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Marantz announces Model 40n super-integrated amplifier

  • Marantz’s Model 30 integrated amplifier (€3199, reviewed here) was a Class D amplifier (with MM/MC phono pre-amplification) that introduced long-time Marantz fans to the Japanese manufacturer’s new design aesthetic. It’s a look that has been carried over to Marantz’s latest creation, the Model 40n super-integrated amplifier, to which we ‘just add loudspeakers’.

    That lower-case ‘n’ references the Model 40n’s network connectivity – Ethernet or Wi-Fi – where a HEOS streaming module gives end-users access to a range of streaming services such as Amazon Music and Tidal but no Qobuz. Apple AirPlay 2, Bluetooth and Spotify Connect are also present but there’s no word yet on Roon Readiness. A third-party network streaming device could be hooked into the Model 40n’s coaxial or TOSLINK sockets – or a TV into its HDMI ARC socket – but a USB input for PCs or Macs isn’t part of the deal. Details of the internal DAC aren’t provided (no biggie) but we are told that it’s capable of decoding up to 24bit/192kHz PCM and DSD256.

    On the analogue side, the Model 40n gives us three line-level inputs, an MM phono input, pre-amplifier outputs, a subwoofer output (with adjustable low-pass filter) and power amplifier inputs, the latter useful for anyone using their subwoofer’s own high-pass filtering circuitry.

    Marantz rates the Class A/B Model 40n at 70wpc into 8 Ohms. That’s slightly less loudspeaker power than the Model 30’s 100wpc but also diminished is the price. The Model 40n will sell for US$2499 / £2199 / €2499 when it goes on sale in March 2022. That puts it right in Cambridge Audio Evo and Naim Uniti Atom territory.

    Further information: Marantz

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