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Cambridge vs Marantz

Hi! Would be grateful for some help on a combo conundrum - basically, what's best: buying a Marantz CD6002 with a PM6002 amp or a Cambridge Audio Azur 640C with a 640A amp (both v 2.0)? Am I missing out on another brand in the same price range that's even better? And then, what about hooking up a budget turntable (say, Pro-ject Genie) to either of those - as far as understand it, I'd need a pre-amp for Cambridge but nothing for the Marantz? Grateful for any advice...


As for a final question, would I do better to wait out the Pioneer PDX-Z9 all-in-one system that's about to hit the market, rather than invest in either of these separate combos?


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I hate to complicate... but mixing Marantz and Cambridge would also work. Mixing and matching has always worked better for me than the whole matching set scene. The only problem is it's not as pretty! All those matching boxes...

Seriously though, the CA and Marantz decks are both good. In this case I'd go for Marantz every time though, we just had the same question the other day and I don't think anyone chimed in to defend the Cambridge gear.


A few mentioned the NAD c315 C515 combo as an alternative. I'd err on that side if I was to make the purchase myself. -However-, I think the Marantz deck attached to the NAD amp would be the best possible combination in this price-strata. Ofcourse that's all very much up to personal taste, I just feel the Marantz cdp is the clear-out winner for construction standards, it's very well made.
And the nad c325bee amp is (i think its safe to say) generally held to have the best sound for that money. At least on this forum.
Anyway, it's more between the Marantz and Nad I think. Cambridge is very visible thanks to a good dealer network, but (having owned the 540c among others) I wouldn't put them on the same playing field in the lower price market as nad and marantz.

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I must admit, I have always liked matching boxes. I havent got that anymore, but at the £200-£300 budget level, I would still go for matching CD and amp (on a purely cosmetic level)...

Dont forget the Pioneer A-A6-J and matching SACD/CD player
or the Denon PMA-700AE +DCD700AE

both good combos.

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I personally love the Cambridge, but it's not as good value as the Marantz any more, now that you can get the latter for £200 (I presume that's still the deal at Richer). However, as I said somewhere else recently, if you're prepared to pay £550 for the Cambridge pair, spend £550 on the Marantz CD6002 and PM7001 pair instead - don't be put off by the amp's four-star rating, it's much better than the PM6002, and also has a good built-in phono stage.

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fr0g:I must admit, I have always liked matching boxes. I havent got that anymore, but at the £200-£300 budget level, I would still go for matching CD and amp (on a purely cosmetic level)...

Dont forget the Pioneer A-A6-J and matching SACD/CD player
or the Denon PMA-700AE +DCD700AE

both good combos.

frOg is on the money here. The Pioneer (a bit more expensive) and Denon cd players are better in my opinion than both Marantz and CA models mentioned. I've not listened to the amps on any of them though.

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The Pioneer PDX-Z9 is a really cool system. I haven't heard it yet but I will.

 

 

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JohnDuncan:However, as I said somewhere else recently, if you're prepared to pay £550 for the Cambridge pair, spend £550 on the Marantz CD6002 and PM7001 pair instead - don't be put off by the amp's four-star rating, it's much better than the PM6002, and also has a good built-in phono stage.



In the same way that you'd recommend spending an extra £150 to get the PM7001 over the 6002, would you also recommend spending extra to go to the SA7001 instead of the CD6002 (budget permitting) ?

6002 cd/amp combination at £400
CD6002 and PM7001 at £525 (as i've seen the PM7001 at £325)
7001 cd/amp combination at £700

It's a case of do i hold on for a few months until extra money available for more expensive/better models, but with that thought, at what point do you stop spending the extra (Roksan Kandy L.III amp would be nice) !!!!

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No, I don't think so. Both the Marantz and Cambridge are top-notch, and in my experience you have to spend an awful lot more for marginal benefit in CDPs, whereas money spent on amps and (especially) loudspeakers is more readily noticeable. For example, with 700 quid, I'd be looking at (for example) the KI version of the 7001 at 500 quid, or look at trading up my speakers, before I started upgrading CD players.

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(edit - this advice only holds if you have no need for SACD playback. If that's a plus for you, then obviously the SA7001 makes sense)


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Thanks for the advise. I was planning on going to my local Richer Sounds (well 50 miles away local) to try out the 6002's and the CA 640's fairly soon, but now i think i'll have to demo the 7001 amp as well, though i don't think that Richer Sounds sell that model.

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No, not usually, you're talking Sevenoaks for the 7001, probably. And hardly any Richers have demo facilities any more, check before you make the trip.

TBH, if you actually want to compare equipment, rather than take what looks best on the shelf at the best price and in stock (which Marantz often aren't), Richers isn't the best place anyway.........

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Cypher:

The Pioneer PDX-Z9 is a really cool system. I haven't heard it yet but I will.


 


 


Had a quick google and this seems to be hopelessly underpowered. Specs are quoted at extremely high distortion but even it they were'nt this is not exactly a powerhouse. Looks nice and seems convenient though. Perhaps one for the bedroom/study if you dont like boxes but for music you can do much better. The afromentioned 7001 is very good so is cyrus'es 8vs2 which you can get for much less than retail, then add Nads little player to it.


Another option of surely much superior sound is AVI's ADM9's. An active speaker system with built in Pre-amp/DAC and powerful amplification.

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Well, power doesn't say everything. I think the machine looks absolutely fantastic and lets not judge the soundquality yet. Based on the latest cd players and amplifiers from Pioneer this machine can't sound too bad I think.

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JohnDuncan:No, not usually, you're talking Sevenoaks for the 7001, probably. And hardly any Richers have demo facilities any more, check before you make the trip.

TBH, if you actually want to compare equipment, rather than take what looks best on the shelf at the best price and in stock (which Marantz often aren't), Richers isn't the best place anyway.........



Was in Cardiff yesterday so decided to take a quick look in Richer Sounds. Having never been there before, all i can say is what a disappointment. The store was only about 5 metres square, and the stock on view was dusty. The whole place just looked shabby and after less than 5 minutes i'd seen enough.

Looks like i'll need to go further afield if i'm going to demo some new hardware.

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I'm surprised you found any hifi at all in amongst the plasma tellies. Like I say, Richer is great if you know exactly what you want and don't need a demo - if you want to listen to stuff, go to Sevenoaks (and ergo strike Cambridge of your list, obviously)


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JohnDuncan:I'm surprised you found any hifi at all in amongst the plasma tellies. Like I say, Richer is great if you know exactly what you want and don't need a demo - if you want to listen to stuff, go to Sevenoaks (and ergo strike Cambridge of your list, obviously)



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