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Explanation of Marantz and technical terminology sorted in alphabetical order.

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1080P Upscaling

Upscaling is the process of converting a standard definition (SD) video signal to a seemingly high-definition (HD) video signal by using a video scalar. Upscaling does not convert standard definition video to true high definition video, but it does dramatically improve the detail and colour consistency of the picture, up to 1080p, the resolution possible for HDTV. The term usually assumes a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9, implying a horizontal (display) resolution of 1920 lines and a frame resolution of 1920 × 1080 or over two million pixels. On AV Receiver video conversion from analogue level to the digital level for output via HDMI offers ease of use and best digital picture quality for each source material.
 

24bit / 192 kHz

High resolution digital audio signal. Standard resolution as of CD is 16bit / 44,1kHz.
 

297MHz/12-bit

High resolution digital video signal are supported.
 

2ch downmix

When audio cannot be enjoyed via HDMI connection, the audio output has to be connected analogue to the receiver or output screen. When a source product is not equipped with an analogue multichannel output but only a stereo audio output, the internal 2-channel downmix processing automatically downmixes a 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1 signal back to a stereo signal (2.0). Optional to the HDMI of course the digital audio output can be used for standard multichannel audio as Dolby Digital or DTS.
 

2-Way WiFi

WiFi, also called IEEE802.11, working on a frequency of 2.4GHz. This means a much wider bandwidth is available for transmitting the signals in comparison with RF for example and it can be used in both directions (bi-directional or 2-Way): to control equipment and receive information from the equipment when available. The WiFi technology is also used for wireless computer networks. For the use with RC9001 for example this means direct browsing the contents of a music server and several other application possibilities like lighting - climatic - security control - etc.
 

2x HDMI Out

With Native direct output via HDMI on a BD Player the audio and video signal can be separately outputted via the two HDMI connectors to optimize the purity of the signals. There is less interference between the sensitive audio and video signal and both can be kept as clear as possible. The second option for the two HDMI out is to connect two display devices at the same time, such as a flat screen via a receiver and a projector directly.
 

3 Stage Circuit

The 2-stage amplification concept for main amplifiers or the 3-stage one for integrated amplifiers offers an extremely wide frequency range needed for the high resolution formats like SA-CD and DVD-A. In addition it influences the overall performance in relation to speed and accuracy. The first amplification stage is built into the pre amplifier followed by voltage amplification and the 3rd and final is the power output stage to guarantee high current output driving speakers more vividly and dynamically.
 

3D ready

3D stands for 3 dimensional. Products carrying the 3D logo are able to output or path through the digital 3D video signal.
 

7.1ch output

HD - 7.1 PCM Multichannel offers the full high definition / high resolution sound from Blu-ray Disc™ or HD-DVD even if the decoders for the HD Audio formats Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD aren't built into the receiver. How? The player has the option to convert the HD Audio signal into an up to 7.1 PCM Multichannel 24bit / 96kHz signal, which will be transmitted via the HDMI cable. The conversion is lossless and so you will enjoy every single bit of high definition sound. In the Marantz receiver high quality 24bit / 96kHz digital to analogue converter will take care of the signal.
 

70% Power Guarantee

Marantz has the 70% power guarantee, meaning that a minimum of 70% of the stereo power indicated in the specification section will be available when 5 channels are simultaneously used. A lot of misunderstanding about power rating has been created by claiming the highest possible output power as a unique selling point. Measurement often has been done on only 1 speaker drive, with lower impedance than 8 ohms and high THD (total harmonic distortion) acceptance. A standard THD value is 0.08%. The lower the better.
 

A-B

Speaker A/B for the connection of two pair of speakers at the same time. They can run single as A or B, but as well as A+B at the same time.
 

Anchor Bay

The Anchor Bay Technologies’ second generation video scaling chip is specially made for applications requiring high quality up-conversion from standard video like 576i up to high-definition formats including 1080p, I/P conversion and upconversion from analogue video signals to the digital domain for transfer through HDMI. The chip features Anchor Bay’s proprietary 10-bit Precision Video Scaling Engine that can independently scale an image horizontally and vertically to achieve an outstanding picture quality for today’s demanding high resolution video displays. See ‘1080p Upscaling’.
 

