I've had the Marantz gear for many years. Recently had everything gone through and the pieces sound great. Came across an AR turntable just like the one I had in college and added a NOS cartridge. Still have a couple thousand lps from my previous higher end system. Realize the turntable placement isn't ideal but I had already ordered the Timbernation rack when I acquired the Crown EQ. Never had an EQ but have had fun fiddling with this one.
Though far from top of the line, I've been very happy with the Thiel speakers.