Morning all! (With a particular nod to Matthewpiano)
Just- on a total whim- purchased a Marantz PM6004.
First impressions were less than convincing- dull, flat and boring compared to my Rotels. I decided to attribute this to 'fresh from the box' syndrome, and left it powered on overnight and all the next day.
It made quite a difference... The soundstage has developed, and the bass has improved significantly. I'm still debating whether I prefer the sound over the Rotels, but it's quite a difficult comparison as their characters are quite different.
My Rotels are- to make a bizarre automotive analogy- like a Ferrari, while the Marantz is more of a Jaguar. They both have tremendous power and control, but the Jag is more refined and not so upfront...
Was sorely tempted by the Denon 720, but as I bought the speakers after reading Matthewpiano's lyrical waxings, I thought that to then get the same amp would have been a bit creepy! The price on the Marantz swung the deal anyway. And being a tad easier to carry than the Zensors, I managed to make it halfway across town before my arms gave out, and I went to the pub for a pint and a taxi.
I'm going to give it a few more days- mainly to give my ears and brain a chance to adjust to the new sound, and I shall then report back to this thread... It's definitely a good amp, and it certainly grabs hold of the Zensors pretty well- time will tell if it stays or goes again.
All the best!
PS WHF?- are you going to take a look at the Zensor 3 anytime soon?