CEDIA 2018: Meet Marantz’s New Flagship 11.2-Channel AV7705 Preamp Processor
(September 19, 2018) Sound United had a massive presence at CEDIA 2018, showcasing a wide range of new gear from its impressive list of top-flight AV brands. One such brand – Marantz – used the limelight to reveal its all-new AV7705, a potent 11.2-channel pre-processor that holds the honor of being the industry’s first preamp to carry IMAX Enhanced certification.
First and foremost, the AV7705 is designed to drive an audiophile experience, carrying advanced high-end 32-bit AKM digital-to-analog converters on all channels along with decoding of 24/192 Hi-Res audio (ALAC, FLAC, WAV, and DSD 2.8/5.6). Much like its predecessor, the processor ships with unlocked support for Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D immersive sound formats, in addition to offering legacy codec multi-channel upmixing solutions from Dolby, DTS, and Auro.
Sound quality is further boosted by the deployment of the company’s proprietary Hyper Dynamic Amplification Module (HDAM) circuits, which function to minimize crosstalk and enhance overall signal resolution for superior channel separation and overall quality of audio imaging. Also, the AV7705 features Audyssey’s well-regarded MultEQ XT32 room correction suite which offers simple-to-follow setup instructions along with other selectable audio features.
On the video front, the AV7705 provides owners access to eight HDMI inputs (one front) with broad support of modern 4K video requirements, including BT.2020 passthrough and a range of High Dynamic Range formats (yes, Dolby Vision is on that list). Some future HDMI 2.1 features are also supported, highlighted by Enhanced Audio Return Channel or eARC (which supports the transfer of immersive sound audio from a TV to the processor through a single HDMI connection) and Auto Low Latency Mode or ALLM for an ultra-smooth Xbox One gaming experience.
Also due via an early 2019 firmware update is the processor’s IMAX Enhanced functionality, a marriage of audio and video enhancements offered by IMAX and DTS. To be clear, IMAX Enhanced was launched only weeks prior to CEDIA and information about the certification and its resulting performance parameters was limited at the show. In fact, preliminary branding logos were rushed for display – printed on stickers and slapped on gear meeting certification requirements. Press materials claim that IMAX Enhanced technologies will produce “clearer pictures and brighter images alongside immersive, heart-pounding audio.” So, for now, we’ll have to wait and see how this technology ultimately functions.
Of course, the AV7705 offers a wide variety of wireless functionalities, anchored by Marantz’s excellent HEOS platform which opens doors to app-based device and Alex voice controls, along with whole-home multi-room audio. Other exciting wireless features include Bluetooth, Apple Airplay 2, and access to a wide array of streaming services (TIDAL, Spotify Connect, Pandora, and more).
The AV7705 is priced at $2,199 and is available for purchase now.
- Todd Anderson News Editor / Reviewer/ Senior AdminStaff MemberThread Starter
- Jan 20, 2017
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