Stereo integrated amplifier
Our take on the Marantz PM5005 by Crutchfield's David Brown
Not just another amp
Sound that's warm, inviting, and wide open. That's what Marantz amplifiers have long been known for in audiophile circles. Their PM5005 integrated amplifier is a great introduction to this experience, offering sublime performance at an entry-level price. When you connect your sources and stereo speakers, you'll learn that not all amps are created equal.
Sophisticated design yields sweet sound
What's the secret to Marantz's legendary sound? Like their high-end amps, the PM5005 employs their unique Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module and current feedback architecture. This type of amplifier design is very fast and accurate, even when driving difficult speaker loads. This results in beautifully balanced stereo sound with a wide open soundstage. It also helps maintain extremely low distortion at high volume, so you can push your speakers a bit more than you could with less agile amps.
The PM5005 has six stereo analog inputs, including a phono input for connecting a turntable, and two sets of recording outputs. Eight binding posts allow connection of two sets of stereo speakers with front-panel A/B switching for use with speakers in two rooms.
- 40 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (40-20,000 Hz) at 0.01% THD
- 55 watts x 2 channels into 4 ohms (40-20,000 Hz)
- 4-ohm capability allows use with a wide range of speakers
- current feedback amplification and Marantz's Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module circuits offer accuracy, control, and a wide soundstage under high- and low-drive conditions
- front-panel tone controls (treble and bass)
- Source Direct mode bypasses tone control circuits for cleaner sound
- loudness mode improves high- and low-frequency response at low volume levels
- 4 stereo RCA audio inputs, including a phono input (for use with a moving magnet cartridge)
- 2 sets of stereo RCA recording input/output loops
- 1/4" headphone output
- binding posts and front-panel A/B switching for two pairs of speakers
- 3 rear-panel AC outlets for powering other components (2 switched, 1 unswitched)
- metal chassis and front panel minimize distortion-induced vibration for cleaner sound
- frequency response 10-50,000 Hz (+0dB, -1dB)
- signal-to-noise ratio: 102 dB (line in), 83 dB (phono)
- remote control in/out
- detachable power cord
- 17-3/8"W x 4-3/16"H x 14-9/16"D
- weight: 14.8 lbs.
- warranty: 3 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Integrated Amplifier
- 5.5' AC power cord
- Remote control (RC002PMCD)
- 2 "AAA" batteries
- Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
- Safety Instructions
- Warranty Information (US/CA)
This unit will handle 2 sets of speakers and the phonograph plugs directly in without need for extra components. I'm using Mordaunt-Short inside and Klipsch AW650 outside and It plays both loud fine at the same time.
Mike, Port Clinton, OH
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Features and Specs
|Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms)||40|
|Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms)||Not given|
|Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms)||55|
|Minimum Impedance||4 ohms|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||103|
|Digital Music Features|
|Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter)||No|
|High-resolution Audio Playback||No|
|Total Analog Inputs||0|
|Optical Digital Inputs||No|
|Coaxial Digital Inputs||No|
|Dimensions and Warranty|
|Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Labor Warranty||3 Years|
2-Channel Integrated Amp: The Marantz PM5005 is a two-channel integrated amplifier rated at 40 watts x 2-channels into 8-ohms and 55 watts x 2-channels into 4-ohms. This unit has a high-quality audio design such as a minimized signal path, use of high sound quality parts, and large power circuits; which is possible only in discrete audio components. The amplifiers themselves are custom-designed entirely with discrete components so you don't suffer any of the built-in limitations of off-the-shelf integrated circuits.
Current Feedback Design: Current Feedback amplification is a well known, Marantz' original circuit technology. The Current Feedback amplifier technology fits perfectly with the high requirements set for Super Audio software providing wide-bandwidth, high-speed reproduction. The impedance at the Current Feedback point is limited resulting in a very low phase shift. Marantz receivers and amplifiers equipped with Current Feedback can keep the phase compensation via Negative FeedBack (NFB) to a minimum, resulting in high through-rate, excellent transient response and superb sonic transparency for the full bandwidth. Unlike conventional Voltage Feedback amplification, the Current Feedback amplification makes the power amplifier in-sensitive to difficult loudspeaker loads.
Analog Inputs/Outputs + Phono: The PM5005 is fitted with a total of six analog stereo inputs (RCA) and two analog stereo outputs (RCA). There is a Tuner, CD, Network and Phono (MM) input; as well as two sets of Recorder inputs/outputs (1-2). All analog inputs are gold-plated for optimum signal transfer.
