I recently sold my Portal Panache integrated. Great amp., spectacular mid range very natural sounding. Built like a tank. If you can find one used, should go for $8-900. Good luck.
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The PM8004 is one of three integrated amps I have. A McIntosh MA6600 and a tube unit as well. For the money, even at list price, or regardless of. It is indeed a solid unit. Good sound, good features, good build. I would not hesitate to recommend. I rate it is one of my best buys and I am thrilled to have it.
Apart for the Marantz, if you could spend a bit more I would consider the Anthem integrated. I have their stereo pre amp tuner in my family room system coupled with a Carver amp. Good sounds from the Anthem. You may also consider separates. Parasound is another brand that fall into my stable and enjoy. From my experience even considering the MA6600, I feel the PM8004 would be tough to beat. Good hunting.
I have seen the PM8004's sell for 1/2 of list new in a box too. More importantly, I have also heard them. It is an outstanding integrated amp at full price and an unbelieveable bargain at half.
Consider its specs - built in the Marantz reference factory in Japan, 70 wpc into 8 ohm & 100 wpc into 4, >25 amps of peak current and a damping factor of 100. These are solid numbers for amps that costs a lot more. I heard a PM8004 driving a pair of Sonus Faber Liuto Woods and was very impressed with its abilities. Highly recommended!
I agree. I have the PM8004 and was surprised at its great imaging (using CD) and lush sound. Especially good with jazz. I find the treble, upper mid at times recessed and leaves me wanting but it is very pleasant and enjoyable to listen to. VERY quiet with a low noise floor. Built in Japan next to the ref. series I am told. Solid and well built. Jury is still out on the phono stage but only because I haven't had the time to trim up some vinyl.day67