The Marantz PM7005 is an attractive looking integrated amplifier, using Marantz’s tried and true design language that has been in use for many years now, it is distinctive and elegant, classy even. But looks aren’t everything, in this day and age an Integrated Amplifier has to be much more than just a pretty face, so let’s see if the Marantz can deliver.
Compared to many of it’s rivals from the likes of Denon or Yamaha, the Marantz PM7005 is more compact, particularly in terms of the depth of the unit, as well as weight in fact. Like the Denon models, the Marantz is made in Japan still, which we like a lot. The PM7005 follows what is becoming a familiar recipe, grab a nice integrated amplifier, stick a DAC inside of it and there you have it, the modern stereo amplifier. But as always it is only as good as the sum of it’s parts.
The amplifier is a typical Marantz, nice sound quality with enough grunt to drive all but the most difficult of speakers, and with 60 watts per channel into 4 ohms, it should be enough for most users. The power supply is not as robust as those in the Denon PMA-1600NE for example, as the Marantz delivers only 20 watts more per channel into 4 ohms, the Denon doubles it’s power. So if you do have ‘difficult’ speakers, then perhaps the Denon is for you.
The DAC is fairly well spec’d, not the leader of the pack but pretty capable for sure. It will accept 24bit/192kHz from PCM signals, as well as DSD at 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz. Sound quality from the DAC is quite good, but it is not on par with the DAC from the Denon PMA-1600NE, which is clearly a generation above this DAC, but still very capable in it’s own right.
Marantz PM7005 Specifications:
- Power output into 4 ohms: 80 watts per channel
- Power output into 8 ohms: 60 watts per channel
- Frequency Response: 5 Hz – 100 kHz
- THD: 0.02%
- Signal to Noise Ratio: 104db
- Weight: 10kg
- Dimensions: 440 x 379 x 125 mm
Why you want the Marantz PM7005:
If you are after a very high quality integrated amplifier with an inbuilt DAC that offers high-resolution playback, then the Marantz will do the job quite nicely and for a pretty decent price too. It is the price that makes the Marantz an attractive proposition actually, because there are better options out there,few at this price and if you can live with not being on the bleeding edge of DAC technology, the Marantz PM7005 is a nice option to go with. However, the one option that is at this price point is the Pioneer A-70DA which offers more power and a better DAC….food for thought!