Marantz Debuts Two New Wireless Streaming Amps: The MODEL M1 and MODEL M4

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(May 29, 2024) Marantz is closing out May by launching two new music-oriented models: the MODEL M1 Wireless Streaming Amplifier and the MODEL M4 Wireless Distribution Amplifier.

Let's start with the MODEL M1, which carries a price tag of $1,000. Despite its small size (9.41” W x 8.54” D x 3.31” D), the M1 packs a potent punch with 100 Watts of stereo output (8 ohms, 0.005% THD). This means it can power a wide range of speakers, from small bookshelf models to larger tower speakers. It also supports a single subwoofer for deep bass, with advanced configuration options allowing for full adjustment of both high-pass-filter and low-pass-filters along with +/-15dB of subwoofer level trim.

To beef up the M1's audio prowess, Marantz gave it capabilities that extend beyond CD-quality sound. Its clean, all-digital pipeline – from input to output – is shaped by a "full high-resolution music experience over streamed services, your network, or even USB." This includes 24-bit/192kHz PCM and DSD, which provide a richer and more detailed listening experience.

The MODEL M1 makes streaming music a breeze. Use the HEOS app to access all the music services available on the HEOS platform, including the soon-to-be-released updates for TIDAL and Roon Ready support, and share them with other HEOS-enabled products in the Marantz portfolio, including both stereo and AVR components, for whole-home Marantz sound (scalable up to 32 discrete zones). Additionally, it supports Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, and AirPlay2, giving owners plenty of access to various sources such as phones, tablets, and laptops. You can even play audio from a locally connected USB-A drive, making this compact product a powerhouse of connected, streamed, and network-served high-resolution audio.

Vinyl lovers will appreciate connecting to any turntable with an onboard phono stage or a separate, external phono amplifier using the MODEL M1’s line-level RCA analog inputs.

Rounding out the M1's multipronged audio attack is its ability to source audio from a TV through HDMI eARC. Not unlike a traditional soundbar, the M1's HDMI eARC connection accepts audio signals directly from a TV, supported by Dolby Digital+ decoding and special features like Dialogue Enhancer (improves voice intelligibility) and Virtual mode (creates a surround sound effect even from stereo content). An eARC connection also allows owners to control the amplifier with a TV remote.

The Marantz Model M4 ($3,499) is like the M1 but is designed for more complex installations. It's larger (16.34" W x 4.17" D x 17.4" H) and takes up the entire width of a 19" rack, as opposed to the M1's half rack presence, but it can distribute audio to four independent zones, each benefiting from its own HEOS module. The M4 delivers 100 Watts of output per channel (8 x 100 Watts total), giving it enough muscle to command a sizable whole-home audio system, and much like the M1, it carries digital optical and RCA analog inputs while offering onboard decoding of Dolby Digital+.

You can order the MODEL M1 and MODEL M4 directly from Marantz with free shipping and 30-day returns (click model names for links). Note that we might receive a small commission through affiliate sales and provide links for community members and readers to help support the site.
 

Robert Zohn

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I saw Marantz's new M1 Wireless Streaming Amplifier, and the new M4 Wireless Distribution Amplifier at ProSource's Power Member Conference on May 15th.

I immediately place our opening PO for our display/demo and back-up stock.
 

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The M1 reads like a super interesting device. It’s so small! Kind of reminds me of what SVS sells in its prime wireless amp… only bigger.

Did you get a chance to handle it?
 

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Def Tech DI 6.5R
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Velodyne DD18
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OPPO UDP-205
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Sony XBR-65A1E, LG C7, Sony VPL-VW5000ES projector
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Da-Lite 133" fixed w/motorized masking
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MX-990
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Yes, the M1 was passed around the room to everyone to handle and they also had one set-up to demonstrate the very impressive audio quality.
 
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