Marantz believes their latest home entertainment solution, two new Hi-Fi separates, will be able to convey the true emotions of the musicians whose music it plays. According to the company, its mission is to reproduce music as faithfully as possible, just as they originally played it. To continue that tradition, the company just updated their stereo collection with price-conscious solutions: the PM5005 ($499) integrated amplifier and CD5005 ($399) CD player. Both are expected to be available in July at selected Marantz dealers and online.
The new PM5005 entry-level integrated amplifier breaks all the rules.
The new PM5005 entry-level integrated amplifier breaks all the rules. That’s because it’s the first in its class to offer current feedback architecture – a feature that normally is reserved for the more expensive models. This technology provides very fast and accurate signal handling. This results in perfectly balanced stereo sound reproduction as well as a very open and precise sound stage. It’s also been recently enhanced with performance–optimizing discrete audio circuitry and fine-tuning components.
In addition, this year’s model looks a little more stylish than its PM5004 predecessor, thanks to new elegant knob design. On top of that, it comes with a new remote and a new low-power stand-by and auto stand-by mode.
But back to being an amp: the PM5005 offers 55W per channel into 4 ohm, and includes a metal chassis and a front metal panel to ensure a very rigid and solid base. It also has a Phono MM equalizer, as well as a Source Direct functionality to ensure shortest signal paths. Without doubt, the PM5005 has raised the performance bar in the so-called entry level area.
The new CD5005 CD player incorporates everything its predecessor, the CD5004, offered including the Marantz-own HDAM-SA2. But this year it features an upgraded DAC CS4398 and new CD mechanism – both taken from the CD6005. As can be expected, it plays CD, CD-R and CD-RW discs as well as MP3 and WMA files. It includes customized components for sound tuning and an extra-reliable CD transport mechanism.
The Audio EX(clusive) mode further enhances sound quality by switching off functions such as digital output and pitch control when not in use. The random play function gives users another option to explore music in a new way. Also new for this year is an upgraded remote controller as well as low power stand-by and auto stand-by modes.
In addition, high-grade gold-plated analogue outputs guarantee best connectivity, while a well-defined headphone output, and an easy to read display rounds off this excellent player.