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jabberwok's picture
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Best budget amp? - Denon PMA720AE vs Rotel RA10 vs Marantz 5004 vs NAD C326BBE

So what could be the best bang for the buck?

All of them except the NAD, are at the same exact price point of 400€

-I want this for regular listening/enjoyment, but also for checking my mixes/compositions..

I'm not so interested in power/wattage...

Rather i'm more into overall sound quality, frequency response, THD, quality of inputs/outputs, heaphone out (very important) and DACs (if any)....

Of course I want a natural, transparent, flat, sincere sounding amplifyer.. I dont want anything hyped or scooped, or with too much "trademark" sound, if you know what i mean..

With it I will use regular hi-fi speakers, aswell as whatever best passive monitors i can find.. (they seem hard to find, so suggestions are welcome too)

(I already got proper active monitors with a pair of EVE SC208..)

I will be using some Beyer DT880 Pro 250Ohm headphones, as well as some regular Pionner, and the audio interface is for now an MAudio Delta 1010

So what do you all think?

Thank you.


Regarding heaphone-out quality... could it be wise to get this thing called the "Can Opener" and just run it from the main outs?

Is there any similar product made by any reputable company that you know of?

PS": Here's some links
Denon -

Rotel -

Marantz -


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While the NAD and Marantz are pretty good amplifiers, my choice would be the Rotel.

The Music Hall 15.3 would actually be my first choice, however.

jabberwok's picture
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Is it for any particular

Thank you for the reply

Is it for any particular reasons you'd go with the Rotel and/or Music Hall?

Do they tend to be more transparent?

I did also check and consider the Music Hall, as it seems to be favored by some, and it's at the same price point..

However when reading the manual I did not find any absolute frequency response readings.. (only the THD test readin of 20hz-20khz..) so i did not know what to think of it

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Match Maker......

B&W speakers are made by the same parent company which owns Rotel & Classe.
The components are likely 'voiced' or matched to each other.
Whether or not you like the B&W - Rotel - Classe 'house sound' is up to you.

Bill - on the Hill
Practicing Curmudgeon & Audio Snob
- just an “ON” switch, Please –

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