Anchor Bay ABT1030

The Anchor Bay Technologies' video scaling chip is specially made for applications requiring high-quality up-conversion from standard video like 576i up to high-definition formats including 1080p, I/P conversion and upconversion from analogue video signals to the digital domain for transfer through HDMI. The chip features Anchor Bay's proprietary 10-bit Precision Video Scaling Engine that can independently scale an image horizontally and vertically to achieve an outstanding picture quality for today's demanding high resolution video displays. See '1080p Upscaling'. Marantz makes use of the standard ABT1030 and the advanced ABT2015 chip offering further video adjustment possibilities and noise reduction processing.
 

Anchor Bay ABT2015

The Anchor Bay Technologies' video scaling chip is specially made for applications requiring high-quality up-conversion from standard video like 576i up to high-definition formats including 1080p, I/P conversion and upconversion from analogue video signals to the digital domain for transfer through HDMI. The chip features Anchor Bay's proprietary 10-bit Precision Video Scaling Engine that can independently scale an image horizontally and vertically to achieve an outstanding picture quality for today's demanding high resolution video displays. See '1080p Upscaling'. Marantz makes use of the standard ABT1030 and the advanced ABT2015 chip offering further video adjustment possibilities and noise reduction processing.
 

Audyssey

Audyssey is an acoustic measurement technology which automatically restores the acoustic distortion caused by the acoustic behaviour of a room with only a push on a button. Audyssey equalization provides an clear, accurate, natural sound with voices and dialog that become focused and intelligible, restoring the musical balance. Musical instruments and sound effects become precisely localized and the surround soundstage is made seamless and enveloping.
 

Audyssey Dynamic EQ

Dynamic EQ selects the best possible frequency response and surround volume levels moment-by-moment. This ensures that the bass response, tonal balance and surround impression remain constant despite changes in volume. This is the first technology that carefully combines information from incoming source levels with actual output sound levels in the room, a pre-requisite for delivering a dynamic volume solution.
 

Audyssey Dynamic Volume

Your Listening experience can be greatly diminished when there are significant shifts in volume between television programs, commercials and within the program material itself. When this happens you must constantly adjust the volume to maintain your desired listening level. Audyssey Dynamic Volume monitors the volume of program material moment-bymoment and automatically adjusts it, maintaining the desired listening level for all content while optimizing the dynamic range to preserve impact.
 

Balanced Inputs/Outputs

Balanced connections in an audio system are designed to reject both external noise, from power wiring etc, and also internal crosstalk from adjacent signal cables. The basic principle of balanced interconnection is to get the signal you want by subtraction, using a three-wire connection.
 

Balanced Output

Balanced connections in an audio system are designed to reject both external noise, from power wiring etc, and also internal crosstalk from adjacent signal cables. The basic principle of balanced interconnection is to get the signal you want by subtraction, using a three-wire connection.
 

BD-Live / Profile 2.0

This new Blu-ray Disc profile offers additional enjoyment to your current Blu-ray experience by enabling you to download additional movie content such as alternative endings and trailers. You can also buy merchandise, play interactive games and more. Before a player can handle this new profile it requires an Ethernet port for connection with the Internet and a minimum storage capacity of 1GB (by SD card) to accommodate the downloaded content.
 

Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a worldwide standard for wireless communication, exchanging information between fixed and mobile devices. Marantz uses the Bluetooth A2DP standard to stream music from a mobile device to a Marantz own receiver unit. It uses a dedicated one for the IS301 and the universal RX101 which is connected to the M-XPort. Please see the M-XPort explanation as well.
 

Blu-Ray Disc

Blu-ray Disc, also referred to as BD-ROM, is the next-generation High Definition (HD) optical disc format. The format is developed to enable recording, rewriting and playback of High Definition video and audio. The format offers more than five times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs and can hold up to 25GB on a single-layer disc and 50GB on a dual-layer disc. This extra capacity combined with the use of advanced video and audio codecs will offer consumers an unprecedented high definition 1080p experience, providing an exhilarate life-like image and an audio soundtrack that is more detailed and clearer.
 

BTL

A BTL is a possibility to use two amplifiers as one monoraul amplifier. This configuration, in theory quadruples the output power delivery to the speaker and offers better control over it leading to a very control, dynamic and open music reproduction.
 

Choke Input

In the power supply section, the choke input topology is adopted to drastically reduce rectifier harmonic noise and to reduce the influence of distortion from the mains power network. This system is especially suitable for a control amplifier in which very small signal amplification occurs.
 

