Marantz Cinema 50

9.4 CHANNEL | 110 WATTS PER CHANNEL AV RECEIVER

$2,500.00

by Marantz
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Premium 9.4 channel 110-watt-per-channel amplification, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, IMAX Enhanced and Auro 3D, 8K Ultra HD, and HEOS® Built-in streaming. CINEMA 50 is a powerful AV receiver for very high-performance home theaters.

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Effortless

An included remote, accessible front-panel controls, and an intuitive on-screen setup process make you feel like an expert user right away.

Compatibility

Six HDMI inputs, digital, analog, and phono inputs, plus loudspeaker and pre-amp outputs ensure connectivity to virtually any other components you may have.

Upgradeability

UpgradeabilityExtensive input and output options plus a powerful software ecosystem make CINEMA 50 easy to upgrade as your home theater grows.

Marantz Cinema 50 Review

Introduction

The Marantz Cinema 50 is a 9.4-channel receiver that offers a powerful and immersive home theater experience. With its extensive audio and video capabilities, stylish design, and connectivity options, it aims to satisfy even the most demanding home theater enthusiasts. In this review, we will delve into the features, performance, and user experience of the Marantz Cinema 50 to help you decide if it's the right choice for your home theater setup.

Design and Build Quality

Marantz has always been known for its attention to design and the Cinema 50 is no exception. The vintage-inspired design with its circular knobs and OLED display gives it a unique and stylish look. The build quality is also top-notch, with high-quality components that ensure durability and longevity. However, the porthole display design has been a point of contention among users, with some finding it distracting or unnecessary.

Audio Performance

One of the standout features of the Marantz Cinema 50 is its powerful amplification and processing capabilities. With nine powered channels and the option to add an additional amplifier for 11.4-channel processing, this receiver can deliver a truly immersive audio experience. It supports a wide range of audio formats, including Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, IMAX Enhanced, Auro-3D, 360 Reality Audio, and MPEG-H Audio, allowing you to enjoy the latest and greatest in surround sound technology.

To optimize the audio performance, the Cinema 50 features Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room calibration. This advanced technology analyzes your room's acoustics and automatically adjusts the receiver's settings to deliver the best possible sound quality. Additionally, there is an optional room correction upgrade available, which utilizes Dirac Live technology for even more precise sound optimization.

While the majority of users praise the audio performance of the Marantz Cinema 50, some have found the sound to be too tinny and lacking in dynamics. It's worth considering your personal preferences and audio setup before making a decision.

Video Performance

In terms of video performance, the Marantz Cinema 50 doesn't disappoint. It supports 8K video resolution and a variety of HDR formats, allowing you to enjoy stunning visuals with vibrant colors and sharp detail. The HDMI connectivity options are also impressive, with six inputs (all compatible with 8K) and three outputs (including eARC/ARC). However, it's important to note that there is no front-mounted HDMI port, which may be inconvenient for some users.

The Cinema 50 features an HD graphical interface that makes navigating through menus and settings a breeze. The on-screen display is intuitive and user-friendly, ensuring a seamless user experience.

Connectivity and Integration

Connectivity options are abundant on the Marantz Cinema 50. It offers wireless connectivity through Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and AirPlay 2, allowing you to stream audio from a variety of sources. The inclusion of HEOS streaming and multi-room audio support further enhances the versatility of the receiver, enabling you to enjoy your favorite music throughout your home.

The Cinema 50 is also compatible with voice assistants such as Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomePod. This integration allows for convenient voice control of your home theater system, adding an extra layer of convenience to your entertainment setup. However, it's important to note that the availability of the FM tuner is limited in the US compared to the UK and Australia, which may be a drawback for some users.

User Experience

The Marantz Cinema 50 offers a user-friendly interface and comes with a remote control that is intuitive and easy to use. The graphical interface is visually appealing and makes it easy to navigate through the receiver's settings and features. Additionally, the Cinema 50 is Roon Tested certified, ensuring seamless integration with the popular music streaming platform.

