Hi-fi kit isn’t like festival tickets, train fares or council tax; if the price goes up there is usually a good reason for it.
For as long as we can remember, Marantz’s budget stereo amplifiers have entered the ether around the £300 mark, so we can’t help but look at the £400 Marantz PM6006 – part of the brand’s new 6006 Series, alongside the CD6006 CD player – through quizzical eyes.
The PM6006 appears to be a modest heir to the five-star PM6005, getting a second optical input, new ‘high-performance’ feet to further reduce unwanted vibrations, and upgraded internals, including an improved power supply and extra metal housing to further limit the impact of the digital stage on the analogue signal.
Of course, that means little if it doesn’t result in improved sound quality.
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