For this part of our journey to evaluate the sound quality of a HiFi system, our Marantz sound engineers share two very different and unusual albums.
A question often asked by HiFi enthusiasts, is how much money to spend on each component of a new HiFi system. How to split a given budget over amplifier, source player and speakers? How to achieve the best value for your money.
Have you ever wondered, how Marantz sound engineers test and evaluate a new product? There are some secrets that a magician would never reveal, but here we offer you two sample tracks and the methodology on which Marantz evaluates amplifiers or CD/SACD/network players. There are three key criterias: Stereo Imaging, Tonal Balance and Dynamics. Stereo Imaging refers to the reproduction of a soundstage built up in a fine recording, meaning the location of instruments and vocals in width, depth and height. Tonal balance defines how all elements in a piece of music sound together, how the low, mid and high frequencies are balanced and put into harmony. Dynamics refer to the sonic variation in a song, from the lowest frequencies of a deep bass guitar or cello, to the clear highs of a triangle.
At Marantz, we believe that music has always played a fundamental role in how humanity perceives reality – we do not merely hear the sounds, we feel them, dream them and even see them. We also believe that true Hi-Fi is about being able to reproduce the magic of a performance. It’s about experiencing music just as the artist intended, as the band was performing. Living up to this premise, all our products are tuned to deliver the famous Marantz sound, with a warm character, a wide and deep soundstage with natural positioning of instruments, and a smooth presentation of the vocals. Giving you hours and hours of listening enjoyment without fatiguing your ears.
The importance of speaker quality cannot be overstated — but the configuration and setup of your surround sound speakers is equally crucial. Without a properly wired home theatre, speaker performance suffers, and you miss the full immersion of your favourite films. Leave nothing to chance — instead, take every precaution to ensure perfect sound for your entertainment.
True audiophiles continuously seek to enhance their home listening environment and capture every detail of a musical performance with precise imaging. The right combination of HiFi components and speakers creates an ideal listening environment, projecting a soundstage where the listener can experience every note as it was meant to be heard. The audiophile's quest for perfect sonic reproduction is what drives the advanced design of a reference-quality audio system.
With continuing advancements in surround sound technology, mastering an immersive home theater experience is more accessible than ever. The latest audio formats support more channels and are capable of creating a layered soundscape that captures an incredible range of sonic details.
Designing the ideal home audio system is equal portions science and art. You’ll be best served by paying as much attention to technical specifications as you do to factors contingent on aesthetic appeal, like speaker placement. Unless you plan to renovate your living room entirely, proper placement will affect acoustics and sound dispersal more than anything else.
The circuitry and craftsmanship that go into a home theater receiver make all the difference in the sound quality it produces. With the right technology on your side, you can enjoy a deep, immersive experience that captures every nuance of your favorite movies and music. The Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAMs) incorporated into Marantz Hi-Fi components contribute to the superior performance of Marantz technology, setting these products apart for decades.
For those in the midst of assembling a home audio system, one component that raises a lot of questions is the pre-amplifier. After all, if you already have a powerful amplifier and quality speakers, why do you need another piece of equipment? In a high-performance AV separates setup, a pre-amplifier plays a crucial role. It's important to understand its function and what to look for when purchasing one.
Digital music formats are ubiquitous — even the staunchest vinyl supporter can admit that there's a lot of appeal to holding your entire music catalog in the palm of your hand or hosted on a server.
If you're passionate about achieving fantastic turntable sound, you're certainly not alone: The vinyl record revival is still going strong. According to a report from Nielsen, 2016 saw music enthusiasts buying 13 million new copies of releases in the format, marking 11 straight years of sales growth.
If you're in the market for an AV receiver and don’t have much experience reading back panel specifications, you may find yourself looking at a spec sheet with numbers that might seem confusing. For shoppers who don't already have a solid grounding in home audio technology, reading these specifications to find the right component for them can be a struggle. With a little guidance, choosing a home theater receiver can be a simpler process. Here are some of the questions to ask when shopping for a potential receiver.