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The Design for Truly Premium Performance

The Design for Truly Premium Performance

True audiophiles continuously seek to enhance their home listening environment and capture every detail of a musical performance with precise imaging. The right combination of HiFi components and speakers creates an ideal listening environment, projecting a soundstage where the listener can experience every note as it was meant to be heard. The audiophile's quest for perfect sonic reproduction is what drives the advanced design of a reference-quality audio system.

Do You Need a Pre-amplifier, and Why?

Do You Need a Pre-amplifier, and Why?

For those in the midst of assembling a home audio system, one component that raises a lot of questions is the pre-amplifier. After all, if you already have a powerful amplifier and quality speakers, why do you need another piece of equipment? In a high-performance AV separates setup, a pre-amplifier plays a crucial role. It's important to understand its function and what to look for when purchasing one.

Why We Still Love Physical Media for Our Music

Why We Still Love Physical Media for Our Music

Digital media has allowed us to enjoy our favorite albums virtually anywhere, and the explosion of quality streaming sites means you have immediate access to an unlimited selection of tunes — whether you prefer to dig into the deep cuts from a longtime favorite artist or dip your toes into an entirely new genre. Nonetheless, many music fans remain focused on physical media as their primary way of listening.

The Audio Advantages of Belt-Drive Turntables

The Audio Advantages of Belt-Drive Turntables

There are many details that go into a great turntable, from a properly weighted tonearm to an attractive finish. However, one of the most basic questions to consider when deciding on a new addition to your home audio setup is whether you prefer a belt or direct-drive turntable. Each design has its advantages, but in most cases, music fans will find that a belt-drive turntable consistently delivers the best results for sound quality.

Achieving the Most Detailed Sound Through Your Headphones

Achieving the Most Detailed Sound Through Your Headphones

If you're a music aficionado who prefers listening through headphones over speakers, you're likely passionate about catching every nuance of your favorite songs as well. You might know and savor the subtle differences between each studio take of Miles Davis's "Flamenco Sketches" or various live renditions of the Grateful Dead's "Playing in the Band." The true headphone obsessive knows there is no substitute for listening to high-resolution audio with an advanced headphone amplifier.

Say Hello to Your New AV Receiver: The Advantages of Voice Commands

Say Hello to Your New AV Receiver: The Advantages of Voice Commands

Technology advancement in home theater continue to impress. Where ultra high-definition television brought unprecedented detail to visuals, and 3D object-based audio delivered new levels of impact and immersion, it’s voice control that’s changing everything. And an advanced AV receiver with this functionality adds next-level convenience and fun to your home entertainment system.

Selecting Your Next AV Receiver by the Numbers

Selecting Your Next AV Receiver by the Numbers

If you're in the market for an AV receiver and don’t have much experience reading back panel specifications, you may find yourself looking at a spec sheet with numbers that might seem confusing. For shoppers who don't already have a solid grounding in home audio technology, reading these specifications to find the right component for them can be a struggle. With a little guidance, choosing a home theater receiver can be a simpler process. Here are some of the questions to ask when shopping for a potential receiver.

What Is an Audio Return Channel (ARC)?

What Is an Audio Return Channel (ARC)?

Since the introduction of HDMI 1.4 in 2009, the digital audio/video interface has included a link called an Audio Return Channel (ARC). If you're putting together a home theater system, you may wonder about the purpose of this feature and whether it makes a difference in your sound experience. ARC does in fact provide advantages that can make your setup simpler and more flexible.

What Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules Do for Your Home Audio

What Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules Do for Your Home Audio

The circuitry and craftsmanship that go into a home theater receiver make all the difference in the sound quality it produces. With the right technology on your side, you can enjoy a deep, immersive experience that captures every nuance of your favorite movies and music. The Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAMs) incorporated into Marantz Hi-Fi components contribute to the superior performance of Marantz technology, setting these products apart for decades.

