You were there once. Maybe when you were young, and "stereo stores" were still common, you went in and stared at — the Marantz. It didn't matter what it was — power amp, preamp, receiver — you just knew it sounded (and looked) great. Or perhaps amazing. And you wanted each and every product. But you were young and hungry, and Marantz wasn't an option for you then.
Tradition — paired with the drive to innovate
Perhaps it's an option now. The Marantz PM-11S3 Reference Series integrated amplifier hasn't strayed from the traditions that have made Marantz one of the most respected names in all of consumer electronics. This component is a standard-setter. They call it "Reference Series" for a reason. Start with the concept of pure, uncolored sound, then uncompromisingly set out to achieve it with the best materials, under the guidance of the industry's best innovators. Pay attention to what works. Only make refinements if they improve the sound. Don't add features just because you can.
Toughness meets elegance
So take a look at the PM-11S3. It's streamlined, beautiful, and battle-tank tough. The substantial, black anodized aluminum casement is so sturdy that the 5mm aluminum top plate could probably protect you from flying shrapnel. Cancel that — at almost 60 pounds, it's not going to be easy to pick up. So what does that weight have to do with great sound?
Great sounds needs clean power
Well, at its most basic level, an integrated amp's performance is tied to how quickly, transparently, and efficiently it manages large amounts of power. So everything along the path is optimized, from the robust power supply, to the massive toroidal transformer (there's a good chunk of the weight) that's wound with oxygen-free copper, to the 40 individual Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module (HDAM) assemblies that maximize bandwidth, dynamic range, and response time. These things set your music free, because the matched preamp and amplifier stages have the ready power to let your speakers reproduce even the most challenging elements of the music you enjoy.
This power path is supported by a rigid, vibration-resistant chassis that's copper-plated on all the internal surfaces for maximum resistance to RF and electrical interference. The dual layer bottom panel completes the envelope of rigidity that isolates the unit from mechanical interference.
The Marantz PM-11S3 Reference Series integrated amplifier offers configuration flexibility.
Connections for configuration options
Connectivity is another place where the attention to detail shows. Six unbalanced RCA inputs will host your other system components like turntables, CD players and more. A seventh input pair bypasses the preamp stage, so you can use the PM-11S3 to drive the left and right front speakers in a home theater surround setup. And a balanced XLR input pair allows you to connect high-end and professional components. Plus, a switch on the back panel allows you to use two PM-11S3's in a four-channel configuration to bi-amp your speakers. The speaker binding posts are made of high-purity copper to ensure that no power is wasted on its way to your speakers.