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, led by world renowned designer Ken Ishiwata, strived to push specialist high quality sound solutions to a wider audience. Anyway having been taken over a few times they have unceremoniously dumped Ken and are now owned by a conglomerate that also own Denon, Polk, Definitive Audio and B&W. Who knows what the future holds?
The hottest bargain cd player and amplifier for the past few years has been the 6000 series from Marantz. For only £ 399/499 each you get super performance at a very reasonable price. New 6007 amp and cd models are now here with improved sound, better clarity and dynamics. The PM6007 amp is £ 499 and CD6007 cd player is £ 399
In AV, Marantz’s slim amplifier series are a revelation in performance for the price asked. The NR 1711 is the best value, it's modestly priced at £ 649, 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? 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 a age.
Next up is the SR5015 and 6015 which are better again and have more channels for £ 899/1149. Once you go beyond this then you have to also consider an Anthem av amp which jumps up a performance level and starts at just £ 1649