CEDIA 2017 was a big deal for Marantz, now a part of Sound United along with Denon, Polk Audio, Definitive Technology, and Boston Acoustics. At the show, the 107 year old company debuted two new top-tier AVRs, the SR7012 and SR8012.
These new units sport an up-to-date array of HDMI inputs and outputs to handle the latest video formats including HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). And on the audio side, this AVR can decode the three major 3D immersive audio formats: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D.
Of course these new units also handle a wide variety of two-channels formats and connectivity options. They all offer Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity and can stream music served at resolutions up to 192kHz/24-bit, or 5.6 MHz DSD. The use of dual-band Wi-Fi ensures reliable connectivity to local computers, NAS, and streaming services such as Pandora, SiriusXM, Deezer, Amazon Music, TIDAL, and Spotify Connect.
In keeping with the “Alexa is taking over the world” theme of CEDIA, the newest SR Series models will feature “Alexa Home Entertainment Skill” integration, which is coming September 19, 2017. With it, users will be able to use voice commands through Alexa to operate features such as power, track skipping, volume adjustment, and some others. Plus, come November, these new units will support the multi-room functionality that was recently announced by Amazon.
These new models pick up a plethora of features from their predecessors such as HEOS compatibility and the use of Audyssey MultEQ XT32 for room correction—now featuring compatibility with the Audyssey MultEQ Editor app. Also, on these models Auro-3D is no longer an option that costs extra, it’s included.
HDMI eARC is new for 2017 and offers support for sending object-based 3D immersive audio (such as Dolby Atmos) from a TV to an AVR or pre/pro by using the same HDMI cable that sends video from the AVR to the TV. Now you can stream using your TV’s built in apps and still enjoy state-of-the-art sound.
The SR8012 ($2999), which is the company’s new flagship AVR, is an 11.2-channel model that includes 192kHz/32-bit DACs and 140 watts per channel of amplification (two channels driven). This self-contained home theater powerhouse. It sports eight HDMI inputs and three outputs and does not require any additional amplification to power a 7.2.4 immersive-audio system.
The innards of the Marantz SR8012 are a sight to behold
For the 9.2-channel SR7012 ($2199) I direct you to the Marantz website, where you can read up on all the details by following this link: Marantz SR7012 Overview. And you can find tons of information about the AV7704 11.2-channel AV preamp/processor ($2199) by clicking this link: Marantz AV7704 Overview.
Here’s a quick spin around the SR8012 with the cover off, as shown at CEDIA 2017
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