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Home theater preamp/processor with Apple® AirPlay®
Item # 642AV7701 | MFR # AV-7701
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Our take on the Marantz AV7701 by Crutchfield's Woody Sherman
Making the complex elementary
How in the world does one company make amazing versatility seem almost minimalist? Ask Marantz. In one fell swoop, their AV7701 preamp/processor brings together wireless and wired entertainment sources in an elegantly simply interface, all while serving up top-notch picture and sound quality. Take a look at the front-facing picture at right, with the front panel closed. The '7701 keeps you updated on its status via its porthole display, a classic design element dead center on the front. You're not assaulted by a mass of controls and extraneous information. It just works, communicating what you need to know, in combination with an in-depth, overlaid on-screen display sent to your TV or video projector.
Many paths to effortless control
But that's only one way to keep tabs on the AV7701. Marantz has made controlling your home entertainment even more portable and simple with robust networking and Apple AirPlay compatibility. Streaming songs directly from your iPad®, iPod® or iPhone® is a matter of a few screen swipes. And, as they say on the late night ads, "but wait, there's more!" You can download free remote control apps for both Apple and Android™ devices, so you can see your system's status at a glance, reassign sources, and adjust settings, even across multiple zones.
Ready for ultra-modern sources — or the classics
The video side of this preamp/processor is ready for most anything, with 7 HDMI inputs and 3 outputs (one is dedicated to a second zone). The AV7701 can scale any HDMI video source up to 4K output, so it's ready for the next generation of TV technology. Plus, it handles legacy composite and component video sources with ease.
On the audio side, signals are handled elegantly as well. In addition to wireless AirPlay connectivity, you get plenty of digital and analog inputs for your gear, including a dedicated USB input for your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. Balanced XLR outputs let you make pro-quality connections to compatible power amplifiers (like Marantz's power amps), plus there are unbalanced (RCA) analog outputs too. And there's a phono input for turntables with a moving-magnet cartridge. See our bullets below for the blow-by-blow details.
Audiophiles demand performance, but elegance comes standard
So by now, you probably have a pretty good idea that the Marantz AV7701 preamp/processor is a master integrator of both your wireless and wired entertainment sources. Plus, the Marantz nameplate is known far and wide as a preferred brand of discriminating audiophiles. Take a look again. Along with the superb build quality comes an aesthetic sensibility that puts clean lines and simplicity in a priority position. Controlling the many sources of an unruly world of content is not always a pretty job — but you'd never know it after you purchase your AV7701.
I'd bought the AV7701 for the MM8077 and am enormously please with the sound, connected to Klipsch speakers. The AV7701 originally cost $1700. Decided to go 5.1 in my bedroom and got a second AV7701 for the MM8055, more Klipsch speakers, for $999 from Crutchfield, and love the sound reproduction.
John B, crescent city, CA
What's in the Box:
- AV surround preamplifier
- 5.5' AC power cord
- RC016SR Learning remote control
- 2 "AAA" batteries
- Audyssey microphone (ACM1H) with attached 24' cord terminated by a male 3.5mm minijack connector
- AM loop antenna
- FM wire antenna
- CD-ROM User Manual
- Getting Started booklet (En/Fr/Sp)
- USA Warranty Information
- Canada Warranty Information
- Important Safety Instructions
- Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, Pro Logic® IIz, ES Discrete/Matrix, Neo:6, 96/24
- Audyssey Laboratories' MultEQ XT six-point auto setup and room calibration system (microphone included)
- Audyssey DSX processing for enhanced surround sound height and width effects using additional front speakers
- Audyssey Dynamic Volume mode to maintain steady listening levels
- Audyssey Dynamic EQ for fuller surround sound at lower volumes
- 4K upscaling of HDMI sources for compatibility with emerging TV technology
- 3D pass-through for 3D programming on compatible HDTVs
Digital music options:
- Apple AirPlay® networking built-in, for easy streaming of digital music from your iPad® or iPhone®.
- free downloadable system control/music playback apps available for Apple® and Android devices
- AirPlay and app control require a wireless home network. Preamp/processor requires wired connection to your router.
- DLNA-certified to stream music (MP3, WAV, AAC, FLAC, and WMA) and photos from a compatible Windows computer
- plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer (up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution)
- streams music from Internet radio stations and Pandora® (broadband connection required)
- Bluetooth® streaming with optional RX-101 receiver
- SIRIUS satellite radio capable (requires SIRIUS subscription and optional SiriusConnect home tuner kit)
- analog audio outputs for second and third audio zones
- one HDMI output is dedicated to Zone 2
Audio performance features:
- 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels
- direct mode switches off unnecessary circuitry to provide cleaner sound
- Marantz M-DAX2® enhances the sound quality of compressed music files
- 7.2-channel balanced XLR preamp outputs
- 1080p-compatible HDMI switching (7 in, 3 out)
- 1 HDMI input on front; 2 HDMI outputs are simultaneous signal, 1 output dedicated to Zone 2
- HDMI version 1.4a with support for 3D video, Audio Return Channel, Deep Color, x.v.Color, auto lip-sync, and HDMI-CEC
- Audio Return Channel function receives digital audio signals from a compatible HDTV's tuner via HDMI
- component video switching (3 in, 1 out)
- iPod® / iPhone® / iPad® compatible USB input on front panel
- digital audio inputs: 2 optical and 2 coaxial
- 5 audio/video inputs, including:
- 1 front-panel input with composite video
- 3 rear-panel inputs with composite video
- 2 audio-only inputs
- phono input
- Ethernet port for music and JPEG streaming from a wired PC network
- on-screen display for easy setup and operation
- 56 FM/SIRIUS presets
- multibrand, backlit, learning remote
- 17-3/8"W x 7-1/4"H x 16-7/8"D
- weight: 21.6 lbs.
- warranty: 3 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Preamp/Processor Advantage: Delegating the amplification duties to a separate component allows the Marantz AV7701 AV Surround Preamplifier to keep a healthy distance between noise-inducing high voltage/high current circuits and sensitive low-level circuits. This means that the radio frequency and electromagnetic interferences that are found in most AV receivers simply don't exist in a preamplifier/processor, or are reduced by several orders of magnitude. The result is less distortion and less signal degradation in general.
