Marantz Stereo 70s: Powerful Sound in a Compact Package

Marantz Stereo 70s: Powerful Sound in a Compact Package

By CE Critic - Buy Better Tech

In the world of home theater, the quest for the ultimate cinematic experience often leads us to complex multi-channel surround sound setups with all the bells and whistles. But what if you're a purist who believes in the unmatched purity of a traditional stereo system? Marantz has an answer for you, and it comes in the form of the Marantz Stereo 70s AV receiver. It's a blend of simplicity, power, and compactness that's poised to redefine your audio experience. And the best part? It won't break the bank.

A Legacy of Stereo Excellence

Marantz has been a name synonymous with high-quality audio for decades. From turntables to amplifiers, they've consistently delivered products that resonate with audiophiles and music lovers. In 2019, they introduced the NR1200 stereo receiver, providing an affordable entry point for those who prefer a 2.1 stereo system over elaborate multi-channel setups.

Following that, Marantz unveiled the award-winning Marantz 40n and MODEL 30 Integrated Amplifiers, catering to the high-end segment with premium streaming integration. Now, with the Marantz Stereo 70s, they're taking a different route—delivering top-notch stereo amplification in a space-conscious package.

Size Doesn't Compromise Performance

The Marantz Stereo 70s builds upon the foundation of the NR-1200 stereo receiver, housing it in a newly redesigned chassis that aligns with its more expensive counterparts, such as the Marantz CD60 CD player. Despite its compact stature, this AV receiver packs a punch when it comes to features:

  • Power Output: With 75 Watts per channel (in 8 ohms, 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 0.08% 2ch Driven), the Stereo 70s ensures you get robust, room-filling sound.
  • Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAMs): These amplifier modules outperform traditional chip-based operational amps, elevating your audio experience.
  • Space-Saving Design: Standing at a mere 4.1 inches tall, the Stereo 70s fits into spaces where full-size components can't, making it ideal for modern living arrangements.
  • HDMI Connectivity: While its focus is on delivering optimal two-channel audio, the receiver comes equipped with six HDMI inputs for seamless integration with your TV and video source components. Three of these inputs support 8K resolution pass-through, and there's HDMI ARC support as well.
  • Versatile Wired Inputs and Outputs: Digital Optical, Digital Coaxial, Analog, and a dedicated Phono input (MM) are all part of the package. You'll also find outputs for HDMI, Subwoofers, Preamp Outputs for both Main Zone and Zone 2, and even a headphone output.
  • Hi-Res Audio: The Stereo 70s is compatible with 24-bit/192kHz digital audio and DSD files, ensuring you can enjoy the highest-quality digital decoding.
  • HEOS Wireless Multiroom Audio: With HEOS Built-In technology, you can access your favorite streaming content and enjoy music throughout your home when connected to other HEOS-enabled devices.

Small Size, Big Features

Marantz has a knack for packing a wealth of technology and power into compact enclosures, and the Stereo 70s is no exception. Standing at just 4.1 inches tall, it's designed to fit where traditional AV receivers can't. Plus, it's available in both silver and black, so it'll seamlessly blend into your living space, no matter your decor.

With six HDMI inputs, three of which support 8K resolution, you're future-proofed for the latest video standards. While it doesn't process multichannel sound, HDMI ARC is more than sufficient for its needs. Alternatively, you can route TV sound to the Stereo 70s via its optical input.

Inside, the Stereo 70s makes use of Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAMs), designed to outshine conventional chip-based operational amps found in typical audio products. Its digital-to-analog converter (DAC) can handle up to 24-bit/192kHz digital audio and supports DSD files, ensuring the utmost precision in high-resolution audio.

Thanks to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity (with an Ethernet option), the Stereo 70s can be seamlessly integrated into a HEOS wireless multiroom whole-home system. Alternatively, if you're an Apple user, you can stream directly to it using Apple AirPlay 2.

The Marantz Stereo 70s is a testament to Marantz's dedication to delivering exceptional audio experiences while keeping up with the demands of modern living spaces. Whether you're a stereo purist or just looking for a compact yet powerful audio solution, the Stereo 70s is set to make its mark when it arrives on September 5th, priced at $1,000.