Friday, November 25, 2011

And My Marantz PM 57 sings again....

What a solemn moment it was when Praveen of Vipul Electronics connected my loyal amplifier to the Sony CD player and the pair of Sonodyne bookshelf speakers and when I told him that I will be switching it on. With The Police's "Zenyatta Mondatta" CD inside I switched my amplifier on and it starts playing like I heard it the very first time, flawless and beautiful. After the September 11, 2001 attacks I put my hi-fi gear away in storage in California before returning to India. Later I managed to get my amplifier and CD player but not the remainder of the gear. So after 10 years my Marantz still plays beautifully. I had actually purchased it and the CD player in 1998.

It is also a moment of great joy to know that Marantz (this time the PM 6004) won the Product of the Year Award at this year's What HiFi annual awards (held just weeks ago) in the Integrated Amplifier category. There couldn't have been a better coincidence.

The Sonodynes were no comparison to the Klipsch KSB 3.1's that I used to own (now sitting in a garage in the U.S) but the Sonodynes did their best bit and I was impressed to buy a pair. Within a few days they have already gone beyond the "break-in" stage. I also managed to find the sweet-spots after some moving around and re-positioning.

Let me hope someday I'll get my Klipsch's back and my brilliant Definitive Technology subwoofer too.


Ravishankar Shrivastava said...

I also want to buy Marantz 5.1 system with speakers. Could you guide me one most economical combination? I Live in North India, Bhopal MP. Thanks.

Subash S L said...

Hello Ravishankar,

Thanks for stopping by. I am not sure if Marantz 5.1 is the best solution and whether you get that system in India. What you can do is buy one of the package systems which are good solutions too. I haven't listened to any of them and so cannot comment on them but whatever you buy take a listen using your favorite movie DVD. All the best.

fireblade said...

how is the sound quality of sonodyne 1501 comparing with wharfedale 9.1,10.1 etc.

Subash S L said...

Hello Fireblade, Haven't compared them and so cannot say. But weren't the Wharfedale Diamonds speaker of the year in the recent past. There should be no comparison then. The Sonodynes cost me around Rs. 10K.