Note: The Marantz AV7701 AV Surround Preamplifier does not feature a built-in amplifier and requires a separate power amplifier, such as the Marantz MM7055 five-channel power amplifier (642MM7055, sold separately).
Current Feedback Topology: The Marantz AV7701 uses a high-speed current feedback amplifier circuit for its preamplifier so that audio signals from a Blu-ray Disc player and other equipment that support high-definition audio formats can be listened to with high fidelity. Current Feedback technology offers faster signal handling and extended frequency range. Current feedback circuits track rapid sonic changes more accurately and thus sound more natural. Current feedback topology insures astounding accuracy and control even under high-drive conditions.
HDAMs (Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Modules): The AV7701 utilizes Marantz's proprietary HDAM (Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Module) circuits for dynamic music and soundtrack reproduction. HDAMs combine the short signal path advantages of ICs (integrated circuit) and op-amps (operational amplifier) 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.
Optimized Components: The carefully-optimized audio/video signal paths rest on separate circuit boards for maximum performance as well as isolation from interferences generated by high-speed video processing. The Marantz AV7701 is also equipped with a Hybrid PLL Jitter Reducer that is capable of reducing jitter and phase noise that negatively affect sound quality. The Hybrid PLL Jitter Reducer improves the sound localization, reproducing a natural sound field. In addition, Marantz surround preamplifier employs a high current linear power supply with an EI core power transformer for high-quality sound playback.
24-Bit, 192 kHz D/A Converters: The AV7701 uses 24-bit/192-kHz Digital-to-Analog converters for all channels. The 192kHz sampling and 24-bit word length capabilities of the DACs allows you to play high-resolution recordings and hear the increased clarity, detail and dynamic range of those recordings.
Audyssey Technology: The Marantz AV7701 features a full package of Audyssey audio technologies for optimal sound quality.
- Audyssey Automated Setup: Audyssey MultEQ XT technology
adapted by this AV surround preamplifier provides the best listening environment for multiple
listeners. The Auto MultEQ Setup feature of the AV7701
characteristics of your speaker system and room where the AV surround preamplifier is used and
automatically optimizes settings. To do this, the Auto Setup feature measures a
test tone emitted by each channel in a maximum of 8 listening positions, using
the supplied microphone. The measurement results are analyzed using an original
algorithm and environmental settings are made to improve the sound
characteristics of your listening area. If you prefer, you can manually setup up your
speaker configurations. You can select the size and presence of each
speaker, the distance of each speaker from your normal listening position,
the level of each speaker in your system, and the crossover frequency
setting for each speaker. You can set the Audyssey MultEQ XT to one of the
- Audyssey: This mode adjust the frequency characteristics of all speakers so as to create the best listening environment for the sound characteristics of your listening area.
- Audyssey Bypass L/R: Optimizes frequency response of speakers, except front (left & right) speakers.
- Flat: This mode flattens the frequency characteristics of all speakers. It is suited for playback of multi-channel music such as Dolby Digital and DTS.
- Manual EQ: This mode independently adjusts the AV surround preamplifier's 9-band graphic equalizer (63Hz, 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz, 4kHz, 8kHz, 16kHz) for each of the 7 channels.
- Off: The graphic equalizer is not use.
- Audyssey Dynamic EQ: Audyssey Dynamic EQ solves the problem of deteriorating sound quality as volume is decreased by taking into account human perception and room acoustics.
Audyssey Dynamic EQ works in tandem with Audyssey MultEQ to provide
well-balanced sound for every listener at any volume level.
- Reference Level Offset: Audyssey Dynamic EQ is referenced to the standard film mix level of 85dB SPL for -20 dBFS. Due, to the lack of standard outside the film industry, the film reference level may not be appropriate when listening to other material. Audyssey Dynamic EQ Adjust provides three offsets from the film level reference (5dB, 10dB, or 15dB) that can be selected when the mix level of the content is not within the standard.
- Audyssey Dynamic Volume: Audyssey Dynamic Volume solves the problem of large variations in volume level between television programs, commercials, and between the soft and loud passages of movies. Audyssey Dynamic EQ is integrated into Dynamic Volume so that as the playback volume is adjusted automatically, the perceived bass response, tonal balance, surround impression, and dialogue clarity remain the same. The amount of compression can be set to an of the following three levels - Light, Medium, or High.
- Audyssey DSX (Dynamic Surround Expansion): Audyssey DSX is a scalable surround exposition system that adds new channels to improve the surround impression. Based on research in human hearing, Audyssey DSX add a pair of Wide channels in the front because that information is critical in the rendering of a realistic soundstage. Audyssey DSX then adds a pair of Height channels above the main front channels to reproduce the next most important acoustical and perceptual cues related to soundstage depth. In addition to creating these new channels, Audyssey DSX applies Surround Envelopment Processing to enhance the blend between the front and side/back surround channels. The result is a much more seamless and enveloping home theater experience.
Digital Signal Processing (DSP): The Marantz AV7701 is equipped with a high-resolution SHARC 32-bit Digital Signal Processor (DSP). All elements of the Surround Processor are optimized to the highest standards by the use of selected high performance and discrete components, particularly the A/D and D/A converters and the sophisticated DSP surround decoder. The AV7701 is equipped with various surround modes to reproduce a variety of surround sound effects, according to the content of the source to be played. The AV surround preamplifier features Dolby Digital and DTS-HD decoding, as well as offers Dolby Pro Logic audio processing.
- Dolby Digital: Dolby Digital, Dolby, Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD
- DTS: DTS, DTS-ES, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS Express, DTS 96/24, DTS Neo: 6, DTS Neural
- Dolby Pro Logic: Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Pro Logic IIz
Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the A/V preamplifier via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). To enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the preamp must be connected to your Blu-ray player via HDMI.
Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround mode parameters:
- Dolby Pro Logic II Music Settings: While listening in
the Dolby Pro Logic II Music format, there are three further enhancements
you can adjust:
- Panorama: Broadens the front stereo image to the surround speakers to provide a wraparound effect, especially effective when there is limited output from the surround channels, panorama can be turned on/off in the menu.
- Dimension: Allows you to move the sound field forward or backward.
