but sadly the content is still nonexistent. Yet that doesn't stop companies from announcing support for 8K: First it was , and now it's fellow Sound United brand Marantz.
Marantz has revealed its 2020 line ofat prices between $1,099 and $3,199. The cheapest is roughly twice as much as our Editors' Choice , but Marantz aims to justify the outlay with higher-end features aimed at the latest equipment, including .
Unlike the, which was announced last week and only offered 8K passthrough, the Marantz SR series can also convert (or upscale) existing HD and 4K video to 8K. International pricing isn't currently available, but $1,099 converts to approximately £875 or AU$1,580.
The value of this feature is dubious, however, because 8K TVs have theirthat are likely to work as well, if not better, than one inside an AV receiver. The Marantz receivers will also pass through 4K/120Hz video and include support for HDR formats, including Dolby Vision and the newer .
Marantz 2020 receivers
|Price/Availability||$1,099, £899 (September)||$1,599, £1,149 (September)||$2,299, £1,599 (July)||$3,199, £2,799 (August)|
|Number of amplified channels||7||9||9||11|
|Power (2 ch)||100 watts per channel||110 watts per channel||125 watts per channel||140 watts per channel|
|HDMI ports||6 in, 2 out||7 in, 3 out||8 in, 3 out||8 in, 3 out|
The receivers will decode most formats, includingand DTS:X (DTS:X Pro for the '8015), but If you're interested in support, you'll need the SR6015 or better.
The receivers offer support for thein addition to and . All the models include an integrated phono preamp that includes the company's HDAM technology.
One feature that should ease setup hassles is HDMI Auto Input Rename, which, as it suggests, names the input according to the source's HDMI information. We've seen a similar feature on TVs but this is the first time I've seen it on receivers.
The SR6015 and above models also include a preamplifier mode, which enables users to add their own power amplifier. The feature, borrowed from sister-brand Denon's X-series receivers, disconnects the receiver's internal amplifiers when the external preouts are used. The company says such a setup results in less distortion.
The prices of Marantz receivers have gone up in the last few years -- the new range is at $200 more expensive than, for example. The preamp feature in particular, however, should really appeal to AV hobbyists looking to upgrade to better amplification for their stereo speakers in the future.