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Its just ok. I purchased this amp because of the power rating of 100 wpc and the phono stage which works quite well. Unfortunately, this amp only accommodates one pair of speakers at a time. So if you have multiple sets of speakers in your system, you have to manually disconnect the pair to accommodate the another set. This option would have been a nice feature like it is with other systems. If I had the opportunity to return it, I would. Overall. a missed opportunity by Marantz and not the future classic it purports to be. The jury is still out on the Class D spec. Save your money and buy a vintage receiver from the 1970s... Marantz, Sansui, Yamaha etc.
Pros: Good design, solid connection points, good sound (not like a vintage 70s Marantz), excellent phono stage and solid metal remote control.
Cons: Cost cutting plastic facade, wish they would have put the same effort into this part of the construction as they did with the remote control. This amp only accommodates one set of speakers. The volume function is really geared to be used with the remote. If used manually, you will find yourself turning the volume knob multiple revolutions than necessary to gain volume. As such , you think there is something wrong with the volume.
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I am a long-time fan of Marantz sound but never heard class D amplifiers and I was very skeptical about the quality of the sound. This made me more satisfied when I realized that new Marantz class D amplifiers sound as great as old class ABs with the additional benefit - it is way more powerful and can control almost any type of speakers. I have a feeling that the Model 30 amplifier designed specifically for my needs - it has a fantastic phono-stage and now I hear way more details from my vinyl records. It also does not have a DAC which is great allowing me to play with external ones and don't overpay for a useless feature. In fact, this amplifier uses the same power amp modules (nCore NC500) Marantz uses in their flagship amps - KI-Ruby (2x) and PM10 (4x). The difference is in the pre-amp, and in the Model 30 it sounds great. It is not "nice and sweet" as in Ki-Ruby, but maybe it is even better for an ordinary music-lover like me. So, I believe audiophile's stereotypes against class D amps should be broken and this amp deserves to listen.
Pros: Sounds perfect Powerful and able to manage any type of speakers Very good phono-stage No DAC (for me it is a plus) Energy efficient
Cons: Plastic front panel Specific design (not everybody would like it)
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