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    Default Marantz SR8400 vs Marantz MA 500

    Will there be a noticeable difference if I add two MA 500 external amps to my reciever (to drive the FR & FL). Currently my reciever is 110wx7 and the MA is a 125w monoblock. Noticeable difference, worth the price of $290?

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    YES. Just buy 'em.
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    Probably depends on your speakers as to the level of difference but probably would help. If you have demanding speakers, I would do MA700s....
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    FWIW there are a few Marantz MM-9000 amplifiers on Audiogon in the ~600 range. A 5 channel 150w amp and at that price it would leave money in your budget for a sub. I can't find any professional reviews on them and Marantz does not have much information on their web site. However if I had the money I would try one.
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    baboon,, yes the MA500 amps will help take the load off of your 8400 receiver.

    plus the MA500 amps are pretty inexpensive.

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    Amps are fun to experiment with, and just about any separate amp you add will make your system sound better. . . Fronts will have more power / headroom and it will leave more in the tank for your receiver to power the other speakers adequately.

    Buy 'em. You can sell for similar price no problem, if you don't notice a $300 difference.
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    IMO the sound will be fuller, maybe a little cleaner. The MA700's would be better but for the money give it a try. Like someone said if you aren't satisfied, flip it for what you paid.
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    A buddy of mine has a SR 6300 reciever and just recently added two MA500 amps to the front L/R channels. It definitely made an improvement in mid and low range making it more punchier. At low to moderate listening levels it is hard to hear much improvement but when you crank it up his speakers really sing.

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    I recently added a MA500 to power my center channel and it works great for the price. It's certainly an improvement over using a receiver. I used to own a MA700 and it was even better. Both have the same smooth sonic signature. I like the monoblock concept for HT because it is flexible and inexpensive. Sure, I'd love to get an awesome 5-channel amp someday, but IMO, the cost doesn't justify the improvement in sound for my modest system.
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    ive been runnin all old school marantz equ for bout 15 yrs now. reciever model 2325 a solid state rec, 135 watts per channel a early tube pre amp an thats all hooked up to a gas amp aka the ampzilla my room is filled up at half vol with bout 5oo watts

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