- Center Width: Allows you to adjust the width of the center channel.
- Center Image: In the Neo:6 Music mode, the Center Image feature adjusts the output of the left and right channels relative to the center channel, allowing you to make the center channel more or less dominant as needed. This improves the image of the center channel, especially when the listener is off-center. Adjustment varies from 7 (nothing subtracted from the L/R channels) to 0 (L/R channel output is cut in half).
- Height Gain: Adjust the volume (Low/Mid/High) of the Front Height channels in Dolby Pro Logic IIz.
- Stage Height/Width: Adjust the sound stage width/height (+/-10dB) when using Front Height or Front Wide speaker in Audyssey DSX.
Direct Modes: The Marantz AV7701 offers two Direct sound modes which offer high-quality sound by bypassing the preamp's DSP and video circuitry.
- Source Direct: In this mode the 2ch audio signal is played in its original form, without any surround or tone processing. Multichannel audio signal is played in its original form, without any tone processing.
- Pure Direct: This mode is for playback in higher sound quality than in Direct mode. The display and analog video circuitry are turned off to minimize the possibility of any noise being added to the signal.
Stereo Modes: The Marantz AV7701 surround preamplifier also provides two-channel stereo and multi-channel stereo playback, as well a virtual surround from two stereo speakers.
- 2CH Stereo: This is the mode for playing in 2-channel stereo; bass and treble can be adjusted and sound is output from the front left and right speakers, along with a connected subwoofer.
- Multi-Channel Stereo: This mode lets you enjoy stereo sound from all speakers.
- Virtual Speaker: Enjoy surround effects using only the front speakers or headphones.
Dolby Headphone Mode: You can also enjoy listening to multi-channel surround sound through headphones using these Dolby HP modes - Dolby Headphone, Dolby Pro Logic Headphone, Dolby Headphone Bypass (stereo).
M-DAX: Compressed audio formats such as MP3, WMA (Windows Media Audio) and MPEG-4 AAC reduce the amount of data by eliminating signal components that are hard for the human ear to hear. The M-DAX function generates the signals eliminated upon compression, restoring the sound to conditions near those of the original sound before compression. It also corrects the sense of volume of the bass to obtain richer sound with compressed audio signals.
HT-EQ: The tonal balance of a film soundtrack will be excessively bright and harsh when played back over audio equipment in the home. This is because film soundtracks were designed to be played back in large movie theater environments. Activating the AV surround preamplifier's HT-EQ feature when watching a film made from movie theaters corrects this and restores the correct tonal balance.
Dynamic Range Compression (DRC): Motion picture soundtracks have tremendous dynamic range (the contrast between very soft and very loud sounds). For listening late at night, or whenever the maximum sound level is lower than usual, Compressing the dynamic range allows you to hear all of the sounds in the soundtrack with reduced dynamic range. DRC works when playing program sources recorded in Dolby Digital or DTS.
Tone Control: You can adjust the tonal quality of the sound by adjusting the AV surround preamplifier's bass and treble independently from -6 to +6 dB.
Level Adjustments: The AV7701 provides the following level adjustments.
- Source Level: This function adjusts the playback level of the currently selected input source's audio input. Use this feature if there are differences in the input volume levels between different sources. You can correct the playback level of the audio input from -12 to +12dB.
- Dialogue Level: You can adjust the output level (+/-12dB) to clarify the dialogue output from the center channel.
- Subwoofer Level: You can set the preamp's subwoofer output level (+/-12dB) independent from the other speaker levels and system's main volume.
Volume Settings: The AV7701 offers the following volume settings.
- Volume Scale: You can choose to display an Absolute volume scale (0-98) or Relative volume scale (-79.5 to 18dB).
- Volume Limit: You can set a maximum volume level of 0dB (80), -10dB (70), or -20dB (60) to limit the preamplifier's total volume output.
- Turn-On Volume: You can define the volume setting that is active when the power is turned on (0, 1-98, -79 to +18dB, or Last)
- Mute Level: You can set the amount of attenuation for the audio muting circuit; -40dB or -20dB below current volume, or full mute (sound turned off entirely).
Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Marantz AV preamplifier/processor offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.
- Balanced/Unbalanced Preamp Outputs: The AV7701
unbalanced RCA and balanced XLR preamp outputs. The AV7701
Front left, Front right, Center, Surround left, Surround right, Surround Back
left, Surround Back right, and two Subwoofer balanced XLR preamp outputs to connect the
preamplifier/processor to an external 7-channel power amplifier, such as the Marantz
MM7055. The AV7701
Front left, Front right, Center, Surround left, Surround right, Surround Back
left, Surround Back right, Height left, Height right, Wide left, Wide right, and two Subwoofer
unbalanced RCA preamp outputs to connect the
preamplifier/processor to an external 11-channel power amplifier. The dedicated
front height and wide preamp outputs and surround back preamp outputs let you
enjoy Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD, and Pro Logic IIz without reconnecting speakers.
- Note: If you are connecting the AV7701 to a "vintage" amplifier via XLR, please make sure the pin-out configuration of the amplifier is the same as the preamplifier (Pin 1-Ground, Pin 2-Hot, Pin 3-Cold).
- Assignable Digital Inputs: There are 2 coaxial digital inputs and 3 optical digital inputs (one on front). The inputs accept digital audio signals from a compact disc, DVD, Blu-ray, or other digital source component. There is also 1 optical digital output. Each input can be assigned to any of the different input sources except Tuner.
- 7.1 Channel Input: The AV7701 features a 7.1 Channel input (Front left, Front right, Center, Surround left, Surround right, Surround Back left, Surround Back right and Subwoofer) for connecting a DVD Audio player, Super Audio CD multi-channel player, or other component that has a multi-channel port so you can playback the audio with 5.1 channel or 7.1 channel surround sound. If you will not be using the 7.1 channel input with a multi-channel decoder, you can use the front and left inputs as an auxiliary input.
- Phono Input: The AV7701's phono input lets you connect to a turntable and offers the amplification that this weaker signal requires. The preamp's phono circuitry prepares the signal from the turntable for amplification, letting you enjoy your vinyl collection at full volume without tonal distortion.
