Nope, I can't change my mind. Though I have tried. I cannot look a silver HiFi in the face(ia) without thinking it looks like some cheap plastic-fronted Amstrad stack system. Silver is so pre-1990.
Main system: Mac Mini 2011 > HRT II+ DAC • Cyrus 2 & PSX • Cyrus tuner • MS 10i speakers [on loan]
Also cluttering-up the place: Thorens TD160 (no cart) • Marantz CD 63 mkII KI & PM66 KI • Technics SL-P777 • Nakamichi DR-1
you could go for
but it will cost a bit more
Marantz PM6004 looks cool in black:)
Electrocompaniet EMC 1UP / Musical Fidelity AMS 35i / Focal Electra 1028be / MIT AVt MA speaker cable-Matrix 12 xlr / Chord powerchord / GIK acoustics/ Sennheiser Momentum
Why I finally landed on Black for the Marantz is that they have a strong tradition of Champagne/Silver/Gold and Black to me felt alittle new.
I will get my Boston Speakers in a day or two but I have tested the amp with my Snell JII that are superb.
I compared it some to my Arcam Alpha 5 plus but I need more time to compare. Dont have banana plugs so switching back and forth aint fun.
The Arcam might be more dynamic sounding and hammers harder, almost like you pushed a half loudness button on the Marantz, The Volume knobb also plays a trick on the eyes, at 11 aclock on the Arcam, its more or less maximum volume while the Marantz plays clean way past 2 and then louder.
I must say that the PM 6004 is realy quite quite wonderful with Classical music!
Amps. Arcam Alpha 5 Plus - Marantz PM 6004
Speakers Snell J II - Boston Acoustic A-26
Tuner Nad 414
CD Marantz 63 KI
Black for me, well mostly black; as Primare gear in black comes with silver knobs & buttons!
Best of both worlds?
HiFi / A/V / Bedroom
whats happening to the Snell's? If your not keeping them I know someone who would give them a very good home!
I bet you do, smile but sorry I aint never selling them. I use them in my livingroom while I have built another house next to the mainhouse for my Violin making and other things in wood, I got the Marantz and the Boston to keep me company there since i up today have had comapny of a kassetplayer radio from the 80's.
PS Audio Note have the blueprints for the original Snells K, J and E and can be bought new today. Not cheap though but maybe even improved. Forsure the variaty of finishes one can get them in.
Not the most technical question but I cant decide on what color to get on a new amp.
I think some look better in Silver then in Black and vise versa but with this amp, the Marantz PM 6004 I cant make up my mind.
Whats your take in this case? feel free to share.
I generally prefer black finish with exception being Densen Audio Technologies Albino silver finish (with red dot matrix display) and Chord Electronics Choral Series brilliant silver finish (with red internal light). These silver finishes look stunning
All the best
Rick @ Musicraft
Musicraft (Derby), Specialist Hi-Fi/AV & Multimedia Dealer
good accurate audio monitoring and good sound reproduction to all
Whatever works in the room.
As someone mentioned, to me, black is very 90's. I'm lazy and it also shows dust much more, so I'd generally choose silver (or champagne gold). Wouldn't be averse to them incorporating a bit of timber into the design, either.
Observe the signature in its natural habitat.
Champanhe Gold is very Denon, with timber ( on the sides) is very Yamaha... It is classy but... Huummm NAaaaa!
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