The marantz pm6004. Overrated, faulty or needs breaking in?
so, I bought a brand new marantz pm6004 from richer sounds the other day at the reduced price of £239. Quite honestly, I am amazingly disappointed, and thought I would consult the hifi gurus here for any pointers before I possibly return it this weekend.
First things first, I did demo it at the shop. What baffles me is that it was demoed with the monitor audio bx1's and actually sounded surprisingly got good on them. I have the bx2's and expected to hear an even better result, however I was greeted with a very dissapointing sound.
Through source direct mode, there is barely any mid range. Sure, things sounded a bit more detailed, but there seemed like there was a massive chunk of the soundstage completely missing. It felt amazingly stifled, as though I was playing a badly compressed mp3 (which I wasn't by the way). When I switch the loudness button on, it solves the lack of midrange, but then the bass seems way too overpowered, undefined and sloppy and the whole detail that was good in source direct mode goes out of the window.
My previous kit was an old rotel from the early 90's that had been gifted to me and apparently cost between £200 and £300. In comparison, the rotel sounded miles better, however I wanted a new amp because there was a problem with the left channel which would cut out every now and then. The rest of my kit that I have transferred to my marantz is a project genie 1.3 with ortofon red cart, and the monitor audio bx2's. admittedly, I don't have a dac for my iPod yet, however, it sounded a lot better dac less on the rotel than the marantz. I just don't understand why everything sounds so bad on it. I honestly feel like the marantz is holding the rest of the system back.
i am currently letting it 'break in' at the moment, but do not really believe that an amp benefits from such a process, and am therefore not expecting any impressive results.
Can anyone help me on this? Am I missing something or doing something wrong? Does it sound like it is faulty or like it needs 'breaking in'? Or am I being amazingly picky for a £299 piece of kit reduced to £239.