Integrated Amplifiers

Marantz PM8003 Stereo Integrated Amplifier

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Setup

The unit was installed in place of a Rotel Class D multi channel amplifier, connected to a pair of OB3X (open-baffle midrage) tower speakers. The PM8003 was connected directly to an Onix XCD-88 HDCD player, and home theater sources were routed first through a Rotel RSP-1069 processor. Holding the Power Amp Direct button on the front panel turns the integrated amplifier into a power amplifier. This removes the Marantz volume control and source selector from the chain (essentially a home theater bypass). So how does it sound? To sum it up, music sounded warm with great midrange and a nicely defined soundstage.