After Denon, it’s Marantz’s turn to unveil a new series of Home Cinema amplifiers. And the 2022 vintage marks a major change for the brand with an excellent new design, inaugurated by the manufacturer’s audiophile products, the Marantz Model 40n network player, the Marantz CD 60 audio CD player or the Marantz SACD 30n player. We begin our overview with the Marantz Cinema 70s, the slim specimen of the manufacturer’s range.
Another important development of this new series of equipment, the name Cinema is included in the product references. It should be seen as the desire of the Californian firm Masimo, new owner of Sound United (Bowers & Wilkins, Definitive Technology, Denon, Marantz, Polk Audio) since February, in the position of the Marantz brand in premium Home Cinema market, moreover. to Hi‑Fi.
Marantz Cinema 70s, main evolutions
The Marantz Cinema 70s is the worthy successor to the Marantz NR1711. Silm model (hence the “s” in the reference), it of course benefits from all the specifications of the NR1711. In terms of improvements, we note a pre-amplifier mode on all channels with the addition of a Pre-Out 7.2 output (thanks to the space freed up by the loss of YUV and Composite inputs/outputs) and the presence of three HDMI 2.1 inputs (against only one of the NR1711). Plus an OSD, 1080p color (not 480p). A lot of information is now available on the screen, especially on the nature of the input signals and the outputs with, for example, the channels that are really active.
Marantz Cinema 70s main specifications
For others, we find the management of HDR10, HDR10+, HDR HLG and HDR Dolby Vision technologies, 8K UHD Upscaling up to 60 Hz and the possibility of using audio processing that can be used with a Dolby signal, for example which triggers DTS Virtual:X on a Dolby Digital 5.1 signal.
To return to the HDMI 2.1 input/output, it supports all the features of the standard: VRR, ALLM, eARC, QMS, QFT, Ultra HD 4K 120 fps up to Upscaling to Ultra HD 8K 60 Hz (see our news HDMI 2.1 standard, welcome official additions, technical and ergonomic).
Marantz Cinema 70s, the sequel to the original specifications
For others, the Marantz Cinema 70s still has seven channels of amplification, compatibility with Dolby Atmos 3D audio processing, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization (to simulate tall speakers without it), DTS: X and DTS Virtual: X (to simulate height speakers without them), without forgetting a very successful OSD.
There is also the availability of the Bluetooth TX function to broadcast the audio signal to the appropriate headphones in addition to the speakers. Thus it is possible to enjoy your music on the speakers in the living room but also in the kitchen or bedroom through wireless headphones.
Marantz Cinema 70s, Heos multiroom function and connection
For others, we found in this 7.2 Slim model the functions that work with Hey Google, Work with Alexa and the Siri assistant. Ditto for Heos’ multiroom functionality. This amplifier can easily be transformed into a link in a larger audio chain with real Heos HS2 speakers, to increase the sound of a house.
In terms of equipment, there is also the display of signal information or volume superimposed on an Ultra HD/4K stream, the Dolby TrueHD and DTS‑HD Master Audio decoder. Precision, Marantz Cinema 70s are certified Roon Tested.
We also noticed Bluetooth and Wi‑Fi dual band compatibility (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz), the Spotify Connect function in addition to access to Tidal and Deezer streaming services.
Otherwise, the Marantz Cinema 70s is a Class A / B model with a rating of 7 x 100 W RMS (at 6 ohms) / 7 x 50 W RMS (at 8 ohms). There is a UPnP (DLNA) audio/photo gateway function associated with access to TuneIn web radios, AirPlay 2 certification, front USB Host port and the possibility to control the Marantz Cinema 70s using an Android/iOS smartphone/tablet, after download a specific application called Marantz AVR App for free. We still note the Gapless function and MP3, WMA, AAC, Flac, Alac and Wav compatibility (up to 192 kHz/24 bits). Similarly, management of DSD 2.8 / 5.6 MHz format and 4 ohm speakers are included.
Also available are Audyssey MultEQ, Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Audyssey Dynamic EQ processing, 192 kHz/24-bit converters and a Source Direct mode. Additional MDAX2 processing to improve rendering of compressed music and an FM tuner.
Marantz Cinema 70s, larigot connectors
So the connection has six HDCP 2.3 certified HDMI CEC inputs including three 2.0b and, as already mentioned, three 2.1 plus an output transparent in Deep Color, xvYCC, 1080p/24 and 3D, Ultra HD or 4K signal. There are also three RCA stereo, one Phono, one coaxial, one optical, one Pre-Out 2.0 output (zone 2), the Pre-Out 7.2 output already mentioned, and two subwoofer outputs. In addition to seven pairs of screw terminals and a USB Host port (front) and another Ethernet.
Available, in black or silver finish, in December. Indicative price: 999 euros.
Note the key characteristics of Marantz Cinema 70s:
• Model: 7.2
• Power: 7 x 100 W under 6 ohms, 7 x 50 W under 8 ohms
• THD (Total Harmonic Distortion): 0.08% (2 ch load)
• Inputs: 7 HDMI CEC (3 2.0b connectors, 3 2.1 connectors), 3 stereo RCA, 1 Phono, 1 coaxial, 1 optical], 1 USB Host port (front) and 1 Ethernet port
• Outputs: 1 HDMI 2.1 output (eARC function), 1 Pre‑Out 7.2 output, 1 zone 2 stereo RCA, 2 subwoofer outputs, 1 headphone output, 7 pairs of screw terminal blocks
• OSD functions
• Works with UPnP audio gateway (DLNA)
• ALLM functions
• VRR functions
• QFT functions
• QMS functions
• 4K/120fps Ultra HD features
• 8K/60fps Ultra HD features
• Flac HD compatibility
• 2.8/5.6 MHz DSD compatibility
• Wav compatibility
• AirPlay 2 compatibility
• Compatibility with Alac
• MP3 compatibility
• WMA compatibility
• AAC compatibility
• DTS:X audio
• Dolby Atmos 5.2.2 audio
• Audio Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer function
• DTS Virtual:X Audio
• Audio eARC function
• Audyssey Dynamic Volume Audio Processing
• Audio Processing Audyssey Dynamic EQ
• Audio Auto Calibration Audyssey MultEQ XT
• HDR10 video
• HDR HLG video
• HDR Dolby Vision video
• Video Compatibility BT.2020
• Video Ultra HD Pass-Through Function
• 3D Video Ready
• HDR10+ video
• Video Upscaling Function Ultra HD/8K (24/25/30/60)
• Video Upscaling Function Ultra HD/4K (24/25/30/60/120)
• Network Control via IP
• Dual Band Wi-Fi network (2.4/5 GHz)
• Bluetooth TX network
• Google Assistant multimedia
• Multimedia Amazon Alexa
• Apple Siri Multimedia
• Hi-Res Audio streaming via USB/network: yes
• Internet Radio: TuneIn
• Hi-Res Audio Certification
• HDCP 2.3 certified
• Headphone output: yes
• Other (s): integrated Heos multiroom module
• Dimensions (W x H x D, mm): 442 x 372 x 178 mm (Wi-Fi antennas extended)
• Consumption: 250 W (0.2 W in standby)
• Weight: 8.7 kg