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Future-Fi Now! Marantz’s Stereo 70s deserves your full attention

  • The latest streaming integrated amplifier to be released by Marantz – the Stereo 70s – boasts the following feature set:

    • 75wpc into 8 Ohms of Class A/B power
    • In-house designed and built discrete HDAM modules that, according to the Japanese company, offer superior audible performance to traditional op-amps
    • An internal 24bit/192kHz and DSD-capable DAC with coaxial, TOSLINK, HDMI ARC and Bluetooth access
    • Wi-Fi and Ethernet inputs that feed an internal HEOS module (for UPnP, Tidal and Amazon Music but not Qobuz) that additionally supports Spotify Connect and Apple AirPlay 2
    • An internal MM phono stage
    • Two line-level analogue inputs
    • One set of pre-amplifier outputs
    • Two subwoofer outputs
    • Two sets of loudspeaker binding posts
    • A backlit remote control
    • A front-panel 6.4mm headphone output

    That’s quite the fit-out, especially at the Stereo 70s’s €1000 asking price.

    And yet because the Stereo 70s also features six HDMI inputs – three of which support 8K signals – Marantz is calling its new amplifier, quite understandably, a stereo A/V receiver. And yet from where I am sitting, the Stereo 70s has all the trappings of a solid piece of entry-level Future-Fi with extensive hi-fi market appeal.

    Shipping on the Stereo 70s begins this month. Your choice of black or gold.

    Further information: Marantz

    Written by John

    John currently lives in Berlin where he creates videos and podcasts for Darko.Audio. He has previously contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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