Marantz’s latest entry-level amp is even better than its Award-winning predecessor.
I also fear that’s likely to be the case, along with £50 off in January sales and £100 by this time next year. I’d like to see the graph of these 600x series prices, because they always follow a similar trajectory. Perhaps it’s similar to the annual TV cycle of prices, where last years Best Buy is usually a third cheaper than the newest release and still excellent.
Yep, most Marantz amps do this, previously I've got around it by using attenuators on the inputs. Thankfully, current amp does not require them as it has a "normal" linear volume pot.While I mostly agree with the reviewer, after purchasing one a couple of months ago I would criticise one point and that is the volume control. I am used to a Rega amp that had a very linear control which made it easy to set the the required volume, however the Marantz seems quite crude in comparison going from either too quiet or too loud in a single bound with no happy medium!
It's a marketing ploy, makes the amp appear to be more powerful than it actually is. It isn't a fault as such and it's not improving the product by inserting attenuation, it is purely a personal preference. Marantz are not alone, many amp volume pots are designed this way, including UK built amps. As far as I'm aware it's down to input sensitivity of the amp, plug in CDP giving out 2V and it will get loud very quickly without much volume dial movement.Ok, but why should a customer have to "improve" any product they have just purchased, and if this is a known problem then why hasn't it been addressed by the manufacturer? I've never had a problem with the volume control of any amplifier I've owned since purchasing my first hifi set up in the 1980s, however, this is my first purchase from a non UK based manufacturer which may have proved to be an error.
Nonsense, the Audiolab is soulless and sterile sounding compared to both Marantz and Denon pm800ne. And btw it's Audiolab 6000a vs Marantz pm6007.For more or less the same money you can get the audiolab 600a, which is a stunning amp compared to the just decent marantz pm 6006