- Headphone Output: The AV surround preamplifier features a 1/4" stereo headphone jack on its front panel for connecting a pair of optional headphones. The unit's speakers will automatically be turned off when a set of headphones are connected.
HDMI v1.4 (7 in/3 out): With seven HDMI ver.1.4 inputs (6 rear/1 front), the AV7701 allows you to route multiple high-definition devices--like game consoles and Blu-ray players--to your TV. It also allows you to connect all of your devices to your TV with a single HDMI cable (via its three 3 HDMI outputs; two parallel and one discrete), reducing cable clutter. The two parallel HDMI outputs distribute the same video signal simultaneously to two separate displays. The discrete HDMI output allows you to play a different audio/video source in another zone. The HDMI inputs are assignable to different input sources. They support HDCP copyright protection and are compatible with 3D signals, ARC, Deep Color, xvYCC technology, Auto LipSync, and HDMI control.
Analog Video Inputs: The AV surround preamplifier features four composite video inputs (3 rear/1 front) and one composite video monitor output. There are also three component video inputs and one component video output (60MHz).
Analog-to-HDMI Conversion w/ Video Scaling (4K): The AV7701 is equipped with a flexible video switching system that converts incoming analog video signals to HDMI and scales them to a higher resolution, so only one video connection is required from the AV surround preamplifier to the TV. HDMI input video signals can also be scaled to a higher resolution. The scaled output resolution is set in the AV surround preamplifier's menu.
- Composite Video to HDMI: Composite video signals (480i only) can be scaled to 480p, 720p, 1080i, 108p, or 4K through the preamp's HDMI output.
- Component Video to HDMI: Component video signals (480i/480p/720p/1080i/1080p) can be scaled to 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p or 4k through the preamplifier's HDMI output.
- HDMI to HDMI: HDMI video signals (480i/480p/720p/1080i/108p/4K) can be scaled to 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, or 4k through the preamp's HDMI output.
Note: The AV surround preamplifier's multi-zone HDMI output does not support analog-to-HDMI conversion.
3D Pass-Through: The AV7701 is able to pass through 3D signals from your Blu-ray player, ensuring that the 3D effect doesn't get lost in translation. It also recognizes signals from 3D television broadcasts. By connecting a 3D-compliant Blu-ray disc player and 3D-compliant TV to the AV7701, you will have a 3D home theater where you can enjoy high-definition sound and video on a level you've never experienced before.
ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to the preamplifier through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television
HDMI Standby Pass-Through: When the AV preamplifier is in "Standby" mode and the HDMI Standby Pass-Through function is enabled, both audio/video streams from the preamplifier's HDMI input will be output to your television, via the AV preamplifier's HDMI monitor output. Once the preamplifier is turned "On", only video will pass through the monitor output to your TV and the audio is directed to the preamplifier's preouts.
- HDMI Input: Selects the HDMI Input for which the HDMI Standby Pass-Through function is enabled.
- Last: The HDMI Standby-Through function is activated on the input source selected at the time of setting the AV receiver to the "Standby" mode.
- Off: The HDMI Standby Pass-Through function is disabled.
Auto LipSync: This feature automatically compensates for the timing shift between the audio and video of the AV preamp. If needed, the audio signal can be manually delayed to match the video signal; adjust from 0-200ms.
Deep Color & x.v.Color Support: The AV7701 also supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture.
Video Settings: The Marantz AV7701 provides the following video settings to suit your video source and content.
- Video Modes: 3 Video Modes to choose from; Auto, Movie, or Game.
- Aspect Ratio: You can set the aspect ratio (4:3 or 16:) for the video signal output through the HDMI monitor output jack.
- Picture Adjust: Adjust the contrast, brightness, saturation, hue, noise reduction, and enhancer (contours) of the AV surround preamplifier's HDMI monitor output.
Front-Panel A/V Input: The AV surround preamplifier features a front-panel AV input which consists of a HDMI, composite video, stereo RCA, and optical digital jack.
Network Connection: The Marantz AV7701 is equipped with an Ethernet (RJ-45) port that lets you connect the AV surround preamp to your home network (LAN) and your broadband internet provider. When connected to your home network, the AV7701 lets you listen to Internet radio and a host of other online music sources from your broadband internet provider, as well as play audio files and display still images from your computer via its network connection (DLNA 1.5 certified). The AV7701 also supports AirPlay that lets you stream your music library from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or iTunes.
Note: This unit's RJ-45 Ethernet port supports 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX and requires an Ethernet (LAN) category 5 or higher cable, Router, Modem, and Internet connection.
DLNA 1.5 Certified: The AV7701 is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7 compliant for audio and photo networking. This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music and still-images (JPEG) stored on your Windows PC. You can use your PC to play high-bit rate music content through the A/V preamplifier and view still-images on your connected TV, or use the AV7701 's remote control to browse music and photo files on your hard drive. The preamp also supports ID3-Tag (ver.2) and META tag information; so song title, artist name, and album name can be displayed the unit's front-panel display or on-screen menu. In addition the unit will display Album Art on a connected television. The Marantz AV7701 supports the following audio formats, sampling frequencies, and bit rates via its wired network connection.
|Compatible Audio Formats||Sampling Frequencies||Bit rate||Extension|
|WMA (Windows Media Audio)||32/44.1/48 kHz||48-192 kbps||.wma|
|MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3)||32/44.1/48 kHz||32-320 kbps||.mp3|
|MPEG-4 AAC||32/44.1/48 kHz||16-320 kbps||.aac/.m4a/.mp4|
|FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec)||32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz||16/24-bit||.flac|
|ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec)||32/44.1/48/88.2/ 96kHz||16/24-bit||.m4a|
Note: Your computer must meet the following system requirements - Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service or Windows Media DRM10. Album Art is only displayed when using Windows Media Player (ver.11/12).
Online Services: The Marantz AV7701 lets you access Internet Radio, as well as other online music and photo services from your broadband Internet connection. Currently the AV7701 supports Internet Radio from vTuner, Pandora, SiriusXM, and Spotify; as well as the Flickr online photo sharing site (as of 10/23/2012).
Favorites: You can add up to 100 items as "Favorites" from vTuner, Pandora, SiriusXM, Spotify, Flickr, and your media server for easier, quicker access.
