NAP V175 feeding Marantz (to the rescue)

Dear Naimees,

my old and beloved Marantz SR 8002 died (again). After a power supply failure and a repair lat year, now the power amplifier section died (Actually on a home and alone session of MAD MAX Fury Road). How can I now this? Because the front via Superuniti is well and alive. Therefore, it is stereo only in movies for now. I already miss the voice presentation from the N-Cent, which is a clear indication that I 'am not ready to give up on AV. However, I like the HD-Sound Standards in movies very much. So, AV2 is no option. I was thinking of keeping the old Marantz and plug it to the NAP 175, which is still rather expansive and hard to find (around 700 EUR). Those pieces are all around 12 years old. Does it make sense to spend that money on a decade old power amp? Is it possible to refurbish/recap, or somehow refresh the amp?

I 'am grateful for advice...


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The SR 8002 is from 2007/08 and is very solidly build. I like the sound, however, I have never been able to compare it to other brands. The receiver is able to decode Dolby TrueHd, etc, which I found a revelation back in the day coming from DVD and compressed formats. I will never plunge into 3Dsound. Thats the reason I like to keep the Marantz. 

The used NAP 175 I found are all around 10 years old, still expansive, and if you consider recapping, even more so (and the required cable).

I 'am really tempted to go for the sound improvement. With the NAP in place you can go in all directions, for example into the Emotiva, as they call it appropriately: MC-700
7.1 CHANNEL / 4K HDR / SURROUND SOUND PROCESSOR. No fancy video processing, mainly sound processing.

What I really hate with recent av-technology is the redundant features your have to purchase...


...a subsequent question: one of colleagues told me that naim power amplifier have problems with speaker cable running together in close vicinity like in a cable channel. My rear channel cables are running together in one of those channels for about 10 to 15m. Would that be a problem for a NAP 175 with 2 rear speakers with 4 ohm impedance?

My NAP-V175 has performed flawlessly with KEF-Q10 and Totem Model One Signatures; I have not checked their ohm ratings.  4 ohms is not uncommon; I would not worry.

No Hi-Fi systems are guaranteed to perform optimally with indifferent wiring.  It is a good idea to adhere to Naim’s recommendations, whether you buy their products or not, IMHO.


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