Anyone out there familiar with both? Someone.....
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I am not familiar with the sound of pass amps, so my comments my not help you. I purchased a Marantz SM11 to replace a 250 wpc Musical Fidelity A308. I liked the MF very much, but the Marantz was much more natural to me. Tonally, it is beautiful. I ended up getting a second one on Agon and run them as mono's for my B&W N802's. Used with CJ Pr 16s2 pre and Marantz SA-11s2 cd and Linn tt. The system is generally great, but always looking. I think the amps provide good power, go low enough if the music is there and are good but not great in sound staging. Maybe the decay is a bit short, but the amount of air in the right recordings is impressive. I don't forsee changing amps for some time.
I hope this helps.