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Marantz Launches New Flagship Receiver and Processor

Marantz has launched two new flagship models, the SR7011 AV receiver and the AV7703 AV processor.

Marantz SR7011 receiver

Marantz has launched two new flagship models, the SR7011 AV receiver and the AV7703 AV processor. The SR7011 combines all the features needed for the latest audio and video formats (from 4K to Auro 3D capability) with the company’s renowned sound quality. The AV7703 AV processor has everything required to make the most of the home cinema experience. Adding to their popularity, each comes with a wide range of network streaming technologies including HEOS multi-room. Both are expected to be available in October 2016. 

Building on decades of Marantz AV experience, the SR7011 offers not only decoding for all the latest high-resolution surround formats, but also handles analog and digital stereo signals. It is compatible with 4K Ultra High Definition video sources and displays. 

Dolby Atmos and DTS:X/Neural:X are built-in, with a payable software upgrade to enable Auro-3D imminent. The SR7011 has nine 125W channels of Marantz amplification onboard, plus 11.2-channel processing pre-outs, allowing it to make the most of these immersive surround formats with its ability to drive a full 5.1.4 enhanced surround system. The amplification features the company’s HDAM (Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Module) technology, selected components, and Marantz Current Feedback topology for the purest possible sound—whether slamming out an action movie or gliding through some gentle tunes.

Audyssey MultEQXT32 is provided for fast, accurate setup, while a whole suite of sound processing technologies, including LFC, Sub EQ HT, Dynamic Volume, and Dynamic EQ allow the user to make the most of the surround experience. 

The eight HDMI inputs provide the flexibility for even the most complex home entertainment system, and with the latest HDMI and HDCP 2.2 specifications on all eight, the SR7011 supports 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 sub-sampling, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and BT.2020 pass-through. Twin HDMI outputs allow users to run both a TV and a projector, and units also feature a Zone 2 HDMI out, allowing multiroom audio/video.

For music, the SR7011 is also equipped to become the heart of any home entertainment system, with both Wi-Fi and ethernet networking for music streaming at resolutions up to 192kHz/24bit and DSD5.6MHz. Dual-band Wi-Fi reduces the chance of interference, and users can play music from computers or network storage, access streaming music such as Pandora, SiriusXM, Deezer, Amazon Music, TIDAL, and Spotify Connect (where available; subscription required), or listen to internet radio. The SR7011 also has built-in Bluetooth and AirPlay for direct streaming from portable devices. As the first of a new generation of Marantz products with built-in HEOS technology, the SR7011 now has more ways to access an enhanced range of music services, as well as fast content browsing with the HEOS app—so users can find and play tunes almost instantly.

HEOS also enhances the multi-room functionality of the SR7011 by allowing the AV Receiver to become part of the HEOS multiroom system. This offers an integrated system rather than pre-existing individual wireless speaker components, optimizing the ability to share whatever users are enjoying with other HEOS speakers and components around the home.

Also new from Marantz is the latest in a long line of home cinema pre-amplifier/processors, the AV7703. With all the processing and format capability of the SR7011, including Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro 3D, plus full 4K UHD video capability and HEOS multiroom, the AV7703 is designed to be used with high-quality external power amplifiers like the Marantz MM8077, MM7055, and MM7205. It has 11.2-channel pre-outs on both conventional RCA sockets and balanced XLRs. At its core is the same Audyssey technology and Marantz audio design used in the SR7011.

The AV7703 is designed not just as an AV processor but also as an analog preamplifier, with a specially designed analog audio circuit board using Marantz HDAM technology. This preamp section is designed for optimal channel separation, minimal crosstalk, and enhanced signal-to-noise ratio for precise detail resolution and stereo imaging. An oversized power supply for the analog section uses audiophile-grade ELNA capacitors to ensure excellent power and dynamic ability. Designed to form the core of a modular home entertainment system, it can be used with active speakers on all channels, including two subwoofers.