Marantz has announced a wealth of products this year – having announced the NR1607 network AV receiver and the SR6011 home theatre network receiver just to name a few. Now the company is announcing yet more products with it officially confirming two new flagship products – the SR7011 AV receiver and the AV7703 AV processor.

Earlier this year Denon promised to bring its HEOS technology to its entire range of products, including those made by Marantz. Both of Marantz’s latest products keep to that promise, offering HEOS technology alongside other streaming features.

The Marantz SR7011 A/V receiver is a 9.2-channel model offering up to 125W of power per channel. The receiver also features two preamp outs, allowing for the addition of an external power amplifier to create an 11.2-channel setup. As with many Marantz AV receivers, the SR7011 still supports the popular 3D object-based audio formats Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, with 5.1.4 configurations available out of the box. Installers can get up to 7.1.4 configurations by adding an external two-channel amplifier.

While Dolby Atmos and DTS:X are available out of the box, Marantz is also supporting Auro-3D – although it will only be available via a paid software upgrade.

In terms of inputs, Marantz has included eight HDMI ports all supporting HDCP 2.2. It also has 4K/60Hz passthrough, including support for 4:4:4 colour, HDR and BT.2020. As this is Marantz’s flagship AV receiver features that customers have come to expect are also supported – which includes analogue to HDMI conversion and a built-in upscaler to take HD and SD content to near-4K quality.

While the SR7011 is Marantz’s flagship AV receiver – those looking for a specific AV processor now have the option of the AV7703. Marantz says that the AV7703 offer all of the same functionality as the SR7011 receiver, although without the power amplifer.

Those who think the absence of a power amplifer would be detrimental to the AV7703 vs the SR7011 will be mistaken. Marantz says that because it doesn’t need to worry about power it is able to use higher-quality components for its pre-amp section. This includes a power supply using audiophile-grade ELNA capacitors and a circuit board using Marantz’s HDAM technology.

Alongside Denon’s HEOS functionality, both these new products from Marantz have Bluetooth, AirPlay, dual-band WiFi, Ethernet as connectivity options. In terms of streaming services, Marantz has included Spotify Connect, Pandora, SiriusXM, Deezer, Amazon Music and Tidal. High-resolution audio is supported in standard formats up to 192kHz/24bit, in addition to DSD 5.6 MHz.

Both the S7011 AV receiver and AV7703 AV processor are set to arrive in the UK – although release dates and pricing has yet to be revealed.

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