airy, transparent and detailed. It offers a musicality quoutient that is rare –particularly at this price-point. If you want to know what makes some of the higher-end equipment so special, start here –with the PM-8003/4. It offers up an impressivre musical coherency that cannot fail to impress. Its musical “heart”, is in the right place. Power output appears reasonablly capable –driving Reference 3A Dulcets.
Build quality is very good. Styling and ergonomics are also excellent. Input connections include( 3) high-level (aux), MM phono, and (2) recorder provisions. Personally, I’d prefer (2) additional “Aux” inputs as opposed to the tape loops (Recorder 1 and 2). Of course, secondary listening sources can be fed to the inputs (of the recorder in/out sockets) with minimal degradation to sound.
Additional (and welcoming) connections further include Pre-Out/Main-in capability, and Power Amp –Direct.
Thankfully, a source-direct control disconnects the tone and balance controls from the circuit. Now, if only Marantz would omit the tone-controls !
All-in-all, this is one fine integrated amplifier sure to please critical (and casual) listener’s alike. Highly recommended.
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