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      27.12.2002 00:03
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      This is my first none budget amp. It has 50WPC and a dual mono no frills design. Marantz OSE models only have the most basic facilities you need for a product to function. The idea behind this is extra facilities which are in the signal path such as tone controls and effect the sound quality. Also by saving some money by not including these items Marantz has been able to use components not normally found in amps this price. It might seem odd then that Marantz have decided to use a normal frame transformer rather than a more desired torodial one. However the transfromer found in this amp is still a very high quality one and is probably better than some of the cheaper torodial ones found in budget kit from Cambridge Audio and Ariston. Input selection is done by a high quality switch rather than the usual Marantz method of using relays. This means that it will offer less signal loss but the input selection cannot be controlled by the amps remote control. This amp uses Elna capacitors which I am told are good quality and again usually found on more expensive amps. Perhaps the best thing about this amp in terms of audiophile design is the use of the dual mono design. This effectivly means that they are two seperate identical circuits for each channel. This minimises the effect of cross talk. So what does this amp sound like? Well it sounds like an audiophile commercial amp. By this I mean it offers a good balance between detail and smoothness. The great thing about this amp is that it can cope with all kinds of music well. Classical music has attomosphere and space around the instruments while dance music such as M Peoples "Movin On Up" is delivered with fast and thumping bass lines. The treble is good as well although it can get harsh with rough recordings. Sibiliances are very noticable on early Simon and Garfunkel and Bee Gees stuff. However a lot of more exepensive amps suffer from this problem even more. Musicaly the amp seems to st
      ay in control no matter how loud it goes, the bass guitar on Cold Plays "Yellow" sounds real and has good weight to it. Vocals are always very open and lifelike making this amp a musical star for the price. Verdict - You can now buy this amp for £150 (RRP £230) which makes it a very good amp. It first appeared on the market in 1999 and was considered amongst the best for £230 but the game has moved on a bit since then. For £150 though nothing can touch this amp its in a league of its own. It has 50WPC, a very good phonto stage and a remote control making this fine value on paper. Add the excellent sound quality and you have yourself a very good bargain. I would say this amp sounds like a typical £200 amp. Its certainly much better than the Marantz PM4200 and even the NAD 320. However newer amps from NAD and Rotel sound better but you will have to pay £200+ for them. Overall this is your first upgrade amp for my first amp money. Its the bargain of the moment.

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        02.07.2001 02:37

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        Boom, Boom, Boom, Dah, Boom. “Will you shut that racket up!”? “Sorry, Aghhh, you little ***!” Boom, Boom, Boom, Dah, BOOM. Bang, Bang. “Yes?” “Look you loud neighbour, turn that music down.” “I tried”, I plead. “Liar” is the retort from annoyed neighbour. So I showed her. “Aghhh”, as I flew across the living room with a shock, having tried to turn the volume down. Yes, modern amplifiers are an upset bunch all that power and never allowed to use it. Some of them rebel, to the detriment of your relations with other human beings. OK I joke, but all that power that we are offered and never use, amplifiers are bound to feel a bit underused and unloved, so be careful of the odd shock! So what is an amplifier? This is the gadget that boosts the signals from your input device (CD player, mini disc, tape deck, turntable etc..) and then drives the speakers to produce that lovely sound. Without an amplifier there is no music, so it is an important component in any system in fact it is the beating heart of music listening. The Marantz. This Amp cost me £140, its retail price is £230, but I got a deal from Richer Sounds, for a couple of reasons (see Richer Sounds review). This is the Amp, I finally got after my previous midi (integrated) system went phut. I did not want to spend a fortune, but wanted something of decent quality. Now with an amplifier, you should not look for lovely gimmicks and gadgets, it needs to do its very simple job well. If it has gadgets and lots of weird buttons, these will normally detract from its basic function. The Marantz has no gadgets, it is a simple and effective unit. The only gimmick it has (if you can call it that) is a source direct button. This means that when this is on, the audio signal is supplied directly to the volume control circuitry.
        Why is that good? Well the music signal is directed through the minimum required circuit path to improve the quality of the sound. The quality is noticeably improved when this function is used. (Note, source direct cannot be used when recording.) I have jumped ahead of myself, but will now answer the question the females want answered. What does it look like? Well it is a back box, it looks quite stylish, with a nice finish on the front. It has a minimalist front design, with few knobs, making it look quite swish. (Except when it is sulking, when it looks a bit broody!) The Basics This amp has 6 inputs for a turntable, tuner, tape deck, CD player, mini disc and auxiliary that can be used for a DVD, TV etc. There are two outputs, for tape, minidisk/rewritable CD and the amp has a useful digital record function for when recording to a mini disc. (Quite important as what is the point of having a mini disc, if you cannot take advantage of its digital sound quality.) The speaker connections are good quality (important for maintaining the sound), but they are not bi-wireable (Bi-wireable amps, with the correct cabling have the ability to split the bass and treble signals, which makes the sound quality from the speakers sharper.) Oh and girls it has a remote control, so you can turn the volume up and down without moving. Yippee! Now, this is why modern amps sulk, This Marantz amp’s power is 50 watts per channel. This is quite loud and powerful and I can guarantee even with some good speakers connected, you will never have the volume control more than one-third of the way round. So why are these amps so powerful? (There are amps manufactured for domestic use more powerful than this one.) Well, simply because the more power the amp has the better its sound definition is at low volumes. Now to the knobs, well simple, it has a volume control, a balance control (to direct more or less power t
        o one speaker over the other) and an input selection knob, so you can choose what to play through the amp. Oh yes and boys it has a headphone socket, so you can get away from nagging by putting your headphones on an becoming deaf. (Ohh what a sexist review!) What is it like? Well the sound is so sharp, I am not using amazing speakers with it (well they are better than any midi systems, but to be honest they could do with a bit of an upgrade to meet this amp. (I am using Celestion F1’s.) The reproduction is excellent (I am using good quality connectors and cable) and the first time I listened to it I was shocked by the quality, even at £230 this is good value as the sound quality is so good. (In fact it sulks if you do not use it too its potential and pulls its own plug out if you play Hearsay or Westlife on it.) What Hi Fi gave it 5 stars “The mix of looks, facilities and sheer musicality give this amp real star quality”. I would agree, I am chuffed with this purchase. The only thing is this was a 1999 model and so may be out of date soon. But to be honest amplifiers have been performing the same function for years. This was a great buy, with real definition in its sound, good looks for a piece of Hi Fi equipment and I think good value even at its retail price. Go on ditch that midi system and get separates, they are good value and good quality. But they do need some discipline at times!

