I had both models in a secondary room....sold the Marantz. a) Yammy is 300 bucks cheaper than the Marantz b) Yammy is a 1 box solution and the built in DAC is quite good. You will need a DAC with the Marantz c) Yammy is a power house and will manhandle any kind of speaker out there including maggies. Marantz will go flaccid on you with difficult speakers. d) Modern Yammy's sound nothing like vintage Yammies (which were not to my taste). This specific Yammy is mature, meaty with adorable mids and ever so slightly rolled off highs to be a bit more forgiving on lousy recordings. This Marantz's voicing is the run of the mill V-curve pleaser for guys who are into that (usually coming fresh off the boombox ). Some much higher priced Marantz models deviate from this annoying voicing for sure. e) Yammy (in general) = wonderful sounding (for the price) from a humble brand with the engineering clout to bury a Marantz anyday (or any other brand out there really), Marantz (in general) = overall lousy deal for what it is, but gets more approval by some brand name snobs who think the name Marantz gave them more apparent audiophool street cred. Hope that helps! Now, let me get back to playing my wonderful piano made by Yamaha on this fine Friday morning!