Marantz Receiver Breaks New Ground
Audio-video specialist brand Marantz, is celebrating the New Year in both style and substance.
The cause of the celebration is not just any new receiver. The latest SR7011 AV model is in fact the company’s new flagship AVR receiver, so it’s worth paying attention to what it offers.
The SR7011 is crammed with all the features required for the latest batch of audio and video formats from 4K to Auro-3D, and then some. But you can also rest assured that once it’s powered and driving complimentary speakers you’ll also hear that legendary, high-quality Marantz sonic signature.
As for all you digital wannabes, yes the SR7011 AV has a mountain load of network streaming goodies including HEOS multi-room.
In even better news, buyers can look forward to a special promotion for February and March, when a free HEOS 5 speaker is bundled with each SR7011 so buyers can enjoy instant multi-room music streaming in two rooms.
So what’s not to like? The SR7011 as befitting a flagship model, supports Dolby Atmos and DTS: X and what’s more you can buy a software upgrade to make it Auro-3D compatible, very soon.
As for multi-channeling, the new receiver has nine channels each rated at a hefty 125-watts along with 11.2-channel processing pre-outs.
It’s deemed by experts to have one of the most immersive surround formats with its ability to drive a full 5.1.4 enhanced surround system.
So who are these experts, do I hear you ask? None less than system calibrators who have played with the SR7011 and tell us it’s something special.
Marantz has carefully chosen to build the SR7011’s amplification using the brand’s HDAM (Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Module) technology along with selected components and Marantz’s patented Current Feedback topology for transparent sound on music and movies.
Setting up is a doodle thanks to the included Audyssey MultiEQ XT32 technology. Also provided is a total suite of desirable sound processing technologies comprising LFC, SUB EQ HT, Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ.
Connections are vast as expected and include eight HDMI inputs along with the latest HDMI and HDCP 2.2 specifications on all eight.
The SR7011 will support 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Colour sub-sampling, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and BT.2020 pass-through. It’s poised and primed for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc players, settop boxes and other contemporary 4K Ultra HD sources. The SR7011 up scales existing video content to 4K Ultra HD.
It has twin HDMI outputs to enable running a TV and Projector while a Zone 2 HDMI out is just dandy for multi-room audio-video.
The SR7011 is a music all-rounder providing Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking for music streaming at resolutions spanning 192kHz/24-bit and DSD5.6MHz. The Wi-Fi is dual-band to reduce the chances of interference. Owners of the SR7011 can play their fave music from computers or network storage and access streaming music from Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL and Spotify Connect or tune in to Internet radio.
The SR7011 has Bluetooth and AirPlay so you can stream direct from portable devices.
Notably, the SR7011 is the first of a new generation of Marantz gear with built-in HEOS technology to allow access to a bundle of enhanced ranges of music services, along with allowing fast content browsing using the HEOS App.
Built-in HEOS also ensures multi-room functionality allowing the SR7011 to morph into the HEOS multi-room system. The SR7011 is only available in black finish in Australia. RRP is $4,190
Marantz is available from Specialist Retailers.
One of the veterans of the Australian HiFi industry, if there's a speaker he's likely heard it or owned it at some point in his career. Peter was formerly the audio-video editor of the Herald Sun for over two decades.
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