Marantz has unveiled its latest range of amplifiers and receivers for home theater environments, decked out in a new luxurious design, aimed at those looking for an easy to install yet powerful piece of kit.
The Cinema series continues the company’s move into the luxury market, the product’s appearance is reminiscent of the look of the products created by founder Saul Marantz in the fifties, with the iconic porthole display, a premium construction and a new designed remote control.
All amplifiers offer support for immersive audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, while 8K compatibility is available, along with room optimization technologies, a new graphical user interface to simplify amplifier setup. HEOS is built-in, allowing users to create a multi-room setup as well as stream music services like Tidal, Amazon Music, and Spotify. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and AirPlay connectivity open the Cinema range up to use with other devices and ecosystems.
Availability of the Cinema range begins in late October 2022 with the Cinema 50 and Cinema 60 A/V receivers, with a staggered release of the rest of the range continuing through early 2023.
As for the naming convention, it should be noted that the lower the number, the more expensive the product in price and performance. The majority of NR and SR receivers will be phased out as they reach end of life, although we think the separate AV8805A will be around for a while.
Marantz Cinema series
AV10 / AMP10
AV 10 and AMP 10 are considered the pinnacle of the new Cinema series. Engineered to work together, Marantz HDAM technology is built in, with the AMP 10 featuring 16-channel amplification that Marantz describes as a “perfect match” for the AV 10’s discrete circuitry and 7 HDMI inputs.
The Cinema 40 is an 11.4 channel receiver that Marantz describes as suitable for a “fully dedicated and immersive home cinema”. Dirac Live features to optimize receiver performance for measurements of a room. It features 7 8K inputs and can support up to 4 independent subwoofers. The Cinema 40 was built to Marantz’s highest standards at the Shirakawa factory in Japan.
The Cinema 50 shares some similarities with the Cinema 40 in that it is an 11.4 channel receiver, although the power output is lower (110W per channel compared to 125W). It too can handle up to 4 independent subwoofers, supports Dirac Live and can pass 4K/120Hz signals.
Cinema 60 – Cinema 60 DAB
- £1249 / €1350 – £1299 / €1400
Further down the list, the Cinema 60 falls to a 7.2-channel receiver with 100W per channel that supports 8K resolutions. Marantz describes it as suitable for a dedicated home theater or multipurpose media room of “any size”. There is no Dirac Live listed on this model, but as with all Cinema products, Audyssey MultEQ XT is included for room equalization. As you might have guessed, the slightly more expensive DAB model has DAB radio.
The latest in the new Cinema range is the slimline Cinema 70 receiver. It’s a 50W, 7.2-channel receiver with 8K support that’s best suited for smaller living spaces or crowded AV racks. It replaces the NR1711 receiver and has the general features (Atmos, Audyssey, 8K and 4K passthrough) mentioned on the other products in the range.
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