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Marantz MA-700 monoblocks...unavailable!!! They don't make 'em anymore!

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#1 of 22 OFFLINE   Jeremy Hegna

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Posted August 22 2001 - 11:09 AM

I ordered a couple of these last week at my local B&M and they called me today to tell me the bad news...

They don't make them anymore! Ughhh...

I really thought these were my answer. I ordered 2 for my mains and was pretty excited to set them up. No more.

I would like to find 2 monoblocks at around a buck a watt. Does anyone have another suggestion? Should I just use a decent 2 channel amp up front? Any suggestions at this price point are appreciated.

I am using a Denon 5800 with Nautilus 804s in front. I'd like to take the stress off the receiver for the mains and maybe even the center...to match the front 3.

I am excited about using monoblocks simply because of their flexibility. Will I be able to find them at this price?

What about refurb or B-stock Marantz?


#2 of 22 OFFLINE   Bob McElfresh

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Posted August 22 2001 - 11:47 AM

Hit eBay and search for "Monoblocks". I bought a set of 3 THX monoblocks in a rack for about $350. (Mainly because they came out of Sacramento near my home so the shipping was'nt too bad).

#3 of 22 OFFLINE   Stephen Smith

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Posted August 22 2001 - 12:10 PM

Try www.Onecall.com
Good Luck


#4 of 22 OFFLINE   Jeremy Hegna

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Posted August 22 2001 - 12:29 PM

Thanks guys

Onecall is out of stock and they want a hundred bucks more than my local B&M was charging!!!

I've been looking on E-Bay for a week (comparison shopping) and haven't found any...just 500s.

I'll keep looking...

Thanks again.


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Posted August 22 2001 - 01:27 PM


I don't know if you are interested, but here is a good deal on the Marantz MM-900 THX-Ultra 5 channel amp for $650. http://www.accessori....&sPrice=649.99

They seem to have alot of older refurbished Marantz stuff. You might want to give them a call and see if they have (or can get) the monoblocks.


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Posted August 22 2001 - 03:35 PM

You might also consider the Acurus amps that Klipsch is selling through uBid or onecall.com

I've also got a 5800 and I just ordered an Acurus 200X3, for my front end, from uBid.

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#7 of 22 OFFLINE   Trevor Schell

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Posted August 22 2001 - 03:55 PM

Try a 5 channel THX amp.
You can use 3 channels to drive the front forray or include the 4rth and 5th channel to bi-amp the mains.
The Denon then can drive the rear 4 surrounds stress free.
I beleive that Marantz makes a nice 5 channel amp.

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#8 of 22 OFFLINE   TomH


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Posted August 22 2001 - 05:40 PM

TSTO has the MA700's for $399.00


#9 of 22 OFFLINE   Kevin L K

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Posted August 22 2001 - 10:49 PM

What about these:
http://www.audioadvi......20Power Amps

Seems like a good price to me.


#10 of 22 OFFLINE   Jeremy Hegna

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Posted August 23 2001 - 08:07 AM

Thanks guys...

Trevor, I didn't think of biwiring the fronts with a 5 channel...wasn't aware that you were doing this.

I must do some more exploring.

Thanks for the ideas.


#11 of 22 OFFLINE   Westly T

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Posted August 23 2001 - 08:44 AM

I noticed the Marantz web page still lists this unit, and there's no replacement. Are we sure this item is discontinued? Perhaps your dealer got bad information?? (I hope, because I plan to get a few more in the future and want them to match what I have.)

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The MMG were replaced with 1.6QR's and added Marantz MA-700's. SVS is here. Ok, allot more then that has changed, I'll update my page some day...
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#12 of 22 OFFLINE   Trey Fletcher

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Posted August 23 2001 - 09:33 AM


From what I've heard, both the MA 500 and MA 700 are discontinued. The replacement for the MA 500 is already out (MA 6100), with the MA 700 replacement due out shortly. The changes are mostly cosmetic, as Marantz wanted the amps to more closely resemble their current line of receivers and multi-channel amps. Again, this is what I've been told by my dealer. Don't quote me on this. TF
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#13 of 22 OFFLINE   Jeremy Hegna

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Posted August 23 2001 - 12:05 PM

Thanks Trey, I'll keep my eyes open.

Westley, I'm sure of it. The B&M had my money in hand so I'm sure they got the right info....no need to give the money back to me Posted Image

I'm going to look at some 5 channel amps this weekend. Is it universal with 5 channel amps to be able to bridge the channels?


#14 of 22 OFFLINE   Jeremy Hegna

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Posted August 23 2001 - 06:07 PM


Thanks for the TSTO recommendation...very cool site and it looks to be a good place to buy great used gear. Has anyone bought from them before?

I'll look at their feedback first, but there's some incredible deals to be had....BAT amps, Mac gear, etc. for 1/2 off MSRP...maybe even 75%! Folks that got sick of their Mark Levinson amps dumping them off for affordable prices....o.k. now I'm exagerrating a bit, but thanks again for the lead.


I'm going to look at Parasound this weekend...The Marantz MM9000 (?) looks good, a little lower in power/channel and the online specs don't say whether or not each channel is bridgable or not...acutually, I think I just answered my own question. You were talking about biwiring, and I've been thinking bridging the entire time. No need to answer my previous question on that....I see what you mean using the multi-channel amp to biwire the mains... Posted Image

That's sounding better all the time.

Thanks again guys


#15 of 22 OFFLINE   charles_w


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Posted August 23 2001 - 10:46 PM

what is TSTO

#16 of 22 OFFLINE   Geoff Harris

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Posted August 24 2001 - 02:49 AM

TSTO is Stereo Trading Outlet in Jenkintown, PA. They are great to deal with but I think they are on vacation until the end of August. the URL is http://www.tsto.com

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#17 of 22 OFFLINE   Kimmo Jaskari

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Posted August 24 2001 - 08:52 AM

Hmm, I have a vague memory of reading about those Parasound monoblocks on http://www.audioreview.com and it wasn't complimentary. Maybe I'm misremembering, but wouldn't hurt any prospective buyers to check I guess.


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Posted August 24 2001 - 09:17 AM

Hi guys

How would the MA700 compare to a B&K Reference 4420 amp sonically? Im looking for a cost effecttive amp for my center channel.

I know the 2 amps are arent in the same league but will the amps work well together?



[Edited last by EarleD on August 24, 2001 at 04:33 PM]

#19 of 22 OFFLINE   Jeff Peake

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Posted August 24 2001 - 09:22 AM

I own 5 of the Parasound 1201a's from Audio Advisor, had them for almost 2 years and they havent failed on me yet.

THey do take a lot of heat on Audio Review.com for bad build quality. All 5 of mine have worked flawlessly for 2 years, left powered on 24/7.

If you can find used Marantz ma700's, I think they are a better buy, due to potential build quality issues with the Parasounds....but brand new Parasounds will cost less and sound very good to my ears.

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#20 of 22 OFFLINE   Mark C.

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Posted August 24 2001 - 10:51 AM

check out www.audioclassics.com

They have MA500 and MA6100 monoblocks for $215 each.

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