Marantz has earned a reputation for consistently pumping-out fantastic audio equipment year after year. Their latest top-tier amp to hit the street is the new SR7012. The first thing you notice about the Marantz SR7012 is that it’s beefy. The SR7012 weighs in at a hernia-inducing 31 lbs. Much of this heft is due to its high-quality parts such as the reference-class 32-bit AKM D/A converters that are encased in its metal frame. The SR7012 can drive roughly 125 watts of power to each of its 9.2 channels. Throw in an external amp and the receiver can process 11.2 channels in all. The SR7012 supports three object-based sound formats – Auro 3D, Dolby Atmos, and DTS:X. With its base 9-channels, you can run a 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 speaker arrangement. Use an external amplifier and that number increases to 7.1.4. If you have a lot of gear in your home theater, then you’ll probably like what you see on the Marantz SR7012 because it comes loaded with connection options. It has a total of 8 HDMI inputs and 3 outputs. All of which support the latest 4K video standards – HDCP 2.2, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, High Dynamic Range and 21:9 video, 3D, BT.2020, Dolby Vision, and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma). In addition to its HDMI prowess, the 7012 has more analog audio inputs than I care to count on its backside. Combined with its component inputs and 4 digital inputs (2 optical and 2 coaxial) you should have plenty of options for connecting your gear to the amp. For 3rd party and custom integration solutions, the Marantz SR7012 includes an RS232 port, a 12V trigger, and an IR input. For networking, the Marantz SR7012 has the usual tech. WiFi, Bluetooth, and AirPlay all come built-in. Anyone who enjoys multi-room or whole house audio will like the fact that the 7012 also includes Denon’s HEOS multi-room audio system. In order to calibrate your setup, the 7012 includes Audyssey’s best calibrations system – MultEQ XT32. This calibration suite measures your speaker output from 8 locations and then applies digital filters to optimize the audio output of each channel. If you want to go a step further Marantz has an Audyssey MultEQ Editor App that lets you really dig into the Audyssey settings and tailor the sound of the receiver to your personal liking. The Marantz SR7012 is available at now at authorized retailers. Please like & share: You must log in to post a comment.