However, there are a few limitations to consider. The reduction in the number of HDMI ports compared to previous models may be a drawback for users with multiple devices. Additionally, the absence of front analog ports may limit connectivity options for some users. Finally, while the remote control is generally user-friendly, some users have reported limitations in its functionality.

Pricing and Value

The Marantz Cinema 50 comes with a premium price tag, reflecting its high-end features and capabilities. Additionally, the optional room correction upgrade adds an additional cost, which may further increase the overall investment. When considering the value proposition of the Cinema 50, it's important to assess your specific needs and budget.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Marantz Cinema 50 is a powerful and feature-rich receiver that offers an immersive home theater experience. Its stylish design, extensive audio and video capabilities, wireless connectivity options, and compatibility with voice assistants make it a compelling option for home theater enthusiasts. However, the controversial porthole display design, limited availability of the FM tuner in the US, and some reported limitations in sound quality and remote control functionality may be factors to consider. Overall, the Marantz Cinema 50 is a solid choice for those seeking a high-quality home theater receiver, but it's important to weigh its pros and cons against your specific needs and preferences.

Specs

  • Channels: 9
  • Watts Per Channel: 110w (8 ohm 20-20kHz)
  • Processing Channel with Pre-Outs: 11.4 channel
  • HDMI In/Out/8k: 7/3 HDMI input/output, 7/2 supporting 8K
  • # of Zones: 2
  • Room Correction: Audyssey MultEQ XT32, Dirac Live Upgradable
  • Independent Subwoofer Pre-Out: 4 (independent)
  • Amplifier: Discrete Power Amp Unit and HDAM-SA2
  • Headphone Amp: Yes
  • Phono Input: Yes
  • USB Input: Yes
  • Bluetooth Transmission: Yes
  • Radio Tuner: FM/AM
  • Airplay 2: Yes
  • Digital Decoding: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, IMAX Enhanced, Auro 3D
  • Music Services: Spotify Connect / HEOS for all others (internet radio, etc)
  • Voice Assistants: Works with Alexa, Google, HomePod
  • Warranty: 5 years


Additional Info

Key Features

Peerless Performance

Immersive spaciousness, warm and rich tone, and lifelike dynamics are legendary hallmarks of Marantz sound.

Exquisite Design

A modern expression of timeless design principles, CINEMA 50 features the iconic Marantz porthole, symmetrical design, and front panel controls elegantly hidden from view.

Technology Leader

CINEMA 50 abounds with the latest immersive audio formats, 8K video, room optimization, streaming, and more technology to simplify and elevate your enjoyment.

Ease of Use

An all-new HD graphical user interface makes setup from your sofa intuitive. The included remote and compatibility with industry standard control technologies make daily use simple.

Performance

The Marantz Sound Master meticulously tuned CINEMA 50 for amazing performance with our proprietary HDAM amplification circuitry to create the Most Musical Sound in your home. Making sound the Marantz way is a seamless fusion of art and science, practiced by artisanal creators who balance and select components individually for their sonic qualities— they are the Sound Masters. Up to nine loudspeakers powered by 110 watts per channel can be paired with CINEMA 50 in various configurations for extraordinary sound and the perfect arrangement for your room. Custom Marantz HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) amplification renders each sound with ease, warmth and spaciousness.

Style

Excellence is heard and seen. CINEMA 50 features architectural design that can be featured or remain discreet in any luxurious environment. Marantz design is timelessly elegant— an expression of the musical soundscapes the products create. Our philosophy of balance and symmetry shows in our sound and our design. Premium materials are expertly crafted and combined for each new piece. CINEMA 50’s symmetrical front panel layout features a beautiful and functional porthole display with input selection and volume knobs on either side— both designed to have a distinctive analog feel. Access to a wealth of functions is hidden cleverly by a front panel door making access simple while retaining a clean appearance.

Customizability

Thoughtfully selected connectivity options, flexible speaker arrangements, and fine-tuning ability allow you to make CINEMA 50 your own. Your cinema is an integral part of your home. Therefore, Marantz has provided a rich assortment of connections and configuration options to make CINEMA 50 your ideal piece. Customize your loudspeaker layout to fit your space and tune it to perfection with included Audyssey MultEQ XT32.

