After Denon, it’s Marantz’s turn to introduce its new series of home theater amplifiers. And the 2022 vintage marks a major change for the brand with a superb new design, inaugurated on the manufacturer’s audiophile products, the Marantz Model 40n Network Player, Marantz CD 60 Audio CD Player or Marantz SACD 30n Player. We start our overview with the Marantz Cinema 70s, the slender specimen of the manufacturer’s range.
Another important novelty of this new series of equipment, the name Cinema present within the product references. This should be seen as the desire of the Californian firm Masimo, the new owner of Sound United (Bowers & Wilkins, Definitive Technology, Denon, Marantz, Polk Audio) since February, to position the Marantz brand in the premium Home Cinema market, in addition to the HiFi one.
Marantz Cinema 70s, main evolutions
The Marantz Cinema 70s is the worthy successor to the Marantz NR1711. Silm model (hence the “s” in the reference), of course benefits from all the specifications of the NR1711. As for novelties, we highlight a preamplifier mode on all channels with the addition of a Pre-Out 7.2 output (thanks to the space freed up by the disappearance of the YUV and Composite inputs/outputs) and the presence of three HDMI 2.1 inputs (against only one in the NR1711). Plus an OSD, 1080p color (not 480p). There is now a lot of information available on the screen, in particular about the nature of the input and output signals with, for example, the actually active channels.
Main specifications of the Marantz Cinema 70s
For the rest, we find the management of HDR10, HDR10+, HDR HLG and HDR10 technologies), Dolby Vision also offers dynamic metadata (static in HDR10) based on the images displayed, for more accurate rendering in low and high light conditions. . Important, to enjoy Dolby Vision content, every link in the graphics chain must support Dolby Vision, from calibration to display.”>Dolby Vision HDR, 8K UHD Upscaling up to 60Hz, and the ability to apply image processing available audio to a Dolby signal, for example, enabling DTS Virtual:X on a Dolby Digital 5.1 signal.
Going back to the HDMI 2.1 input/output, they support all the features of the standard: VRR, ALLM, eARC, QMS, QFT, Ultra HD 4K 120 fps up to Ultra HD 8K 60 Hz Upscaling (see our HDMI 2.1 standard news, official, technical and ergonomic additions welcome).
Marantz Cinema 70s, the sequel to the main specifications
Otherwise, the Marantz Cinema 70s still has seven channels of amplification, support for Dolby Atmos 3D audio processing, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization (to simulate height speakers in the absence of height speakers), DTS:X and DTS Virtual:X (for simulate the height speakers in case of their absence), without forgetting a more successful OSD.
In addition to the availability of the Bluetooth TX function to transmit the audio signal to suitable headphones in addition to the speakers. It is therefore possible to enjoy your music on speakers in the living room, but also in the kitchen or bedroom via wireless headphones.
Marantz Cinema 70s, Heos multiroom function and connectivity
For the rest, we find in this 7.2 Slim model the functions Works with Hey Google, Works with Alexa and the Siri assistant. The same goes for the multiroom functionality of Heos. So this amp can easily be transformed into a link in a larger audio chain with real Heos HS2 speakers, to add sound to a home.
In terms of equipment, there is also the display of signal or volume information superimposed on an Ultra HD/4K stream, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoders. Precision, the Marantz Cinema 70s is Roon Tested certified.
We also highlight compatibility with Bluetooth and dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz), the Spotify Connect function as well as access to Tidal and Deezer streaming services.
Otherwise, the Marantz Cinema 70s is a Class A/B model rated at 7 x 100 W RMS (into 6 ohms)/7 x 50 W RMS (into 8 ohms). There is a UPnP (DLNA) audio/photo gateway function associated with access to TuneIn web radios, AirPlay 2 certification, a front USB Host port and the ability to control the Marantz Cinema 70s with an Android/iOS smartphone/tablet , after downloading a dedicated app called Marantz AVR App for free. We still note the Gapless feature and support for MP3, WMA, AAC, Flac, Alac and Wav (up to 192kHz/24bit). Similarly, management of DSD 2.8/5.6 MHz formats and 4-ohm speakers is included.
Also present are Audyssey MultEQ, Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Audyssey Dynamic EQ processors, 192kHz/24-bit converters and a Source Direct mode. More MDAX2 processing to improve compressed music playback and an FM tuner.
Marantz Cinema 70s, larigot connectors
The connection therefore has six HDMI CEC inputs with HDCP 2.3 certification, three of them 2.0by, as already mentioned, three 2.1 plus a transparent output to Deep Color, xvYCC, 1080p/24 and 3D, Ultra HD or 4K signals. . There are also three stereo RCA, one Phono, one coaxial, one optical, one Pre‑Out 2.0 (zone 2) output, the aforementioned Pre‑Out 7.2 output, and two subwoofer outputs. In addition to seven pairs of screw terminals and a USB Host port (front) and another Ethernet.
Availability, in black or silver finish, in December. Indicative price: 999 euros.
Reminder of the key features of the Marantz Cinema 70’s:
• Model: 7.2
• Power: 7 x 100 W below 6 ohms, 7 x 50 W below 8 ohms
• THD (Total Harmonic Distortion): 0.08% (2 channel load)
• Inputs: 7 HDMI CEC (3 connectors 2.0b, 3 connectors 2.1), 3 stereo RCA, 1 Phono, 1 coaxial, 1 optical]1 USB Host port (front) and 1 Ethernet port
• Outputs: 1 HDMI 2.1 output (eARC function), 1 Pre-Out 7.2 output, 1 zone 2 RCA stereo, 2 subwoofer outputs, 1 headphone output, 7 pairs of screw terminal blocks
• OSD functions
• UPnP (DLNA) audio gateway functions
• ALLM functions
• VRR functions
• QFT functions
• QMS functions
• 4K/120fps Ultra HD capabilities
• 8K/60fps Ultra HD features
• Compatibility with Flac HD
• 2.8/5.6 MHz DSD support
• WAV support
• AirPlay 2 compatibility
• Compatibility with Alac
• MP3 compatibility
• WMA compatibility
• AAC compatibility
• DTS:X audio
•Dolby Atmos 5.2.2 sound
• Dolby Atmos audio height virtualizer function
• Virtual DTS: audio X
• Audio eARC function
• Audyssey Dynamic Volume Audio Processing
• Audyssey Dynamic EQ audio processing
• Audyssey MultEQ XT automatic audio calibration
• HDR10 video
•HDR HLG video
• HDR10 video), Dolby Vision also provides dynamic metadata (static in HDR10) based on displayed images, for more accurate representation in low or bright light. Important, to enjoy Dolby Vision content, every link in the graphics chain must support Dolby Vision, from calibration to display.”>HDR Dolby Vision
• BT.2020 video support
• Ultra HD video pass-through function
• 3D video ready
• HDR10+ video
• Ultra HD/8K (24/25/30/60) video upscaling function
• Ultra HD/4K (24/25/30/60/120) video upscaling function
• Network Control by IP
• Dual-band Wi‑Fi network (2.4/5 GHz)
• Bluetooth transmission network
• Media Google Assistant
• MultimediaAmazon Alexa
• Media Apple Siri
• Hi-Res Audio Streaming via USB/Network: Yes
• Internet radio: TuneIn
• Hi-Res Audio Certification
• HDCP 2.3 certification
• Headphone output: yes
• Other(s): integrated Heos multiroom module
• Dimensions (W x H x D, mm): 442 x 372 x 178 mm (Wi-Fi antennas extended)
• Consumption: 250 W (0.2 W in standby)
• Weight: 8.7kg
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