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    Marantz Presents Its First Dolby Atmos AV Preamp

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    During a post CEDIA conversation with Jerry, he told me how Dolby Atmos was going to be big. Although skeptical about adding additional speakers in my low ceilings, I have been reading about the technology. I ran across this announcement at HomeTheaterReview regarding the release of Marantz's first AV preamp, featuring Dolby Atmos audio processing.

    This month, Marantz will begin selling its first Dolby Atmos-capable AV preamp, the AV7702 ($1,999). The company first hinted at this product back in July, and now the full details are provided below.

    From MarantzMarantz, a world leader in advanced audio technologies, is about to release its first Multichannel A/V Preamplifier with Dolby Atmos capability, the AV7702. True versatility paired with renowned Marantzaudio performance will let home cinema enthusiasts experience a new world of enveloping sound in theirhome theater. At the same time, the newcomer comes with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and the latest audio and video processing technologies. The AV7702 ($1,999.00 MSRP) is expected to be available in black in October 2014.

    Born from its highly acclaimed predecessor, the new AV7702 comes with the latest current feedback topology and the Marantz's own developed high-definition HDAMs, to deliver the power and finesse to astonish any listener. Thanks to its built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, it opens up to nearly unlimited music sources, such as Internet Radio, Spotify Connect, Pandora, SiriusXM, and AirPlay. Via DLNA network streaming, the AV7702 can play music files stored on a PC or external storage unit. Almost any file is possible including MP3, WMA, FLAC HD, ALAC, WAV192/24 & AAC. Gapless, DSD, and AIFF are also supported for the full enjoyment of live concerts or classical recordings. To round up the connectivity options, it comes with an iPod digital-compatible USB input and a Phono MM input for vinyl fans.

    The video section comes with advanced video processing, support of the latest HDMI standard (4K 60Hz pass-through), 7+1 HDMI inputs and three outputs for main zone & multizone. Even more, the AV7702 features high-quality video processing technology to upscale standard of high-definition video to Full HD 1080p and even 4K full rate (50/60 Hz). All guarantee complete compatibility with the latest HD displays and HD source devices.

    Thanks to its four DSP (Digital Sound Processing) engines, the AV7702 is capable of handling up to 11.2 channels to fully support Audyssey DSX, DTS Neo:X 11.1, as well as the latest decoding technology Dolby Atmos. The home theater enthusiast will be flooded with the absolute ultimate in surround sound sensation. With Dolby Atmos, sound comes alive from all directions, including overhead, to fill the home theater with astonishing clarity, power, detail, and depth. The AV7702 has the processing power to run a more enveloping 7-, 9-, or 11-channel Dolby Atmos layout using 5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.2, 7.1.4 or 9.1.2 configurations utilizing ceiling mounted or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers. A 5.1.2 or 5.1.4 speaker configuration is based upon a traditional 5.1 speaker layout complemented by 2 or 4 overhead or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers. A 7.1.2 or 7.1.4 configuration is based on a 7.1 speaker layout with 4 overhead or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers. A 9.1.2 configuration is based on a 9.1 speaker layout with 2 overhead speakers.

    To finish off, the AV7702 owns 13.2-ch pre-out capability (11.2ch XLR, 13.2ch RCA) for extreme versatility in amplification options. The most advanced Audyssey MultEQ XT32 (Pro ready) room correction suite adds to the most accurate calibration of the speakers to guarantee that every seat in the room is a 'sweet spot' for audio. Audyssey LFC reduces the transmission of low frequency sound through walls something your neighbors are sure to appreciate, while Audyssey Sub EQ HT cares for perfect integration of twosubwoofers in the home theater setup.

    AV7702 Multichannel A/V Preamplifier with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth - Main Features
    • WiFi and Bluetooth built in
    • Big trapdoor design
    • Current Feedback topology and new Marantz HDAM
    • Dolby Atmos
    • Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio
    • Audyssey MultEQ XT32, LFC, Sub EQ HT, Pro ready
    Audyssey DSX; DTS Neo:X (11.1 ch)
    • 13.2-ch pre-out (11.2-ch XLR, 13.2-ch RCA) and 11.2-ch signal processing
    • Latest HDMI version with 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 resolution
    • 7+1 front HDMI in / 3 HDMI out (2 + 1 zone) (4K 50/60Hz, 3D, ARC, Deep Color)
    • HDMI scaling 1080p, 4K 50/60 Hz
    • ISF video calibration
    • MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA, AIFF
    • HD Audio streaming: FLAC 192/24, DSD, ALAC
    • Gapless Playback
    • USB port
    • Spotify Connect*, Pandora*, Sirius XM (*where available), Flickr, Internet Radio support
    • Phono (MM) input
    • Setup Assistant and Advanced GUI
    • 4 Smart Select buttons for fast selection of listening presets
    • RS-232

    Marantz Remote App for iOS and Android devices
    Hmmm, I might need an upgrade. Anyone looking to add Dolby Atmos to their home theater?

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    Senior Member David Vaughn's Avatar
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    I've been doing the research into how I'd add Atmos to my room. Given that I have a cathedral ceiling, I have to go with in ceiling speakers for sure. I've though about building some angled boxes that would mount onto my ceiling and then mount the in-ceiling speakers within those angled boxes (hard to explain, but I could make a drawing). That way the speakers would be angled directly "down" instead of firing towards the back of the room because of the angle of the ceiling. One nice thing is that they'd be higher up than the usual room and the cone dispersion would be wide (which is a good thing to have). I also found some sealed in-ceiling enclosures that would work perfectly for what I'm attempting to do.
    David Vaughn
    Technical Writer/Blu-ray Reviewer
    Sound and Vision Magazine

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    I know what you are talking about, with the use of angled boxes. My issue would be really low ceilings in my basement home theater. I would have to measure, but it's less than eight feet for sure.

    What processor are you considering, David?

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    Senior Member David Vaughn's Avatar
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    Haven't decided yet. I have requested to review the Flagship Marantz Pre/Pro and I'm thinking of using Parasound Z-amps to power my Atmos speakers (4 of them). I'm leaning towards Triad speakers for the Atmos speakers overhead because they make sealed ceiling speakers, which would work really well for my room, but I'm not sure how they will integrate with my M&K speakers. Frankly, I don't want to spend thousands of dollars on "ambiance" speakers if I don't have to. Damn this hobby can get expensive!!!
    Last edited by David Vaughn; 10-01-2014 at 11:22 AM.
    David Vaughn
    Technical Writer/Blu-ray Reviewer
    Sound and Vision Magazine


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