Marantz's new PM7000N is the company's first fully discrete integrated Hi-Fi amplifier with wireless music streaming capabilities.
With HEOS Built-in, you can stream up to the highest resolution music from Amazon HD, Spotify, Pandora, Tidal and more, or local music file libraries. It has been engineered using custom designed, hand-selected, high-grade audio components, offering Hi-Res audio support, onboard phono stage, voice control, and more.
Designed with Marantz technologies like the company's proprietary Current Feedback amplification and Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAM-SA3), the PM7000N delivers extended dynamic range and lower distortion to accommodate the demands of high-resolution digital music.
The integrated amplifier features a toroidal transformer and high-speed instantaneous-current power supply, which provides 2x 60W into 8 ohms or 2 x 80W into 4 ohms. The PM7000N also boasts a newly developed preamplifier section that leverages the latest electronic volume control to achieve "outstanding channel separation and exceptional signal-to-noise ratio," says Marantz.
"There is an increasing demand from enthusiasts and audiophiles who desire easy access to their favourite music streaming services, particularly high-resolution content from providers such as Amazon HD and Tidal," says Emmanuel Millot, Senior Director Brand Management at Marantz. "The PM7000N offers the best of both worlds by maintaining Marantz's rich audiophile legacy of Hi-Fi 2-channel integrated amplifiers while embracing market demand for access to streaming."
With HEOS Built-in, the PM7000N will stream Internet-based content and deliver music to any room throughout the home using other HEOS built-in-capable speakers or electronics for a wireless, whole-home entertainment experience. Enjoy music from Amazon HD, Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, TuneIn, local music file libraries, and more. In addition, HEOS now supports Spotify Connect streaming for users with free accounts, so listeners can select music from a mobile device or a computer directly from the Spotify app and stream it directly to the PM7000N. Streaming content can be delivered using Bluetooth or Apple AirPlay 2.
To best isolate the analog circuit from digital interferences or noise radiation, the digital circuit is installed into a shielded case, minimizing potential interferences. However, to fully preserve the signal when listening to analog sources, the PM7000N is also equipped with Pure Modes. Pure Modes enable listeners to disable USB-A, Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth, either individually or simultaneously to turn the PM7000N into a pure analog amplifier.
Vinyl lovers can easily connect their turntable to the PM7000N's phono input. A new integrated phono input design integrates a FET (field-effect transistor) in the input stage. This provides a high input impedance, eliminates the need for AC coupling capacitors and simplifies the signal path, lowering distortion and improving the signal purity overall.
The PM7000N is equipped with four analog inputs and one analog output, and features one coaxial and two optical digital inputs, along with a USB-A input for high resolution audio files. Connect a digital TV or cable/satellite set-top-box and a Blu-ray or DVD player to either of the three digital audio inputs (Optical 1 and 2, Coaxial 1) to enjoy movie soundtracks and TV shows.
All of the digital inputs can automatically wake the PM7000N when sensing an audio signal from the television, and the TV remote control can be programmed to directly operate the master volume control, mute, power on/off and source selection of the PM7000N. The subwoofer output features an adjustable low-pass crossover to tailor bass response to each unique listening environment.
Additional Features Include: Hi-Res Audio Support, including the ability to decode Hi-Res audio ALAC, FLAC, and WAV lossless files up to 24-bit/192-kHz, as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks, and listen to music via the rear panel USB port or over network sources; tone controls to fine-tune treble, bass, and balance audio settings using independent Bass, Treble and Balance control knobs on the front panel; high-grade speaker terminals made of dense brass with a thick nickel plating to provide the best contact with speaker cables; and built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, with support for 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band networks.
The Marantz PM7000N will be available November 15, 2019 for US$999; Canadian pricing is TBA.