CI-Ready

CI-Ready indicates that the products are equipped with connection like RS-232, Flasher Out, IR Receiver in, DC-Trigger and similar used especially in the Custom Installation area. The RS232 for example is a communication port direct to the micro processor of the device. It is possible to control the component and get status feedback via this connection without any visual contact and even offers a way to update the system software if needed. Marantz products have dedicated remote codes and RS232 codes for any function including discrete power on / off.
 

Copper Plated Chassis

A copper plated chassis provides the best shielding against noise or electromagnetic distortion radiating from other components in the equipment. It prevents this noise from being amplified together with the audio signal. And even more important, it gives equal low impedance ground level to every point of the chassis, keeping the ground potential as clean as possible.
 

Copper Plated Diecast Chassis

A copper plated chassis provides the best shielding against noise or electromagnetic distortion radiating from other components in the equipment. It prevents this noise from being amplified together with the audio signal. And even more important, it gives equal low impedance ground level to every point of the chassis, keeping the ground potential as clean as possible.
 

Current Feedback

Current Feedback amplification is a well known, Marantz’ original circuit technology. The Current Feedback amplifier technology fits perfectly with the high requirements set for Super Audio software providing wide-bandwidth, high-speed reproduction. The impedance at the Current Feedback point is limited resulting in a very low phase shift. Marantz receivers and amplifiers equipped with Current Feedback can keep the phase compensation via Negative FeedBack (NFB) to a minimum, resulting in high through-rate, excellent transient response and superb sonic transparency for the full bandwidth. Unlike conventional Voltage Feedback amplification, the Current Feedback amplification makes the power amplifier in-sensitive to difficult loudspeaker loads.
 

Customized Components

On paper an electrical component might look excellent but the result may fall short of the combined design expectations. Marantz selects the appropriate components for the specific design application. In some cases it’s simply not possible to use standard components that meet the high Marantz standards. These components will then be specially made for Marantz in close cooperation with the Marantz engineers.
 

DAC Mode

With the DAC mode we describe the operation of the product as an external Digital to Analogue Converter (DAC). You can connect via optical / coaxial digital inputs or the USB type B input sources such as such as an external CD drive, digital tape, music server, PC or network client. These sources can make use of the high quality D/A converter and the analogue output stage equipped with HDAM modules to enrich the sound quality. Please check USB Type B describtion as well.
 

D-Bus

To optimize equipment in terms of ease of use, Marantz has designed the D-Bus system. Received remote control commands are communicated via this bus. This enables equipment without IR-receiver like tuners or hidden system together with an external IR eye to be controlled via the bypacked Marantz System Remote Controller.
 

DC-Trigger

A DC trigger is an assignable voltage output which can automatically control for example an electrical projection screen, lowering it when the DVD input is chosen on the receiver.
 

Deep Color™

Deep Color™ lets HDTVs and other displays go from millions of colours to billions of colours allowing consumers to enjoy unprecedented vividness and accuracy of colour on their displays. Deep Color™ eliminates on-screen colour banding, for smooth tonal transitions and subtle gradations between colours. It enables increased contrast ratio, and can represent many times more shades of gray between black and white.
 

DivX Ultra

DivX is a video compression tool developed to exchange film content via the internet. With a DivX certified DVD or Blu-ray player it is easily to take digital video from the computer and play it back on the normal TV at almost DVD quality. Thanks to DivX technology’s superior compression, hours of DVD-quality video can be saved on a single CD. The latest improved version is called DivX Ultra, also called DivX 6.0 The new DivX offers enhanced multimedia and interactive features.
 

DLNA

DLNA certified products guarantee a stable and fast connection, cross-brand interoperatebility, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP), automatic IP-addressing and easy to use in a wired or wireless setup with your home network: Sharing of your favourite music, photo’s and video’s stored on your PC, NAS-drive, Musicserver or HD recorder through your audio/ video set-up is possible.
 

Dolby Headphone

Dolby Headphone technology allows users to listen to music, watch movies, or play video games with the dramatic surround effects of a 5.1-channel soundtrack through any set of stereo headphones. Best of all, “listener fatigue,” a phenomenon commonly associated with headphone playback, is replaced by a spacious, natural sound field that listeners can enjoy for hours.
 

Dolby Pro Logic IIx

Dolby Pro Logic IIx is a complete surround sound solution featuring Movie and Music mode that function with 5.1 as well as stereo source material. It delivers a natural and immersing up to 7.1-channel surround listening experience to the home theatre environment.
 

