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Marantz launch 2016 AV Receiver range including flagship SR7011

Style never goes out of fashion

by Steve Withers Jun 15, 2016 at 1:06 PM


  • Although Marantz is predominantly associated with HiFi, the manufacturer has been producing a range of AV Receivers that constantly surprise with their winning combination of style, performance, features and price.
    There's no doubt that Marantz have benefited from being part of the D+M Group and thus sharing a basic AVR platform with Denon. The result has been a range of receivers, from both brands, that offer easy setup, an intuitive menu system, extensive features and a sensibly laid-out rear panel. There are differences, of course, with each brand choosing a different approach to the look and overall sound of their AVRs but the two brands are clearly siblings. Where Marantz have really been successful is in developing a range of great sounding AV Receivers that are also very competitively priced. As an example, last year's flagship AVR the SR7010 can be picked up for less than £1,000, which is insanely good value.

    So what do you do when you already offer a range of receivers that include Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro-3D and Audyssey EQ, along with support for 4K Ultra HD, HDCP 2.2, High Dynamic Range and the BT2020 colour space; not to mention built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, support for Spotify and a handy new remote app. It's the same dilemma that faces stablemate Denon and Marantz's solution is the same, make what they already do perform even better. To start with, Marantz have fine-tuned their already excellent AVR Setup Assistant. The new version makes setting up and getting the best from your new AV Receiver even easier. Marantz have also upgraded many of the audio components in their receivers, in order to improve the overall sound quality and performance.


    Marantz have also added support for the Audyssey smartphone app this year. Audyssey Pro is being phased out in 2016, to be replaced by a dedicated app that will provide many of the same features in an easier to use fashion. The app will make these features accessible to consumers as well as custom installers and at a fraction of the cost. The new app will be available from October, at a cost of €19.99. The app will guide the user through the Audyssey calibration, using the included Audyssey microphone for auto calibration. The app will also allow the user to check correction results, set target sound options, adjust frequency roll-off, set mid-range compensation controls and save, load, view and print results. Finally, although not officially a new feature, because Marantz shares a basic platform with Denon their flagship AV7703 AV Pre Amp and SR7011 AV Receiver will include HEOS connectivity.
    The Marantz line-up for 2016 is as feature-packed and competitively priced as ever, with the AV7703 and SR7011 even including HEOS
    Along with the inclusion of HEOS, the Marantz AV7703 Multi-Channel AV Pre Amp has processing for 11.2 channels, with 11.2 XLR and RCA outputs; there are also 13.2 preouts and 7.1-channel inputs. In terms of audio performance, the AV7703 includes a current feedback HDAM preamp and it supports Dolby Atmos 7.1.4, DTS:X & Neural:X 11.1 and Auro-3D (with an optional upgrade). It also has Audyssey MultEQ XT32/Sub EQ/LFC and the new Audyssey App. There are 8 HDMI inputs and 3 HDMI outputs with support for 4K, HDCP 2.2, HDR and BT2020, as well as built-in WiFi (2.4 and 5GHz) and Bluetooth. There is support for Spotify Connect, AirPlay, DSD, Hi Res Audio and gapless playback, as well multi-room capability thanks to the integration of HEOS. The AV7703 will be available in black, with a trap door design and an aluminium front, it will be launched in November and has a suggested retail price of £1,699.


    The SR7011 is Marantz's flagship AV Receiver and it has 9 channels of amplification built in, at 200W per a channel. It includes 11.2-channel processing and 13.2-channel pre-outs and has a current feedback HDAM Preamp. The AVR supports Dolby Atmos 7.1.4, DTS:X & Neural:X 11.1 and Auro-3D (with an optional upgrade) and includes Audyssey MultEQ XT32/Sub EQ/LFC and the new Audyssey App. There are 8 HDMI inputs and 3 HDMI outputs with support for 4K, HDCP 2.2, HDR and BT2020, as well as built-in WiFi (2.4 and 5GHz) and Bluetooth. There is also support for Spotify Connect, AirPlay, DSD, Hi Res Audio and gapless playback, as well multi-room capability thanks to the integration of HEOS. The SR7011 will be available in either black or silver-gold, with a trap door design and an aluminium front, it will be launched in September and has a suggested retail price of £1,399.


    The next receiver in the new line-up is the SR6011, this also has 9 channels of amplification built-in, with each channel rated at 185W. The receiver has 11.2-channel processing, as well as 13.2-channel pre-outs, and includes a current feedback HDAM preamp. The SR6011 supports Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 and DTS:X & Neural:X 11.1 and includes Audyssey MultEQ XT32/Sub EQ/LFC and the new Audyssey App. There are 8 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs with support for 4K, HDCP 2.2, HDR and BT2020, as well as built-in WiFi (2.4 and 5GHz) and Bluetooth. There is also support for Spotify Connect, AirPlay, DSD, Hi Res Audio and gapless playback. The SR6011 will be available in either black or silver-gold, with a trap door design and an aluminium front, it will be launched in September and has a suggested retail price of £999.
    We really like the slim-line design used by the Marantz NR1607 and we're surprised that more manufacturers haven't followed suit
    Finally, there's Marantz's latest slim-line AV Receiver the NR1607. This uses a very attractive slim-line chassis and is a great choice for anyone who wants a multi-channel solution in their lounge without a huge black box at the front. It's a great idea and we're surprised that more AVR manufacturers haven't followed suit. Despite using a slim-line chassis, the NR1607 still manages to cram plenty inside, with 7 channels of built-in amplification, rated at 90W per a channel. The receiver supports Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 and DTS:X (with a future update) and includes Audyssey MultEQ and the new Audyssey App. There are 8 HDMI inputs and support for 4K, HDCP 2.2, HDR and BT2020, as well as built-in WiFi (2.4 and 5GHz) and Bluetooth. There is also support for Spotify Connect, AirPlay, DSD, Hi Res Audio and gapless playback. The NR1607 will be available in either black or silver-gold, it will be launched in June and has a suggested retail price of £599.

    It looks as though Marantz will have another strong line-up this year and if the manufacturer can combine all these features with an even better level of performance, then they could turn out to be some of the best value receivers available in 2016.

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