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Marantz’s STEREO 70s Receiver Includes 6 HDMI Inputs: CEDIA 2023

The $1,000 STEREO 70s receiver features HEOS Wireless Multi-Room Audio, 6 HDMI inputs, MM Phono, and support for 24-bit/192kHz digital audio playback.

Marantz STEREO 70s Receiver Front Silver

In 2019, Marantz added the compact NR1200 stereo receiver to its product line providing consumers with an affordable two-channel option for those who prefer a 2.1 system over a multi-channel surround sound option.

That was followed up with the award-winning Marantz 40n and MODEL 30 Integrated Amplifiers which were both priced over $2,500 and aimed at the buyer looking for a high-end amplifier that offered streaming integration.

The new Marantz STEREO 70s Receiver goes the opposite way in terms of price and is clearly aimed at the space-conscious buyer who desires a high-end amplifier capable of driving a 2.1 system for both music and movies.

The 70s builds on the foundation of the NR-1200 stereo receiver and arrives in the newly redesigned chassis that matches its more expensive siblings and the Marantz CD60 CD player that also retails for $1,000 USD.

Tip: The Stereo 70s should not be confused with the Marantz Cinema 70s compact AVR which has a similarly styled exterior design. 

Marantz Stereo 70s Receiver Black

Core Features

Here is a brief overview of some of the features the Marantz STEREO 70s offers.

Power Output (8 ohms, 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 0.08% 2ch Driven): 75 Watts X 2

Marantz STEREO 70s Receiver HDAM Module 685

Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAMs): These amplifier modules were developed to dramatically outperform traditional chip-based op-amps found in conventional audio products.

Space Saving: The performance and sound quality of a full-size amplifier is provided by a space-saving compact 4.1-inch-tall chassis that fits where full-size components can’t.

Marantz Stereo 70s Receiver Speaker Connections

Speaker Connections: Two pairs of speaker connections are provided that can accommodate flexible speaker setups.

Marantz Stereo 70s Receiver HDMI Connections

HDMI: Although the emphasis of the Stereo 70s is to provide an optimal two-channel audio music listening experience, six HDMI inputs are included that provide easy integration with compatible TVs and video source components. Three of the HDMI inputs are 8K resolution pass-through compatible, and the HDMI output supports ARC.

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Tip: Since the 70s is a stereo receiver, it does not provide Dolby or DTS surround sound decoding and has no onboard surround sound processing. 

Marantz Stereo 70s Receiver Analog Connections

Wired Audio Inputs: Digital Optical (1), Digital Coaxial (1), Analog (3), Phono (1) – MM, AM/FM Antenna inputs

Marantz Stereo 70s Receiver Digital Audio Connections

Wired Outputs: HDMI (1), Subwoofer (2), Main Zone Preamp Outputs (1 set), Zone 2 Preamp Outputs (1 set), Headphone output (1)

Tip: Using the main zone outputs you can connect the STEREO 70s to more powerful external amps and bypass internal amplification and speaker connections. 

Hi-Res Audio: Compatibility with 24-bit/192kHz digital audio and DSD files, providing enthusiasts with access to the most precise high-resolution digital decoding available.

HEOS Wireless Multiroom Audio: HEOS Built-In technology enables users to access their favorite streaming content and enjoy music throughout the home when connected to other HEOS-enabled devices.

Marantz Stereo 70s Receiver Back

Availability and Pricing

The Marantz STEREO 70s is available for $1,000 at Marantz.com and select retailers.

The Stereo 70s will be shown at the 2023 CEDIA EXPO from September 7-9.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Silgalis Mark

    September 5, 2023 at 11:51 am

    I have the NR1200. I love it. It’s what got me back into Hi-Fi. But I’m a bit confused by the cost on the Stereo 70s. In 2019 the NR1200 was $600. I know that inflation and supply chain issues, blah, blah, blah, increased the price to $700. I still thought that was a fair price. I do like the updated aesthetics but so far, I’m not seeing where the extra $300 of added value is coming from.

    To the best of my knowledge the HDMI has been upgraded to 8K but the one feature I was hoping for on an update, a 12V trigger output, is not there. The NR1200 allowed for a great base to expand my Hi-Fi adventures. I have an external amp, external dac, and external phono pre-amp. But because I still have my system sitting in my living room HDMI for my AppleTV, Nintendo Switch, and Blu Ray player, is an absolute necessity. I’m not seeing anything on paper though that justifies that much of an increase in the price. The back panel pretty much looks exactly the same. The Cinema 70s looks far more attractive to me at this price point, now.

    What am I missing here?

    • Ian White

      September 5, 2023 at 12:55 pm

      Mark,

      That is a very good point. If the Cinema 70s and Stereo 70s sound the same, I can’t see myself going for the Stereo 70s even if my current needs were only 2.1. There is no surround sound processing at all.

      There is also a lot of competition below $1,000 right now in the receiver/integrated amplifier category that offers more.

      We’re expecting a review sample this fall and will let you know how it performs.

      Best,

      Ian White

  2. ORT

    September 5, 2023 at 8:02 pm

    Looks matter and ofttimes they matter a bit more than pricing. This may well be one of those times…Dammit!

    I could easily say more but often brevity can be the droll of wit, ergo I shall pass the Gravity Hammer. For now…

    Din ORTin

  3. Fred B

    October 9, 2023 at 12:07 pm

    I believe that the proper way to compare the Stereo 70s is with a sound bar.

    Compared to the Bose Soundbar 900 and Sonos ARC (both with optional subwoofer) the Stereo 70s provides much more connectivity and flexibility than either the Bose or Sonos.

    In a small space like my condo with an odd-shaped living room (harder to get the sound to “reflect” off the walls or get multiple speakers placed to provide surround sound to all listeners) the Marantz is a viable alternative.

    I am currently considering a Stereo 70s/Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 setup which should cost around $2000. This is roughly comparable to the Bose and Sonos setups in price and should be superior under the circumstances.

    • Ian White

      October 9, 2023 at 11:32 pm

      Fred,

      That will be so much better. I own 2 pairs of Diamond Series loudspeakers and use them when testing amplifiers. Did you see the new Wharfedale Aura? We just wrote about it.

      IW

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