The CD is alive and well and Marantz has released a few new components to get the most out of it. Despite stiff competition from digital downloads and other sources the SACD remains a top choice for audiophiles. The PM8005 amplifier and SA8005 SACD player and DAC aim to make SACDs sound their best, and at a price that is very reasonable.
Marantz®, a world leader in advanced home entertainment solutions, announces the launch of the PM8005 integrated amplifier and the SA8005 super-audio compact-disc (SACD) player & DAC to its line of hi-fi components for audiophiles looking for outstanding sound quality at a great value. An upgrade of the award-winning PM8004 integrated amplifier, the new PM8005 adds optimized power handling characteristics and a redesign of the large double-shielded Toroidal transformer's circuitry for improved bandwidth power. The new SA8005 SACD player features faster, low-noise and lower impedance symmetrical circuits with high-quality components. The loading mechanism virtually eliminates resonance, while its reduced distortion spectrum gets the very best audio quality from SACDs.
PM8005 Integrated Amplifier (MSRP: $1,199) Based on the award-winning Marantz model PM8004 integrated amplifier, the PM8005 fully discrete current-feedback integrated amplifier is perfect for audiophiles wanting both excellent music quality and flexible operation. It offers a powerful 2 x 70W into 8 ohms, while the symmetrical circuits ensure perfect image balancing. To guarantee a totally unique audio experience, Marantz designers have shaped and optimized the power handling characteristics and redesigned the large double-shielded Toroidal transformer's circuitry to optimize bandwidth power. The result is a current-feedback amplifier with a massive energy reserve to drive even the most demanding of speakers with ease.
To further insure the best sound quality, the PM8005 features current feedback topology and Marantz exclusive hyper-dynamic amplifier modules (HDAMs) for detailed audio reproduction, as well as a triple-layer bottom plate to help eliminate vibration. The PM8005 also provides source-direct mode for the purest audio signal and moving magnet Phono input
The PM8005 has high-quality speaker terminals (A/B switchable), discrete input buffer circuit, and gold-plated inputs/outputs. The system remote controls the amplifier and the matching SA8005 SACD player & DAC.
SA8005 Super Audio Compact-Disc Player with USB-DAC (MSRP: $1,199) Marantz design engineers incorporated all our knowledge and experience into this exquisite stereo SACD player & DAC--along with a mega-portion of versatility.
Besides being a superb SACD player, the SA8005also functions as a standalone digital-to-analog convertor (DAC). The unit has optical and coaxial digital input for various digital sources, a USB-A input on the front panel for popular portable devices, as well as an asynchronous USB-B input for direct connection to a PC. The asynchronous USB-B input supports decoding and playback of high resolution audio DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz formats and features a newly developed ground/signal isolator technology which virtually eliminates PC noise.
The SA8005 also features an accurate dual-system clock, a Toroidal transformer, a double-layered bottom plate for extra stability, fully discrete headphone amplifier, and a system remote, which controls the SA8005 and the matching PM8005 amplifier.
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