Marantz just announced a new premium slimline stereo AV receiver, and was designed for those who want to upgrade their TV sound from a regular soundbar, without spending alot of money on multichannel AV Receivers.
Marantz says that it’s Marantz NR1200 was built from scratch as a high-performing two-channel receiver, delivering Marantz’ signature sound with a decent power output of 75 watts per channel.
Inside, the Marantz NR1200 comes with coming a newly designed amplification section, with separate, symmetrical left and right power amplifiers. These share a centralised power supply with independent windings for each critical function.
What it means is that the power transformer is wired independently from the circuits of the amplifier, preamplifier, wireless module and front display, all this were made to improve channel separation, reduce crosstalk, and help preserve clarity.
Marantz stereo receiver comes with two separate DACs per channel, increasing the dynamic range and improving the signal to noise ratio, which Marantz says will deliver clearer sound from lower quality sources.
Your major inputs are, five HDMI inputs, plus one HDMI output with ARC, which all support the latest AV standards, including HDCP 2.3, 4K video at 60Hz, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling and HDR content (HDR10/HLG).
Even as a stereo receiver, the NR1200 will automatically down-mix all surround formats so that you will never lack your Multichannel mixes.
The Marantz NR1200 comes with all modern connectivity features you’d expect. You get Bluetooth (including a “Bluetooth out” feature for connecting wireless headphones) and Apple Airplay 2 connectivity and DAB+ radio playback ( while the US model will come with an AM/FM radio tuners rather than DAB+/FM).
It has HEOS Built-in, which is the streaming service built by Denon and Marantz, for streaming from Spotify, Amazon Music, Tidal, TuneIn Radio and local network sources. The Marantz NR1200 can also work as part of a HEOS multi-room system if you own other compatible HEOS products.
You also get phono stage for vinyl playback and voice control built in, via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri.
The Marantz NR1200 will be available in September in a black or silver/gold finish for £599/$549/€649.