Marantz has announced the "slim" NR1711 home cinema amplifier. The new model is added to the other amplifiers of the 2020 range recently presented. The aspect that characterizes the new born is its reduced height. The measures are 525 (L) x 495 (P) x 192 (H) millimeters. Obviously all popular formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS: X, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio are supported.
The equipment also includes Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology and DTS Virtual: X, two technologies that create virtual channels to expand sound vertically without the need to add other speakers. NR1711 can be integrated into HEOS multi-room systems.
The multimedia capabilities are basically the same that we find on all Marantz 2020: the receiver plays songs in MP3, WMA, AAC or in high resolution in the formats WAV, FLAC, ALAC with sampling rates up to 192 kHz / 24-bit in addition to DSD 2.8 / 5.6 MHz.
By connecting to the network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, you can also access the services of Spotify, Amazon Music, Tidal, Deezer and TuneIn. The connectivity also includes Bluetooth and AirPlay 2. NR1711 is Roon Tested certified and can therefore stream music from Roon server and Roon Core devices.
All functions of HDMI 2.1 (in addition to HDCP 2.3) are supported on an input and output:
- Input resolution up to 8K at 60 Hz and Ultra HD up to 120 Hz
- Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM): the mode that ensures the fastest response to commands is automatically selected.
- Variable Refresh Rate (VRR): the refresh rate of the images on the screen can adapt to that of the source in real time, avoiding the occurrence of defects (in video games) such as "stutter" and "tearing".
- eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel): the improved audio return channel capable of supporting even lossless tracks.
- Quick Frame Transport (QFT): shortens the time taken by each frame to perform all the necessary steps to switch from the source to the actual screen display, in order to reduce latency in games and applications for virtual reality.
- Quick Media Switching (QMS): eliminates black screens that can occur when a device changes the display mode, for example when switching from 24 Hz to 50 Hz or vice versa. Operation is based on VRR.
NR1711 can manage systems up to 7.2 channels with a supply of 90 W (8 ohm, 20Hz-20kHz, THD: 0.08%, 2 channels driven). There is an AM / FM radio tuner, a phono input and a total of 6 HDMI inputs.
The receiver is able to process the input signals and apply an upscaling up to 8K resolution. It is also compatible with HDR videos in the HDR10, HDR10 +, Dolby Vision and HLG formats. Automatic calibration is entrusted to the Audyssey MultEQ XT system with Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ.
The list price is indicatively set at 699 euros while the release is scheduled for the month of September.
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