We have tested the Marantz PM7000N network stereo receiver!
The Marantz PM7000N stereo receiver is primarily designed for network playback. The 10.8 kg metal housing is extremely rugged, minimizing resonances. Its appearance represents the style of the Marantz brand, it is available in classically elegant, silver and black colours. (Honestly, the usual exterior already seems a bit boring to us, maybe it’s time for Marantz to bring some innovation in exterior design.)
Connectors, inputs, outputs…
The information is displayed on a white LED display on the front panel. On / off, volume and source selector, Direct input selector buttons and headphone jack are located on the front panel along with other standard buttons. Plastic buttons appear to be of lower quality. On the back you will find Wifi and Bluetooth antennas, a Phono input for playing vinyl records, and a number of connectors and inputs. It has 1 digital coaxial, 2 optical, USB-A, Ethernet, 2 RCA inputs, 2 Recorder In-Out connectors (for tape recorders), 1 subwoofer output.
The brass speaker connectors have been given a thick nickel coating, providing a very stable connection. The manufacturer also thought it could be paired with other Marantz audio devices using the Remote Control socket. Unfortunately, the USB asynchronous input was omitted by the makers. The remote control is made of the usual elongated, rectangular shape, brushed plastic.
Peeking inside the amplifier, you can see a bulky toroidal transformer, and cooling is provided by large heat sinks. It is capable of 2 × 60 Watt at 8 Ohm and 2 × 80 Watt at 4 Ohm. Asahi – Kasei AK4490 EQ DAC chip is installed, digital connectors and formats are handled by Cirrus Logic CS4398. The HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) circuit for the Phono and preamplifiers guarantees excellent sound quality.
Marantz Current Feedback
Marantz Current Feedback amplifiers minimize negative feedback, making the signal path easier, and thanks to the high baud rate, you can enjoy excellent sound at full bandwidth and also withstand speaker loads.
Music is the answer!
Music streaming is also possible, with plenty of options: Tuneln, Internet Radio, Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, Amazon Prime Music, TIDAL, plus AirPlay2, Bluetooth and HEOS. The Marantz stereo amplifier is capable of decoding high-definition audio ALAC, FLAC, WAV files up to 24 bit / 192 kHz, DSD up to 2.88 MHz and 5.6 MHz. You can connect to the network with the Ethernet cable and it is ready for commissioning. It can even be controlled from a phone using the HEOS application. (which has often proved to be better and smoother compared to the remote control.)
Music listening test
The testing was performed in an acoustically ideal living room of 25 square meters. Sound-absorbing and diffuser panels on the living room wall ensure optimal sound. Bass traps have been placed in the corners to keep bass down.
We started listening to music with Miley Cyrus’s current pop hit Midnight Sky. We experienced a wide stage image, dynamic sound, and the device provided balanced performance. We continued with the song Swedish House Maffia Save the World. The amp produced a clear and detailed performance, although the lowest bass and top treble seemed a little subdued, the mid-bass and mid-pitch sounds slightly prominent. Finally, we chose a really percussive style of music. We listened to the Metallica band’s 2019 live concert in Manchester. The stage image was voluminous again, the instruments were in place, they sounded separable. In the case of the lowest and upper ranges, we have also experienced some restraint, but this may only appear to audio experts with hollow ears. We met with very good dynamics and detail, we were absolutely happy with the stereo sound.
The Marantz stereo receiver is recommended for those who prefer network playback. Its sleek body made of premium materials ensures resonance-free operation. Its performance is also adequate, you can’t even complain about its sound. The stage image is wide, the sound is dynamic and rich in detail. As a critique, perhaps we would only mention the excessive “modesty” of the two extreme provinces. Overall, we could try a great little device, giving the Marantz amp 4.5 out of 5 points.