The Marantz AV7706 is a modern home cinema preamplifier with support for up to 12 channels (11.2). Compared to the AV7705, it has been converted to a different DSP layout and now uses the same technology as the larger models. From a functional point of view, the AV7706 essentially differs from the previous model in two aspects:
1.) the AV7706 comes with the latest HDMI board including an 8K input
2.) the AV7706 supports 2 setup levels
There were minor changes compared to the AV7705 also to the coupling capacitors, as well as the HDAM board, in order to achieve a further improvement of the precision in the low bass range, as well as lower distortion values at high output voltages.
Here is the extensive equipment:
Decoding for a maximum of 11.2 channels
Dolby Atmos, DTS-X and Auro3D
Auro Engine 2.0
iMax Enhanced Modus
Dual Speaker Preset Mode
8K / 60 and 4K / 120 HDMI input with HDCP2.3 and eARC
Airplay2, WLAN, LAN, app control
5 year manufacturer's guarantee
The AV7706 is more than just an insider tip. Not only is it currently the cheapest XLR preamplifier on the market, but at the same time it is also fully equipped and, thanks to its completely redesigned technology (Griffin Lite), it is also very powerful in terms of sound. If you get by with "only" 11.2 channels, you get a better price / performance ratio as well as more modern technology than with the larger AV8802, whose "A version" is currently postponed indefinitely.