Marantz Model M1 Streaming Amplifier Review

Marantz just released their new streaming amplifier, blending timeless craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology. With its sleek design, robust build, and versatile features, the Marantz M1 promises to deliver an unparalleled auditory experience. In this review, we will take a look at all the technology and help you decide if it’s right for you.

Design

With streaming becoming more and more popular, it is important to have an all-in-one streamer for your system. All amplifiers sound different, and Marantz made this one to give you a better user experience and sound significantly better than its competitors. It is manufactured in Shirakawa, Japan. The same factory where Marantz makes their more high-end amplifiers. 

This compact device fits seamlessly into a variety of spaces, making it ideal for anyone seeking an integrated amplifier and streamer that doesn’t take up too much space. The top metal grill not only enhances its elegance but also gives it the look Marantz products are known for. 

Functionality

Functionality is where the Model M1 truly shines. It features capacitive touch front panel controls, making controlling the M1 simple. Designed with both users and installers in mind, it integrates effortlessly into any setup and consistently delivers flawless performance. The HEOS app elevates this amplifier further, providing an intuitive interface for easy control and continuous improvements with each update. HEOS built-in has a search feature that lets you find and stream from the world’s leading music platforms, including Amazon Music, Pandora, SiriusXM, Spotify, SoundCloud, and Tidal HiRes, making your music experience versatile and comprehensive.

Delivering 100 watts per channel, the Model M1 ensures robust and dynamic sound output, with a dedicated subwoofer output for enhanced bass performance. The musical digital filtering technology developed by Marantz preserves the analog-like quality that amplifiers are known for, even when playing digital music.

Connectivity

Connectivity options are abundant, featuring an analog RCA input for devices like CD players, HDMI (eARC), TOSLINK, extra ports for custom installations, an Ethernet port, built-in WiFi, and Bluetooth 5.

The Marantz Model M1 stands out with features not commonly found in other streaming amplifiers. It includes adjustable independent high pass (40-250Hz) and low pass filters (40-120Hz), volume limits adjustable between 80% and 100%, and balance control allowing ±15dB of adjustment. With five sound modes—stereo, direct, virtual, dialog enhancer, and night mode—you can tailor the sound profile to your preferences.

Compatibility with Crestron, Control4, and AMX control systems, along with a 12-volt trigger output, ensures seamless integration into advanced home automation systems. These additional features make the Marantz Model M1 not only versatile and powerful but also exceptionally user-friendly, setting it apart and on top of the list of all-in-one amplifiers.

Verdict

The materials used are much better than many of the amplifiers available today. Connecting the Marantz Model M1 is very easy and installation is also very easy, you just need a pair of speakers to plug in. The HEOS app is very easy to use and helps a lot in getting the most out of this amplifier. It elevates your sound, and, for a price of $1000, it is worth it.

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