- Written by Kevin Lichterman
- Published on 13 November 2008
So I admit it . . . for years Iâ€™ve been a fan of Yamahaâ€™s receivers and DSP series integrated amplifiers.Â Over the years the Yamaha RX-V2090, DSP-A3090 and DSP-A1 have been the center pieces of my home theater.Â In fact, Iâ€™ve been quite happy with the DSP-A1 for the past 9 or so years and have been content to simply sit back and enjoy its performance â€¦well content enough with the DSP-A1.Â My speakers, amps, DVDs, etc. were still fair game.Â My satisfaction level dropped precipitously once HDTV and Blu-ray entered my life.Â Since then, Iâ€™ve really had the itch to try out one of the new wiz-bang receivers with HDMI, high def audio, auto configuration etc.Â Luckily, at least for my bank account, the Marantz 7002 recently showed up at my door to help scratch my upgrade itch.
- Design: 7.1 Receiver
- Power: 110 Watts RMS x 7 Channels; All Discrete Amplifier Stage
- Codecs: All Dolby and DTS, including Dolby TrueHD andÂ dts-HD Master Audio
- THX Select2 Certified
- HDMI v1.3a Repeating/Switching: 4-In/2-Out; Component, S-Video, Composite
- Audyssey MultEQ
- Dimensions: 7.25" H x 17.3" W x 15.6" D
- Weight: 33.1 Pounds
- MSRP $1399.99 USA
The Marantz is in the same price class as my former top of the line DSP-A1 and it shows by radiating a solidity you donâ€™tâ€™ get from the lower tier receivers.Â Itâ€™s brushed metal face, solid binding posts and plethora of A/V jacks make you feel that youâ€™re getting something worthwhile for your dollar.Â The 7002, second from the top in the Marantz lineup, offers the typical omnibus of features of todayâ€™s top receivers.Â Heck, four pages in the manual are dedicated to describing them.Â So today Iâ€™ll highlight what I found to be the most noteworthy among those features and give my impressions of the implementation.