The Japanese company Marantz has been on the receiver market since 1953. It specializes in audio equipment for professional and home use from “above average” to Hi-End class. Marantz receivers have found fans all over the world. That’s why I’ve prepared a Marantz NR1711 review for you.
This model was released in 2020 and is available in 2 colors: black/silver-gold. The support for 8K resolution at 60 Hz is one of the main advantages. But it is not the only one, so read on.
Features and specs
Let’s take a closer look at the Marantz NR1711 features. According to the manufacturer, the model has a slim 7.2 channel discrete amplifier with 50W per channel (8 ohms). This model supports 8K resolution at 60 Hz and 4K resolution at 120 Hz. Thus, this purchase will please movie lovers and gamers. Also, here you will find Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X, HDR 10+, Dynamic HDR, VRR, Pure Color 4:4:4, and Dolby Vision. It will certainly significantly affect the image quality, and the fact that the receiver has ISF Certification only confirms my words.
While using the receiver, I found no problems with Lossy formats (MP3, WMA, AAC) and Lossless formats (FLAC, ALAC, WAV). And I am pleased with the presence of the Audyssey MultEQ XT, which makes it easy to calibrate the system and fully control the sound of the receiver.
This AVR also includes HEOS multi-room and streaming. You can listen to what you like or watch your favorite content using Spotify Connect, Tidal, Deezer, Pandora, Netflix, TuneIn, and others. I cannot but note the possibility of convenient voice control via Alexa, Google Assist, or Apple Siri.
As for the connectors, 6 HDMI inputs (2.1) are placed on the back of the receiver, and only one HDMI output (eARC) with HDCP 2.3 support. Regarding connections, available support for Ethernet ports, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz), and 2 subwoofer outputs.
Of course, it would be great if the NR1711 had support for Auro 3D and IMAX Enhanced, but even without them, its functionality is quite extensive.
I first tested NR1711 sound abilities in the 5.1.2 system (with a ceiling pair for Dolby Atmos/DTS:X), and then I arranged several runs from different sources in music stereo mode. I had no complaints about the receiver in the first part of my testing. It was calibrated well enough and accurately by the remote microphone, and the tonal picture was balanced. Suppose you don’t like the calm character of the movie’s sound reproduction. In that case, you can correct the sound of the whole system or each channel separately according to your preferences via the Audyssey menu.
Music playback is less spectacular, and it is noticeable that it was designed for soundtracks of standard quality. Therefore, the output slightly lacks subtle resolution, harmonic clarity, and atmospherics.
- Channels: 7.1.
- Power output: 50 W/8 Ohm, 70 W/6 Ohm.
- HDMI inputs/outputs: 6/1.
- Video functions: 8K/60Hz, 4K/120Hz, HDMI Upscaling up to 8K.
- Bluetooth/Wi-Fi: yes/yes.
- Streaming services: AirPlay2, Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, Amazon Prime Music.
- Supports: HDMI ARC, HDMI eARC, HDMI CEC, HDCP2.3, HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision.
- Surround sound: DTS:X, Dolby Atmos, DTS HD Master, Dolby TrueHD.
Pros and cons
- Progressive 8K HDMI.
- Surround sound with Dolby Atmos (5.1.2 configuration).
- Audyssey MultEQ XT is available.
- Voice control.
- No IMAX Enhanced.
- Auro 3D is not available.
- Only 1 HDMI output.