YAMAHA A-S500, ONKYO A-9010 OR MARANTZ PM5005???

lour41

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Hello to everyone!!
I 'm new to the vinyl and I 'm between those three amps for my entry level setup. I can get each one of them for the same amount of money. The rest of my setup consists of a project primary e and dali spector 2. So which one do you propose in order to get the maximum from my setup and enjoy the vinyl sound???

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Gray

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From what point of view??
Purely on my own experience of the phono stage in my PM66KI amp.
It's true that part of the KI enhancement was the upgrading of a few critical components in the phono preamp - and the 5005 is not a KI version.
However, it is a more recent model, so I can't imagine its phono stage being much worse than mine.
I haven't heard either the Yamaha or the Onkyo, it's possible that they could be at least as good, but on vinyl (and with its sound in general) I doubt you'd be disappointed with the Marantz.
 
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lour41

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Purely on my own experience of the phono stage in my PM66KI amp.
It's true that part of the KI enhancement was the upgrading of a few critical components in the phono preamp - and the 5005 is not a KI version.
However, it is a more recent model, so I can't imagine its phono stage being much worse than mine.
I haven't heard either the Yamaha or the Onkyo, it's possible that they could be at least as good, but on vinyl (and with its sound in general) I doubt you'd be disappointed with the Marantz.
Thanks a lot!!
 

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Yamaha because it was released to acclaim but at a higher price point to the other two, so I'm guessing it's wow factor criteria would have been stricter. I like marantz personally. I'd doubt any of them are a bad choice at their price point
 

lour41

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I think your Dali would work great with all the amps on that list, just try to audition. Personally, I like Marantz + Dali a lot.
Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately I can't audition them with my setup so I really rely on the reviewsI find on the internet.
 

Gray

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Thanks a lot!!
In the interests of balance, there's one possible issue in favour of the Onkyo.
If you can still buy it new (it was discontinued in one place I looked) then you would get at least a year's guarantee.

I don't know about the Yamaha, but the Marantz would be a secondhand buy wouldn't it?
Just have a look at the following thread, because it's typical of the issues that can arise after some amps have clocked up a few years.
On this forum, there have been more reports of such problems with Marantz amps - but that might just be because of their popularity.
Not the end of the world, as you will see, but you just need to be aware:
 
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lour41

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In the interests of balance, there's one possible issue in favour of the Onkyo.
If you can still buy it new (it was discontinued in one place I looked) then you would get at least a year's guarantee.

I don't know about the Yamaha, but the Marantz would be a secondhand buy wouldn't it?
Just have a look at the following thread, because it's typical of the issues that can arise after some amps have clocked up a few years.
On this forum, there have been more reports of such problems with Marantz amps - but that might just be because of their popularity.
Not the end of the world, as you will see, but you just need to be aware:
Onkyo is second hand with no guarantee. The Marantz is also second hand but it comes with a two year guarantee. I have checked for possible problems for each one of them and none is clear. I guess it is common with entry-level amps to cope with some building problems.
 
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