The new Marantz PM7000N is an integrated amplifier and network streamer that's aimed at audiophiles, capable of playing almost any music streaming format.
The PM7000N is the company's first fully discrete integrated Hi-Fi amplifier with high resolution music streaming capabilities. With HEOS Built-in, listeners can stream music from Amazon Music (HD), Spotify Free and Premium, Tidal, Deezer and more, or local music file libraries.
The device has been designed with Marantz technologies like the company’s proprietary Current Feedback amplification and Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAM-SA3). The integrated amplifier features a toroidal transformer and high-speed instantaneous-current power supply, which provides 2x 60W into 8 ohms or 2 x 80W into 4 ohms. The PM7000N also boasts a newly developed preamplifier section that leverages the latest electronic volume control to achieve "outstanding channel separation and exceptional signal-to-noise ratio," the company says.
With HEOS Built-in, the PM7000N will stream almost unlimited content and deliver music to any room throughout the home using other HEOS Built-in-capable speakers or electronics for a wireless entertainment experience. Listeners can enjoy music from Amazon Music (HD), Spotify Free and Premium, Tidal, Deezer, TuneIn, local music file libraries including FLAC HD 192/24 as well as DSD5.6 and more. In addition, the PM7000N supports Spotify Connect streaming for users with free accounts, so listeners can select music from a mobile device or a computer directly from the Spotify app and stream it directly to the PM7000N. Streaming content can additionally be delivered using Bluetooth or Apple AirPlay 2.
To best isolate the analogue circuit from digital interferences or noise radiation, the digital circuit is installed into a shielded case, minimizing potential interferences. However, to fully preserve the signal, the PM7000N is also equipped with Pure Mode. Pure Mode enables listeners to disable USB-A, Network, Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth, either individually or simultaneously to turn the PM7000N into a pure analogue amplifier.
Vinyl lovers can connect their turntable to the PM7000N’s phono input. The PM7000N introduces a new integrated phono input design that integrates a FET (field-effect transistor) in the input stage. This provides a high input impedance, eliminates the need for AC coupling capacitors and simplifies the signal path, lowering distortion.
The PM7000N is equipped with four analogue inputs and one analogue output, and features one coaxial and two optical digital inputs, along with a USB-A input for high resolution audio files. Users can connect a TV or cable/satellite set-top-box and a Blu-ray or DVD player to either of the three digital audio inputs (Optical 1 and 2, Coaxial 1). All of the digital inputs can automatically wake the PM7000N when sensing an audio signal, and the TV remote control can be programmed to directly operate the master volume control, mute, power on/off and source selection of the PM7000N. The subwoofer output features an adjustable low-pass crossover to tailor bass response to each listening environment.
The Marantz PM7000N at £999 / €1,199 / $999 and will be available from November 15 at authorized Marantz retailers.