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Old 10-16-2020, 03:28 AM   #1
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Exclamation Marantz's AV7706 11.2 channel a/v PreAmp Processor

Marantz included our company with the first AV7706 allocation. Our shipment is scheduled to arrive the week fo October 19th.

11.2 Channel 8K Super Hi-Vision HDR A/V Surround Pre-Amplifier, retail $2,499.





The Marantz AV7706 pre-amplifier features 8K HDMI passthrough, 3D audio formats with premium quality music playback, multi-room HEOS Built-in, and voice control.

Here's our new introduction .pdf and here's the .pdf spec sheet.
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Old 10-16-2020, 06:51 PM   #2
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Robert, any idea if Marantz plans on launching an 8806 with the new HDMI features or at least offer a board upgrade for the 8805?

I have been wanting to upgrade my non HDMI SSP for a long time but have been reluctant to pull the trigger on an uber expensive Trinnov or Storm Audio unit which had me looking at Emotiva as a more affordable option but Marantz is certainly another alternative.

Since I do a lot of gaming I have been holding off until SSP companies have at least acknowledged the prospect of HDMI 2.1 board upgrades and they now seem to be thinking in that direction which is good. It sucks that the Marantz doesn't have more 8k60/4k120 inputs as just the one means only a single Xbox Series X, PS5 or Nvidia 3000 series PC can be connected which really given it's only the one input it makes more sense to go straight to the tv and use eARC to get the high res audio back to the SSP.
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Old 10-17-2020, 12:42 AM   #3
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Marantz has not told me about a successor to the AV8805 and although it's only an educated guess I do expect we'll see an HHDMI 2.1 board upgrade for the AV8805.

For users with three 60Hz 8K/120Hz 4K capable gaming devices I'd suggest connecting the PS5 and NVIDA 3000 series PC directly to the 8K display and connecting the Xbox Series X to the Marantz processor.

Next week I'll be receiving Marantz's first allocation of AV7706 and we're also getting Trinnov's Altitude16. The Trinnov Altitude16 is going in our 15.2 channel store demo theater and Marantz's AV7706 will be in my personal 11.4 channel theater in our home. We'll also be among the first USA dealers receiving Marantz's AV7706 Processors for display/demo and stock.
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Marantz just confirmed our allocation of the new AV7706 11.2 Channel Pre-pro Processor will be delivered to my store Friday, October 23rd.

We'll immediately put one on display/demo in our showroom!
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Old 10-23-2020, 07:42 PM   #5
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AV7706s are in the house! Filled all of our orders and two are still available with more arriving Monday.

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The Marantz AV7706 pre-amplifier features 8K HDMI passthrough, 3D audio formats with premium quality music playback, multi-room HEOS Built-in, and voice control.

Here's our new introduction .pdf and here's the .pdf spec sheet.
What kind of terminals are those for the speakers? I've never seen them before.
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Old 10-24-2020, 04:18 AM   #7
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Just started looking for an 11.2 upgrade for next year, and this shows up. Coincidence? I think not....
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@slimdude, no speaker terminals on the AV7706 as it's a preamplifier/processor. You connect the RCA or balanced XLR outputs to your amplifier.
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I heard the 'A' upgrade to our 8805 has been pushed back to Apr-June '21
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I heard the 'A' upgrade to our 8805 has been pushed back to Apr-June '21
Too rich for my blood, the 8805 unit is for ballers like Wabo.

I am however interested in the 7706...that could be the upgrade path for my trusty old Integra DTC 9.8 pre/pro.
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Old 11-11-2020, 04:08 PM   #11
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i've heard that some of the new hdmi 2.1 receivers/pre-amps have an issue with the chip and doesn't play nice at all with Xbox X or PS5 because of it. something about not passing through the 4k/120hz i know a Denon was referenced though i'm not sure if Marantz uses the same chip in question.

i'm sure i'm getting something wrong about it, but, i know folks are saying if your getting or got a hdmi 2.1 tv that some of the new hdmi 2.1 receivers can't pass through the features properly. perhaps Wabo or Robert can speak to that as i suspect they know what i'm trying to bring up.

second thought, Wabo, stay silent cause you're a crazy mofo!

