We have tested the Marantz AV7706 8K Ultra HD AV Surround processor!

Marantz AV7706 processor review

The Marantz brand is a guarantee of excellent sound and high quality. The engineering team of the company, which manufactures audio devices with a history of 68 years, has always considered it very important to meet the needs of both home theater owners and music fans. The company’s motto also reflects this thinking: “Because music matters.”

Marantz AV7706 processor front panel

The Marantz AV7706 11.2 channel preamplifier with XLR and RCA pre-outs, ELNA capacitors has 3 RCA components and 4 RCA composite video, as well as 2 optical Toslink and 2 digital coaxial connectors. There are 8 HDMI inputs (1 of which is located on the front panel) and 3 HDMI outputs on the processor. Features include USB connectivity as well as Bluetooth and built-in dual-band Wi-fi wireless connectivity, as well as FM / AM radio. The dedicated preamplifier card delivers true broadband performance and maximum dynamic range through Marantz Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module (HDAM) technology. The AV7706 is also capable of transmitting 8K / 60 Hz and 4K / 120 Hz signals thanks to a dedicated 8K HDMI input.

Marantz AV7706 back panelThe Enhanced Audio Return Channel also transmits surround and object-based audio formats. For fans of vinyl records, the device was also equipped with a Phono EQ input.

Audyssey room correction software corrects errors due to the acoustics of the room. Of course, music streaming services such as Spotify, Amazon, Tidal and Internet radio are also available. Griffin Lite DSP was used for the 3 D sound, the processor is capable of processing Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS: X, DTS Virtual: X, IMAX Enhanced and Auro-3D formats.

Marantz AV7706 remote control

Precision, wide dynamic range and minimal distortion are guaranteed by 32-bit AKM D / A converters. The stable housing significantly reduces resonances. The preamplifier has a clean, modern look with an illuminated display on the aluminum front panel.

 

Trial and error ! We checked what the Marantz 7706 knows!

The basic condition for perfect acoustics is the acoustic treatment of the given room. On-site and online acoustic measurements can be used to determine the appropriate type, quantity and ideal location of sound-absorbing and diffuse elements. If you really want to achieve perfect sound in your cinema room or sound recording / mixing studio, take care of the acoustic treatment of the walls, ceiling, and glass or floor surfaces. The Marantz processor was tested in a cinema room with excellent acoustics. We only recommended soundproof curtains in front of the windows. Special, high-density materials prevent unpleasant reflections, dampen noise from outside, and with these curtains, up to 99% darkening can be achieved, which is an important aspect for cinemas.

Rocketman movie poster

 We’re starting a rehearsal with the music film Rocketman, released in 2019, about Elton John’s life. Marantz produced a detailed, spacious and clear sound, and the vocals and dialogues were understandable. The processor provided a noise-free and lifelike experience, combined with the Marantz MM8077 external amplifier and JBL speakers.

In 2009, a 3D-based sci-fi film, Avatar, directed by James Cameron, was released in cinemas and soon became a worldwide success. We experienced perfect sounds, fantastic effects and precision. We, too, could feel like members of the blue avatar people while watching the movie.

We continued testing with the movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Each sound in the 2011 film sounded impeccable, and the excitement of the scenes was further enhanced by the real-world sound.

We selected vinyl records for listening to music. We first listened to Mozart’s Symphony No. 39, interpreted by the Berlin Philharmonic. Past and modern technologies were perfectly attuned to each other, and the wonderful music on the turntable sounded flawless. The music surrounded us, it seemed as if the band was playing right in front of our eyes and ears.

The iconic legend Frank Sinatra’s 1969 album came into our hands. While listening to the song My Way, we were immersed in the performance of the deep, humming singer and the rhythms of the soft, delicate music.

Summary

The Marantz AV7706 preamp can be a worthy member of a home theater system, paired with the right external amplifier and monitors. Made by manufacturers from quality parts, through a careful and precise development process. Intense depths, optimal and clear high and mid ranges characterize this fantastic device. Marantz has convinced us once again that their development engineers really understand their business. We strongly recommend the AV7706 to anyone who values excellent sound and premium quality. If we were to score, we would give a maximum of 5 points out of 5 to this processor.