Marantz Launches a Flagship Preamp and Two Power Amplifiers 
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Written by Dick Ward   
Wednesday, 21 July 2010

The AV7005 is the new flagship preamplifier from Marantz, and deservedly so.  It's got six HDMI 1.4 inputs that support 3D and an audio return channel as well as a pair of similarly capable outputs.  The 7005 handles HD audio of all kinds and includes support for Dolby ProLogic IIz.

It's packed with Audyssey features like DSX room EQ processing and MultiEQ XT.  It's capable of streaming from your home network or from a range of internet radio sources and will run you $1,499 when it launches in October.  The MM7055 and MM7025 are new amplifiers from Marantz that sport the same great look that you're used to from Marantz products.   Both amplifiers were designed with full compatibility in mind, but the 7055 is built specifically to work with the AV7005 preamp.

It's got a discrete current feedback amplifier that pumps out 140 watts to each of its five channels.  Hooking it up via XLR to the AV7005 means 140 watts to five channels at eight ohms.  If you're looking for seven channels of amplification, or just a little more power, you can add on the MM7025 – a two channel power amplifier.  Both the MM7025 ($799) and MM7055 ($1,199) are slated for a September release.

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