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: 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: 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: Let me start by first saying that this is one great sounding processor. There are a ton of function that you can tweak to your liking. Unfortunately there is only a PDF manual included with this unit. Come on Marantz, for this kind of money please give me a printed manual. With that out of the way let's talk about the good.
Pros: Great sound, Audyssey set up, tons of surround a sound modes, nice looking cabinet & front screen.
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: Let me start this review by saying that Marantz is a sister company of McIntosh. It's my belief that this unit uses most of the guts of the similar Mc units. I have always owned McIntosh amps and love everything about them. I have had a lot of preamps/processors in the $600 to $3999 price range. This is by far the best preamp/processor I have ever owned. The sound is fantastic and there really isn't any features its lacks for me.
Pros: # of inputs, quality of inputs, balanced outputs, perfect sound and looks, price is a steal for what you get. Warranty is lengthy for a unit in this price range.
Cons: Network hookup is wired unless you buy a wireless rj45 adapter. Its really not a big deal and most good processors have the same exact type of input. I really cant think of anything else negative....
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: Got this unit along with the Marantz 7055 power amp, as a system upgrade from a receiver. (Lucked out and got both as open box.) The AV7701 works great - no functional glitches, the remote is comprehensible (labels match what's on the display on the unit - something that many manufacturers seem to be unable to do...) The styling is nice, although the porthole isn't adequate info for me, so we have the bottom door open most of the time.
Pros: Simple to use, lots of features, good sound quality, excellent remote, comprehensible instructions