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Marantz PM8006 volume control?

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Can anyone please tell me how man steps this volume control has? And is the volume knob motorized when using the remote control? Also wondering how well the volume can be fined tuned with the remote.

Final question. Anyone using it as a pre-amp with another amp?

 
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The PM8006 uses position driven an electronic volume control, set by the position of the control knob. It’s not precisely set in DB steps like some that have a digital volume display but it can be very granular with a light and quick touch on the remote. Better then most motor driven remote analog volume controls I’ve used that swing too much at low volume.

For very low volume sessions I tend to use the source for volume control of the last few db, I’m using an NAD c510 DAC (same DAC as the M51) to control between 0 and -10db or so after setting the PM8006 to a low initial volume.

I’ve not used the PM8006 as a preamp with an external power amp, but I have used its power amp direct feature when testing the c510, and Oppo ha-1 as preamps and will likely use this feature if I get around to trying an RME DAC which has the preamp functions I need like balance and tone controls.
The PM8006 has a very good volume control IMO, but it has no digital readout like some,
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The PM8006 uses position driven an electronic volume control, set by the position of the control knob. It’s not precisely set in DB steps like some that have a digital volume display but it can be very granular with a light and quick touch on the remote. Better then most motor driven remote analog volume controls I’ve used that swing too much at low volume.

For very low volume sessions I tend to use the source for volume control of the last few db, I’m using an NAD c510 DAC (same DAC as the M51) to control between 0 and -10db or so after setting the PM8006 to a low initial volume.

I’ve not used the PM8006 as a preamp with an external power amp, but I have used its power amp direct feature when testing the c510, and Oppo ha-1 as preamps and will likely use this feature if I get around to trying an RME DAC which has the preamp functions I need like balance and tone controls.
The PM8006 has a very good volume control IMO, but it has no digital readout like some,
jjk
Thanks! I appreciate your reply!

Since you own it, can you please tell me if the the curved part (the left and right side) of the front face plate is metal or not? (not that it really matters, but just curious)
 
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Thanks! I appreciate your reply!

Since you own it, can you please tell me if the the curved part (the left and right side) of the front face plate is metal or not? (not that it really matters, but just curious)
The flat part of the front is metal, the curved end caps appear to be plastic but I haven’t opened it to exam the backside of the end caps to verify. I don’t think you would be disappointed in the build quality. The internal pictures Ive looked at online look good.
I bought the amp to replace a similarly specked NAD c356 that I used for about 5 years. That amp still works fine, but has some seriously burnt looking components (it always ran very hot) and the volume control was pretty terrible via the remote.
the Marantz runs cool, and “seems“ to have more power, sounds better (subjectively) at low volume. I like, and use the extra tone control for the mids. It’s a nice amp.
 
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