Leave it on playing music for 24 hours and if it still sounds bad then return it!
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It might be the phono-stage is not playing nice with your turntable but I don’t think that would cause a muddy or high-pitched sound. It sounds like it might be defective for that dramatic of a difference. That NAD seems to have quite a following, so it might be worth it to repair or find a used replacement.
I have only been able to listen to the Marantz once since the first day (family visiting...) but it did sound a little less harsh. As soon as they leave I will go full test mode. I have 30 days to return it. Might just work on my old one, because even though it’s old I know I love it...at least, that’s what my wife says.
Anyone with any listening skills whatsoever can hear the difference. I am going through that now with my Rogue m180 darks, just got them back a week ago from getting upgraded. They sounded kind of grainy and incoherent at first but after a week of constant playing they are smoothing out and sound way bigger and more open, and the bass has also gotten better. And it's not that I am getting used to the sound, it is absolutely changing for the better.
You may end up not liking the Marantz house sound in the end. Years ago I really wanted to fall in love with a PM15 S1 but it just didn’t do it for me. I took home both a Cambridge 840A and the Marantz but much preferred the 840A. On my Apogee Centuars the Marantz was too laid back for me. The Marantz didn’t do anything wrong but the Apogee’s were very revealing and the Cambridge made them dance, whereas the Marantz they didn’t. I did a project for my local Marantz/Cambridge dealer and in exchange I could pick whichever one I wanted for my services; even though the 840A was less money, that’s still the one I kept.
Marantz makes very good equipment for the money and today probably king of home theatre receivers. Their reference SACD players are great but I find their midline players do a good job but think one can do better. I don’t mind the Marantz house sound and own a few prices and know many with. For my friends looking to get into audio or video, Marantz is a safe brand to recommend. One of my employees recently bought a PM8006 and loves it.
is there much better than the PM6006 for the money? That I don’t know. If I was looking for an integrated under $2K new I’d look at the Cambridge 851A. I’ve listened to the 851A at the dealership and it seems to be a unit they use more often than Marantz and even the Parasound on Magnepan 1.7i.
Well, I have been listening to the Marantz for over a week and am just not happy with it. Maybe I’m impatient, or maybe I just don’t like the Marantz Sound. I really liked my old NAD 7020, and to me the difference between the NAD and Marantz is not to the Marantzs favor. I want a line out to digitize my records, so that really limits the number of integrated amps I can consider. I think I am just going to order a Cambridge Audio Topaz SR20 and cross my fingers.
Thanks for sharing your experience.
I bought a 5004 8 years ago to replaceca nad 315bee. Returned it because of the laid back sound with no dynamics.
Ordered the 8004, and toroidal transformer and extra power made all the difference in the world.
This 8004 has been on 24/7 for the past 8 years and does best with neutral to brighter speakers like ls50s, totem hawk, ub5s.. .i would not marry it with warm speakers.