Marantz has announced the AV7706, its new 8K surround AV pre-amplifier that features 11.2 channel XLR and RCA pre-outs.
Designed for use with high-quality external amplification like the Marantz MM8077, MM7055, and MM7025, the AV7706 is an AV processor as well as an analog preamplifier. Marantz’s proprietary HDAM circuitry in the preamp section ensures optimal channel separation, minimum crosstalk, and enhanced signal to noise ratio for precise detail resolution and stereo imaging. Additionally, it has ELNA capacitators in the analog section to ensure proper power and dynamic ability for traditional physical sources, like record players and CDs.
“The AV7706 enables the next chapter of entertainment with the highest quality, crystal clear viewing experience and masterful-quality external power amplification for the most demanding active speakers,” says Joel Sietsema, President, Marantz. “Our team continues to build on our storied 68-year history to set the standard for high-performance home cinema. Fans will enjoy the audiophile sound you expect from Marantz combined with the latest in video and audio decoding. As always, we are proud to deliver sophisticated engineering and our exquisite sound, all in a processor engineered to be the foundation of the most versatile premium performance home theater experience.”
It comes equipped with eight HDMI inputs and three outputs. One dedicated 8K input supports 8K/60Hz or 4K/120Hz pass-through capability, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, Dolby Vision, HLG, HDR10, 21:9 video, 3D, and BT.2020 pass-through while the latest HDCP 2.3 copy protection standard is supported on all HDMI inputs. Thanks to all of the latest HDMI technology and specifications, the AV7706 enables enthusiasts to experience HDR10+, Dynamic HDR, auto low latency mode (ALLM), variable refresh rate (VRR), quick media switching (QMS), and quick frame transport (QFT) support. 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.
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.
All new Marantz AV receivers and pre-amps offer extended support for easy custom integration, featuring OvrC and Domotz Pro, two major remote monitoring and management technologies along with a dedicated web user interface to set up the AV receiver from a computer on the same network. Installers can easily monitor the status of connected products and troubleshoot remotely from a separate location or on-the-go.
Additionally, with external RS232 and IP control capabilities, the AV7706 is easily customizable for use with third-party integration solutions. It also offers IP control capability for major third-party control devices, as well as Control4 SDDP (Simple Device Detection Protocol) certification for seamless integration with Control4 home automation equipment. IR (infrared) remote control input and output are included on the rear panel for remote control compatibility with other components in your home theatre system.
The Marantz AV7706 is available for an MSRP of US$2,499.