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Audiophiles heads up. This seems to be massive discount a very niche product.
Provided B&H doesn't collect tax (for most states) and provide free shipping and extended holiday returns,

This seems to be great deal for people looking for a stylish stereo amplifier for a small room. This amp is considered to have more power in audio cricles than the modest 35wpc at 8ohm that Marantz lists on the spec sheet.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...ifier.html

QA Note: Expected availability: 7-14 business days

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This amp lacks streaming capablity (wifi/bluetooth etc) also has no preouts.
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Question to those of you who already own this amp or at least have personal experience with it:
My way of using it would be mainly to plug in my FLAC collection via USB stick and listen to it through my Beyerdynamics DT-990 Pro headphones.
Will this be significantly better than using my Pioneer XDP-30R ?
I mean, is it worth the extra $600 to add this for home and use the Pioneer on the go?
Thanks in advance for any kind help!
IMHO it will be overkill and unless you are can hear difference between single SABRE ES9010K2M(Marantz) vs twin SABRE ES9018C2M(Pioneer) DAC i will say no. It will be better to invest in good headphone amp. My favorite is Monolith by Liquid Platinum Headphone Amplifier by Alex Cavalli. It's tube and i saw post about it for $570 on SD. About same money, way better sound. If you plan use good speakers, than Marantz will be fine.
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So f'ing true. I once had a taste of it in my younger days (mid 1970s). (I remember giving away a Marantz receiver in the mid '80s that would probably go for a thousand now). I have been trying to reproduce it on the cheap to no avail. I also am thinking my ears may be too far gone from all those concerts I went to back in HS and college. My wife is losing her patience as well.
Welcome to the club! I have to bribe my wife every time i am getting new pair of cans or amp. She did'n talk to me for 2 weeks after i got Pioneer RT-909LMAO
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I am a noob on audio. Can anyone tells me how this machine connect to my pc or iPhone and my headphones or speakers? And what does no-preamp means for this? Thanks.
Iphone connects to usb port on the front. PC connects to 2nd usb port in the rear. This has dedicated amp sections for headphone and speakers. No premamp means you cannot chain a higher powered external amp to this unit.
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doesnt seem that great when measured:
https://www.audiosciencereview.co...fier.6341/ [audiosciencereview.com]
Please take this review with a grain of salt. The reviewer did not answer questions on the output mode in which he made the measurements and moved on. Also I understand his measurements are for the headphone out section only.
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Welcome to the club! I have to bribe my wife every time i am getting new pair of cans or amp. She did'n talk to me for 2 weeks after i got Pioneer RT-909https://static.slickdealscdn.com/ima.../emot-LMAO.gif
Sometimes its worth it to take the hit and deal with it until the storm passes! Smilie
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Question to those of you who already own this amp or at least have personal experience with it:
My way of using it would be mainly to plug in my FLAC collection via USB stick and listen to it through my Beyerdynamics DT-990 Pro headphones.
Will this be significantly better than using my Pioneer XDP-30R ?
I mean, is it worth the extra $600 to add this for home and use the Pioneer on the go?
Thanks in advance for any kind help!
I don't own this amp (yet). But I would like to chip in since I have a few different headphone setup myself. For purely headphone listening at desk there are way better solutions at half the price. You can look at IFI IDSD (which I own) or a Chord Mojo (on sale now) connected to a smartphone through USB. These are a significant step up in sound quality and can drive almost all consumer headphones.
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The Sonos amp is a better amp for power right?
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I went elac ds-a101. Not saying it's better but awesome amp for those wanting similar with integrated streaming features.
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I heard it is d class amp. If yes then not worth. Not to say that 35w per channel makes it like a toy.
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This dac/is highly overrated. If you are tired of subjective reviews you need to check out Audio Science Reviews (ASR). The guy is based in seattle and bought his own $28K AP analyzer (APx555) to give objective reviews and measurements of audio products. Most companies developing audio products dont even have as good measuring equipment as this guy.

TL;DR ASR has an objective measurement of this dac/amp and it did not fair well. You'd be much better going with a Topping or Sabaj DAC and getting a separate amp.

https://www.audiosciencereview.co...fier.6341/
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Somewhat off topic, but seems like a good place.

I have a 4300H and the Polk Lsim 707s, which i want to drive through some decent amps, pre-amp'd from the 4300H to achieve. 7.2.4. What should I look into. I have a mostly lossless collection, and I'm starting to get into DSDs.

Seems like these won't cut it since they don't have pre amp inputs? I'm still a noob about this.
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Somewhat off topic, but seems like a good place.

I have a 4300H and the Polk Lsim 707s, which i want to drive through some decent amps, pre-amp'd from the 4300H to achieve. 7.2.4. What should I look into. I have a mostly lossless collection, and I'm starting to get into DSDs.

Seems like these won't cut it since they don't have pre amp inputs? I'm still a noob about this.
I have a Denon 4300h as well.
Wanted to use separate amplification but I did not want to spend a fortune on an amp.
I ended up with a vintage harmon kardon signature 2.1 that I got for about $400.
I also have had or do have 2 emotiva amps - the BasX A500 and the UPA-700.
To my ears, the H&K better than UPA-700 which was better than A500.
IMHO the X4300h is not great for 2 channel even in direct mode with external amps. The pre-amp stage on this receiver is just not great and there really is no way around it. All analog sources go through A/D --> D/A conversion.

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Any recommendations on a slim receiver? I bought a yamaha last week and returned it because it was too big and I don't want to add a "media cabinet" next to my entertainment center.

Was looking at the Marantz 1609. Any help is appreciated.
PS audio sprout. NAD makes a few small integrated amps, too.
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This dac/is highly overrated. If you are tired of subjective reviews you need to check out Audio Science Reviews (ASR). The guy is based in seattle and bought his own $28K AP analyzer (APx555) to give objective reviews and measurements of audio products. Most companies developing audio products dont even have as good measuring equipment as this guy.

TL;DR ASR has an objective measurement of this dac/amp and it did not fair well. You'd be much better going with a Topping or Sabaj DAC and getting a separate amp.

https://www.audiosciencereview.co...fier.6341/

The guy is often measuring things that you cannot hear. You need to sample equipment in your listening environment with your ears and sources to determine what sounds good enough for you. The very liberal return policy of places like Crutchfield and Amazon allow you to try out different pieces.
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The guy is often measuring things that you cannot hear. You need to sample equipment in your listening environment with your ears and sources to determine what sounds good enough for you. The very liberal return policy of places like Crutchfield and Amazon allow you to try out different pieces.
Give me double blind testing for amplifiers, just like good research protocols. Of course it's ultimately subjective, but its frustrating when everything isn't taken into context. Maybe one measures with a miniscule more harmonic distortion. That's all great, but if it's not perceptable, who cares. Or if that 5k amp sounds identical to the 1k amp when you ONLY have the listening experience to judge by (not the brand, features, cost, preestablished views etc). In a perfect world....anyone know of reviewers that do blind amp tests?
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