Marantz’s Stereo 70s: A Slim Package Delivering Full-Sized Sound

When it comes to home cinema amplifiers, appearance matters just as much as performance since they often take center stage in your living room. Marantz understands this, and they’ve unveiled their latest two-channel AV receiver, the Stereo 70s, promising a marriage of style and substance.

Standing at a mere 11cm tall, the Stereo 70s defies convention by offering a more compact form factor compared to other AV receivers in our lineup, which tend to average around 16.5cm in height. Marantz claims that this slim package doesn’t compromise on audio quality, delivering their signature warm, rich, and detailed sound. However, a comprehensive evaluation of its acoustic capabilities will have to wait until we’ve conducted thorough testing.

Beyond its acoustic promises, the Stereo 70s boasts an eye-catching design that embodies Marantz’s distinctive aesthetics. Notable enhancements include a backlit remote control and an integrated display, all geared towards enhancing the user experience.

Under the hood, Marantz incorporates its Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAMs), a feature designed to outperform the chip-based op-amps commonly found in competing products. With six HDMI inputs at your disposal, three of which support 8K, this receiver seems poised to embrace future technological advancements. Furthermore, the inclusion of HDMI ARC eliminates the need for a separate optical cable, streamlining your setup.

But it’s not just about movies; the Stereo 70s plays harmoniously with 192kHz 24-bit digital audio and DSD files, ensuring that your music enjoys the same fidelity as your movies. Additionally, it comes equipped with Denon’s HEOS Built-In technology, facilitating seamless streaming and multi-room playback. And when it comes to music streaming services, it’s got you covered with support for Spotify Connect, Amazon Music HD, Apple Airplay, Bluetooth, Tidal, and TuneIn.

Interested? The Stereo 70s will be available this month in either black or silver-gold, priced at £900, with US and Australian pricing yet to be confirmed.

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