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I can't believe there's no mention of the remote.
I've had a MA9000 for a few months now, and love everything about it except the remote.
You would think for the price the remote would be less cumbersome, have less useless buttons.
Good review, but I think you grossly under rate this integrated amp when compared to other integrated options.. I can honestly say after a year of looking and listening. it stood out as the cleanest, and smoothest sounding unit for under $20,000... You had to really get into the high end boutique brands that cost 2 times as much. The built in DA-2 DAC card is quite decent but not intended to be the final word in DACs (I use a PS Audio PerfectWave DAC) but as far as the over all sound when playing SA/CD and other audio sources, this unit is just pure sweetness! Build quality wise, it's second to none, and looks wise even more so a stand out work of art. I give it 5 stars...