Marantz Debuts 8K Surround AV Pre-Amplifier

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Marantz today announced its new 8K surround AV pre-amplifier, the AV7706, which 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 not only an AV processor, it’s also an analog preamplifier with Marantz’s proprietary HDAM circuitry in the preamp section, ensuring what Marantz says is optimal channel separation, minimum crosstalk and enhanced signal to noise ratio for precise detail resolution and stereo imaging. Additionally, ELNA capacitors in the analog section ensure exceptional power and dynamic ability for traditional physical sources, like record players and CDs.

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, 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. Showcasing all the latest HDMI technology 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. 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. Other surround formats supported include Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced and Auro-3D

All new Marantz AV receivers and pre-amps offer extended support for easy custom integration. Features OvrC and Domotz Pro, two major remote monitoring and management technologies along with 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 theater system.

The Marantz AV7706 is $2,499USD MSRP (€2399/£2199 MSRP in Europe). Availability is expected in the US and Europe in mid-November. Go to the Marantz website for more information.

Watch a video introducing the Marantz AV7706 Pre-amplifier here: