(February 15, 2021) Several years ago, we covered Sound United’s intention to re-delineate two of its most popular AV brands, Marantz and Denon. At the time, the company said it was launching a multi-year plan to push Marantz gear more upstream, with the MODEL 30 Integrated Amplifier ($2,999) and SACD 30n Network Audio Streamer ($2,999) kicking things off with September 2020 launches. Pricing and technologies aside, both models were injected with fresh styling that blended classic Marantz design elements with aggressive, modern appointments.
Today, Marantz is continuing its refresh efforts by releasing an all-new integrated amp, the MODEL 40n. Physically speaking, the MODEL 40n looks nearly identical to the MODEL 30, sporting an edge-lit faceplate surrounded by a futuristic-looking surface. Internally, however, the MODEL 40n is its own being, presenting a 70 watt per channel (8 ohms) Class A/B amp section, which is considerably lighter than the MODEL 30's. Price-wise, it’s lighter too, landing at $2,499.
Much like the MODEL 30, the 40n is built to satisfy the needs of a modern music fan, providing access to streaming, podcasts, digital libraries, and traditional sources. As Marantz’s president, Joel Sietsema, summarizes, “With our MODEL 40n we’ve further perfected the balance between what we’re known for – our sound – with added simplicity, gorgeous design, modern upgrades, and power. This product is truly ideal for those who require excellent performance yet find elegance in simplicity and ease of use.”
With built-in access to popular services like Spotify Connect, Apple Music, Pandora, TIDAL, and others, the MODEL 40n gives owners extreme latitude when choosing a streaming source. Onboard processing can handle Hi-Res audio files up to PCM 192 kHz and DSD up to 5.6Mz, with wireless access provided by AirPlay, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Sound United’s own HEOS multi-room streaming platform.
Broad wireless connectivity is complemented by a full array of digital and analog inputs, including a moving magnet phono stage and an HDMI input dedicated to Audio Return Channel (ARC) playback when connected to a TV. And not to ignore low-end lovers, an onboard sub-out with crossover adjustments enables the addition of a subwoofer.
Marantz says its engineering team recruited the company’s unique Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAMs) paired with discrete surface mount components and the shortest possible signal paths for precise bass transients and balanced mids and highs. Its amp section is bolstered by a large power supply transformer, four output transistors per channel, heavy copper bus bars, and very short power pathways for instantaneous current capabilities; the MODEL 40n is made to live with power-hungry speakers.
Usability is topped off with both a physical remote and compatibility with Siri, Alexa, Google, and Josh.ai, giving the MODEL 40n a high-level modern simplicity.
The Marantz MODEL 40n Integrated Amplifier will ship In Marantz Black and Silver Gold finishes for $2,499, with shipping starting in March 2022. For more information, go to the MODEL 40n’s product page. To purchase, visit an authorized Marantz retailer or go directly to www.marantz.com.