Sound United presented the new line-up of Marantz during the dealership event in Alicante and also indicated that it would position the brand slightly differently in the market. Marantz has to become more of a luxury brand as Marantz goes for premium.
Marantz goes for premium
Marantz and Denon have been together for years when it comes to receivers. Apart from the design, timbre and certain components, there are not many differences to be discovered between the mainstream receivers of the brands. This has to change, according to Sound United, the holding company that both brands fall under.
The aim is to give Marantz a more luxurious appearance in the coming years. How exactly this will be done is not yet known, but in any case we can expect some more premium products from the brand, the products are mainly sold through specialists (including hi-fi stores) and the design of the receivers will be changed to become. That does not mean, however, that the affordable receivers by definition disappear. Marantz also wants to continue to participate at lower price points.
New Marantz av receivers
For 2018 little will change for the time being. Marantz comes again with a complete line-up AV receivers. Last month it was announced that two new slimline receivers were released, called the NR1509 and NR1609. Today the SR5013, SR6013 and SR7013 have been added.
The SR5013 is a 7.2-channel AV receiver with 180 watts of power per channel. This model has support for 4K, HDR (HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG) and HDCP 2.2. The receiver comes with 8 HDMI inputs, two HDMI outputs, Heos integration, AirPlay (AirPlay 2 comes via update), Bluetooth, Spotify Connect and calibration via Audyssey MultEQ.
The SR6013 is a 9.2-channel receiver with a capacity of 185 watts per channel. Compared to the SR5013 comes this model with an HDMI output extra (2 main + zone out), MultEQ, SubEQ HT and LFC.
Another step higher we see the SR7013 back with 9.2 channel gain and 200 Watt per channel. In addition to the features of the SR6013, we see 11.2-channel pre-out and Auro 3D support.
Later the prices and the complete specifications of the new AV receivers will be announced.