One of the oldest and most respected names in hifi keeps on coming up with new innovations. Always a cut above the mass market, Marantz, with world renowned designer Ken Ishiwata, strive to push specialist high quality sound solutions to a wider audience.
His KI range breathes music into components to offer performance above the norm and spills over into many other Marantz products in both the pure audio and audiovisual fields.
The hottest bargain cd player and amplifier for the past 2 years has been the 6005 series from Marantz. For only £ 299 each you get super performance at a very reasonable price. New 6006 amp and cd models are arriving soon with improved sound, better clarity and dynamics. The PM6006 amp and CD6006 cd player will be £ 349 each
In AV, Marantz’s slim amplifier series are a revelation in performance for the price asked. The NR 1609 is the best, it's modestly priced at £ 499, and it is a giant killer. It isn't the most powerful, but it drives good speakers to loud levels. It hasn't the most inputs, but you can connect 5 HDMI, 2 digital and 3 analogue inputs and that's more than most people need. And it is easy to use, easy to set-up, and always sounds good. Wireless connectivity and a streamer are also included. Strongly recommended****
The entire Marantz AV range follows their established path of keeping it simple, add extra performance, better finish, and a slightly premium price over the yama-onks mainstream competition.
Don't compare these with the usual over the top specs others crow about as a substitute for sound quality. Do you need a 9-12 channel amp? Or 6 HDMI inputs? Then look elsewhere. If you want a real product with real performance then talk to us about doing it right this time, because I bet you know all the specs of the 'great amp' you bought last time didn't mean that you were thrilled by the sound after you had it home a week. Still you probably had lots of sound settings to play with, all of them average!