An assessment of the perennial audio bloggers would have you believe CES 2019 was not a good year for Hi-Fi, and you’d be right. This year the Venetian suites were quieter than they’ve ever been — all associated puns intended — which is a true shame. However, ever-committed to the industry, Marantz made a big splash at the show. We demonstrated the purity of our 40th Anniversary edition Ken Ishiwata Ruby Series Integrated Amplifier and SACD Player alongside Definitive Technology Demand Series bookshelf speakers. Listeners were met with the warm, clean sound only Marantz amplification and source components can provide. This, together with the outstanding imaging and detailed sonic signature of Definitive Technology won over listeners and kept people in their seats throughout the show.
Any time a knowledgeable audiophile visits the Marantz website or looks at any of its resources, they see the signature three words: "Because Music Matters." But what does it truly involve to both embody and enact that stance? And how does Marantz make it more of a philosophy? A closer looks shows that the answer is found in two key figures who are integral to the company's history.
Marantz has been the true audiophile's hi-fi brand of choice for more than five decades. Our dedication to intricate quality design and craftsmanship fostered the development of receivers that immediately caught the attention of the market as far back as the mid-1950s due to their sterling sound reproduction that expressed every nuance of customers' most beloved recordings. Elements from our original flagship receiver line have become staples of modern hi-fi design for this very reason.
Over the next several posts, we’re exploring Jazz through the ages in an effort to further crystallize this essential and transcendent music genre — one we hold in high regard as it relates to the discerning audiophile listening experience and overall enjoyment of Marantz products. Part 2 takes a deeper look at the cultural and economic shifts in the 1920s that gave way to a new era of jazz — one that was marked by the underground of Prohibition and the escapism of a generation marred by economic distress.
Few individuals possess an ear for the fidelity and signature musicality of Marantz more than Ken Ishiwata. His work contributes greatly to the reputation of pristine musical reproduction that Marantz has achieved among discriminating audiophiles all over the world.
Over the next several posts, we’re exploring Jazz through the ages in an effort to further crystallize this essential and transcendent music genre — one we hold in high regard as it relates to the discerning audiophile listening experience and overall enjoyment of Marantz products. Part 1 endeavors to explore the impetus of jazz and the beginnings of its global import, while also shining a decadal light on Marantz in the home.
The appeal of voice-activated digital aides that perform numerous tasks — and smart homes equipped with such functionality — is undoubtedly on the rise, led by Amazon Alexa, Apple's Siri Home and the Google Home assistant. This technology's popularity varies in individual consumer-product areas, but if the fast-paced nature of tech advances in the past decade are any indication, we will find voice control more fully integrating into our lives sooner rather than later.
Arguably, no U.S.-born music genre is or has been subject to as much analysis, debate and controversy as jazz. Hip-hop will reach such a point soon, especially now that it's fully part of the mainstream American musical landscape. Interestingly enough, the sonic DNA between these musical forms in their most recent iterations is, at least in part, responsible for the resurgence jazz has had over the course of the past decade, though it’s just one portion of a rich genre.
The importance of speaker quality cannot be overstated — but the configuration and setup of your surround sound speakers is equally crucial. Without a properly wired home theater, speaker performance suffers, and you miss the full immersion of your favorite films. Leave nothing to chance — instead, take every precaution to ensure perfect sound for your entertainment.
CEDIA 2018 was a standout moment for Marantz. A new three-dimensional sound format for home cinema, IMAX Enhanced was debuted and demoed with the Marantz AV8805 Pre-amplifier — which happened to take home a 2018 EXC!TE Award. The EXC!TE Award — or Excellence in Custom Installed Technologies and Electronics — honor products that provide the greatest innovation and power to the in-home experience. To pay homage to legendary Marantz sound engineer Ken Ishiwata, two new Marantz products were revealed — the PM-KI Ruby Amplifier and SA-KI Ruby Super Audio CD Player. Both models have been specially tuned by Ken Ishiwata and his team, and are laser-engraved with his signature.
With continuing advancements in surround sound technology, mastering an immersive home theater experience is more accessible than ever. The latest audio formats support more channels and are capable of creating a layered soundscape that captures an incredible range of sonic details.
Designing the ideal home audio system is equal portions science and art. You’ll be best served by paying as much attention to technical specifications as you do to factors contingent on aesthetic appeal, like speaker placement. Unless you plan to renovate your living room entirely, proper placement will affect acoustics and sound dispersal more than anything else.
Digital music formats are ubiquitous — even the staunchest vinyl supporter can admit that there's a lot of appeal to holding your entire music catalog in the palm of your hand or hosted on a server.
Vinyl record collectors go digging in crates of albums to find great music in a format that fully captures the dynamics of the original performances and provides a warm tone. To capture the nuances of your favorite tunes, you need a turntable that's up to the task. Which begs the question — would you rather have an automatic or manual turntable in your home audio setup?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.