Dolby Pro Logic IIz

Dolby ProLogic IIz is the newest surround sound format from Dolby Laboratories. It presents a new listening experience with a more life-like sound stage by additional Front Height channels, which add a vertical component to the horizontal sound field of conventional 5.1 or 7.1 systems. The enhanced spatial effects bring an overall airiness to the listening experience, a new dimension of presence and depth.
 

Dolby True HD

Dolby TrueHD is Dolby’s next-generation lossless technology developed for high-definition audio coding. Dolby TrueHD supports up to eight full-range channels, allowing the audio engineer to position sounds for a more realistic effect than ever before. Dolby TrueHD is supported by HDMI™, the single-cable digital connection for high-definition audio and video. Dolby TrueHD will be transmitted via HDMI 1.3a and is compatible with HDMI 1.1 as an outputted HD 7.1 PCM multichannel signal. See ‘HD - 7.1 PCM Multichannel’
 

Double Differential DAC

Per audio channel a stereo DAC (digital to analogue converter) is used for a more accurate audio reproduction and better audio quality.
 

DSD Direct Convertion

Super Audio CD (SA-CD) is an established music format that provides a more natural, ultra-high quality sound. It offers a smooth migration path to a higher quality sound, as all existing CDs can be played on the SA-CD player. SA-CD is based on the Direct Stream Digital (DSD) technology, which uses 1 bit delta-sigma modulation and a sampling frequency that is 64 times higher than that of the CD. This enables the SA-CD to offer a frequency range up to 100KHz and a dynamic range of 120dB.
 

DTS ES 96/24 NEO:6

The DTS-ES surround system offers a superb sound quality and a range of formats. The Discrete 6.1 offers the ultimate quality of surround field creation, while the Matrix 6.1 provides compatibility for the existing DTS 5.1 software. And the Neo:6 is to create 6.1 surround stage from any two channel source.
 

DTS-HD Master Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio is an optional High Definition Audio format for all Blu-ray Disc™ products. DTS-HD Master Audio format allows a bit-to-bit representation of the original movie’s studio master soundtrack and delivers audio at high constant bit rates superior to standard DVDs.
 

Environmental Friendly

Marantz products all carry the environmental logo. This logo proves the environmental way of thinking within Marantz. This does not stop with the low power consumption of all Marantz products in stand-by modus, but it also underlines the environmental way of working and producing within Marantz and the use of environmental approved components that do not contain hazardous chemical elements. As much as possible will be done to stress the environment as less as possibly can.
 

Full dot matrix

High resolution display making sure all the text that is displayed can be read clearly. Lower resolution displays do not have enough pixels to clearly show all the data such as source information, RDS information, track titles etc., transmitted to the display, which might made the displayed texts not clearly readable. A Full Dot Matrix display can clearly show all characters.
 

GMR

The Giant Magnetic Resistor is a technology compare able with an optical coupler, makes it possible to separate two section of a product galvanic. The GMR outperforms the optical coupler when it comes to high frequencies. This big benefit is used in this player to separate the digital section from the analogue one and this even on the ground level. No high frequency distortion to the sensitive audio signal; no influence to the power for the audio stages.
 

Gyro Touch

Traditional Marantz unique tuning wheel.
 

HD JPEG

HD JPEG allows customers to enjoy their High Definition images taken with their digital camera via the SD Card slot or images saved on CD.
 

HDAM

Marantz developed its own discrete circuit boards to replace standard IC's. These HDAM's consists of discrete surface mount components with short mirror image L/R signal paths. Those devices are doing exactly the same thing as the Op-Amps, but outperform the regular IC Op-amps dramatically in terms of the Slew Rate and reduced noise level, resulting in a much more dynamic, accurate and detailed sound. Over the years Marantz developed different types of the HDAM to improve quality and to fit to the special requirements of a product category like CD or amplifier.
 

HDAM SA

Marantz developed its own discrete circuit boards to replace standard IC's. These HDAM's consists of discrete surface mount components with short mirror image L/R signal paths. Those devices are doing exactly the same thing as the Op-Amps, but outperform the regular IC Op-amps dramatically in terms of the Slew Rate and reduced noise level, resulting in a much more dynamic, accurate and detailed sound. Over the years Marantz developed different types of the HDAM to improve quality and to fit to the special requirements of a product category like CD or amplifier.
 

