Marantz just updated their stereo and separates products with the newest models for users looking to reclaim high fidelity music from existing high definition and CD sources. The Marantz PM5005 integrated amplifier is a budget separates component designed for the audiophile who may be price conscious but who still wants high quality music playback. The Marantz PM5005 retails for just $499 and can be perfectly paired with the matching $399 Marantz CD5005 CD player. Both are shipping in July and will be available at the Audiogurus home theater store.
Marantz claims that its entry-level PM5005 integrated amp is the first budget product to offer current feedback architecture (typically found in much higher-priced products). Current feedback architecture delivers very fast and accurate signal handling for reproducing a pristine and precise sound stage. The MArantz PM5005 integrated amplifier looks identical to the PM5004 except for some very slight modifications to the IR receiver (for the new remote control) and knob design. There’s also a new low-power and automatic stand-by mode. Power is spec’ed at 55W per channel into 4 ohms. An all-metal black chassis and front panel serve to dress the unit up, giving a the amplifier a high-end look while reducing vibrations. For vinyl lovers, an MM phono equalizer is included and you can enable Source Direct to bypass all tone controls and get a clean signal from the analogue inputs to the outputs.
Marantz PM5005 Integrated Amplifier Features
- Integrated Current Feedback Amplifier with 2x 55W / 4 ohm rms
- Selected high quality audio components
- Gold Plated Inputs/Outputs incl. Phono (MM) input
- Marantz proprietary HDAM-SA3 circuits
- High quality Speaker Terminals (A / B switchable)
- System remote to control Amplifier, CD-Player and Network Player
There’s no doubt that Marantz has definitely scored major points in bringing a high-end integrated amplifier to market at under $500. The PM5005 is certain to turn some heads (as well as open some wallets!) and we think this will be a very successful product in the company’s stereo/separates product line-up.