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Too rich for my blood, the 8805 unit is for ballers like Wabo.

I am however interested in the 7706...that could be the upgrade path for my trusty old Integra DTC 9.8 pre/pro.
You preorder that new 7706 yet? Make sure to post pics! As for me...
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i've heard that some of the new hdmi 2.1 receivers/pre-amps have an issue with the chip and doesn't play nice at all with Xbox X or PS5 because of it. something about not passing through the 4k/120hz i know a Denon was referenced though i'm not sure if Marantz uses the same chip in question.

i'm sure i'm getting something wrong about it, but, i know folks are saying if your getting or got a hdmi 2.1 tv that some of the new hdmi 2.1 receivers can't pass through the features properly. perhaps Wabo or Robert can speak to that as i suspect they know what i'm trying to bring up.

second thought, Wabo, stay silent cause you're a crazy mofo!
Lol. You nuts. Don't get excited. Not those kind of nuts.

Since 2.1 is of no concern to me, I haven't been following too closely. But yeah, I've heard the new 2.1 chips are buggy. It's the reason Marantz is delaying their 2.1 'A' upgrade program until spring of '21. Which brings me to ask... whatcha got cooking? New receiver? New tv? New Xbox X and/or PS5?

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Lol. You nuts. Don't get excited. Not those kind of nuts.

Since 2.1 is of no concern to me, I haven't been following too closely. But yeah, I've heard the new 2.1 chips are buggy. It's the reason Marantz is delaying their 2.1 'A' upgrade program until spring of '21. Which brings me to ask... whatcha got cooking? New receiver? New tv? New Xbox X and/or PS5?
i will get the Xbox X and perhaps next year get the PS5. i might also get the 2020 TCL hdmi 2.1/120hz 65" tv to replace my current TCL 65" hdmi 2.0/60hz tv.

everything is going perfect no issues with either my Marantz Pre-amp in the HT or my bedroom low profile receiver. they are rock solid for the most part.

if i was to upgrade the my pre-amp, it wouldn't be until 2021 or 2022 if i'm still alive and if America still exists!

how are you and your gang doing bud? hope you guys are safe and well. you gonna upgrade your 880XX anytime soon?
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Too rich for my blood, the 8805 unit is for ballers like Wabo.

I am however interested in the 7706...that could be the upgrade path for my trusty old Integra DTC 9.8 pre/pro.
We're loving our Marantz AV7706 store demo.
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We're loving our Marantz AV7706 store demo.
Hi Robert. Does it put out much heat? I am running an SR6012 as a preamp only at present but I still get a lot of heat coming off it unless I run the AC Infinity I have above it.

If I upgrade to this I wont have room for the AC Infinity and will have 23mm space above it before the next shelf.
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Hi Robert. Does it put out much heat? I am running an SR6012 as a preamp only at present but I still get a lot of heat coming off it unless I run the AC Infinity I have above it.

If I upgrade to this I wont have room for the AC Infinity and will have 23mm space above it before the next shelf.
The AV7706 does not generate much heat. We have ours in our theater and it's on the top shelf of the equipment rack with dual exhaust fans above it so I can't say for sure how much heat it generates.
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Still no reviews for this anywhere to be found, kinda interesting.
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I'm surprised we have not seen reviews yet. It may be due to the limited supply.

My personal evaluation is very positive as are the several customers we sold Marantz's new AV7706 processors to. Easy to set-up, excellent features and with good amplifiers and speakers the audio fidelity and dynamic tonal range is excellent.
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I'm surprised we have not seen reviews yet. It may be due to the limited supply.

My personal evaluation is very positive as are the several customers we sold Marantz's new AV7706 processors to. Easy to set-up, excellent features and with good amplifiers and speakers the audio fidelity and dynamic tonal range is excellent.
Agreed, perhaps you're right. The only thing I have seen are reviews on Crutchfield and there are only four of them there.

That's good to hear as I'm sure a lot of folks here (such as myself) appreciate your first hand feedback.
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Now that I have my McIntosh MC8207 in the house, I'm actually looking at the 7706, 8805, or the MX100 from McIntosh. Looking to see if the TX32 Audyssey app is compatible with the MX100.
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