Gold-Plated Binding Posts: Equipped with two sets of speaker terminals, the PM5005 can drive two pairs of speakers, or it can be connected to one pair of bi-wiring compatible speakers, with one set of terminals for the low range drivers and the other set connected to the high range drivers. The PM5005 is fitted with eight gold-plated binding post terminals for long life and optimum signal transfer integrity. The binding posts will accept banana plugs (single/dual), pin connectors, and bare wire (up to 10AWG).
|Speaker Terminals Used||Number Of Connected Speakers||Speaker Impedance|
|Speakers A||2 (1 pair)||4-16 Ω|
|Speakers B||2 (1 pair)||4-16 Ω|
|Speakers A & B||4 (2 pair)||8-16 Ω|
|Speakers A/B Bi-Wired||2 (1 pair)||4-16 Ω|
Headphone Amp: For superb sound quality with the widest range of headphone types, the PM5005 features a headphone amplifier that is able to handle just about any headphone type, regardless of impedance or sensitivity. The high quality gold plated 1/4" headphone jack is compatible with audiophile and studio headphones and adapters.
Tone Controls + Source Direct Mode: This unit has a tone control function for adjustment of bass (low frequency) and treble (high frequency) sound to produce your preferred sound. There is also Loudness feature which compensates for human hearing characteristics by boosting the bass and treble response at low volume levels to achieve a more pleasing tonal balance. The Source Direct function bypasses unneeded circuit stages (such as the tone controls) for the most direct audio path from input to output.
Aluminum/Glass-Reinforced Resin Front-Panel: The integrated amplifier's front panel uses a carefully chosen combination of aluminum and glass-reinforced resin to create a distinctive three dimensional appearance. Indirect reflecting blue LEDs indicating input selection, heighten its elegant appearance.
Remote Control: Featuring an easy to use ergonomic design, the elegant remote control can also be used to control the matching CD5005 CD player (sold separately), as well as controlling a network player (like the NA8005). Remote input and output terminals let you connect the PM5005 to other Marantz components, such as the matching CD5005 CD player, allowing you to place the PM5005 out of sight (such as in a cabinet) yet still providing full remote control capabilities. The IR (infrared) flasher port lets you connect the PM5005 to an external system remote controller.
AC Outlets: The Marantz PM5005 is fitted with two switched & one un-switched AC power outlets to connect your other A/V components.
Protection Circuitry: The PM56005's Protection Circuitry prevents damage to devices within the power supply when an abnormality such as an overload, excess voltage occurs or over temperature for any reason. If a malfunction occurs in this unit, the power indicator blinks red and the unit switches to standby mode.
Auto Standby Mode: With the Auto Standby Mode "On", this unit will automatically enter the Auto Standby Mode after approximately 30 continuous minutes of no output from the speakers or headphones.
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Why did you buy this?
The Marantz was outstanding but I never got the hang of it, and I did not like having to look up the instructions on the supplied CD. Once again Chrutchfield let me return it. The Yamaha which I bought in its place has a paper instruction booklet wich is just what I needed because I am a senior citizen, but still like good sound. [ Tom Jul 14, 2016 ]
as a former customer I liked your selection, prices ,service [ Eric May 31, 2016 ]
to replace Fischer amp [ Randall S. Jan 31, 2016 ]
11 questions already asked
Great product handles my Definitive Technology BPs without a problem, they would send my Denon into shut down mode. Love this Marantz. The CD player is also great which I picked up. [ Henry Jan 18, 2018 ]
I am not an expert, I can tell you I bought it for some home made speakers and was simply looking for quality and value. The amp doesn't have all the modern features, but is high quality for the cost and that is what I wanted. I now have the speakers set up well with some fone tuning (added a resistor to the tweeter circuit)) using a mic and free software so the response is now level and smooth and they sound awesome using the Marantz amp! I would say the speakers are the most important component of any system Good Luck Andrew [ Andrew Sep 08, 2016 ]
This depends on several factors. First, the recommended power wattage to drive these speakers. They do better with four ohm rather than eight ohm speakers. The second is what your music preferences are. The third your listening volume levels. At four ohms, you're only getting about 55 watts per channel. At moderate levels, at least with my system, this integrated amp works fine. If your speakers go below 30 htm you may have problems driving them with this amp. The Marantz works well with light rock, jazz, vocals and some classical. Well produced heavy rock or metal might be too demanding. I play vynal exclusively and with good associated equipment you get a taste of what high end can offer. It is a good start for a neophyte. I believe Crutchfield has a good return policy should this not work out for you. You might also want to check with their sales reps first. Hope this helps. [ John Sep 07, 2016 ]