Built-in HD Radio Tuner: In addition to receiving standard analog AM and FM broadcasts, the AV7701 features a built-in HD Radio tuner. HD Radio technology brings digital radio to conventional analog AM and FM radio stations, with improved sound quality, better reception, and new data services. HD Radio stations offer higher sound quality than conventional FM/AM broadcasts; typically FM HD Radio stations are CD quality while AM HD Radio sound similar to analog FM stereo. AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. Many HD Radio stations also offer more than one channel of programming. This service is called multicasting. You can store up to 56 radio stations presets (8 stations each in 7 separate banks) and name each preset with an 8 character ID. You can even enter the receiving frequency directly to tune in a station, using the supplied IR remote control. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.
Web Control: You can control this A/V preamplifier from a web control screen on your Windows PC's web browser. The AV7701 and your PC must be connected to the same home network.
Software Updates: Using the preamp's network/internet connection, you can check for and update the latest firmware from the online Marantz server. Visit Marantz's Owner's Circle for access to downloads to keep the Marantz preamplifier up-to-date. The tested Marantz AV7701 contained firmware version 7460-0109-000-3050-5757 (as of 10/23/2012).
USB Port: A USB memory device can be connected to the USB (type-A) port located on the front-panel, allowing you to play various music files and JPEG still-image files through the preamplifier. The USB memory device must be mass storage class (msc) or media transfer protocol (mtp) compliant, and be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32 (up to 2TB). The unit can recognize up to 500 folders and 5,000 files. In addition to music and still-image playback, the A/V preamplifier supports basic playback control, song/artist information display, and charging of your connected USB mass storage class device. The Marantz AV7701 supports the following audio formats, sampling frequencies, and bit rates via its USB (type-A) connection.
|Compatible Audio Formats||Sampling Frequencies||Bit rate||Extension|
|WMA (Windows Media Audio)||32/44.1/48 kHz||48-192 kbps||.wma|
|MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3)||32/44.1/48 kHz||32-320 kbps||.mp3|
|MPEG-4 AAC||32/44.1/48 kHz||16-320 kbps||.aac/.m4a/.mp4|
|FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec)||32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz||16/24-bit||.flac|
|ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec)||32/44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz||16/24-bit||.m4a|
Note: USB memory device will not work via a Hub. It is not possible to connect and use a computer via the unit's USB port using a USB cable.
iPod/iPhone Direct: With its front-panel USB (type-A) port, the AV7701 supports digital music playback from an iPod or iPhone. Using a USB-to-Dock or Lightning cable plugged into the front-panel USB port, music can be played directly from your iPod/iPhone, bypassing the iPod/iPhone's D/A converter. The iPod/iPhone can be controlled by the preamp's remote, or you can continue to use the iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. Song/artist information, Album Art, and elapsed playing time appear on the AV7701 's on-screen display. Your iPod/iPhone's battery will also be charged while connected to the preamplifier. The AV7701 is "made for iPod/iPhone compatible" and supports the following iPod/iPhone models and functions via its front-panel USB port (as of 9/21/2014):
Apple Device Generation Tested Version Connection Type Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge USB AirPlay Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N 2 8.0 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N 3 8.0 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N 4/air 8.0 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N mini 8.0 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y 3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y 3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y 4 7.1.2 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y 4S 8.0 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y 5/5C/5S 8.0 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y 6/6+ 8.0 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y 2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y 3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y 4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y 5th 8.0 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y N Y Y Y 2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y 3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y 4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y 5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y 6th 1.1 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y 7th 1.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y 120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y 160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y N Y Y YNote: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
AirPlay Compatible: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad, or from your iTunes library on your PC or Mac to the Marantz AV7701 over your home network connection. By downloading Apple's free "Remote" application onto your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad you don't even need to be in the same room as the components or your computer to play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library. You will even see the iTunes music information, including your track titles and artist info via the Marantz preamplifier's on-screen menu (via HDMI).
Note: To use the AirPlay feature you need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.1 or later) connected to your wireless home network. Your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad must have iOS 4.2 or later installed and connected to the same wireless home network.
Front Panel Design: The AV surround preamplifier's front panel features a combination of aluminum extrusion and glass-reinforced resin which shields internal circuitry and absorbs internal and external resonances. The front panel is clean, precise, and inviting. Volume and input selection knobs flank a round volume/source display. A drop-down door hides secondary controls and connectors to maintain that classic look while providing easy access to the extensive features of the AV7701. In addition to the round volume/source display centered on the front panel, there's a second and even more comprehensive source of information behind the panel's drop-down door. This display shows menu choices for custom setup and other data to help you get the most out of your new AV surround preamplifier.
On-Screen GUI w/ Setup Wizard: The AV surround preamplifier incorporates an on-screen color GUI (Graphic User Interface) menu system which makes various operations and menu selections visible on your connected television set. The AV7701 also features an on-screen Setup Wizard that provides easy-to-follow setup instructions. To view the on-screen GUI and setup Wizard, you will need to connect the Monitor Out jack of the AV surround preamplifier to the composite, component video, or HDMI input of your television.
Three Zone/Three-Source: Marantz 's Multi-Zone/Multi-Source function lets you select different audio/video sources for listening and viewing in different locations of your home. The AV7701 features a Main Zone (audio/video), Audio/Video Zone (Zone 2), and Audio Only Zone (Zone 3). Furthermore, this unit is equipped with an HDMI Zone 2 output connector for transfer of audio/video from connected HDMI sources to Zone 2. The source can be the same for all zones, or you can enjoy 3 different sources in those zones if you prefer.
- Main Zone (Zone 1): The Main Zone offers 7.2-channel playback of all your audio/video gear in your main entertainment room.
