“ The Marantz PM 4000 is a great entry level amplifier. It has a high build quality you would expect from Marantz, with an impressively crisp sound output. May be lacking in power for larger speakers. „
The Marantz is indeed a very good amplifier for its price.The fault mentioned in another review, cutting of when pressed a bit harder, is a known bug. Just look on the internet for a very simple remidy. As long as your not afraid of opening the case and soldering a tiny wire on the electronic board.
I bought my Marantz PM4000 together with a tuner and a CD player about eighteen months ago, as a newcomer to the world of hi-fi separates. The unit was recommended as a best buy in its price category by "What Hi-fi?" magazine, so I took the word for it and bought one. I bought my separates from Richer Sounds, where I found the service to be friendly but rather slow. However Richer Sounds' main appeal is the price, and I would recommend them for this reason alone. I have little to compare this product with, but the build quality appears to be excellent, and the sound quality flatters any input source. I have a Marantz ST4000 tuner connected to this amplifier, which sounds great, as well as a Kenwood 200 CD multichanger, which also sounds good. The amp is easy to use, and all Marantz products have a distinctive look - classy and understated - which I am a big fan of. I don't pretend to be a hi-fi expert, but as a first time separates buyer, I am very pleased with my purchase. This amp offers excellent quality with plenty of scope for adding additional components (e.g. Minidisc or CD-R) for a very reasonable price. Update: I've now had this amp for four years and it has performed faultlessly. It still sounds great and has provided an excellent base to build a system around. I am very glad of the six input channels, as I now have it hooked up to two CD players, one CD recorder, a tuner and a freeview TV box. I have also bought some Eltax Symphony 7 floorstanding speakers, and the amp has no problem driving these (some budget amps can sound strained when trying to drive big speakers). Think the model has been replaced by the PM4010, which is very similar. Definitely recommended!
I?ve had this amp for nearly two years now and it has been great. Its seen many new components and it seems to work well with them all. It has all the facilities you could ever want including a remote control, 6 inputs, 2 tape loops, separate record selector and not to mention a great phono stage. The facia looks a bit busy with a lot of knobs and buttons but don?t let the looks but you off. The sound quality in my opinion is great for a budget amp. I often get audiophile sound quality from it with good quality recordings. It works very well with my Sony CDP-XE530 CD player. It also draws attention to the vocals but at the same time captures every detail in true Marantz fashion. You can here the ambience in the music which is rare for an amp at this price. In fact only ten years ago an amp this would have cost at least £500! Tonally it tends to play it on the exciting side of safe. In other words its an exciting amp when you want to be but its also smooth with classics. I think that?s why this amp is so popular because it works well with most HI-FI equipment and most different types of music. As for build quality its quite as good as some of them more expensive models I have seen but its still perfectly good. It comes with a two-year warranty, which will come in handy if you like to listen to your music loud. Overall its been a great buy and you can now pick them up for just £99 because a new model (the PM4200) has replaced it. I know exactly why this amp has won so many awards. Update December 2002: This amp has a very small fualt which is prompting me to consider upgrading. If I listen to headphones (sen hd495) with the volume pot at 10 o'clock the amp some times cuts out. I like the Marantz sound and my PM4000 has been very good so I am going to upgrade to a Marantz PM6010 OSE. My will give my PM4000 my parents as a christmas pressent so I can also replace their dieing 1984 Sony Amp which has found in a skip.
My trusty Marantz PM32 died after many years of service and I had to look round for a replacement. Having asked in the shop for an amp with 5 inputs, a phono input and preferably a remote control, I was showed the Marantz. One thing struck me, the price, It seemed to be extremely good value. I bought it. Sound quality is good, the amp itself is packed with more features than I'd believe possible for the price. Build quality is good though the speaker connections do seem a little cheap - not as sturdy as the PM32 though you do get 4 of them for having an additional pair of speakers in the other room. An excellent buy at the price!