Marantz PM 550 DC : RickD's user review

9 (9/10)

Overall Opinion 9/10

- For how long have you been using it?
I used this for years.

- What thing do you like most/least about it?
Looks great, sounds fine, almost no hiss even on max, looaads of features...very powerful...quite compact too.

- Did you try many other models before getting this one?
Tried a much cheaper Technics...was rubbish...some other old gear...and an Onkyo Integra A-9711. The Integra is the best.

- What is your opinion about the value for the price?
I got it for free, someone was throwing it out. Sold it a few years later for 120 €, so i'd say it was quite a bargain! ;-)
The price when new must have been huuuge though. :-(

- Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?...
I think it's a good amp!
It had low & hi filters, loudness, 2 or 3 phono input types, tape monitors, direct aux input, 5 band eq, 4 speaker outs, phones out, fancy lights...the volume is marked in -dB so very pro...and it just looks great.

The only problem with this is that the volume knob is not a smooth run: so you have to practice a bit before you can set the volume right, or you'll put it up/down in big chunks: takes some subtlety.