- Audio/Video Zone 2 (with HDMI switching): The Audio/Video Zone 2 allows audio/video playback of another audio source connected to the AV surround preamplifier in another room of your home via stereo RCA audio output and composite or component video connections to a separate amplifier and display monitor. The AV7701 also incorporates true multi-zone HDMI audio/video distribution for Zone 2 with the inclusion of its HDMI matrix switching functionality. The AV7701 can send two different HDMI video feeds to two displays at the same time directly from the preamplifier. HDMI Zone 2 will also output audio signals (2ch only) for the HDMI input source selected. To enjoy a video source in Zone 2, you must connect the same video connection to your second display monitor as connected to your preamplifier for that particular source (there is no video-conversion for Zone 2). The HDMI Zone 2 function is only compatible with the HDMI 1-6 input connectors. It is not compatible with the HDMI 7 input connector. HDMI Zone 2 does not offer the following setting adjustments - Picture Adjust, Auto Lip Sync, Video Mode, Video conversion, i/p Scaler, Progressive Mode, Aspect Ratio, or Setup Menu Display.
- Audio Only Zone 3: The Audio Only Zone 3 allows audio playback of another audio source connected to the AV surround preamplifier in another room of your home via left/right RCA audio output connections to a separate amplifier.
Notes: *Compatible Sources - Only tuner, analog, USB, and Network sources can be played in both Zone 2 and Zone 3. Zone 2 also supports output of HDMI 1-6 audio/video signals. YTo hear AirPlay in Zone 2/3, you must first start playing Airplay in the Main Zone. Once you have selected AirPlay in Zone 2/3, you can then switch the source of the Main Zone. ou cannot select different AM/FM radio stations or different Network content for different zones. *Incompatible Sources - Digital audio from optical and coaxial inputs cannot be output to Zone 2 or Zone 3 (Zone 3 does not support HDMI audio). Zone 3 does not output any video sources (HDMI, composite, or component).
Lock Functions: You can lock all the controls on the front panel of the unit, accept for the Power button, to prevent anyone else from changing the settings on your AV surround preamplifier. You can also lock the AV surround preamplifier's settings, so they are not inadvertently changed.
Source Rename/Delete: You can change the display name (up to 8 characters) of a selected input source. If an input isn't being used, you can delete it from the display so you don't have to scroll past it when you change sources.
Dual Backup Memory Function: This AV surround preamp stores its settings in a nonvolatile memory even when the main power supply is turned off. Using the Dual Backup Memory function, you can write settings information to another memory area to back up saved settings for recovery anytime as needed.
- Personal Memory Plus: This function sets the settings (input mode, surround mode, HDMI output mode, MultEQ, Dynamic EQ, audio delay, etc.) last selected for the individual input sources.
- Last Function Memory: This function stores the settings which were made before going into the standby mode. When the power is turned back on, the settings are restored.
Sleep Timer: This function allows you to automatically set the power to standby after a predetermined amount of time has passed; set the sleep timer up to 120 minutes in 10 minute increments.
Auto Standby: The unit enters standby mode automatically when no commands are sent to the unit for the set time (30 or 60 minutes). Before it enters the standby mode, "Auto Standby" is displayed on the front-panel display of this unit and the on-screen menu.
Learning Remote: The provided IR wireless remote control is a universal learning remote control. The remote features a backlit LCD window which displays information about the sources selected from the remote control. The remote control's buttons are also backlit with a press of a button. This remote is preset with remote codes for Marantz AV components. The remote also contains codes for other manufacturers which can be programmed. In addition, the remote control is capable of learning and storing codes used by other remote controls (this remote is capable of learning around 160 codes).
HDMI Control: When you make an HDMI connection between the Marantz AV surround preamplifier and a HDMI control-function compatible TV or Blu-ray/DVD player, you can perform the following operations.
- The AV surround preamplifier can be turned off with the TV's remote.
- You can switch audio output devices from the TV remote.
- You can adjust the AV surround preamplifier's volume with the TV remote.
- You can switch the AV surround preamplifier's input sources through the TV remote.
- When playing a Blu-ray/DVD player, the AV surround preamplifier automatically switches to the input source of the player.
Remote Connections: The AV surround preamplifier offers a variety of remote inputs and outputs.
- Flasher In: This 3.5mm input is used to control the AV7701 from each of its zones from an external key-pad (sold separately)
- DC Trigger Output: The two DC trigger outputs (3.5mm) allow you to connect two external devices so they can be turned on by the AV7701 .
- Remote In/Out: These RCA input/output connectors allow you to connect the AV7701 to a Marantz component equipped with remote control (RC-5) terminals.
- RS-232C: The RS-232C port is to be used in conjunction with an external controller to control the operation of the unit by using an external device. The RS-232C port may also be used in the future to update the operating software of the unit so that it will be able to support new digital audio formats.
Bluetooth Adapter (optional): Through its proprietary M-Xport, the AV7701 offers Bluetooth capability. Simply add the optional RX101 Bluetooth adaptor (642RX101, sold separately) to the AV7701 and you can play the music stored on any Bluetooth-enabled portable device (your iPhone, iPod Touch, or PDA for example) through your home theater system. The optional RX101 doubles as an IR (infrared) receiver so you can place all your components out of sight and still maintain full remote control.