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        03.04.2001 23:01
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        Boom, Boom, Boom, Dah, Boom. “Will you shut that racket up!”? “Sorry, Aghhh, you little ***!” Boom, Boom, Boom, Dah, BOOM. Bang, Bang. “Yes?” “Look you loud neighbour, turn that music down.” “I tried”, I plead. “Liar” is the retort from annoyed neighbour. So I showed her. “Aghhh”, as I flew across the living room with a shock, having tried to turn the volume down. Yes, modern amplifiers are an upset bunch all that power and never allowed to use it. Some of them rebel, to the detriment of your relations with other human beings. OK I joke, but all that power that we are offered and never use, amplifiers are bound to feel a bit underused and unloved, so be careful of the odd shock! So what is an amplifier? This is the gadget that boosts the signals from your input device (CD player, mini disc, tape deck, turntable etc..) and then drives the speakers to produce that lovely sound. Without an amplifier there is no music, so it is an important component in any system in fact it is the beating heart of music listening. The Marantz. This Amp cost me £140, its retail price is £230, but I got a deal from Richer Sounds, for a couple of reasons (see Richer Sounds review). This is the Amp, I finally got after my previous midi (integrated) system went phut. I did not want to spend a fortune, but wanted something of decent quality. Now with an amplifier, you should not look for lovely gimmicks and gadgets, it needs to do its very simple job well. If it has gadgets and lots of weird buttons, these will normally detract from its basic function. The Marantz has no gadgets, it is a simple and effective unit. The only gimmick it has (if you can call it that) is a source direct button. This means that when this is on, the audio signal is supplied directly to the volume control circui
        try. Why is that good? Well the music signal is directed through the minimum required circuit path to improve the quality of the sound. The quality is noticeably improved when this function is used. (Note, source direct cannot be used when recording.) I have jumped ahead of myself, but will now answer the question the females want answered. What does it look like? Well it is a back box, it looks quite stylish, with a nice finish on the front. It has a minimalist front design, with few knobs, making it look quite swish. (Except when it is sulking, when it looks a bit broody!) The Basics This amp has 6 inputs for a turntable, tuner, tape deck, CD player, mini disc and auxiliary that can be used for a DVD, TV etc. There are two outputs, for tape, minidisk/rewritable CD and the amp has a useful digital record function for when recording to a mini disc. (Quite important as what is the point of having a mini disc, if you cannot take advantage of its digital sound quality.) The speaker connections are good quality (important for maintaining the sound), but they are not bi-wireable (Bi-wireable amps, with the correct cabling have the ability to split the bass and treble signals, which makes the sound quality from the speakers sharper.) Oh and girls it has a remote control, so you can turn the volume up and down without moving. Yippee! Now, this is why modern amps sulk, This Marantz amp’s power is 50 watts per channel. This is quite loud and powerful and I can guarantee even with some good speakers connected, you will never have the volume control more than one-third of the way round. So why are these amps so powerful? (There are amps manufactured for domestic use more powerful than this one.) Well, simply because the more power the amp has the better its sound definition is at low volumes. Now to the knobs, well simple, it has a volume control, a balance control (to direct more or les
        s power to one speaker over the other) and an input selection knob, so you can choose what to play through the amp. Oh yes and boys it has a headphone socket, so you can get away from nagging by putting your headphones on an becoming deaf. (Ohh what a sexist review!) What is it like? Well the sound is so sharp, I am not using amazing speakers with it (well they are better than any midi systems, but to be honest they could do with a bit of an upgrade to meet this amp. (I am using Celestion F1’s.) The reproduction is excellent (I am using good quality connectors and cable) and the first time I listened to it I was shocked by the quality, even at £230 this is good value as the sound quality is so good. (In fact it sulks if you do not use it too its potential and pulls its own plug out if you play Hearsay or Westlife on it.) What Hi Fi gave it 5 stars “The mix of looks, facilities and sheer musicality give this amp real star quality”. I would agree, I am chuffed with this purchase. The only thing is this was a 1999 model and so may be out of date soon. But to be honest amplifiers have been performing the same function for years. This was a great buy, with real definition in its sound, good looks for a piece of Hi Fi equipment and I think good value even at its retail price. Go on ditch that midi system and get separates, they are good value and good quality. But they do need some discipline at times, just like a certain giraffe!

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