We love integrated amplifiers. For stereo listening you don’t need all the fancy (and signal degradating circuitry) of a surround receiver. The Marantz PM7005 Integrated Amplifier is a beautiful update to the company’s PM7004, and it’s made with Marantz’ attention to detail—both in terms of the component quality and the build quality of the chassis. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to update the model with new on-board USB-DAC functionality. The Marantz PM7005 integrated amp is priced at $999 and will ship in August.
Marantz PM7005 Integrated Amp Features
Marantz gave its PM7005 integrated amp enough power to drive all but the most power-hungry speakers. The amp puts out 80W per channel into 4 ohm, and it features symmetrical circuits to balance the channels and provide pristine imaging. Inside, Marantz promises nothing but high-grade audio components, current feedback HDAMs, and a high-speed instantaneous current power supply to handle transients and impedance dips at the speaker. Taking a cue from the PM8005, the PM7005 also includes high grade speaker terminals so you can use those high grade “welding cables” you call speaker wire.
DAC-mode and High Quality Audio
The DAC-mode on the PM7005 allows you to use either the optical and coaxial digital inputs or the USB-B port. With these, you can connect a computer directly to the Marantz PM7005 and use its higher-quality CS4398 DAC and HDAM-SA3 audio output stage. That’s going to blow away any DAC present on your computer or playback device. Do this, and the Marantz integrated amp functions very much like a sound card for your computer. The USB-B port works in asynchronous mode and provides ‘bit-perfect’ support for up to 192kHz / 24bit audio and also DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz high-resolution audio.
If you’re going analogue, the Analog Amp Mode switches off the digital section completely, leaving your analogue circuitry free to pass through the purest analogue audio possible. If you’re playing back vinyl, this is the mode you’ll want to be in.
Marantz PM7005 Integrated Amplifier Features
Integrated current feedback amplifier
- 2x 80W rms (@4 ohms)
- HDAM SA3 circuits
- High current type Schottky diode
- Gold-plated solid brass speaker terminals
- Current Feedback Phono equalizer (MM)
- Digital optical and coaxial inputs (192kHz/24bit D/A conversion)
- USB-B input (PCM 192kHz/24bit and DSD Audio Streaming (DSD2.8 & DSD5.6))
- Signal isolator for DAC Mode operation
- CS4398 High current DA-Converter
- “Analog Mode” for pure analogue signal path
- System remote to control Amplifier, CD-Player and Network Player
For more information visit the Marantz website.