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Thanks for your review of the PM8004. Recently picked one up from a dealer. The sound and build are indeed tops. For quite some time I too wanted the Marantz reference series top integrated. Having experienced the 8004 I can not imagine their top on the line being thousands of dollars better. Of course if I could afford one I would not hesitate. For the money this has to be hard to beat. And with the three year warranty one can feel comfortable knowing it is built and backed well.
i have a pm6005 amp. sounds great. considering getting a pm8004 used. i sell jolida tube amps. i like to switch around. the Jolida Fusion 3502S amp has a very nice sound. And I think Marantz has a great sound as well. Clear, natural, smooth. I use Klipsch RP-260F speakers. The tube amps, and the Marantz both sound great with those speakers. I am not a heavy metal type. I do like new age, jazz, and classic rock. For an affordable SS amp Marantz is an excellent choice.
A little over 6 years later, I’m still using my PM8004. It’s set up on top of a CD6004 player in my living room and running through a pair of NHT SuperOne 2.1 speakers. Mostly stream through this system now but about a third of the time will play CDs. I’ll be adding my old Technics SL-QL1 to the set-up when my new Technics SL-1210GR is delivered in a couple weeks (that’s going to the main system downstairs).
Anyway, if there’s a better solid state integrated in this price range, I’d be surprised.
I should add that I liked this integrated so well that I ultimately bought the PM6004 to power a similar system at my other house and a PM5005 to power a bedroom system. I like what Marantz is doing these past years.