Just bought a AV7705 today. First time Marantz owner.
In 2001 I was using Yamaha AVR's HT/RX line, then in 2005 a Rotel RSP, then a Emotiva UMC in 2008, then an XSP-1 and Oppo 105 in 2013, and I've been using that until 2018, when I went Motu/Marantz just recently...
Will let you know what I think of it's SQ when it gets here.
Probably will take a week or whatnot to ship out/get here.
I need two HDMI outputs with 4K/60 preferably with color management, or at least ByPass.
Main HDMI input will be a Sony X700 which has HDR 12-Bit Dolby Vision support.
Fiber TV and XBOX for the remaining inputs.
I have no need for eARC or Streaming, or voice commands or multi-room/zones.
IMAX and Web UI's, as well as any Phone Apps would be "cool" but I don't require those features per-se.
I think for the most part I'll just be using the supplied remote.
HDMI to 7.1.4 XLR is all I truly care about, in purest mode. The rest is just value-add.
I will only be using the 7705 for movie-mode and only for direct digital decoding to 7.1.4 XLR. No Audyssey for me.
My Motu's handle all DSP and does bit-perfect in music-mode with the Sabre DAC, -180db SNR SW and -132db SNR HW etc.
Motu's handle the multi-channel multi-way actives and active subwoofer arrays (tri-channel bass). A poor-mans Trinnov 48 basically.
The Marantz and X700 replaces my XSP-1, Oppo 105 and Cleanboxes.
The Cleanboxes are without question the weakest link.
Should be a fairly large upgrade I'd imagine... 4K, Atmos, direct XLR, and all that good stuff! Can't wait...
I'm at work until Christmas/New Years, but I'll at least be able to test all the XLR outputs via my balanced HD800 headphones directly, until I can take the Marantz and X700 home with me and give it a full proper test.