In 2017 Marantz announced the expansion of its latest home theater line with high-end SR7012 Network AV Receiver. The SR7012 is one of the first AV receivers on the market compatible with Amazon Alexa’s Smart Home Skill for entertainment devices and will support Alexa Multi-room functionality. More Marantz SR7012 specs in this Marantz SR7012 review.
The 9.2-channel Marantz SR7012 model understands modern three-dimensional sound formats such as DTS: X, Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. The new firmware will open access to the DTS Virtual: X format, which allows you to get 3D sound in any configuration, even when using only two channels. When using an AV receiver with soundtracks recorded in Dolby Atmos, you can use the 7.1.2- or 5.1.4-channel system without additional amplifiers or the 7.1.4-channel set, complemented by a stereo power amplifier. At the same time, the model is capable of delivering a power of 200 W / 6 Ohms per channel.
The SR7012 has an attractive appearance, which hides a well-equipped unit. The device has developed functional capabilities and provides excellent sound quality, both when watching movies and when listening to music. The circuits use high-quality components, as well as proprietary discrete HDAM amplification modules with current feedback. Each channel has a 32-bit AKM DAC, which guarantees optimum accuracy and wide dynamic range.
On board there is dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and AirPlay. The device received eight HDMI inputs (one integrated into the front panel) supporting 4K (60 Hz), HDCP 2.2, Dolby Vision, HDR video and HLG (HDR for TV broadcasts). There are three HDMI outputs, one of which, after updating the software, will be able to work with the extended eARC return channel, allowing Dolby Atmos and other similar formats to be transmitted.
An important feature of the Marantz SR7012 is the support of the HEOS wireless multiroom system, as well as streaming content from TuneIn, Spotify Connect, Tidal Deezer and other web services on HEOS devices. Alexa voice assistant is available, which makes controlling the receiver even more comfortable.