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Reviews and recommendations. [ Robert Jul 29, 2016 ]
The Marantz AV7701 was too good of a deal to pass up! It was perfect timing. My Eight year old Denon AV Receiver has been acting up, so I purchased a five channel Outlaw Audio amplifier and decided to go with the Marantz to be the new center piece. Besides the great deal Crutchfield offered, no one in the business offers better service up front and for as long as you have that equipment. Crutchfield is a top notch organization that I highly recommend for any of your audio needs! Nick P. [ NICK Jul 24, 2016 ]
Highly recommended by everyone I spoke to and the reviews were all great as well. [ Dustin Jun 26, 2016 ]
Great price and I needed Balanced Outputs. [ Kasper Jun 20, 2016 ]
My 20 year old Lexicon DC1 died. I replaced it with a used 10 year old Lexicon MC4 which failed within a month. (Thankfully I bought a warranty.) I decided it best to buy new. The AV7701 met all my needs and was the best value. I did find a slightly better price for it online but for a few dollars more I chose to buy from you. I have been a Crutchfield customer since you sold only car audio in 1980. You have always been very helpful and trustworthy. [ Mitchell Dec 24, 2015 ]
8 questions already asked
In my case, I have five (5) 300W Marantz mono-amplifiers; therefore, a pre-amplifier is a necessity. The front speakers for the system are rated 4 ohm; almost all receivers are rated for 8 ohm speakers and probably will not drive 4 ohm speakers. I'm not sure; however, I believe pre-amplifier outputs from a receiver providing signals to individual amplifiers can not have the individual channels adjusted. [ ROBERT G Jan 12, 2016 ]
It's not a dumb question, but it deserves a good answer. Preamps separate the line voltage amplification and switching of the inputs into a separate chassis with isolated power supplies. The benefit of this is that you generally get much lower noise (no audible hum) when there is no sound input, or on quiet passages in music or movies. For many applications, like home theater, truly quiet passages are rare, and therefore a receiver is likely to do the trick. The other benefit of a preamp/preamp-processor is that the amplifier section can be much beefier in a separate chassis, and so the amplification is much more robust. This again matters more in musical applications, or in home theater applications where the speakers are not very efficient (look at speaker sensitivity and anything above 89 dB is pretty good at turning amplifier watts into sound). Note that for every 3 dB drop in sensitivity, it takes twice the amplifier wattage to get the same volume from your speakers. It really depends on how much you value quality of sound output. If you're a person who really likes music, and appreciates good speakers, imaging, and balanced sound with little noise, then a preamp will do better than a receiver. Also, if your speaker sensitivity is at or below 87dB or so, you might benefit from a separate amplifier. [ James Jan 08, 2016 ]
Tough call if you are talking about a Marantz A/V multi channel receiver. There A/V recvr at that wattage sounds very good. I went the separates route with this pre/pro and a Marantz 5 channel amp because I have always had seperates with many iterations of my A/V system over the years. I just wish Marantz made a beefier 5 channel amp with about 200 watts per channel. I have driven this amp to clipping without trying to hard and the auto protection/auto shutdown kicked in. To answer your question, I don't think you can go wrong either way with Marantz A/V gear. If you have the $'s, go for it, if not get one of their A/V receivers. I don't think Marantz ever made a bad sounding piece of gear. [ JAMES Jan 08, 2016 ]
All depends on what sound you are looking for , I could not get the clean sound I wanted out of the receiver , with separated components makes for changing some thing out easier . I have used a reciever for more than 10 years before I switched over . Nothing wrong with them I just wanted something I could change up now then but with reciever you get what give until you buy new one [ Matthew Jan 08, 2016 ]
Separates give you more flexibility to tailor your system to exactly what you want. By buying a separate preamp-processor, I am able to use the power amps I already have, and they can be upgraded separately. Since setting up my home theater 18 years ago, I've upgraded my preamp-processor three times, but I'm still using the same power amps. Arguably, the separates are built to a higher standard and should perform better, but YMMV on that. [ Donald Jan 08, 2016 ]
Not a dumb question at all. My entire 7.1 system runs mono and stereo tube amps. This unit gives me all the flexibility I need. Also the XLR outputs are what I prefer for my Pro-Gear. I have had a couple 7.1 receivers RCA jack, pre-amp outputs and they just don't seem to have the drive I am looking for. If your not going to run a separate power AMP(S) then its probably not a great fit. Hope this helps. [ gordon Jan 08, 2016 ]
Couldn't tell you I sent it back because I had to turn it up to 55 before I could even hear it and they told me the speakers needed a brake in period lol so I sent it all back [ Jackie Jun 01, 2015 ]
i should have said it up scales 1080P TO 4K@60HZ. I have a Samusug 4K TV I BOUGHT IT WITH A 4K harddrive that has true 4K content. I have to play that through the TV and route that audio back to the amp via optical cable. This causes some loss beyond Surround 5.1. [ gordon Jun 01, 2015 ]
it does do 4k@60 hz. I have had two firmware updates since I have had this pre-amp. I am not sure about HDMI-2 I have not been able to give it any input from my Samsung 4K Blueray player it would no accept. I chose this unit, in part for its XLR audio outputs. Hope this helps. [ gordon Jun 01, 2015 ]
4 answers I am considering this preamp for my newly acquired McIntosh MC7106 power amp. I'm looking for a solution for the 6 channels that the 7106 has available, my requirements are unbalanced preamp outputs for 6 channels Dolby 5.1, Inputs including several optical and spdif digital coax. Does anyone have a better suggestion for an equally budgeted price? Or have I found a unit that is optimum [ Chris May 03, 2015 ]
i replaced an Outlaw 990 with this after much searching. i too am running 5.1 and this unit is doing a fine job, very happy with the sound. much cleaner than the 990. it has your requirements, but i can't comment on how it will match up sonically with your Mac [ kim May 05, 2015 ]
I own and use this unit with a pair a McIntosh amps. I am overly satisfied with the quality of the sound and all the bells and whistles. My system has never sounded better. I am using a mc-2300, A mc-2205 and a B&K 5 channel for surrouds. Hope this helps you [ joey May 04, 2015 ]
This is an excellent preamp and you won't find a HT preamp for anywhere near the price. I ended up returning mine because I was dissatisfied with the Marantz power amp. It was weak and I couldn't afford a six channel power amp. The sound quality, width of the sound stage, separation everything was excellent. Love the lighted remote control. None of these units give you a lot of optical or coax digital inputs for some reason. Not sure how many you need to read the specS carefully. Marantz offer all their user manuals on line for download. Marantz does an excellent job with digital music. THe M dax feature is great. I ended up buying a Marantz receiver because of the excellent sound quality. Don't like not being able to adjust levels on the fly but this is a minor inconvenience for the other benefits [ PATRICK May 04, 2015 ]
