Marantz HD-AMP1 Digital Integrated Amplifier with DAC Now Available
Last month, Marantz announced one of their latest Hi-Fi components, the Marantz HD-AMP1 Digital Integrated Amplifier, the successor of the also popular HD-DAC1. The new HD-AMP1 features multiple digital inputs like optical and coaxial inputs and supports iDevice and USB drive connectivity. It also supports the latest generation lossless high resolution audio file types like FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC and more at up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution, or up to 32-bit/384kHz via a PC or Mac. It also supports DSD tracks at 2.6/5.2/11.2 MHz. At the heart of the Marantz HD-AMP1 is a reference grade ESS SABRE DAC and dual master quartz clocks, plus a headphone amplifier with HDAM-SA2 and 3 gain settings. Compared to the previous HD-DAC1, the Marantz HD-AMP1 is a little bit expensive at an MSRP of $1,099. It’s now available in the US for those who want to upgrade their sound system. Check out more details from below as well as retail price and availability.
Marantz HD-AMP1 Premium Digital Integrated Amplifier Features
Marantz, a world leader in advanced audio technologies, announces the HD-AMP1, an elegant compact digital integrated amplifier engineered to the highest Marantz purist audiophile standards. Building on the success of last year’s HD-DAC1 Headphone Amplifier, the HD-AMP1 was created to serve at the center of a music system. This ultra-high quality amp delivers 2x 70W from a special switching amplifier circuit, providing amazing sound from all sources including the highest of high resolution audio files.
Housed in an elegant compact chassis that occupies just over 1 square foot of desktop or shelf space, the HD-AMP1 is equipped with multiple digital inputs, including 2 optical, 1 coaxial along with 2 USB ports. It features the ability to decode the latest generation lossless high-resolution audio file types, including WAV, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC at up to 24-bit/192-kHz resolution, along with the ability to play MP3, WMA and AAC tracks. The rear panel USB-B port features advanced noise isolation so users can connect a PC or Mac and stream even higher resolution files, up to 32-bit/384-kHz. The HD-AMP1 is equipped with the reference grade ESS SABRE DAC and dual master clock crystals for the widest bandwidth, highest dynamic range and lowest distortion, and the HD-AMP1 can also play DSD hi-res audio tracks including 2.6/5.2/11.2-MHz.
Unique Marantz audio performance with Marantz Musical Digital Filtering
The Marantz HD-AMP1 delivers 2x 70 W into 4 Ohms; clearly handling even demanding music parts thanks to an ultra-stable power supply and Marantz exclusive Current Feedback technology. The Dual Crystal Clock and a discrete DAC post filter combined with the company’s highly-acclaimed HDAM pre-amplifier modules make standard counted sound feel like high-resolution audio. A high-current audiophile SABRE D/A-Converter with 384kHz/32bit processing capability is able to reproduce even the smallest details with ease.
Special Class-D Amplifier Concept
The HD-AMP1 is the first ever Marantz Hi-Fi product that incorporated the concept of Class-D amplification. Up to now, switching (Class-D) amplifiers had certain limitations which made them unacceptable for demanding Marantz sound engineers to be used in premium Hi-Fi products. Now, the HD-AMP1 combines the unique Marantz HDAM technologies, the Class-D amplifier concept and an overall feedback loop to guarantee a consistent performance with a wide range of loudspeaker types.
The Marantz HD-AMP1 not only builds on the famous Marantz sound, it is also highly connectable. Featuring two USB ports, one on the front and one on the back, the HD-AMP1 lets users connect their favorite iDevice or USB drive to the front panel USB port, and a PC or Mac to the rear panel USB-B port to stream high resolution audio tracks. In addition it features advanced noise isolation to guard against digital noise from degrading the high-resolution sound. For even more connectivity, Marantz also included two analog inputs. The USB-B works in asynchronous mode to support not only 384kHz/32bits high-resolution audio but also the DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz and even 11.2MHz formats for maximized performance and the most direct way to enjoy excellent quality. To safeguard quality when connected to a computer, Marantz built extended isolation around the USB-B input to eliminate the chance of high frequency noise generated by the computer entering the HD-AMP1.
Elegant Chassis with Audiophile Construction
The compact, elegant chassis features a premium brushed alloy front panel with matching knobs along with our signature Porthole round front panel 2-line OLED display, which features 3 dimming, levels and off. The stylish woodtone side panels add a luxurious touch and the robust chassis features our rugged dual bottom plate construction for maximum rigidity coupled to aluminum alloy chassis feet for maximum vibration resistance. The Marantz HD-AMP1 offers a powerful yet sophisticated sound from modern and legacy sources in a beautiful small-format appeal.
Price and Where to Buy
The Marantz HD-AMP1 Digital Integrated Amplifier is now available in the US and comes with a retail price of $1,099.00 at the time this article was published. It’s now available at Amazon.com here.
Meanwhile, it’s predecessor the Marantz HD-DAC1 is currently selling at $799.00 and it’s also available at Amazon.com here.
Both devices are fantastic peace of audio equipment. Just be sure to check out which one fits your setup best.
Marantz HD-AMP1 Specifications