Marantz has unveiled its latest range of amplifiers and receivers for home theater setups, decked out in a new, luxurious design and aimed at those who need an easy-to-install, high-performance kit.
The cinema chain continues the company’s transition into the luxury market, and the product’s appearance harkens back to the look of products created by founder Saul Marantz in the 1950s, featuring the iconic porthole display, premium construction and a newly designed remote control.
All speakers feature support for immersive audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, while 8K compatibility is available, along with room optimization technologies, and a new graphical user interface to make it easier to set up the speakers. HEOS is built-in, allowing users to create a multi-room setup as well as stream from music services like Tidal, Amazon Music, and Spotify. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and AirPlay connectivity open up the cinema for use with other devices and ecosystems.
Cinema set availability will begin at the end of October 2022 with Cinema 50 and Cinema 60 AV receivers, with a phased release for the rest of the range continuing through early 2023.
One thing to note about the naming convention is that the lower the number, the higher the product price and performance. The majority of NR and SR receivers will be discontinued when they reach the end of their life, although we think the separate AV8805A will remain stable for much longer.
Marantz Cinema Series
AV 10 / AMP 10
AV 10 and AMP 10 are the pinnacle of performance possible with the new Cinema Series. Designed to work together, Marantz’s HDAM technology is compact, with the AMP 10 featuring 16-channel amplification that Marantz describes as “exactly identical” to the 10 discrete AV circuit and 7 HDMI inputs.
The Cinema 40 is an 11.4-channel receiver that Marantz describes as suitable for a “dedicated, fully immersive home theater.” Dirac Live features to improve receiver performance for room measurements. It has 7 8K inputs and can support up to 4 independent subwoofers. Cinema 40 is built to the highest Marantz standards at the Shirakawa plant 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 (110 watts per channel compared to 125 watts). It can also handle up to 4 independent amplifiers, supports Dirac Live and can pass through 4K/120Hz signals.
Cinema 60 – Cinema 60 Dab
- £1249 / €1350 – £1299 / €1400
Moving down the list, the Cinema 60 drops to 7.2 channels, 100 watts per channel receiver that supports 8K resolution. Marantz describes it as suitable for a dedicated home theater or “any size” multimedia room. There is no Dirac Live included with this model, but like all cinema products, the Audyssey MultEQ XT is included for room equalization. As you may have guessed, the DAB radio features over the slightly more expensive DAB model.
The latest in the new cinema range is the Slimline Cinema 70 receiver. It is a 7.2 channel, 50W receiver with 8K support and is best suited for smaller living spaces or crowded AV racks. It replaces the NR1711 receiver and comes with the generic features (Atmos, Audyssey, 8K and 4K passthrough) mentioned with other products in the range.