HDAM SA2

Marantz developed its own discrete circuit boards to replace standard IC's. These HDAM's consists of discrete surface mount components with short mirror image L/R signal paths. Those devices are doing exactly the same thing as the Op-Amps, but outperform the regular IC Op-amps dramatically in terms of the Slew Rate and reduced noise level, resulting in a much more dynamic, accurate and detailed sound. Over the years Marantz developed different types of the HDAM to improve quality and to fit to the special requirements of a product category like CD or amplifier.
 

HDAM SA3

Marantz developed its own discrete circuit boards to replace standard IC's. These HDAM's consists of discrete surface mount components with short mirror image L/R signal paths. Those devices are doing exactly the same thing as the Op-Amps, but outperform the regular IC Op-amps dramatically in terms of the Slew Rate and reduced noise level, resulting in a much more dynamic, accurate and detailed sound. Over the years Marantz developed different types of the HDAM to improve quality and to fit to the special requirements of a product category like CD or amplifier.
 

HDMI 4in 1out

HDMI combines high-definition video and superb audio in a single digital interface with a bandwidth of up to 10 Gigabits/ second. HDMI complies with High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) technology protecting high-value content from unauthorized reproduction and distribution. HDMI is the only interface in consumer electronics that can carry both high-definition video and multi-channel audio e.g. Dolby Digital and DTS in all HD formats, including 720p, 1080i and 1080p. With only a single cable connection all information can be digitally transmitted. The latest HDMI1.3 supports higher resolution audio formats as Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD and a higher bandwidth for higher framerates and extended degradation in colour space.
 

HDMI 4in 2out

HDMI combines high-definition video and superb audio in a single digital interface with a bandwidth of up to 10 Gigabits/ second. HDMI complies with High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) technology protecting high-value content from unauthorized reproduction and distribution. HDMI is the only interface in consumer electronics that can carry both high-definition video and multi-channel audio e.g. Dolby Digital and DTS in all HD formats, including 720p, 1080i and 1080p. With only a single cable connection all information can be digitally transmitted. The latest HDMI1.3 supports higher resolution audio formats as Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD and a higher bandwidth for higher framerates and extended degradation in colour space.
 

HDMI 6in 2out

HDMI combines high-definition video and superb audio in a single digital interface with a bandwidth of up to 10 Gigabits/ second. HDMI complies with High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) technology protecting high-value content from unauthorized reproduction and distribution. HDMI is the only interface in consumer electronics that can carry both high-definition video and multi-channel audio e.g. Dolby Digital and DTS in all HD formats, including 720p, 1080i and 1080p. With only a single cable connection all information can be digitally transmitted. The latest HDMI1.3 supports higher resolution audio formats as Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD and a higher bandwidth for higher framerates and extended degradation in colour space.
 

High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)

HDMI combines high-definition video and superb audio in a single digital interface with a bandwidth of up to 10 Gigabits/ second. HDMI complies with High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) technology protecting high-value content from unauthorized reproduction and distribution. HDMI is the only interface in consumer electronics that can transmit both high-definition video and multi-channel audio e.g. Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD formats, including 720p, 1080i and 1080p through one single cable.
 

HT-EQ

The Marantz HT-EQ Home Theatre Equalizer circuit compensates for the overly bright sound of some DVD movie soundtracks that were not properly re-equalized for the home listening environment from the original film soundtrack. Film soundtracks are often equalized with a higher bright soundstage. This is done because the speakers in a movie theatre are placed further from the audience as the speakers in your home theatre setting. The functionality is similar to the Re-EQ(TM) of THX.
 

Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAM)

Marantz developed its own discrete circuit boards to replace standard IC’s. These HDAM’s consists of discrete surface mount components with short mirror image L/R signal paths. Those devices are doing exactly the same thing as the Op-Amps, but outperform the regular IC Op-amps dramatically in terms of the Slew Rate and reduced noise level, resulting in a much more dynamic, accurate and detailed sound. Over the years Marantz developed different types of the HDAM to improve quality and to fit to the special requirements of a product category like CD or amplifier.
 

i-Chips

I-Chips is a Japanese developer and manufacturer of images processing chips. Their know-how and experience makes it possible to achieve a high degree of image quality. The i-Chips 10-bit video processor features an advanced deinterlacer for I/P conversion with motion-adaptive de-interlacing and is able to upscale standard definition video content up to 1080p. See ‘1080p Upscaling’
 

IR Flasher IN

The IR-Flasher IN is a standardized connection to control the AV system by external IR receivers independent of the infra red control format used. On the IR-Flasher OUT an IR-Emitter can be connected to controlled third brand components. The third connection link to this is the IR-Receiver INPUT which is similar to the IR-Flasher In, but it outputs a voltage to directly feet an external IR-Receiver eye. Please check capability per product in the specification section.
 