yes this is a very nice amp [ CRAIG A Sep 07, 2016 ]
Can't say for sure, but if they are efficient speakers that are not too bright, it should work well. [ Chick Sep 07, 2016 ]
it has plenty for me to drive acoustic suspension A.D.S. 's, but I don't play them nearly as loud as I did when I was younger. If memory serves me right, which is questionable, your Warfdales are more efficient than mine. [ RICHARD M Aug 15, 2016 ]
This amp should have no problem pushing those speakers it is a very powerful amp [ CRAIG A Aug 02, 2016 ]
I don't know how efficient the Wharfdale's are, so it is hard for me to answer. I can tell you that the Marantz drives my Klipsch R-28F floorstanding speakers very well. [ Chick Aug 01, 2016 ]
If your speakers are in a typical room and you don't play music at maximum volume, then the answer is yes. [ Joe Aug 01, 2016 ]
i'm running a pair of Polk TSx 330T speakers and happy (so far). do you mean Wharfedale Diamond speakers? i'm not familiar but i would think fhat the amp would be sufficient. [ Peter Aug 01, 2016 ]
Yes, it has a phono preamp and I have been using it with my Denon DP-300F since I got it in November. [ THOMAS R Jun 12, 2016 ]
Not sure what you mean but I have no problem with sound level when using my record player.The PM5005 was made to be able to use a record player. [ CRAIG A Jun 11, 2016 ]
Yes, [ Joe Jun 11, 2016 ]
Yes, it does. The gain of the phono stage is fixed, and I found it to be on the high side. It is probably adequate for most cartridges with a moderate output level, but may overload with high-output level ones. [ Andrea Jun 10, 2016 ]
Yes, on the back of the this amplifier there is a 'phono' RCA input so you can hook up a turntable that does not have it's own preamp or that runs through a separate phono preamp. [ Jason Jun 10, 2016 ]
yes for moving magnet cartridges [ Chick Jun 10, 2016 ]
This amp will be fine.I play vinyl and cd's through two Klipsch and two Polk 6" speakers.sounds fantastic [ GREG W Mar 01, 2016 ]
yes it will work great this is a powerful amp but if you are worried about not having enough power look at the marantz pm8005 [ CRAIG A Mar 01, 2016 ]
I have it connected to some way more demanding Dynaudio Audience 50 and the amp works like a champ. Those Bose are fairly "easy" so you should have no problems with it. If anything, I would say that it may be a little bit of an overkill (but that's just my opinion) [ Ibai Mar 01, 2016 ]
Speaker wire is needed to connect them. You can use bare wire up to 10AWG, or you can put banana plugs (single/dual) or pin connectors on the end of that wire. [ Paul Nov 13, 2015 ] Staff
It can play both A&B at the same time. However, with that configuration you will want to be sure that both sets of speakers are 8-ohms or higher to prevent damage to the amp. [ Jeff Nov 11, 2015 ] Staff
This amp can power the speakers for a certain level of performance. I wouldn't jam out with it, but I do expect that you can get average listening levels with it while keeping the sound clear. [ Paul Nov 09, 2015 ] Staff
Depends on how you listen to your music. As a general rule I would say yes. 89db sensitivity shouldn't be a problem. I use my PM5005 with Def Technology 7006 in a room that is 16X20. Puts out what I want and I listen to 70s rock, Celtic, and a few newer bands. [ MIKE Nov 13, 2015 ]
I power a pair of PSB minis through mine and it fills a fairly large room easily. This is a very efficient amplifier and should be a great match for your speakers. [ Russell Nov 06, 2015 ]
It should be fine. The XBs are very efficient, a characteristic of ported speakers. Don't let the 20 watt minimum worry you. The sensitivity spec of the XB is 89 dB for 1 watt, the same as my early 1980s DCM Time Windows 1s. My previous integrated amp was the legendary NAD 3020. It was rated for only 20 watts but had a feature that would temporarily allow 3 dB of headroom; 40 watts. It had red LEDs for 1, 5, 10, 20 and 30 watts power output. 10 watts showing was extremely loud. Typical living room level was less than 5 watts. You'll like the Marantz a lot. After buying it I discovered I need a better CD player. :) I'll probably buy the matching CD5005. [ DENNIS Nov 06, 2015 ]
You would be better off buying a set of speakers and not trying to integrate both systems you will get a better sound this way [ CRAIG A Jun 11, 2016 ]
You would have to get a speaker selection switch that allows the speakers to be connected to one or the other of your amps, otherwise you could blow out one or both of the amps. The switch must be of the break-before-make types. Also I would recommend only using your front main speakers with the Marantz. If you can't find anything on the Crutchfield site, you can just get yourself two double pole double throw knife switches from electronics suppliers or other sources. Before you switch your speakers, you should probably turn off the power to both amps just to be safe. [ Thomas Aug 12, 2015 ]
Yes [ THOMAS R Jun 12, 2016 ]
As I recall, it has standard banana plug/screw type connectors, which can be used with either banana plugs, bare wire, or spade connectors. [ Thomas Jul 03, 2015 ]
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