I think its great for the price. I shopped around a long time myself before deciding. [ TONY May 04, 2015 ]
I can find no mention of HDCD in the specs and as far as I know, no Marantz disc player has ever decoded HDCD so I would have to assume this pre/pro does not either. I own the 7701 but have not tried to get it to decode an HDCD encoded disc. [ JAMES May 01, 2015 ]
Yes it will [ JackC May 01, 2015 ]
No because hdcd is played thru the cd player if capable of high resolution playback. [ Quang May 01, 2015 ]
This really depends on the power of the amp and amp ratings these days can be really misleading. Do your homework. If you are doing anything less than 200 watts per channel you might not a difference. I have the 7008 and I really love it. I paired a 2 channel Rotel amp for front channel and letting receiver drive the other channels. [ PATRICK May 05, 2015 ]
Thanks for the comments, but can anyone speak to the specs of the AV7701? I understand a pre-amp, just would like to know if the internal components are an upgrade from what is inside the SR7007. The info Marantz provides doesn't really give any detail. Thanks. [ Leo Jul 13, 2014 ]
Don't know about the marantz amp. I have it paired with a rotel rmb-1095 5 CH x 200 watt/channel using unbalanced outputs. While the marantz pre-pro is better than rotels counterpart, I don't think you can match rotel's amp for the money. Its the best, quiet, natural sound amp I've ever owned. [ LUIS M Jul 13, 2014 ]
I'm not familiar with the SR7007 but yes, this is a pre-amp processor so no amplification. I have this preamp processor with the marantz 125x2 amp running my front towers and the 125x5 running the rest of my 7.1 speaker setup. I switched out this from a denon all in one receiver and the sound difference was huge. Major positive difference if you can stomach the costs [ DANIEL E Jul 12, 2014 ]
NAD 925THX with mine...sounds very good.... [ TERRY Nov 24, 2015 ]
Most Pre/Pro's (AVP's) can utilize most amps out there with their 'preamp outputs. Just make sure that your speakers match the impedance ( 4 6 or 8 ohms for example) to your outboard amps and you are good to go. [ TERRY Nov 24, 2015 ]
I have this. Just started using it this weekend, and haven't had much time to play with it yet, but it sounds good. No issues yet. [ Guest Jun 02, 2014 ]
I've been using it with 30+ year old Crown power amps with no issue.As long as manufacturers stick to accepted input and output voltages, there should be no issue mixing pre and power amps. Maybe there are companies who do weird things with this interface, but I wouldn't consider Marantz and NAD among them. As always, if you use balanced interconnects, Marantz uses the Euro standard for the pin outs of XLR connectors, it may differ other companies. [ Matthew Jun 02, 2014 ]
Marantz rates the Pre Amp Outputs at 1.2 V for the Unbalanced and 2.4 V for the Balanced. Emotiva rates the XPA-5 with an input senitivity of 1.8 V for rated output. They don't rate them seperatly, you should be fine useing the balanced. I would ckeck with Emotiva to confirm compatibilty. Emotiva rates the XPA1 with an input senitivity of 2.4 V for rated output, you should be fine useing the balanced outputs. Just to be sure to ckeck with Emotiva. Bottom Line, it seemes every Manufacture rates outputs and inputs differently. Hope this helps. You can check input senitivity for some power amps here on CRUTCHFIELD OWNERS MANUAL PDF. [ WILLIAM T Apr 28, 2014 ]
I currently have mine paired with an Emotiva XPA-5. No problems and sounds great. [ ERIK J Apr 15, 2014 ]
I am using the AV7701 with the MM8077. It produces clean, crisp, vibrant , almost effortless sound. Never thought of coupling it with monoblocks. I have Denon POA 6600a's with a Denon DAP 5500 preamp for 2 channel listening, which I now use in concert with the Marantz system. I'm sure , as long as you use balanced xlr interconnects you will be more than happy with the results. [ ROBERT T Apr 15, 2014 ]
Hi, I'm using ATI and Integra amps to get 7.2 channels. Beautiful sound from this config.Sorry but no experience with emotive. [ John Apr 15, 2014 ]
I am using the Marantz AV7701 with Emotiva XPA 5 and XPA 100 (x2) and 2 subs for a 7.2 Ch system Works great [ Davinder Apr 15, 2014 ]
I have a 2.1 setup with 2 Polk audio rti A9 speakers that are powered by an emotiva XPA-2 with the Marantz 7701 and the combination is great! [ VITALIY Apr 15, 2014 ]
Jim, Your question is very interesting but i am afraid question is not enough clear. Are we talking about a 2 separate subs or subs which are part of front speakers. Thank you [ MICHAEL Jan 29, 2014 ]
Jim...You can connect up to 4 subwoofers, but they can't be separately controlled. In none of the illustrations in the manual does it show a mix of balanced and unbalanced use. I use unbal, so I don't have hands on knowledge, but my guess is that it could be done. Unless your PA is a distance away, there isn't any advantage to using balanced output. Be advised that the bal. wiring is European, which means that pins 2 & 3 is switched, vs US std. This unit allows the DVD player to switch through to the TV when the the unit is pwr OFF, but depending on the sequence of turn on and turn off, it can get confused and not cut through. This is the only minus that I've found with the unit, otherwise I quite happy with it. [ FRANKLIN Dec 17, 2013 ]
You can use some balanced out and some RCA. There is a toggle switch next to each zone that selects balanced or unbalanced output. I don't know about the sub left and right. They're just labeled sw1 and sw2. You can download PDF manual from crutchfield and it might say. Hope this helps. [ DANIEL E Dec 16, 2013 ]
I can't say 100% for sure on the subwoofer output. I believe SW1 and 2 will send the same signal, however there could be something I am missing. Our implementation only had one subwoofer so we're only making use of SW1. As for the question of mixing RCA and balanced outputs, you should be able to without any trouble. As far as I can tell both sets of output are live at all times, as there is no "choosing" which to use. Our setup required the use of all XLR connections, however you should be fine operating with a mix. [ Nicolas Dec 16, 2013 ]
There are two separate jacks - one for SW1 and one for SW2. But in the Audyssey setup there is only one test tone. It does not send a separate test tone to SW1 and SW2. It does not seem to even ask do you have one or two subwoofers. Also the Audyssey setup menu, steps and microphone seem to be identical between my Marantz, my Denon and my old Onkyo. I'm not sure shopping amps would give you separate bass management, if they are all using the Auddyssey setup software. I am using a Magnepan CC5 center channel and Magnepan 1.7's for the front right and left speakers and two Energy Subwoofers. For proper imaging, the Magnepan instructions say to set up the system with the CC5 as a "small speaker", set the Subwoofer to "None" and connect the subwoofers to the front lineout channels (not the SW jacks). This set up forces the LFE channel to the large 1.7's (and attached subwoofers). You could use a similar set up if it is important to you to have separate right and left bass management. Hope that helps. [ RANDY Dec 16, 2013 ]