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    Marantz AV7701

    Marantz Debuts New AV7701 Preamplifier With 4K Video Support
    Marantz has just released its 7.2-channel AV7701 Preamplifier (SRP:$1,699).

    The AV7701 features Apple?s AirPlay, which lets users stream iTunes music, whether from a Mac or PC, as well as directly from their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The AV7701 features the Marantz chassis design, with an aluminum front panel, the traditional Marantz star and the recognizable illuminated Marantz front porthole display. The AV7701 is scheduled for availability this month.

    Network and streaming functions in the AV7701 allows users to listen to portable devices via Bluetooth, with the optional RX101 Bluetooth adapter, or when connected to a home network, users can enjoy thousands of internet radio stations via Pandora and SiriusXM Internet Radio services, as well as the Spotify music service. The AV7701 is also DLNA 1.5 certified for compatibility with multimedia PCs and other devices. A front panel USB port allows for direct connection to portable devices, and two sets of main audio outputs are provided, including 7.2 channel unbalanced (RCA) jacks as well as 7.2 channel balanced (XLR) outputs.

    The AV7701 features the latest video processing technologies, and includes the ability to upconvert SD and HD content to 4K high resolution video (3840x2160) for compatibility with advanced video displays. Users may control the AV7701 using the newly designed Marantz Remote App.

    Connectivity options abound, including seven HDMI inputs, along with three HDMI outputs, all compatible with 3D and 4K content. Two of the HDMI outputs let users play their favorite movies and shows on two separate HDTVs, while the third HDMI output lets viewers in another room watch a second program from another source. Both main HDMI outputs feature Audio Return Channel functionality. There are also multiple analog video inputs, including component and composite video for hooking up legacy standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) sources, as well as a 7.1 channel audio input.

    The AV7701 features the latest digital audio decoders, including Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Pro Logic IIx, along with DTS-HD Master Audio. There's also the option for configuring the system to deliver additional front height or front width channels to expand the front soundstage, and the AV7701 can also be configured for bi-amp mode for the front main (L/R) speakers. The AV7701 also features Marantz HDAM discrete pre-amplifier modules.

    Audyssey?s MultEQ XT automatic room acoustic correction system analyzes the sound output from every speaker in the room (microphone included), and generates precision digital filters that provide optimum sound quality with virtually any combination of speaker sizes and types. Audyssey Dynamic EQ delivers full range sound quality regardless of the volume control setting. Audyssey DSX processing provides the option of additional front height or front width sound channels, expanding the front soundstage. Marantz M-DAX audio processing is also included, which re-processes compressed audio sources to deliver the full dynamic range of the original musical performance.



    Tracy I need you on the case here with a review at your earliest convience. ie. before Black Friday/Boxing Day....lol

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    I'm still shocked at the lack of XT32 support. Not much point to upgrade, IMO.

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    I'm in line to review this for the magazine and I'm shocked that it doesn't have XT32 support either. Maybe they're going to release a higher end unit that offers it???
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    They could have really taken a bite out of the Integra 80.3 offering if they put XT32 into it at $1699. Maybe they're planning, as you say, to bring back their 8XXX series of preamp to compete with the higher priced offering of the 80.3 instead.

    I'm still shocked by this. Even the Onkyo 818 AVR (which can be had for $1k) has XT32, so I can't imagine cost is a factor here.

    Basically this tells me Marantz simply made a few firmware upgrades to the AV7005 versus bothering to invest more R&D into it. Heck, the unit is what, 2 years old and still selling at MSRP or close to it just recently. I have to imagine the sales of that unit and the SR7005 have been more than they anticipated and they're trying to milk it some more given XT32 still isn't available in many units these days.

    Will be interesting to see how many more AVRs and processors XT32 does trickle down to this year and if Marantz gets burned here.

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    Looking forward to it.

    So was I shocked at lack of XT32. As mentioned before one of the reasons I was so pissed at the demise of the 978.

    David on a slightly different note I caught your review of the Sony BDP-S790 last night. Liked it. For the record. The Sony and the Oppo are built with THE SAME SONY COMPONENTS. As you said picture quality is on the par with Oppo. The build quality is not the same but the internals are. That's why I am surprised that it has taken this long for the picture quality to be compared on par to the Oppo. I like the Sony because of its entertainment suite i.e Slacker.

    The previous gen did have a problem with clipping Blacker than Black and Whiter than White. As per Secrets of Home Theater. Wonder if this has been cured or corrected.

    Alan.


    P.S. Davids' review of the Sony's BDP-S79 is on the Home Theater site.
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    Here's the link to the Sony: Sony BDP-S790 Blu-ray 3D Player | Home Theater
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    The best Blu-ray players I’ve used are the Oppo BDP-93 and BDP-95, and while the Sony BDP-S790’s build quality is inferior to the Oppos’, its performance equals theirs in nearly every way.
    Audio as well?

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    Over HDMI I've never heard a difference between any player. Analog is a completely different story though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Vaughn View Post
    I'm in line to review this for the magazine and I'm shocked that it doesn't have XT32 support either. Maybe they're going to release a higher end unit that offers it???
    I like that you're reviewing more components these days. Re: X32 support, I can't believe with the internet capabilities and USB ports on current AVRs and pre-pros that consumers can't go online and buy these applications online and install them themselves. Can you imagine if your computer or your phone were limited forever to the pre-installed factory software?

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    Great point Stephen. Then again, given all of the firmware problems with Blu-ray players and some AVRs, I'm not sure I would want more headaches with downloaded apps in my gear!
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