Only a few days after Denon announced it was renewing its range of 8K AVRs with the Denon AVC-X2800H DAB, Denon AVC-X3800H, Denon AVC-X4800H and Denon AVC-A1H, it’s now Marantz’s turn to present the new Marantz Cinema 2022 series. It consists of the Marantz Cinema 70S, Marantz Cinema 60 DAB, Marantz Cinema 50 and Marantz Cinema 40 receivers, as well as the Marantz AV 10 AV preamplifier and the Marantz AMP 10 power amp. These latest generation Marantz receivers have a modernized design inspired by the brand’s premium hi-fi models. Like Denon, HDMI 2.1 connectivity is enhanced, with expanded support for 8K UHD at 60 fps and 4K UHD at 120 fps, as well as VRR, QFT, QMS, and ALLM technologies for gaming.
Marantz Cinema: a legacy
The new Marantz Cinema Series is a departure from the usual rectangular, stark design of most AVRs. The much more elegant and contemporary design of the Marantz Cinema receivers is inspired by the prestigious Marantz Model 40N and Marantz Model 30 hi-fi models, themselves influenced by Marantz electronics from the 1950s to the 1970s. The front panel integrates aluminum plates around the edges with golf ball-like dimples. A facelift that makes it easier to integrate these receivers into any interior, without having to hide them in an AV cabinet.
Marantz Cinema 70S: the most compact
As for each range, Marantz offers a compact model, here the new Marantz Cinema 70S. Only 10cm high, it is designed to be easily installed inside any cabinet or small space. Successor to the Marantz NR-1711, this new compact model has enhanced HDMI connectivity, with 6 HDMI inputs, three of which are HDMI 2.1 compatible. It supports 8K UHD at 60 fps and 4K UHD at 120 fps, as well as Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and HLG HDR formats. Gamers will benefit from gaming technologies including Automatic Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT) to reduce delay and enhance the gaming experience. Variable refresh rate (VRR) technology is also included to limit image tearing and improve overall accuracy.
With its compact size and its power of 2 x 50 watts into 8 ohms in hi-fi conditions, the Marantz Cinema 70S receiver is ideal for small living spaces. It can create a 7.2 channel or 5.2.2 channel configuration for the reproduction of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X tracks. Finally, the Marantz Cinema 70S receiver retains microphone-based acoustic calibration and numerous DSP modes, such as Dolby Atmos Height and DTS Virtual:X to create vertical channels from stereo or 5.1 streams.
The new Marantz Cinema 70S A/V receiver will be available from December 2022 at a price of €1000.
Marantz Cinema 60 DAB: 7.2 channels
The successor to the Marantz SR-5015, the Marantz Cinema 60 DAB receiver is a 7.2 channel Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 5.2.2 channel compatible model. It is capable of developing twice the power of the Marantz Cinema 70S, which makes it suitable for more demanding speakers. Like the latter, it has 6 HDMI inputs, three of which are compatible with UHD 8K 60 fps and 4K 120 fps, as well as with the various HDR standards and gaming technologies. A second HDMI output has been added to create multiple video zones.
The Marantz Cinema 60 DAB AVR will be available from October 2022 at a price of €1,400.
Marantz Cinema 50: 6 HDMI 2.1 inputs
The new Marantz Cinema 50 receiver upgrades its entire video connectivity to include 6 HDMI inputs that support UHD 8K 60 fps and 4K 120 fps. It has three HDMI outputs, including two HDMI 2.1. Naturally, all HDR functions (HDR Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and HLG) as well as the VRR, ALLM and QFT gaming modes are carried over to this model.
Compared to its predecessor, the Marantz SR-6015, the Marantz Cinema 5 receiver has two additional subwoofer outputs to power up to four separate subwoofers in a 9.4-channel or 5.4.4 and 7.4.2 channel configuration with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X tracks. Like its predecessor, it is IMAX Enhanced certified, but is also compatible with the Auro-3D format so the sound envelops the user.
The Marantz Cinema 50 8K A/V receiver will be launched from November 2022 at a price of €2000.
Marantz Cinema 40: 9.4 channels
The Marantz Cinema 40 amplifier is also a 9.4 channel or 5.4.4 and 7.4.2 channel Dolby Atmos compatible model. It is largely based on the design of the Marantz Cinema 50, from which it differs mainly by the addition of a seventh HDMI 2.1 input and a higher power output. It can therefore deliver up to 125W per channel in stereo, compared to 100W for the Cinema 50 in the same conditions. In addition, there is Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro-3D and Imax Enhanced compatibility, as well as Audyssey calibration and multiple gaming options.
The new A/V receiver will be launched in March 2023 at a price of €2,800. While waiting for its release, its very popular predecessor, the Marantz SR-7015, is still in the brand’s catalog.
Marantz AV 10 and AMP 10: the ultimate solution
At the top of the new Marantz Cinema range is the Marantz AV 10 processor and its Marantz AMP 10 power amp. The manufacturer’s ultimate home theater offer, this duo allows for a 16-channel system, with a power rating of 200 watts per channel into 8 ohms and 400 watts per channel into 4 ohms. The Marantz AMP 10 power amp is based on Marantz’s proprietary HDAM modules and newly developed Class D amplification. The Marantz AV 10 A/V preamplifier features 15.4 channels, 7 HDMI 2.1 inputs with UHD 8K and 4K support, and the many streaming options found in theHeos ecosystem.
The new Marantz AV 10 and AMP 10 will each be launched at a price of €7000 in 2023.