Effortless

Included remote, accessible front-panel controls, and an intuitive on-screen setup process make you feel like an expert user right away. While CINEMA 50 may be complex within, everyday use and setup is not complicated. An included quick-start guide and on-screen setup procedure make setup easy. An included remote provides access to most often used features. Advanced HDMI connectivity permits use of a TV remote for power and volume. Support for all major home automation protocols is included. Finally, CINEMA 50 works with voice assistants like Google, Alexa, and Siri.

Compatibility

Six HDMI inputs, plus digital, analog, and phono inputs plus loudspeaker and preamp outputs ensure connectivity to virtually any other components you may have. CINEMA 50 sits at the center of your home entertainment universe. All six HDMI inputs are 8K compatible, and legacy HD and 4K content can be upscaled to 8K. A perfect mix of traditional analog and digital inputs, plus turntable compatibility make CINEMA 50 a perfect partner for however you choose to listen.

Upgradeability

Extensive input and output options plus a powerful software ecosystem make CINEMA 50 easy to upgrade as your home theater grows. Home cinema is an investment in your own enjoyment and well-being. With its extensive connectivity and highly capable technological underpinning, you can add new components to expand your system for many years to come. 11.4 channel processing capability and preamp outputs let you expand your loudspeaker layout or add more power with outboard amplification.

Onboard Technologies

Dolby Atmos® and Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology

You can feel every dimension in Dolby Atmos®. Enjoy up to a 5.1.4 or even 7.1.4 (with additional amplification) speaker configuration for the ultimate home theater experience— including the Dolby Surround upmixer for legacy content. For those without inceiling speakers, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology leverages Dolby’s deep understanding of human audio perception to create the sensation of overhead sound from listener-level speakers. You can also enjoy Dolby Atmos music tracks available from Apple Music, Amazon Music HD and TIDAL through a compatible streaming device.

DTS:X® and DTS Virtual:X™

Immersive DTS:X audio content places sound where it would naturally occur in space, creating lifelike, multidimensional audio. The DTS Neural:X upmixer offers improved immersion and heightened realism for legacy content. DTS Virtual:X provides immersive audio without height channels, creating virtual height effects in a 7.1, 5.1 or 2.1 speaker setup

Auro-3D® Experience

Putting you in a cocoon of life-like sound, Auro-3D® elevates the home theater experience to amazing new levels by delivering the excitement of three dimensional sound for music, games, broadcast, and films. The Auromatic upmixing engine will enhance your existing audio-visual collection.

IMAX® Enhanced

Get the most premium at-home entertainment experience with IMAX® Enhanced— the latest technology from DTS that sets a new standard for home theater imaging, sound, scale, and clarity. Watch clearer pictures and brighter images. Feel immersive, heart pounding audio and experience premium content digitally remastered by IMAX.

High-Resolution Audio Support

Discover the incredible fidelity of Hi-Res Audio tracks with the ability to decode up to 24- bit/192-kHz ALAC, FLAC and WAV lossless files as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks via the front panel USB port and network sources. You can also listen to other popular file types such as MP3.

HEOS® Built-in Multi-Room Streaming

HEOS® Built-in technology lets you enjoy your favorite music in any room of your home for a wireless, whole-home audio experience. Play the same song in every room or select a different song for each connected room—the choice is yours. Enjoy music from Spotify, Amazon Music HD, TuneIn, SoundCloud, TIDAL, Napster, Deezer or your local music file libraries. With additional HEOS components, like HEOS-capable speakers, play all your music in one room or many.

Amazon Alexa Voice Control

Enjoy hands-free control with Amazon Alexa and your voice. Adjust the volume, skip to the next track, switch inputs for your different media players and more— “Just Ask.” Download the HEOS Home Entertainment Skill to enable Amazon Alexa voice commands for HEOS devices and other select Marantz products.

Google Assistant Voice Control

Ask your Google Nest, Google Home app or other devices with Google Assistant built-in to control content across your listening environment. Start music in the HEOS app, then ask your Google Assistant to control volume, play, pause, skip tracks and more. The “Works with the Google Assistant” feature is continually evolving.

