Any thoughts on this?? Thanks
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I have a NAD 315bee integrated and a marantz pm8004.
The Marantz, at first, does not feel as powerful and exciting (dynamic range, bass impact..) as the NAD. However, after further listening, the marantz is definetely in a different class: better imaging, wonderful "liquid" midrange, nicely controlled bass, less incisive on top.
The NAD gives a good first impression with a sound that feels powerful. But it gets loud, not powerful, ver quickly. It is a terrific integrated for the money, but the marantz is definitely a step above, with both my Rega rs5 and psb image t5.
For action movies, I like the Nad + psb just for the explosions... but for the rest (talk shows, music, etc...), the marantz + rega combo is far far better.
That would not surprise me as the 8004 is $1000 amp and the 315 is around $300 and you are right about the nAD being great bang for the buck
The 317 was made 1995-1998 and sold for $749
The marantz was made 2000-?? and sold for $449
For the T man, the speakers cables ansd source have changed so my imprssions may? be out the window.