Marantz Introduces New High-Performance Integrated Two-Channel Amplifier with Wireless Streaming Capabilities

September 26 2019, 00:40
It seems the audio industry is once again pushing two-channel high-quality components, hoping to appeal to the growing market of consumers who are rediscovering vinyl, while simultaneously enjoying wireless streaming and access to Digital Music Libraries. Being one of the leading Hi-Fi brands in the world, Marantz announced the PM7000N, the company’s first fully discrete integrated Hi-Fi amplifier with HEOS wireless music streaming capabilities. 

Founded in 1953, Marantz is now a part of Sound United, which also combines Denon, Polk Audio, Definitive Technology, Classé, Polk BOOM, HEOS, Classé, and Boston Acoustics. This enables Sound United to ship a new Marantz amplification product featuring the Denon HEOS wireless home audio technology, which also allows users to stream music from Amazon HD, Spotify, Pandora, Tidal and more, or local music file libraries, to a whole home audio installation. 

The new Marantz PM7000N has been engineered using custom designed, hand-selected, high-grade audio components to deliver exceptional sound quality with Hi-Res audio support, onboard phono stage, voice control, and more.

Designed with renowned Marantz technologies like the company’s proprietary Current Feedback amplification and Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAM-SA3), the PM7000N delivers extended dynamic range and lower distortion to accommodate the demands of high-resolution digital music. The integrated amplifier features a toroidal transformer and high-speed instantaneous-current power supply, which provides 2x 60W into 8 ohms or 2 x 80W into 4 ohms. The PM7000N also boasts a newly developed preamplifier section that leverages the latest electronic volume control to achieve outstanding channel separation and exceptional signal-to-noise ratio.
“There is an increasing demand from enthusiasts and audiophiles who desire easy access to their favorite music streaming services, particularly high-resolution content from providers such as Amazon HD and Tidal,” says Emmanuel Millot, senior director brand management at Marantz. “The PM7000N offers the best of both worlds by maintaining Marantz’s rich audiophile legacy of Hi-Fi 2-channel integrated amplifiers while embracing market demand for access to streaming.”

With HEOS Built-in, the PM7000N streams music to any room throughout the home using other HEOS Built-in-capable speakers or electronics for a wireless, whole-home entertainment experience. In addition, HEOS now supports Spotify Connect streaming for users with free accounts, so listeners can select music from a mobile device or a computer directly from the Spotify app and stream it directly to the PM7000N· The built-in wireless module supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band networks. Streaming content can be delivered using Bluetooth or ApplecAirPlay 2.

To best isolate the analog circuit from digital interferences or noise radiation, the digital circuit is installed into a shielded case, minimizing potential interferences. However, to fully preserve the signal when listening to analog sources and provide the most musical experience, the PM7000N is also equipped with Pure Modes. Pure Modes enable listeners to disable USB-A, Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth, either individually or simultaneously to turn the PM7000N into a pure analog amplifier. 
Vinyl lovers can easily connect their turntable to the PM7000N’s phono input, which introduces a new FET circuit design in the input stage, providing high input impedance, eliminating the need for AC coupling capacitors and simplifying the signal path, lowering distortion and vastly improving the signal purity overall.

The PM7000N is equipped with four analog inputs and one analog output, and features one coaxial and two optical digital inputs, along with a USB-A input for high resolution audio files. Users can connect a digital TV or cable/satellite set-top-box and a Blu-ray or DVD player to either of the three digital audio inputs (Optical 1 and 2, Coaxial 1) and enjoy the excitement and dynamic experience of movie soundtracks and TV shows. All of the digital inputs can automatically wake the PM7000N when sensing an audio signal from the television, and the TV remote control can be programmed to directly operate the master volume control, mute, power on/off and source selection of the PM7000N. 

The subwoofer output features an adjustable low-pass crossover to tailor bass response to each unique listening environment. The speaker terminals of the PM7000N are made of dense brass with a thick nickel plating to provide best possible contact with speaker cables.

Using the USB input, the PM7000N supports Hi-Res audio decoding of ALAC, FLAC and WAV lossless files up to 24-bit/192-kHz, as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks. 

The Marantz PM7000N will be available November 15th, 2019 for $999 at all authorized Marantz retailers.
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