IR-Flasher

The IR-Flasher IN is a standardized connection to control the AV system by external IR receivers independent of the infra red control format used. On the IR-Flasher OUT an IR-Emitter can be connected to controlled third brand components. The third connection link to this is the IR-Receiver INPUT which is similar to the IR-Flasher In, but it outputs a voltage to directly feet an external IR-Receiver eye. Please check capability per product in the specification section.
 

Linear drive power supply

LDPS - Marantz own technology to design a power supply capable to follow all details of an audio signal to reproduce the finest sound quality.
 

Linear Volume Control

Linear volume control offers minimal cross talk with a very precise volume adjustment over a range from 0dB to 100dB with a gang error less than +/- 0.5dB.
 

Made for iPod

‘Made for iPod’ means that an electronic accessory has been designed specifically to connect to iPod and has been certified to meet the Apple performance standards. Current Marantz products carrying the ‘Made for iPod’ logo are compatible with the following iPod models: 4th Generation iPod or higher, iPod Classic, iPod Nano (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation), iPod video and iPod Touch. For 5th Generation iPod, iPod Nano or iPod Touch the audio transmission is digital.
 

Marantz Room Acoustic Calibration (MRAC)

Taking into account reflections from walls, ceiling and floor and our knowledge about psycho-acoustics, MRAC optimizes the sound for the room acoustics. With a supplied microphone placed on your listening position, a powerful DSP analyzes accurately and sets the sound configuration for your listening room fully automatically. MRAC can test and controls speaker configuration, speaker size, trim and distance/delay. All for best sound and easy set-up.
 

MDAX

The use of compressed audio files like MP3, Windows Media™ Audio or AAC is getting more and more popular. The audio quality of these compressed files however is less than the original lossless files that are on a CD, especially lacking the higher frequencies and affecting the lower frequencies which make the audio image less wide and deep. The Marantz Digital Audio Expander, also called MDAX, recalculates the outputted frequency range of any compressed MP3, Windows Media™ Audio or AAC audio signal and expands it over a broader frequency range. This enables you to get a more detailed and clearer sound.
 

MDAX2

The use of compressed audio files like MP3, Windows Media™ Audio or AAC is getting more and more popular. The audio quality of these compressed files however is less than the original lossless files that are on a CD, especially lacking the higher frequencies and affecting the lower frequencies which make the audio image less wide and deep. The Marantz Digital Audio Expander 2, also called M-DAX2, recalculates the outputted frequency range. This enables you to get a more detailed and clearer sound.
 

MP3

MP3 is a lossy compression algorithm is designed to greatly reduce the amount of data required to represent the audio recording and still sound like a faithful reproduction of the original uncompressed audio for most listeners. An MP3 file that is created using the setting of 128 kbit/s will result in a file that is about 11 times smaller than the CD file created from the original audio source.
 

Multi Room / Multi Source

With the Marantz AV system placed in the main room of the house, a second or even a third loudspeaker set can be placed in separate rooms. In those rooms an audio and even a video source can be selected independently from the main room at a different sound level and with full remote control functionality. For example in the main room a DVD can be played back with multichannel surround, while in a second room music can be enjoyed from a CD player connect and a third room can have audio and video coming from the connected satellite set-top box - all at the same time - all independently. Please check specification section for number of zones.
 

Multichannel Downmix

When audio cannot be enjoyed via HDMI connection, the audio output has to be connected analogue to the receiver or output screen. When a source product is not equipped with an analogue multichannel output but only a stereo audio output, the internal 2-channel downmix processing automatically downmixes a 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1 signal back to a stereo signal (2.0). Optional to the HDMI of course the digital audio output can be used for standard multichannel audio as Dolby Digital or DTS.
 

M-XPort

The Marantz eXtension Port is a dedicated 9-pin connector on the rear-side of a product. This port can be used for a wide variety of applications by connecting a dedicated device such as a network client, DAB tuner module, iPod dock, or others. Please check Bluetooth explanation for more details. Further devices will follow.
 

