Designed to be the heart of the ultimate music and home theater system, the Marantz AV7701 7.2-channel AV preamplifier is packed with the latest digital audio, digital video, and networking technologies that will open up new heights in music and movie surround performance.
"If you're after a home theater processor, the Marantz AV7701 is a very good choice" reports Chris Heinonen, Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, June 28, 2013. "It is as easy to setup as any processor I've used, and it had a soundstage that was completely enveloping. I recommend visiting a dealer to listen to one today."
Equipped with the latest high resolution decoders, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD-Master Audio, the AV7701 also includes high resolution decoding (up to 24-bit/192 kHz) for high definition audio files, such as FLAC and WAV. It also works wonders with internet radio services, including SiriusXM Internet Radio and Pandora. For optimum sound quality, Audyssey MultEQ XT room acoustic correction precisely tailors the audio to match your speakers and your room and the AV7701 features Audyssey DSX processing for expanded front height or front width reproduction.
The Apple AirPlay function provides wireless streaming of your music from your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, or iTunes library. The advanced video processor supports 4K (3840 x 2160) upconversion, video pass through, and graphic user interface overlay. Connectivity options abound, including seven HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs, making the AV7701 a perfect choice for your dream music and home theater system. Audiophiles will want to take advantage of the 7.2 channel XLR balanced pre-outputs for uncompromising sound quality.
Aesthetically, the AV7701 is a sophisticated and totally successful exercise in minimalist design. At first glance, you'll see just two knobs, the iconic Marantz porthole-style display and a smaller On/ Standby button. Look closely at the centered display. It provides an "at a glance" status check on input selection and gain setting. Immediately under this display, a drop-down door hides a vacuum fluorescent display, as well as secondary controls and connectors.
Less than 16" deep from front panel controls to rear panel connectors, the AV7701 fits where other preamp/processors often can't on a shelf or in a custom cabinet.
HDAM with Superior Audio Quality
The AV7701's audio circuitry includes Marantz's proprietary HDAM (Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Module) circuits and Current Feedback topology. HDAMs combine the short signal path advantages of integrated circuits and opamps with the superior sound quality of separate circuit components. Because HDAMs are discrete designs, Marantz engineers are free to choose the parts best able to preserve the sonic details of your favorite sources.
Current feedback circuits usually exhibit faster rise and fall times and higher slew rates than their voltage feedback cousins. (Think of rise and fall times as an automobile's acceleration and braking capabilities respectively. Slew rate is analogous to a car's cornering ability.) As a consequence, current feedback designs track rapid sonic changes more accurately and thus sound more natural.
Vinyl aficionados will welcome the AV7701 as it includes a highly musical MM phono input implemented with the same current feedback technology that provides seamless octave-to-octave tonal balance for line-level inputs.
Audyssey Automated Set-up
Audyssey MultEQ XT makes set up especially easy. It uses test tones and unique processing to analyze the influence of your room on the sound. MultEQ then creates a very detailed equalization curve for each speaker to correct for the room's negative impact on sound quality. In addition, Dynamic Volume maintains constant audio levels by automatically reducing the perceived loudness of commercials, for example, to minimize their intrusiveness, and Dynamic EQ guarantees a satisfying balance of bass and treble at every volume, from very loud to very soft. It's just the thing for late-night screenings. Also included is Audyssey MultEQ Pro for custom installations and Audyssey DSX.
iPod/iPhone, USB and Bluetooth
The AV7701 makes your home entertainment world far, far larger than you imagined. In addition to conventional sources, the AV7701 gives you easy ways to listen to the music you've already stored on an iPhone or other portable music players. It can also show your photos on the big screen, stream audio from a wide variety of sources, and enjoy music from your Bluetooth-enabled devices wirelessly with the optional RX101 module.
The AV7701's Ethernet connection is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7 compliant. This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music on your PC.
The AV7701 connects to your home network, interfacing with other connected components while putting you in touch with virtually everything on the web. You can utilize third-party I/P control systems, perform remote maintenance, and get firmware updates to make your system work better!
Enjoy the world of wireless audio with the AV7701. Just plug the optional RX101 Bluetooth module into the AV7701's rear panel M-XPort, and you can enjoy traditional Marantz sound quality from your favorite Bluetooth-capable sources such as an iPod, iPad and smart-phones.
Color GUI/On-Screen Display
Easy selection. Easy customization. Easy operation. Those are the benefits of the AV7701's color GUI (Graphical User Interface)/On-Screen Display. Simplified yet comprehensive menu screens, liberal use of color, and consistent navigation commands make it easy to choose the performance parameters you want and integrate the AV7701 with the rest of your system.
AM, FM, HD, Web Radio, and Sirius-Ready Tuner
In addition to over-the-air FM and AM broadcasts, the AV7701's internet capabilities will keep you audio-surfing for hours! To help you keep track of all the stations you've discovered, you'll find a total of 56 tuner presets (eight stations in each of seven groups). So you can memorize your favorite broadcasts, even those from the Internet, for easy and repeatable access.
Don't forget the AV7701's HD Radio capability either. Enjoy FM that sounds (almost) as good as CD and AM that often outperforms conventional FM.
Ready for satellite radio? So is the SR7005. Simply add a Sirius home docking station (and a subscription) to get access to a wide variety of exclusive programming. Remember that the AV7701's presets work for satellite stations also so it's easy to tune in your favorite shows.
Multi-zone capability adds to the flexibility of the AV7701. Enjoy Brahms in the bedroom while another family member shakes the walls in your theater room with Hollywood's latest. You can select different audio sources for different zones. Features include selectable zone component monitor, Zone 2 composite monitor, and Zone 2 HDMI monitor. Simultaneous dual outputs allows two video devices to be connected and to output the same source simultaneously.
Custom Installation and Remote Control
The RS-232C connector means your AV7701 is ready for the most advanced remote control systems, even "'whole house' approaches that integrate heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, security, and communications, with your home entertainment needs.
The AV7701 provides a 'Flasher In' jack for remote IR control applications, a Marantz RC-5 remote input and output for complete compatibility with legacy Marantz products, and an external IR (infrared) reception capabilities with the optional RX101 module.
A detachable AC cord (IEC 320 2-pin type) and 2 DC 'trigger' outputs ease system connections, while a backlit LCD pre-programmed/learning remote control puts it all at your fingertips.
"If you're after a home theater processor, the Marantz AV7701 is a very good choice. It has all the inputs you would need, even a phono connection, and has added very nice networked audio and streaming support as audio moves from physical media to a PC or the cloud. It is as easy to setup as any processor I've used, and it had a soundstage that was completely enveloping. I recommend visiting a dealer to listen to one today."
- Chris Heinonen, Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, June 28, 2013