The original Marantz AV7702 pre/pro receives a timely update with the recently announced AV7702mk2. It takes everything that’s great about the original model—11.2-channel immersive-audio processing, 13.2-channels worth of RCA outputs plus 11.2-channel XLR outputs, compatibility with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro 3D, plus a plethora of other features—and updates it with the latest HDMI specs and improvements to the preamp section.
The new Marantz AV7702mk2
Crucially, the new model adds HDMI 2.2 with HDCP 2.0a compatibility to all HDMI inputs. Unlike the flagship Marantz AV8802 pre/pro, the AV7702 does not offer an HDMI upgrade.
Some of the many features found in the AV7702mk2 include built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, 7.1.4 or 9.1.2 Atmos processing, Audyssey MultEQ XT32, music streaming service support, 192kHz/32-bit D/A converters for all channels, extensive internal shielding, Crestron Connect certification, a Phono input, and an iOS/Android control app.
In addition to the important HDMI upgrade, the mark 2 version of the AV7702 includes an improved preamp board featuring (high quality) ELNA capacitors. The company claims elevated performance from the use of HDAM circuits (that take the place of op-amps) and extensive shielding—this is a pre/pro with audiophile aspirations. Marantz suggests pairing it AV7702mk2 with the company’s line of power amplifiers, including the MM8077 7-channel amp, the MM7055 5-channel amp, and the MM7025 2-channel amp.
Support for HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2 is the key to unlocking the wonders of HDR (high dynamic range) video playback. With its update to AV7702mk2, Marantz offers forward compatibility with all the features offered by the forthcoming Ultra HD Blu-ray format including HDR (high dynamic range) and expanded color gamut. The AV7702mk2 can even pass BT.2020 color—not that any TV can display it.
A view of the rear of the Marantz AV7720mk2
The Marantz AV7702mk2 will ship this October and retails for $2200. Based on its feature set, it looks like a very compelling option for fans of immersive audio and surround-sound.