Napster

The Internet service provider Napster is a pioneer of digital music and offers the ultimate in interactive music experiences. The company’s service combines unlimited on-demand music streaming with downloadable MP3s for your permanent collection for a monthly fee. For a monthly fee you can build up your own music library online and listen to your selected music easily via the Napster-enabled Marantz product. Just log in once and enjoy your favourite music collection sorted by artist, album, title, genre, etc. In comparison to Internet radio you decide what gets played. Today it is not available in all European countries. Please visit www.napster.co.uk or www.napster.de for more details.
 

NEW HDAM

Marantz developed its own discrete circuit boards to replace standard IC's. These HDAM's consists of discrete surface mount components with short mirror image L/R signal paths. Those devices are doing exactly the same thing as the Op-Amps, but outperform the regular IC Op-amps dramatically in terms of the Slew Rate and reduced noise level, resulting in a much more dynamic, accurate and detailed sound. Over the years Marantz developed different types of the HDAM to improve quality and to fit to the special requirements of a product category like CD or amplifier.
 

PC Audio streaming

Digital media stored on a computer or NAS (network access storage - network hard disc drive) is becoming more and more popular. But listening to the music only "on the go" via your portable media player or sitting in front of a PC is not a must anymore. With our products supporting audio streaming you can enjoy the music via the HiFi system in a high-quality, and while sitting on your couch.
 

Power Amp Direct

Power Amp Direct extends the flexibility of an integrated amplifier for use within a stereo set or as a power amplifier within a multichannel set up. With Power Amp Direct switched off, it acts as a normal integrated amplifier for enjoying perfect sound quality in a stereo set up. With Power Amp Direct switched on, it uses the power amplifier for driving the front left and right speakers within a multichannel set up, using the surround channels from your AV receiver. What’s more, it does all this with a single push of a button, without changing wires. The Power Amp Direct can also be used for a stereo bi-amping set up.
 

Pre-programmed system remote

Remote capable to control the amplifier or receiver as well as connected source products from Marantz. Furhter it is preprogrammed to control products from other brands as well. To activate you will find a number code in the user manual which needs to be put in the remote.
 

Pure / Source Direct / Audio EX(clusive)

Pure / Source Direct / Audio EX are special listening modes that provide the highest possible signal purity. They can be used for both analogue and digital sources, with two-channel or multi-channel inputs. When selected, the signal follows the most direct path not passing the tone and bass management circuitry or any DSP (digital signal processor) of AV Receiver or on players pitch control, digital output or the display will be switched off. The less processing and functionalities the closer the signal is to the original, the less it is distorted.
 

SD Card

Input for a SD-Card. Content stored on the card, such as MP3, Windows Media™ Audio and JPEG files can be viewed via the source player. It also supports special additional contents from Blu-ray Discs, like picture-in-picture view for example if available.
 

Shottky Diodes

A Shottky diode is a special type of diode with a very low forward-voltage drop compared to normal diodes. This lower voltage drop translates into higher system efficiency. Shottky diodes have very fast signal handling, can easily stay higher temperatures and are sensitive very low voltages.
 

Silicon Optix & HQV™

The Realta reference quality video processing chip of producer Silicon Optix features HQVTM- technology powered by Teranex. Realta’s architecture includes a fully software programmable video array processor capable of performing over 1 trillion operations per second, an Image Fidelity Enhancement Engine and end-to-end true 10-bit image processing for upscaling images to the High Definition format of 1080p. Realta’s deinterlacer converts your interlaced content into progressive to enjoy a smooth image. See ‘1080p Upscaling’
 

SRS Circle Surround II

Circle Surround II is a powerful and versatile multi-channel technology designed to enable up to 6.1 multi-channel surround-sound playbacks from mono and stereo sources. CS-II places the listener “inside” the music performances and dramatically improves the separation and image positioning of both hi-fi audio and conventional surround-encoded video material, adding a heightened sense of realism.
 

Super Audio CD

Super Audio CD (SA-CD) is an established music format that provides a more natural, ultra-high quality sound. It offers a smooth migration path to a higher quality sound, as all existing CDs can be played on the SA-CD player. SA-CD is based on the Direct Stream Digital (DSD) technology, which uses 1 bit delta-sigma modulation and a sampling frequency that is 64 times higher than that of the CD. This enables the SA-CD to offer a frequency range up to 100KHz and a dynamic range of 120dB.
 

