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Hey guys, I’m planning on upgrading the integrated amp portion of my set up and I’ve narrowed it down to either the NAD 3020 V2 or a Marantz PM5005. I like the size and simplicity of the NAD but Marantz are timeless. Thoughts on either would be greatly appreciated! 

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I'm a big NAD fan. I have a C388 and it is a solid piece of equipment. I'm not sure if this will be the same on the 3020, but I find the phono input slightly quieter than the digital input on my amp - might just be the way mine is constructed. Not a huge deal, but worth checking if the same thing happens on the 3020

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Roger.  I’ve owned the Marantz PM500x, PM600x, and PM800x.  

 

The PM5/6 seemed pretty similar to me and are a reasonable purchase if you can find one at the right price.  For a while Amazon Warehouse was selling PM5004s off and on for less than $200.  Very good buy at that price.

 

the PM800x series is a different story.  It’s made in Japan along side the $$$ reference series and is far beefier than the 5/6 series.  The feature set is basically the same with the exception of the 8 series having a power-amp only mode that allows you to integrate it with an AV setup.   This is the route I personally recommend.

 

You can find a used PM8004 or PM8005 used for around $500 if you’re patient (I’ve bought 2 for under $500). There’s one on EBay now in that range with less than a day to go.

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