Marantz AV7703 review & specs

Another of Marantz family: Marantz AV7703

Marantz AV7703

Marantz AV7703 is a quite good choice for several reasons: works with Alexa for voice control, has built-in Bluetooth and dual-band WiFi, supports Dolby HD sound and can recognize 7 audio formats including DSD and WAV. However, this is nothing compared to 8 HDMI inputs (including 1 front) and 3 outputs with full HDCP 2.2 support that it has, taking into account that it requires about 0.2W standby power consumption. Extremely good quality/price ratio, all specs needed for the accessible price. Want to know more about Marantz AV7703? Have a look at the review below!

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Design

Modern design and black color make the receiver a good match to any kind of TVs, especially the smart ones that are currently popular on the market. In front, there are two main wheels - volume on the right and input selector on the left. The power button is located in the left corner that is typical for a lot of Marantz models. The device has a display to show the user all functions that are currently in use and when Marantz AV7703 is standby, time is displayed. From unique features here, there are single HDMI input, one USB and one micro-USB ports located on the front.

Also, it has the blue light on the front that indicates the working state may annoy some people. For me personally, it is not a problem, however, some people that are really sensitive towards bright colors may find it an issue. This receiver is massive compared to other ones, so please be aware of its size beforehand.

Performance

The signal-to-noise ratio of Marantz AV7703 is incredibly low - 105 dB (NB lower the value, better the receiver is). Little display in the middle with a time on and functions currently in use is clearly seen at any time even from several meters. Another pleasant thing is that this device has all these features with an operational power consumption of only 180W whereas in standby mode - only 0.2W. Output power per channel is about 100-120W which sustains a frequency response of 10Hz-100kHz.

Sound Quality

Sound quality here is absolutely insane! Total harmonic distortion is just about 0.08% which means that your sound will be clear all way through you use it. Built-in decoders of different DTS-s and all latest Dolby Digitals (including famous Atmos and Surround) ensures Audio D/A conversion at 24bit/192kHz. The 11.2 channel Surround system class with Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround turns your house into a real cinema with 3D Volume sound all around. Just imagine how it is to enjoy a clear sound without any noise at a reasonable price.

Connectivity

Marantz AV7703 has 7 AV inputs, 2 optical and coaxial digital inputs, 8 HDMI inputs and 3 HDMI outputs. Please, be aware that it doesn’t have either coaxial or optical digital outputs. However, the device also has a port for a USB stick and a mini-USB port so you can enjoy listening to music from your phone. If you though don’t wish to leave your phone away from you for a long time, you can easily connect devices via Bluetooth, WiFi or IEEE 802.3/IEEE 802.3u. So, you will never face a situation when you can’t plug something in because there is no space or have to face the choice between charging the player the room or listening to the music for a little while.

Setup

Marantz AV7703 offers the automated setup of sound levels that helps a lot all the beginners who don’t know where to start from. However, setting up speakers through Audyssey setup may be a challenge, the best solution here that I found is connected speakers via XLR and then add XLR attenuators on each pre-out. In order to get a true 4k HDMI that you will enjoy, ensure that the PC input has the i/p Scaler = OFF and, if necessary, Video conversion = OFF as well.

Conclusion

Marantz AV7703 is quite a good choice for those who look for old-fashioned values like high-quality sound and lots of inputs and outputs available. It would not be a perfect choice for someone who looks for a compact receiver with a phone remote control option and newly Dolby Digital Plus, however if you decide to get Marantz AV7703 you will get real benefits in terms of ease of setup, ability to connect HEOS speakers that can be quite far away and quite low power consumption.

Common features

Product

Marantz AV7703

Model

AV7703

Brand

Marantz

Rating

4.1 of 5

Reviews

25

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Amplifier class

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

DSD

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS neural:X

DTS-HD master audio

DTS:X

Dolby atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Power device

Operational power consumption

180 W

Standby power consumption

0.2 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent

Colour

black

Amplifier

Total output power

1050 W

Output power per channel

100 W, 120 W

Output impedance per channel

6 Ohm, 8 Ohm

Frequency response

10 Hz-100 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %

Number of channels

11

Signal-to-noise ratio

105 dB

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

up to 4K

Video conversion/scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

7

Optical digital inputs

2

Coaxial digital inputs

2

HDMI inputs

8

HDMI outputs

3

Optical digital outputs

has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not

Subwoofer outputs

2

USB

1

Phones

1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM

Preset station qty

40

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

AIR Studios monitor certification

Three-zone capability

X.v.Color

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Deep color

MCACC Pro

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Sound output mode

Surround Sound

Audio D/A converter

24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround

Surround system class

11.2 channel

Digital sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Dimensions

Shipping size

15.4 x 17.3 x 7.3 inches

Product weight

22.5 pounds