Marantz announces 8k capable slimline NR1711 AV receiver ready for next-gen gaming

posted on Thursday, 30th July 2020 by Steve May

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The Marantz NR slimline AV receiver range is getting its most significant update since launch, with the announcement of the 8k capable NR1711.

NR models have been the receivers of choice for those looking for half-height home cinema. This new model, due to hit the street in September, will be the first to support 8k sources, and more importantly 4k 120fps gaming, which will be offered by next gen games consoles, the Sony PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

There’s some other improvements as well. A seven channel Dolby Atmos design, the NR1711 boasts a 90W per channel power output, with low-impedance driver capability.

Codec cover includes Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X and DTS Virtual:X. Both modes claim to give a 3D listening experience without the need for dedicated height or surround speakers. Integrators can also set up cinemas or media rooms with 5.2 or 7.2 channel surround sound in the home theatre and simultaneously play stereo sound from the same or another source in a separate room.

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Connectivity comprises six HDMI inputs and one output, with compatibility for Dolby Vision, HLG, Dynamic HDR, HDR10+, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, BT.2020 pass-through, as well as the latest HDMI wrinkles, VRR, QFT, ALLM, QMS and HDCP 2.3 copy-protection.
There’s one dedicated 8K HDMI input, with 8K/60Hz pass-through or upscaling as well as Dynamic HDR for optimum contrast and colours and Quick Media Switching (QMS), which is used to avoid blank screens while switching sources.

The new Marantz NR1711 also offers 4K/120Hz pass-through, as well as Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Quick Frame Transport (QFT), and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), to reduce or eliminate lag and frame tearing.

Naturally, there’s also eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel), which allows lossless and object-based audio transmission from connected sources.

Beneath the hood is a 32-bit AKM AK4458 DAC on all channels. Multiroom support comes from having Heos Built-in and AirPlay 2 technology. Use a turntable? That’s covered too.

To be made available in black or silver-gold, the Marantz NR1711 will sell for £649.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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