Marantz PM8005 vs Cambridge Audio Azur 851A

Cambridge Audio Azur 851A vs Marantz PM8005

Cambridge Audio Azur 851A review

This unit has the power of 60W (8 ohms) while his opponent owns power of 35W (8 ohms). Amplifier Cambridge Audio Azur 851A is equipped with unbalanced and balanced input connectors, and thus will be the ideal partner for the company's CD-player, with XLR-outputs. In total, seven line inputs are provided, an input / output for connecting a recording device, and an adjustable output from the preamplifier. On the front panel of the device there is an informative display with an original indication of the set sound volume, as well as an output for connecting stereo headphones. Cambridge Audio Azur 851A

Marantz PM8005 review

A powerful power supply and current feedback allow the Marantz PM8005 to confidently swing speakers even with complex impedance characteristics. The device uses proprietary amplification modules HDAM, and the bottom panel of the case is made three-layer to damp mechanical vibrations. The amplifier is equipped with a tri-band tone control (bass, midrange, treble), which greatly simplifies the setting of the optimal tonal balance depending on the characteristics of other components of the system and listening room. There are five line inputs, an input for connecting an MM-cartridge of a vinyl disc player, an output for a recording device. Marantz PM8005

Cambridge Audio Azur 851A pros & cons

Pros

  • Great full and detailed sound with great low end
  • On the basis of it audiophiles will build a pleasant, and inexpensive, high-end system that can reliably play any music

Cons

  • Display, namely - its programmed ability to blink aggressive, scary warnings

Marantz PM8005 pros & cons

Pros

  • The uniqueness lies in the work with current feedback, which allows you to generate a large supply of energy
  • In order to eliminate unnecessary vibrations, the manufacturer created a special three-layer system

Cons

  • As for me, it is too heavy

Votes 4 4
Rating 5 5

Integrated amplifiers comparison chart

Overall
Marantz PM8005
7
Cambridge Audio Azur 851A
8
7
9
10
8
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Common

Product

Marantz PM8005
Cambridge Audio Azur 851A

Model

PM8005
Azur 851A

Brand

Marantz
Cambridge Audio

Reviews

23
15

Amplifier

Channels

2
2

Power output (RMS), W/Ohm

70/8, 100/4
120/8, 200/4

Power output per channel, W/Ohm

35/8, 50/4
60/8, 105/4

Output Impedance, Ohm

8, 4
8, 4

Frequency response

5Hz-100KHz
20Hz-20KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.02
0.02

Signal-to-noise ratio, dB

106
98

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

Wolfson WM8740 192 KHz/24-bit

Speaker A/B switching

Pure direct mode

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

Control

Bass

Treble

Balance

Remote control

Extensive connection

Optical digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
1/1

Phono (MM) input

1
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Headphone outputs

1
1

USB

0
0

Preamplifier outputs (pair)

1
1

Main inputs (pair)

0
0

Line level inputs (pair)

7
8

XLR inputs (pair)

0
2

Record outputs (pair)

1
1

DC trigger output (12V)

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/0

RS-232

0
1

Additional features

Auto power off

Built-in display

Power

Power consumption, W

220
800

Power consumption standby, W

0.2
0.5

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

44 x 37.9 x 12.8 /17.3 x 14.9 x 5.1
43 x 11.5 x 38.5/16.9 x 4.5 x 15.1

Weight, kg/lbs

12/26.9
15/33
Marantz PM8005
Cambridge Audio Azur 851A
Marantz PM8005
Cambridge Audio Azur 851A

Integrated amplifiers CHooseratoR comparison rating

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  • 7
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  • 7Marantz PM8005
  • 8Cambridge Audio Azur 851A

The Cambridge Audio Azur 851A is better integrated amplifier in this comparison. Check Cambridge Audio Azur 851A price