Marantz AV7706 11.2Ch 8K Ultra HD AV Surround Pre-Amplifier with HEOS®

Anyone have one of these who would like to share their experience?

I am contemplating upgrading my, almost 10 year old Onkyo 838.

Though it still functions as it did out of the box, it is getting a little long in the tooth and missing some functionaliy (8k, 4k120, Imax, etc) with no updates in years.

Starting to do comparisons.  The Denon of the, seemingly, same “caliber” is a little less money.

Yet the Marantz offers XLR outs for those long cable runs.

I really don’t want to spend more than $3500 or so though.  HT is just not a really big part of life.


I own the Marantz 7702 and would recommend the 7706 for both HT and 2 channel music. I have compared it to four different dedicated two channel preamps thinking I could improve two channel performance. The Marantz was my preferred two channel preamp as well. I use the XLR connections. If you want to get the best performance get the paid upgrade to Audyssey ($199) and the calibrated mic. Night and day difference and I prefer it over ARC room correction. You can see my 9.2.8 HT in my profile. I have a setup for both atmos and auro-3d.


I also have an Onkyo receiver in the man cave, I prefer separates for the best SQ.

Don’t have the 7706, but do have the 7704. The MultEQ app is phenomenal. I have multiple settings/preferences that can be saved and uploaded for different sources and/or material (streaming, Ultra HD Blu-Ray, sports, etc.). Settings include crossover, dynamic EQ, speaker levels, high frequency roll off, midrange compensation, frequency range cutoff for room correction. I would assume this is offered by Denon since they own Marantz and also utilize Audyssey if I remember correctly.

In terms of sound, great separation of instruments and effects. Aesthetically, I also think it’s one of the better looking HT preamps on the market as well. 2-Channel is my love, but in reality I use my living room 5.2 more than 80% of the time with the spouse - so to me, worth the money given the amount of use. 

To clarify:

I have an entirely separate system for 2 channel stereo/music.

I am just looking for an HT receiver with all the current theater codec and video standards that will last me another 8-10 years as my onkyo has to this point.

My initial pass with regard to features/specs and price led me to the Marantz.

But, I don’t know what I don’t know, which is the point of asking here.

Answers and suggestion from the combined wisdom of users of this forum regarding an HT unit is my goal..


i appreciate the replies.

Single unit solely for HT.

I have my separates for music.

Carver 4000t, sublime audio active crossover, Carver A760x (lows), Carver RAM285 (on order) mids/highs, Tekton Double Impact SE (bi amp, single berylium tweeter), Carver Silver Seven 900 to Magnepan 1.7i (maggies on order, eta, late May), 2x tekton 2-10 subs.  

For HT I currently have 2014 Onkyo, klipsch theater speakers with with 2 self powered surrounds (not klipsch) on a klark technics wireless connection..

So yeah, only need a newer HT receiver solely for upgrading codecs and video out (8k, with upsampling for what can be).


Thank you.