Marantz has announced the availability of the $2,499 8K 11.2-channel surround AV7706 preamplifier, hot on the heels of recent 8K-capable receiver announcements by the same company. The preamp includes XLR and RCA pre-outs and proprietary HDAM circuitry for “optimal” channel separation, minimal crosstalk and enhanced signal to noise ratio. The unit supports all common immersive audio formats, such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, DTS Virtual:X and Auro-3D.

“The AV7706 enables the next chapter of entertainment with the highest quality, crystal clear viewing experience and masterful-quality external power amplification for the most demanding active speakers,” said Joel Sietsema, President, Marantz. “Our team continues to build on our storied 68-year history to set the standard for high-performance home cinema. Fans will enjoy the audiophile sound you expect from Marantz combined with the latest in video and audio decoding. As always, we are proud to deliver sophisticated engineering and our exquisite sound, all in a processor engineered to be the foundation of the most versatile premium performance home theater experience.”

The processor lines up eight HDMI inputs, one capable of 8K/60Hz or 4K/120Hz pass-through, and three outputs. The latest HDCP 2.3 copy protection is available on all HDMI inputs. The AV7706 also supports HDR formats including Dolby Vision, and enables gaming with auto low latency mode (ALLM) and variable refresh rate (VRR). Video can be upscaled to 8K, and HDMI eARC supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

Marantz offers remote monitoring systems OvrC and Domotz Pro, as well as Control4 integration. Music streaming options include Internet Radio, Spotify Connect, Pandora, SiriusXM, Amazon Music HD, TIDAL and Deezer, plus there is Bluetooth, AirPlay 2 and HEOS Built-in functionality onboard. For more information, visit Marantz.

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I guess my one lingering question is whether to stay with Marantz, or change to Anthem for the ARC over Audyssey. Marantz is cheaper for me, which is helpful.