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Preamp Advice Needed

I've been out of the keeping on top of Hi-Fi equipment game for about 20 years. Yesterday my year 2000 preamp shutdown and I am wondering if buying new at this point makes a lot more sense than getting this one fixed. Really would appreciate any advice based on what I will detail below!

Marantz AV9000 premap (no longer turns on)
Marantz MA700 monoblock amps (2)
B&W Nautilus 804 speakers in bi-wire configuration

Nearly 100% of my listening is via an Amazon Echo connected through an Echo Link (to get a digital signal) playing Amazon streaming music with their new HD Unlimited offering. Although initially this system was used as part of a HT setup, that is NOT the purpose today. I have no need for anything outside of 2 channels (no sub). This is music only.

The easiest thing for me to do would be to find another Marantz preamp and plug it into the existing setup. That's fine if the answer, but a lot has likely changed in 20 years so I'd love some opinions. Of course I could also ditch the monoblocks and go with a receiver if that makes more sense. Hate to toss aside good amps but if it makes sense here in 2019 then I would consider it. I am looking to spend sub $1k on this replacement and heck $600 or less would be great but I am open to thoughts on what may make sense for this setup.

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The new Marantz PM7000N has an MSRP of $999. A little negotiation and sell the MA700’s and you should be well within your budget.

https://www.us.marantz.com/us/produc...ductId=PM7000N
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@S2KMAN I just posted this in another forum. Audioholics says the best pre/pro (avr) available at $1k right now is the Denon x3600. Excellent preamp section if you want to use your existing monoblocks.

A little long and way above my head, but this makes it easier for non-audiophiles to understand

Or if you like onkyo, their webstore has this open box with 3 yr warranty https://www.onkyousa.com/product/web...ccaf-230919249

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Appreciate the replies. With the Marantz that might be the sort of thing that winds up happening, but hoping to at first find a lesser cost option that allows me to continue with the monoblocks. The Denon and others like it just seem like they might be overkill and more for HT setups. It feels like I just need the essence of what these can do in terms of a 2-channel setup. It was recommended to me that I look at the Emotiva PT-100. Certainly a lot cheaper but I admit features/functions of it are all I think I need. Don't know how the audio quality will stack up though.
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Appreciate the replies. With the Marantz that might be the sort of thing that winds up happening, but hoping to at first find a lesser cost option that allows me to continue with the monoblocks. The Denon and others like it just seem like they might be overkill and more for HT setups. It feels like I just need the essence of what these can do in terms of a 2-channel setup. It was recommended to me that I look at the Emotiva PT-100. Certainly a lot cheaper but I admit features/functions of it are all I think I need. Don't know how the audio quality will stack up though.
You can just get a Marantz NR1509 and use the pre-outs for your monoblocks. You even have sub-outs should you want to add a sub later. Of course you can go higher up the scale like SR5013/5014 for a full set of pre-outs and better room correction.
https://www.crutchfield.com/p_642NR1...tz-NR1509.html

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You can just get a Marantz NR1509 and use the pre-outs for your monoblocks. You even have sub-outs should you want to add a sub later. Of course you can go higher up the scale like SR5013/5014 for a full set of pre-outs and better room correction.
https://www.crutchfield.com/p_642NR1...tz-NR1509.html
That's a very interesting option! How do you see the 1509 vs the NR1200?
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That's a very interesting option! How do you see the 1509 vs the NR1200?
The 1509 leaves room for future expansion, has more features and also has audyssey with bass management. Since you won't be using the amp section, the 1509/1510 is a better option IMO.

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The 1509 leaves room for future expansion, has more features and also has audyssey with bass management. Since you won't be using the amp section, the 1509/1510 is a better option IMO.
Thanks very much. I ordered both the 1509 and the Emotiva so that I can compare. The former would let me dump the grossly overpriced Echo Link which would be a bonus but sound quality is the most import so we'll see. Appreciate it.
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