Marantz Re­leases First Ever 11.2-chan­nel AV Amp

SmartHouse - - FIRST LOOK // Marantz - Writ­ten by ATHINA MAL­LIS

Marantz has launched the new SR8012, its first-ever 11.2-chan­nel AV am­pli­fier, its flag­ship model.

Maranz says the new model boasts ad­vanced fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing HEOS wire­less mul­ti­room in­te­gra­tion. The new model also fea­tures cop­per plated chas­sis and toroidal trans­former de­sign usu­ally only found in the com­pany’s top-end stereo com­po­nents.

The SR8012 uses iden­ti­cal sym­met­ri­cal mono­lithic am­pli­fier mod­ules to de­liver 205W to each of its 11 chan­nels, en­sur­ing the power to drive even de­mand­ing speaker loads and perfect chan­nel-match­ing for a truly in­te­grated sound. This is all made pos­si­ble by an over­sized power sup­ply de­signed to en­sure the SR8012 al­ways has plenty in re­serve for even the most de­mand­ing sound­tracks: it uses a shielded cus­tom-built toroidal trans­former, and high-cur­rent main ca­pac­i­tors also made to ex­act­ing Marantz spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

Maranz says the SR8012 is de­signed to de­liver with music, too: net­work music stream­ing is in­te­grated along with HEOS wire­less mul­ti­room, en­abling it to be­come the hub of a com­plete whole-house sound sys­tem when used with HEOS speak­ers. Con­trolled by the HEOS app, it al­lows you to ex­plore, browse and play music from your own net­work library, on­line stream­ing ser­vices and In­ter­net ra­dio, and the SR8012 can also play music from Blue­tooth and Air­Play por­ta­ble de­vices, USB stor­age and of course ana­logue and dig­i­tal sources.

As well as be­ing com­pat­i­ble with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro 3D im­mer­sive sound­tracks, the SR8012 is de­signed for all cur­rent and fu­ture video for­mats. Its eight HDMI in­puts and three out­puts con­form to the lat­est HDMI and HDCP stan­dards, with 4K Ul­tra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sam­pling, High Dy­namic Range (HDR), 21:9 video, 3D, BT.2020 passthrough and Dolby Vi­sion pass-through sup­port. That makes it ready for 4K Ul­tra HD Blu-ray disc play­ers, set-top boxes and other mod­ern 4K Ul­tra HD sources, while HLG (Hy­brid Log Gamma) pass-through is sup­ported for com­ing HDR broad­cast­ing con­tents, and eARC (En­hanced Au­dio Return Chan­nel) will be sup­ported via a firmware up­date. In ad­di­tion, the SR8012 can up­scale stan­dard and high def­i­ni­tion ana­logue and dig­i­tal video con­tent to 4K Ul­tra HD, breath­ing new life into legacy sources.

The au­dio sec­tion is sim­i­larly ad­vanced, be­ing able to de­code up to 24-bit/192-kHz ALAC, FLAC and WAV loss­less files as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks via the front panel USB port and net­work sources. That means you can ex­pe­ri­ence ev­ery­thing hi-res au­dio has to of­fer, with sound qual­ity way be­yond CD, and the SR8012 also has both Ap­ple Air­Play and Blue­tooth to play music from por­ta­ble de­vices.

It re­tails for $5,740 and is avail­able now.

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