Summary: I bought this Marantz AV7701 to replace my "out of date" Sunfire Cinema Theater Grand III pre-amp. I was hoping the Marantz faceplate would be all aluminum but it was a mix of plastic and aluminum which seems alright considering the price.
Pros: iOS apps for pre-amp control. HDMI audio/video output can be setup to any input pass through when unit is on standby (off). No need to turn on the pre-amp just to watch the news on cable. The built-in Airplay makes music playback so convenient. Easy firmware upgrade through the internet. Internet...
Cons: The HDMI interface on the AV7701 sometimes get confused when switching between video with different HD resolution. Example, my Bluray player is setup for 1080p but the Cable box is on 1080i and the Sony Playstation is on 1080i but my AppleTV is on 720p. Switching between these can sometimes produ...
Summary: This great device was very easy to install and hookup. It looks good with the rest of my equipment and it works well with the rest of my equipment. I do believe that the Marantz does improve my viewing pleasure. It was a wise purchase.
Summary: This unit replaced my 1 month old Marantz SR6008 which was serving as pre-amp to Musical Fidelity M6PRX my front main speakers (B&W Matrix 804) and power amp for surround. I most care about is the musical performance, while SR6008 was pretty good, it get muddy when playing classical symphony.
Pros: * sounds quality.
Cons: * low buzz * size, would prefer less connections, and smaller form factor
Summary: The setup process is not difficult. It has on screen assistance which makes it easier. The only problem I had during the setup was the sub. My speakers are the XLR Balanced input's but my sub is not. The speaker setup did not pick that up. It setup the speakers without a sub.
Summary: Great Gear. The XLR outputs are handy though I wish they were U.S. Standard, not Europian pin out. Also it's a bit cheezy that the manual is on CD only. The Model I had before this had a full paper instruction manual.
Pros: Great DAC's and ADAC's. If you can afford it sperates is the only way to go. I run most of the outputs from this Pre to vintage tube amps.
Summary: This unit replaced my Integra DTC-9.8. Initially I was not totally blown away as I have gotten used to the Integra sound which is very transparent and neutral. But as I listened to the 7701 more, I found that it is very musical and just a bit of a different character.
Pros: Packed with features, very quiet- no hums/buzzing compared to my Intergra 9.8, pleasing musical sound, 3d pass, 4K
Cons: At this price point, you have to look very, very hard!
Summary: Great pre/pro. I had a much more expensive processor (Classe SSP 800) which I sold when I moved to smaller place. This Marantz holds it's own against the Classe which is over 4 times the price. It's not quite as transparent on two channel, but it's still very good.
Pros: Great surround sound on movies. Good video processor and HDMI switching. Pure Direct analog mode gives high end two channel performance. Connectivity is outstanding, airplay, network streaming, internet radio. Marantz control app works great on my iPad.
Cons: Front Panel looks classy, but I can't read the LED readout from my chair. Using the iPad app eliminates this issue.
Summary: I have owned Marantz products in the past and even though the last Marantz receiver I owned had issues I decided that I would give them another shot when it came to upgrading my theater room system. I was previously running an Onkyo TX-NR906 which I decided to move to my family room system.
Pros: Sound Quality, Inputs and Outputs, Uncluttered front panel
Cons: I would prefer a better remote. It would not accept the commands to operate my dish network receiver where the Onkyo did.