I agree that the Marantz PM44 isn't going to do anything to aid low level listening. That range wasn't particularly energetic and lacked bass definition. I too would recommend an efficient speaker like the PMC DB1i. They're not going to have the best bass for the price, but they do have presence.
David @Frank Harvey Hi-Fi, Coventry
Mitsubishi HC7000 / Oppo BDP103 / Audiolab 8200AP / Rotel RMB1575 / kick ass speaker system
Whats missing to a greater extend than anything else at low volume is room interaction.
I think I'd rather look for something with a loudness button which can be by-passed when necessary than a system which 'naturally' sounds good a very low volume but awful when played a little louder in a particular room.
Much under rated those loudness facilities ...
Pretty ... and pretty proud of it
i have tried recently Klipsch RF-62. amp and cd player were Marantz PM6004-CD6004..Very good at low volumes, very clear anroom filling sound, big bass.
you can try the speakers first then, if budget allows, can get the amp/cd combo. Amp and cd player were awards winners. And Klipsch RF-62 are really good.
Audiolab 8200CDQ / 2 x Audiolab 8200M / Wharfedale Jade 5/Spendor A5
I second the dynaudio speakers. I have dm7s and they sound very good at low levels, and they are currently being driven by an old sherwood 50w amp. Soon to be upgraded to brio r i think. The Dyns sound massivley better at low volumes than my previous mordant short 902's. (and the rest of the volume range).
cambridge audio 651c, rega brio-r, dynaudio DM7
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