Congrats! I always enjoy reading your conmments. The sheer joy you express is enthralling! Thats what this hobby is all about right? Enjoy!
18 responses Add your response
Thanks for the insight; I've been looking at that integrated amp for several months now; I'm most intrigued about how it would sound in a bi-amp operation, which is how I would use it with my B&W805's.
I'm saving up, and will hopefully add two to my system by the end of the year.
Glad to hear, from your experienced ears, it sounds as good as it looks.
Yes, it can be bi-amped and if you're inclined, you can slave up to 4 units for surround sound (which would be overkill but it can be done with the F.C.B.S. feature).
I believe that people who hear this in a store setting will pass on it not realizing the potential. Lest anyone paint me with a broad brush, let me say again that it comes the closest I've heard to a SET headphone setup. It doesn't have that bubble that surrounds each and every performer and it's not as delicate in unraveling the musical mystery. It's more frank and direct and yet you can follow anyone playing anything no matter what. The soundstage is pretty much wide open and it's only the limits of my room that keeps the stage depth limited but still layered, detailed and nuanced.
Last night I listened to an age old Norah Jones cut "Don't Miss You At All" on SACD at a low setting and was dumbfounded. I've never heard it like that before. What she does with here voice is amazing.
Anyway, time to stop raving and get back to listening.
All the best,
SET sound refers to the sound characteristics of a SET tube amp and not the sound a "set" of musicians make in a studio.
My experience is limited compared to others here but what I did hear with a SET tube amp with Audeze headphones finally clued me in to what all the ado was with that SET sound. I never found it quite so fetching in a standard system: amp, source and speakers (lack of exposure) and discovered just how scary good it can be with a headphone set up.
The performers will have that "in the room" quality and appear to be "lit up from within", including the very air that surrounds them at the time of the recording. With all of this comes subtlety, shadings, tone and other qualities that make it a convincing recreation. Admittedly, there are inherent limits in what SET can do as they are very low powered amps that can easily clip and require very efficient speakers. The highs tend to be soft and though the bass is there, it's not as taut and deep as other designs. But what it does with that midrange is magic.
For the experts out there, please don't take me to task as this is what I understand it to be. My comparison of the Marantz to a SET setup was in reference to that magical midrange that it recreates and the ability to present something as "lit up from within".
You'll get a lot of debate about this and even better and more thorough explanations but that is what I've taken away from it.
All the best,
I agree with your general description of SET amplifiers except the bass and high frequencies.The individual SET amp quality and proper speaker choice make all the difference, ranging from just OK to the sumblime level.SET well implemented can provide subperb naturalness and realism.
Actually you got a lot right right!The"thereness" factor, tactile presence and lit up from within are spot on.Your comments about bass and treble are also right in some cases.I was just pointing out that a "good" SET amp driving an appropriate speaker load can provide very good bass and extended high frequency performance.
From what I've read and been told, the PM-11S3 is a big step up from the Marantz PM-15S2b. Ken Ishiwata paid more lavish attention to it as it's their statement piece.
I will continue to believe that it's not that much better simply because of ego and that I haven't heard the 11S3 myself. :-)
All the best,
I've always loved Marantz gear having had the SA-15S2B, I recently upgraded to the SA-11S3 cd/sacd player and the new network player NA-11S1. The NA-11S1 network player is outstanding.
Nonoise, please enjoy your Marantz PM-15S2b integrated. It is a superb piece and you should be proud to own it. Enjoy it in great health for a long time.