Following Marantz’s recent launch of its 8K ready SR series AV receivers comes the NR1711 which has many of its larger siblings’ features but in a slimline package.
For many music and home cinema fans, the cost, complexity and space requirements of the likes of the SR8015 mean an alternative is a preferred choice, and that choice has just been announced in the shape of the 8K ready, slimline NR1711 7.2ch AV receiver, which sports 90W of power for each of its seven channels.
Around half the height of the SR range, the NR1711 still manages to pack plenty of features into its low profile housing and, right from the outset, support for 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz resolution and refresh rates puts the unit in the future-proof category. This means it will be compatible with the upcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X next-gen games consoles - of course your TV will need to meet those resolution and framerate requirements too in order to get the full effect.
8K/60fps pass-through and upscaling is supported in one input and one output HDMI port while a further five are compatible with 4K/120fps. They all also work happily with Dolby Vision, HLG, Dynamic HDR, HDR10+ 4:4:4 Pure Colour sub-sampling and BT.2020 pass-through. Quick Media Switching (QMS) which avoids blank screens when switching courses is supported too.
HDMI 2.1 features that improve the gaming experience such as Variable Refresh Rate (which matches the frame rate output of the PC or console to reduce frame tearing) Auto Low Latency Mode (which switches the display to an appropriate game mode with the lowest possible input lag) and Quick Frame Transport, are also present.
Immersive Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object based surround sound technologies are supported and can be transmitted without compression by eARC from a compatible TV to the receiver. The virtual versions of these formats, Dolby Height Virtualization and DTS Virtual:X are also supported, so 3D sound can be experienced without the need for extra height or surround speakers.
Network capabilities conclude the wireless multiroom HEOS technology and users can stream music using Bluetooth and Airplay 2. The Bluetooth implementation allows headphones to be used at the same time as speakers thus helping family members who may have hearing impairments.
There’s support for Hi-Res audio file formats and the NR1711 has Roon Tested certification.
You can use the Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple Siri voice assistants to control your device and the usual Audyssey MultEQ sound calibration and Setup Assistant will have less technical users up and running in no time.
Available from September, the NR1711 will be available in black and silver-gold from authorised Marantz dealers priced £649 (€699).
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