CES 2018: Marantz Remasters Home Theater with AV8805

CES 2018: Marantz Remasters Home Theater with AV8805

During the 2018 Consumer Electronics Showcase, Marantz unveiled the latest in masterful home cinema — the AV8805, a 13.2 channel pre-amplifier. Unrivaled by any other pre-amp, the AV8805 is the first in the world to feature 13.2 channels and full 4K Ultra HD network support, plus integrations with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D. It has already generated excitement amongst HiFi enthusiasts and other press in the audiophile community.

Analog Versus Digital Amplifiers: In Search of the Best Sound

Analog Versus Digital Amplifiers: In Search of the Best Sound

Your home audio setup should reflect your personality and preferences, supported by the features needed to get the best sound quality possible. Selecting the right amplifier can make a huge difference in your results, so carefully consider what model suits your needs. One key factor in your choice is also a long-running source of debate among audiophiles: Do you favor analog or digital amplification?

Marantz AV8805: 13.2 Channel Pre-Amplifier Redefines Home Cinema

Marantz AV8805: 13.2 Channel Pre-Amplifier Redefines Home Cinema

The Marantz AV8805 pre-amplifier sets a new standard in audiophile home cinema. With 13.2 channel processing and full 4K Ultra HD, the AV8805 supports virtually any high-resolution multichannel audio format, including the latest surround formats from Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D. Our proprietary current feedback HDAMs enhance music for a superior listening experience, plus whole-home audio and voice-control make the AV8805 a must-have for serious cinephiles. Here’s what you can expect from the Marantz AV8805:

Selecting the Best Cables for Your Home Audio System

Selecting the Best Cables for Your Home Audio System

When you're striving to get the best possible experience from your home audio system, every detail counts. And using quality cables to connect your hi-fi components, AV receiver and speakers makes a significant difference in the end result. Whether you prefer sticking to old-school analog connections, or want the latest and greatest in digital cables, the right audio and video connections can elevate all aspects of your entertainment.

3 Signs You Need a New AV Receiver

3 Signs You Need a New AV Receiver

Sometimes we all need a change, and when it comes to selecting a new AV receiver, there's no time like the present. Upgrading your receiver brings fresh excitement into your home theater, opening up new possibilities to enjoy high-quality audio and video. Here are some good reasons to start thinking about refreshing your home audio setup.

Finding the Ideal Speaker Configuration for Your AV Receiver

Finding the Ideal Speaker Configuration for Your AV Receiver

Speaker configuration is a vital factor in achieving the best results from home entertainment systems. You'll get consistently great audio experiences by suiting the arrangement of your home theater speakers to the features of your AV receiver, the space you have available and your personal preferences.

4 Features to Look for in a Digital Receiver

4 Features to Look for in a Digital Receiver

When you're researching a new digital receiver for your home audio and theater system, you have a wide range of options. The question is, which AVR will ultimately allow you the versatility to enjoy all your favorite entertainment, coupled with exceptional sound quality? As you shop for home theater receivers, look for these key features:

Frequency Response Numbers Don't Tell the Whole Story

Frequency Response Numbers Don't Tell the Whole Story

If you're shopping for a new AV receiver or speakers, you may find yourself studying the curve on a frequency response chart. To make the right choice for your needs, it's important to understand how the specifications of your new audio equipment will affect performance. Frequency response numbers can be quite revealing, but you should also consider the context behind these figures and decide accordingly.

4 Steps for Getting Amazing Turntable Sound

4 Steps for Getting Amazing Turntable Sound

If you're passionate about achieving fantastic turntable sound, you're certainly not alone: The vinyl record revival is still going strong in the U.S. and other key regions in the world, too. According to a report from Nielsen, 2016 saw music enthusiasts buying 13 million new copies of releases in the format, marking 11 straight years of sales growth.

Gift with Excellence: The Audio Sommelier Holiday Gift Guide

Gift with Excellence: The Audio Sommelier Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are here, and it’s time to find those ideal gifts for the audiophile or cinema-buff in your life. Marantz understands that those who enjoy the finest audio qualities music has to offer also possess discerning tastes and want gifts that may be rare editions or little-known, but critically appreciated finds.