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Marantz PM5005 Integrated Amplifier & CD5005 CD Player Review Print E-mail
Friday, 24 October 2014
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Marantz PM5005 Integrated Amplifier & CD5005 CD Player Review

In regards to the onboard phono input and the dual binding posts, I couldn’t test the phono input, as I do not spin vinyl. And the binding posts, it should be noted, do not accept spade terminated cable. One system remote is included, but it can control other Marantz products. Tone controls are an interesting throwback, and are fully defeatable. The PM5005 is rated at 40 watts per channel into 8 Ohms.

I set up the PM5005 with some very worthy associated gear. It drove the Harbeth Compact 7ES3 speakers with Transparent The Wave speaker cables, and sources included a Simaudio MiND streamer, and various high quality DACs. Interconnects were from Audio Art Cable. The PM5005 was a nice addition to the hifi rack, visually. The unit was given about a week of continuous use for break in before critical listening.

The PM5005 immediately let itself be known as an audiophile grade amplifier. Without knowing the price ahead of time I would have never guessed $499. The PM5005 followed the reviews of several, far more expensive integrated amps, and I was subconsciously worried there might be a letdown. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The first few albums I streamed had wonderfully smooth treble, liquid midrange, and taut, controlled bass. Perhaps the area that surprised me the most was the soundstage depth, putting the PM5005 in very good company. There also seemed to be more power than the published specifications, as there was an ease and relaxed feel to the presentation, but plenty of excitement when the music called.

I have listening to quite a bit of Jai Utall’s discography. He delves into many different ethnic music styles to create a multi-cultural stew that includes Indian, Middle Eastern, and even Reggae. There is so much texture in his recordings and some very exotic mixes. The PM5005 did a tremendous job of unraveling these albums, and was right at home matched with speakers costing seven times more than this integrated amp.

U2’s fantastic new album, Songs Of Innocence, is a tour de force, containing some of the band’s best songs in years. It is also well recorded with good dynamics, floor-shaking bass, and nice texture. Tracks like “Cederwood Road” and “Every Breaking Wave” are complex, with guitar and vocal parts that take the listener by surprise. The PM5005 was seamless in its presentation.


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