Summary: is a truly fantastic, it is very satisfying both the knob of the master of the inputs, the effects, it is an object highly handsome, musically, it is recommended to those who want to set a gimmick amplifier pre amp
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. It has more connectivity with Airplay and internet radio (I love spotify). Overall I was shocked at the level of performance and features for the price.
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. The Onkyo although rich in features, lacked 3D support as well as the power that I needed to run my Jamo C809 towers and Jamo C80 surround and center speakers.
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.
Summary: I bought this Marantz AV7701 to replace my "out of date" Sunfire Cinema Theater Grand III pre-amp.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. The round display is a nice touch and makes the unit less busy looking. This pre-amp allowed me to significantly remove the "clutter of wires" be hind my equipment rack.
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 radio with unlimited location such as Europe and Asia. Sound quality.
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 produce no HDMI output. I had to power cycle the AV7701 to restore the output feed. Would be nice if the iOS app also has full configuration control like the On Screen Display menus.
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. After replaced it with AV7701, the sounds is much transparent and cleaner, and more linear from tremble to bass. Very happy with this upgrade.
Pros: * sounds quality.
Cons: * low buzz * size, would prefer less connections, and smaller form factor
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. With music-The 7701 has a very balanced neutral sound, just a tiny bit on the warm side, which I liked. It is also transparent compared to the Integra.
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: I've tried several different pre/pros and the 7701 is by far my favorite. To me, the sound is as good or better than the NAD m15hd, the sound is as good as the Marantz 8801 (except the noise floor on the 8801 is much better, plus the 8801 has better Audyssey), and the sound is very noticeably better than the Onkyo 5509. All receivers were good enough for movies, but the Marantz pre/pros really blew me away with their music sound quality.
Pros: Music sounds amazing, has just enough features, phenomenal value.
Cons: None considering the price! If you compare it to much more expensive pre/pros, it has a louder noise floor, only 7 channels, Audyssey XT (awesome, but 32xt is better). Please understand that these cons are all VERY minor, don't let them sway you away from the 7701!
Summary: In terms of functionality, this fit my needs perfectly. I'm still acquainting myself with everything it does, but perhaps the most impressive thing (when paired with two Tannoy active studio reference monitors and a Panamax 4300) is that it is absolutely dead quiet when turned on. No hum, hiss, distortion, buzz of any kind. Very impressive.
Pros: Sound, functionality, ease of use and design, it even looks good where I have it.
Cons: Pricey! Easily the most expensive option I was seriously considering for what I wanted to do - but I have no regrets.
Summary: the Marantz AV7701 replaced an Integra pre/pro which had turned into a brick by a nearby lightning strike. Thank you, Lightning, for allowing me to upgrade to this superior (though less expensive) unit. The Marantz is quieter, runs cooler, and doesn't 'pop' when the source is changed or when a TV channel's audio switches from digital to analog. Additionally, a second HDMI output is greatly appreciated. Love it.