THE “just-add-speakers” movement gets a new member, this time from the venerable Marantz. It’s the Model 40n streaming integrated amplifier, engineered for those who appreciate the finer things in all aspects of their lives.
“I strongly believe you don’t have to be an audiophile to enjoy rich, warm sound,” says Marantz president Joel Sietsema.
“With our MODEL 40n, we’ve further perfected the balance between what we’re known for – our sound – with added simplicity, gorgeous design, modern upgrades, and power. This product is truly ideal for those who require excellent performance yet find elegance in simplicity and ease of use.”
There’s onboard access to Spotify Connect, Tidal, Amazon Music, TuneIn internet radio and more. Personal libraries with audio files of up to 24-bit/192kHz and DSD 5.6MHz resolution can also be hooked up to the Model 40n, while wireless connectivity options include Apple AirPlay 2, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with HEOS.
An array of analogue and digital inputs is also provided to accommodate any type of source; yes, including a phono MM stage. You also get an HDMI ARC input for TV audio playback.
“A dedicated subwoofer output with crossover adjustments enables users to optimise bass response for any listening room. Enthusiasts will enjoy all these options through exceptional Marantz analogue amplification that delivers spacious, dynamic sound with unmatched levels of detail and clarity,” the press release informs us.
“A new 70 watt per channel (8Ω) Class A/B amplifier stage has been developed that exceeds the performance of earlier models with similar power ratings. A larger power supply transformer, four output transistors per channel, heavy copper bus bars, and very short power pathways lower internal impedance and deliver high instant current capability, making the Model 40n highly dynamic and an excellent match for even difficult to drive loudspeakers.
“Marantz Sound Masters utilised the finest components to maximise performance. The Model 40n leverages the company’s proprietary Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAMs) that deliver the most musical sound possible – from precise bass transients to smooth, balanced midrange and high frequencies – from any connected loudspeaker. Leveraging curated discrete surface mount components and the shortest possible signal paths, the HDAMs inside the Model 40n have been engineered to provide uncompromised listening pleasure.”
The Marantz Model 40n, available in March, comes in two finishes – black and silver gold – and will retail for US$2,499 / €2,499 / £2,199.