Josh.ai Support

An elevated voice agent for the high-end smart home, Josh.ai offers flexible voice control for nearly any aspect of your day-to-day experience and entertainment environment. Use voice commands to control the thermostat, lights, home appliances, speakers, AV receiver, and more. Josh.ai is installed by custom integrators and accessed through an app on your phone or tablet. Works with iOS and Android devices.

Roon Tested

Get more out of your digital music library with searchable, surfable information about your favorite artists and songs. Find lyrics, concert dates, photos, bios, reviews, and more

Masterful 8K HDMI Connectivity

The new Marantz CINEMA 50 includes six HDMI inputs and three outputs for all your favorite sources. All inputs support 8K/60Hz or 4K/120Hz pass-through capability, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, Dolby Vision, HLG, HDR10, and BT.2020 pass-through, and HDCP 2.3, the latest in copy protection standards, are supported on all HDMI inputs. Showcasing the latest HDMI technology and specifications, the new Cinema 50 lets you take your home entertainment up a notch with HDR10+, Dynamic HDR, ALLM, VRR, and QFT support. The video processor is also capable of upscaling your native video source up to 8K quality.

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and AirPlay 2 Capability

A dual antenna system lets you stream the most popular music services via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and AirPlay 2. Listen to your playlists on Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, Deezer and more. Use AirPlay 2 to enjoy Apple music with ease.

Multi-Source, Multi-Room

Watch a movie in one room while another family member plays a song from Spotify in a different zone without interruption. Enjoy up to a 9.4 channel surround sound in the main room and a separate source or music stream in a second zone. Hook up a separate stereo amp and speakers to the second zone pre-out.

All Zone TV Audio

Share the main zone TV audio to another zone without losing fully discrete multi-channel playback in the main zone. Select “Source” for the second zone from the AVR remote app so that main zone audio will not switch to stereo PCM.

Smart TV Connectivity

Marantz CINEMA Series can be controlled with your Smart TV remote via the HDMI CEC functionality associated with your TV.

Marantz AVR Remote App

The Marantz AVR Remote app for iOS and Android provides complete control over the latest Marantz network AV receivers and pre-amps. Use it to power on/off; adjust volume, input, and settings; or switch instantly to the HEOS® Built-in app.

Convenient Smart Select Functions

The included remote has four Smart Select function buttons so you can store preferred or frequently used settings and call them up easily on the fly— including input source, volume level, sound mode, and Audyssey configuration. With the push of a button, CINEMA 50 instantly configures the receiver to your desired setting at any time.

Easy Setup Experience

The included Quick Start Guide provides simple and direct instructions to get started. Once you connect your TV to CINEMA 50 via HDMI, the Marantz Setup Assistant appears on your TV screen and guides you through setup. The Setup Assistant helps you adjust crucial settings for the best possible sound quality, whatever your configuration.

Advanced Audyssey MultEQ XT

Equipped with the full Audyssey suite of advanced DSP algorithms, the CINEMA 50 features Audyssey MultEQ XT32 automatic room acoustic correction. With the supplied measurement microphone, MultEQ XT32 analyzes each speaker’s output (including the subwoofers) at up to eight measurement locations and generates precision digital filters that optimize each channel for the correct frequency and time domain response. Audyssey Dynamic Volume smooths out disruptive jumps in volume (such as TV commercials), letting you listen at lower levels while still enjoying clear dialogue, music and sound. Audyssey Dynamic EQ provides full-range clarity at any listening level, and Audyssey Low Frequency Containment uses advanced psychoacoustic algorithms to deliver a full-range balance, including deep bass, without disturbing neighbors or people in other rooms of your home. Audyssey Sub EQ HT provides individual DSP tailoring of each subwoofer in a dual subwoofer setup for deeper bass with improved definition. Plus, the Audyssey MultEQ Editor app lets you view and adjust settings for detailed tuning and customize the sound more precisely to your room and tastes.

