Marantz’s 8K Ultra HD AV Surround Pre-Amplifier: Dynamism in fidelity
October 14, 2020
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With the promise of being the bedrock of any system demanding masterful fidelity, Marantz have announced the AV7706 8K surround AV pre-amplifier. Far beyond an AV processor, this analogue preamplifier comes with Marantz’s proprietary HDAM circuitry in the preamp section, ensuring optimal channel separation, minimum crosstalk and enhanced signal to noise ratio for precise detail resolution and stereo imaging. Additionally, ELNA capacitators together with other selected components in the analogue and digital section ensure exceptional power and dynamic ability for traditional physical sources, like record players and CDs as well as any digital media.

The new Marantz AV7706 provides ample connectivity options with eight HDMI inputs and three outputs. One dedicated 8K input supports 8K/60Hz or 4K/120Hz pass-through capability, while all other inputs support up to 4K/60Hz and 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, Dolby Vision, HLG, HDR10, 3D, BT 2020 pass-through and the latest HDCP 2.3 copy protection standard. Showcasing all the latest HDMI technologies and specifications, the AV7706 enables enthusiasts to elevate their video viewing, gaming and TV watching experience with HDR10+, Dynamic HDR, auto low latency mode (ALLM), variable refresh rate (VRR), quick media switching (QMS), and quick frame transport (QFT) support on all inputs. The video processor can also upscale any native video source up to 8K quality. In addition, the AV7706 features HDMI eARC which supports 3D audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X in masterful quality directly from the TV source.

For full immersion in multi-dimensional audio, the AV7706 supports the latest surround formats, including Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced, and Auro-3D.

The AV7706 has a dedicated pre-amplifier board featuring Marantz Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module (HDAM) technology that provides ultra-fast slew rate, true wideband performance and maximum dynamic range for optimum sound quality. A separated power supply is designed to just feed the analogue pre-amplifier stage. For highest fidelity and the widest dynamic range with lowest distortion, the AV7706 uses advanced reference-class 32-bit AKM D/A converters on all channels converting the digital signal coming from the two extreme powerful Sharc Griffin Lite DSPs to the analogue domain.

The Phono EQ stage is as well equipped with the Marantz HDAMs offering high speed signal handling and maintaining a clean audio signal for exceptional sound performance. In this way it protects the character of the music and its realism.

AV7706 Key Features

  • 11.2 channel XLR pre-out; 11.2 channel RCA pre-out
  • 2x Griffin Lite DSP for 3D audio: Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced, and Auro-3D processing for exceptional listening in all your favourite audio styles including Front Wide and Centre Height support
  • 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz pass-through support for every entertainment need
  • With 8K/60Hz pass-through and upscaling, Dynamic HDR and QMS, enjoy the smoothest, crystal-clear picture quality available
  • With 4K/120Hz pass-through, VRR, ALLM and QFT, experience gaming thrills with amazing imaging with reduced lag and tearing
  • The latest HDR format support including HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision, 4:4:4 color resolution and BT.2020, as well as Dynamic HDR provides exceptional brightness, clarity, and contrast for miraculous picture quality on all 8 HDMI inputs and 3 outputs
  • Advanced video processing with analogue to HDMI conversion; SD to HD/8K upscaling
  • eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) supports the most advanced surround and object-based audio formats via single HDMI connection between AVRs and compatible TVs
  • Dedicated pre-amplifier board with proprietary Marantz HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) for best acoustical performance
  • Oversized power supply with audiophile grade ELNA capacitors for fast and clean audio reproduction
  • Extended shielding to reduce the risk of interference to a minimum
  • Reference-class 32-bit AKM D/A converters on all channels ensures consistent high fidelity and precise channel matching across all channels for the ultimate listening experience.
  • Stream music from Internet Radio, Spotify Connect, Amazon Music HD, TIDAL, Deezer and more with Bluetooth, AirPlay 2 and HEOS® Built-in
  • Advanced room acoustic optimization by Audyssey MultEQ XT32, Dynamic Volume, Dynamic EQ, LFC, Sub EQ HT and professional tuning by optional Audyssey App for the most defined performance in any room incl. Dual Speaker Memory Preset

For price and availability of the Marantz AV7706 8K surround AV pre-amplifier in the UAE, please connect with the AV Consultants at DG+, Time Square Mall and select Sharaf DG stores across UAE.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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