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Marantz AV7005 Home Theater Preamp Processor Review

The Marantz AV7005 Preamp/Processor is a powerhouse, costing a mere fraction of most home theater preamps; retailing for $1,499 there is a lot to love right off the bat. Measuring a little over 17 inches wide by seven and a half inches tall and 16 inches deep the AV7005 is pretty much the same size as your standard receiver though because it lacks an amplifier section it isn’t quite as heavy at 22 pounds. The AV7005 features Marantz’s new design language and is easily recognizable as a Marantz product thanks to its Spartan front façade that features two large rotary dials, one for input selection and the other for volume that flank the AV7005’s porthole style display.

Conclusion
All in all Marantz has produced a quality home theater preamp in the AV7005 that falls into a price bracket with few competitors and at a price everyone can afford. The fact that AV7005 has a retail price less than its predecessor speaks volumes about Marantz’s commitment to value. Sure there were a few quirky items here and there but overall the AV7005 proved to be a stellar all-rounder that when paired with a quality power amp took my home theater to a whole new level of performance. The AV7005 from Marantz is one AV preamp I’m not about to let go of nor stop recommending to my friends and family, which is precisely why I bought my review sample. It is that good.

Specifications:

MULTICHANNEL SURROUND
• THX Ultra II / Select II – / –
• THX Surround EX –
• DTS HD Master / DTS 5.1 / DTS ES / DTS 96/24 y/ y/y /y
• Dolby Digital Plus / Dolby TrueHD / Dolby Digital EX / DPL IIz y /y /y /y
• Audyssey DSX y
• Circle Surround II / Neural Surround y /y
• Virtual Surround / Multichannel Stereo y /y
• HT-EQ / Re-EQ y / –
• Dolby Headphone y
• Compressed audio Enhancer: MDAX / MDAX2 – / y

SOUND ENHANCEMENTS
• Current Feedback Topology y
• Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAM) y
• Pure Direct y
• Power Transformer: Toroidal / EI – / y
• High Grade Audio Components y
• Chassis: Copper plated / Metal – / y

NETWORK
• DLNA certified y (v1.5)
• UPnP Certified y
• Network Audio: MP3 / WAV / AAC / FLAC / WMA y / y / y / y / y
• Network static video (JPEG) Y
• Network Video –
• Integrated webserver –
• Internet Radio: direct / external media player y / y
• vTuner / Napster y/ y
• WiFi: integrated / external access point – / y
• Ethernet y
• IP Control y

OTHER
• Bluetooth audio via RX101 optional
• Auto speaker setup by microphone Audyssey MultEQ XT
• Audyssey Dynamic EQ / Dynamic Volume y / y
• Video conversion CVBS > Comp > HDMI
• Interlace / progressive conversion y
• Analogue to HDMI scaling > 1080p
• HDMI to HDMI scaling y
• Videoprocessing Anchor Bay (ABT2015)
• Picture adjust / Noise reduction y / y
• HDMI path though on stand-by y
• Deep Color pass through y
• 3D video pass through y
• Audio Return Channel y
• CEC y
• T.B.C. – time base correction –
• Front panel cursor control y
• On Screen Display: GUI / OSD y / –
• Variable cross over 10
• Lip sync control y
• Multiroom zones 2
• Front Flap y
• Discrete RC coding (Main- / Multiroom) y/ y

INPUTS/OUTPUTS
• Composite In / Out 5 / 3
• S-Video In / Out –
• Component In / Out 4 / 2
• HDMI In / Out (version x.x) 6 / 2 (1.4a)
• Multi-Room Video Out: Video / Component y /y
• Analogue In / Out 8 / 2
• Balanced In / Out – / 7.2
• Phono (MM) In o
• Digital Optical In / Out 3 / 1
• Digital Coaxial In / Out 2 / 0
• Multi-Room Out: analog / digital 2 / –
• Multichannel Pre Out / Main In y (11.2ch) / –
• Subwoofer Out y
• 7.1 multichannel input y
• M-Xport for RX101 y
• Speaker Terminal: Gold plated screw / regular screw – / –
• Number of terminals –
• Speaker A / B o(pre out)
• Height speaker terninal o(pre out)
• Bi-amp drive (5.1 ch setting) / Speaker C y/ y
• Multi-Room Speaker Terminal –
• Marantz remote bus y
• IR Receiver In / Emitter Out – / –
• IR Flasher In 1
• Network: (IP-control / update) y/ y
• RS232C (control / update) y
• DC Triggers 2
• Front Inputs: Audio / Composite / Digital (Opt) / HDMI / USB y/ y/ y/ y/ y
• USB Audio / Made for iPod / Works with iPhone y/ y/ y

Specifications
• Power Output (8 / 6 ohm, 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 0.08%) –
• 70% Guarantee –
• Audio Signal to Noise Ratio 102 dB
• FM Tuner y

GENERAL
• Available colors: Gold / Silver / Black / Silver-Gold – / – / y / –
• Metal Front Panel y
• System Remote Control RC011SR
• Pre-programmed / Learnable / LCD Display y/ y / y
• Power Consumption in W 85
• Standby Consumption in W 0.2
• Detachable Power Cable y
• Maximum Dimensions (W x D x H) in mm 440 x 395 x 187
• Weight in kg 11.0

Read the full review at hometheaterreview.com.

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