External Control Capabilities

Features external RS232 and IP control capabilities for easy customization and compatibility with third-party integration solutions. The Marantz CINEMA Series offers IP control capability for major third-party control devices, as well as Control4 SDPP (Simple Device Detection Protocol) certification for seamless integration with Control4 home automation equipment. IR (infrared) remote control input and output are included on the rear panel for remote control compatibility with other components in your home theater system.

More Support for Custom Integration

All new Marantz CINEMA series offer extended support for easy custom install integration. Features OvrC and Domotz Pro, two major remote monitoring and management technologies, along with a dedicated web user interface to set up the AV receiver from a computer on the same network. Your installer can easily monitor the status of connected products and troubleshoot remotely from a separate location or on-the-go.

Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module

To preserve the detail, nuance, and essence of the music you love, Marantz developed HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules) which are superior in their speed and response to off-the shelf modules found in other products. HDAM design is unique and different to each Marantz product carefully designed by Marantz engineers and sound masters. CINEMA 50 leverages this unique Marantz innovation to ensure whatever you’re listening to is always the most musical.

Back-lit Remote

The receiver comes with a backlit remote to help you control the receiver in a dark theater setting so that the entire experience will not be stopped or disturbed by just controlling the receiver.

MPEG-H

MPEG-H is a 3D immersive audio coding standard developed by the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and Fraunhofer IIS for broadcasting content, currently available in Korea, China and Brazil. MPEG-H decoding is supported globally for select Marantz AV receivers and AV preamplifiers.

360 Reality Audio

Immerse yourself in sound all around you. As real as if you are there at a live concert or with the artist recording in a studio. With 360 Reality Audio, music has never been so immersive and so real. Select Marantz AV receivers and AV preamplifiers are capable of 360 Reality Audio playback by connecting one of the Google Chromecast devices to the AV receiver via HDMI. Currently casting of 360 Reality Audio content from music streaming services are not yet available. Stay tuned for further updates

Dirac Live Optional Upgradability

The interaction between your sound system and the physical layout of your room has a huge impact on sound quality. Dirac Live® Room Correction applies state-of-the art, patented algorithms to analyze and digitally reduce room impact and enhance speaker performance. Dirac Live delivers a larger sweet spot, accurate staging, clarity, voice intelligibility, and a deeper, tighter bass not otherwise possible. Fully tunable to your preference. Select Marantz AV receivers and AV preamplifiers support Dirac Live Upgradability. You can purchase a Dirac Live license key to unlock the functionality. Visit direc.com/marantz/ for more information about Dirac Live. The upgradability will be supported via future firmware update.

11 channel processing, 9 channel amplification

9 channel amplification does not mean you need to stop at max 9 channel speaker configuration. With external 2 channel amplification that can be assigned to either Front Left and Front Right, or a pair of height channels, you can setup 11 channel speaker configuration such as 7.1.4 or 5.1.6, allowing you even more flexibility and elevated immersive audio experience.

4 Independent Subwoofer Outputs

Immerse yourself in evenly distributed, accurate bass. Featuring up to four subwoofer outputs to smooth out low frequencies and provide better dispersion. No audible peaks or dips - just powerful, room-filling bass.

Two Subwoofer Modes (Standard vs. Directional)

Giving you even more freedom to tweak your subwoofer settings to your preference when you are connecting more than 2 subwoofers. Select "Standard" if you want evenly distributed bass performance equally throughout the room. Audyssey sub EQ HT will be engaged to provide a global filter to all subwoofers and will give you broader sweat spot in the room. Select "Directional" if you want more directional bass performance seamlessly integrated into each speaker channel closest to each subwoofer. Bass feels different depending on where you sit in the room.

Pre-Amplifier Mode

With Pre-Amplifier Mode, your receiver works as a perfect 11.4 channel AV preamplifier with the latest HDMI connectivity. Pre- Amplifier Mode provides a cleaner signal path and more tolerance in clipping level by disconnecting internal amplifiers. The receiver features 11.4 channel preouts. You can also disconnect only selected speaker channels so that you can use receiver's built-in amplification to drive non-critical channels, yet getting cleaner signal path for the channels driven by external amplification such as Front L+R. Enjoy the best of the both world.