Super Ring Transformer

Toroidal transformer has several advantages over a normal EI core transformer. It is very efficient and therefore delivers more power compared to the same size of an EI core transformer. In addition, due to its shape, the electromagnetic radiation and the mechanical vibration are extremely low all ending in a better sound quality. At a Super Ring transformer the
 

Symmetrical Circuit Layout

To achieve the best possible sonic performance, signal paths need to be short, direct and mirror imaged. The construction of our circuitry provides improved stereo imaging by ensuring close to perfect symmetry between right and left channel layout.
 

System Remote

Remote capable to control the amplifier or receiver as well as connected source products from Marantz.
 

THX Select 2 / THX Ultra 2

THX certification, developed by LucasArts of George Lucas, is a quality assurance specification for products that meet the high requirements of THX, guaranteeing highest quality audio performance, and a soundtrack reproduction exactly as the audio engineers of the film intended it to be. THX certified products are build according the THX standards for presentation excellence, and include THX features as: timbre matching, bass management adaptive decorrelation, re-equalization (Re-EQ™) and Boundry Gain Control. There are two certification levels starting with THX Select2 and the even higher specified one THX Ultra2.
 

Toroidal Transformer

Toroidal transformer has several advantages over a normal EI core transformer. It is very efficient and therefore delivers more power compared to the same size of an EI core transformer. In addition, due to its shape, the electromagnetic radiation and the mechanical vibration are extremely low all ending in a better sound quality.
 

Tri Tone Control

Marantz extended the sound tuning possibilities by introducing Tri-Tone-Control. In addition to Bass and Treble you can now also adjust the Mid Range. Especially for today’s compressed audio formats like MP3 and AAC this is a big advantage, as these often lack on sound quality.
 

True 1080/24FPS

The standard frame rate that is being used to record cinema movies is 24 frames per second (24fps) and this life-like image with stutter free movements could only be enjoyed in the real cinema up until now. Now with Blu-ray players outputting 1080p/24fs it is coming to the customers’ home.
 

USB Audio

USB Audio makes it possible to listen to compressed audio files (MP3, Windows Media™ Audio, etc.) stored on MP3 players or external harddiscs. All Marantz USB enabled products make use of the USB 2.0 profile for fast and stable data transfer.
 

Video Conversion

Analogue video signals feed to the AV Receiver in Composite, S-Video or Component format will be up- or down-converted to the monitor video output of another format. This feature allows you to connect several sources to an AV Receiver and run only one cable to the TV set. Please check specification area for details on conversion direction.
 

vTuner

vTuner connects your Internet-enabled product to the wide world of streamed music and talk. vTuner hosts thousands of Internet radio stations and podcasts on a reliable and maintained platform. The amount of content they offer keeps growing. Stations can be searched by several criteria such as region and genre, etc. but it is also possible to search a station by name or add a URL of a specific station if not listed yet. vTuner doesn't need a subscription and is free of charge with the enabled Marantz products.
 

WBT

Very high quality speaker terminals made by German speaker terminal specialist WBT who has over 20 years of experience in production of best sounding speaker terminals.
 

Windows 7

The Windows 7 compatible logo ensures that the product carrying the logo is tested with and compatible to the Windows 7 operation system.
 

Works with iPhone / made for iPod

‘Made for iPod’ and "Works with iPhone" means that an electronic accessory has been designed specifically to connect to iPod and has been certified to meet the Apple performance standards. Current Marantz products carrying the 'Made for iPod' logo are compatible with the following iPod models: 4th Generation iPod or higher, iPod Classic, iPod Nano (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation), iPod video and iPod Touch. For 5th Generation iPod, iPod Nano or iPod Touch the audio transmission is digital. The "Works with iPhone" adds the iPhone to the list.
 

XYRON

XYRON® (PBO fibre) is the next generation super fibre which decreases the vibration and resonances of a disc dramatically, increasing the quality of the outputted audio quality. Developed by Ashahi Chemical Japan, the fibre possesses High Rigidity with High Internal Losses, ideal material for CD or DVD mechanisms.
 

Zero Impedance Matching Joint

Improves the signal to noise ratio significantly by adding a copper plated bracket across the output terminals of the player providing the best ground contact possible.