Marantz CINEMA 50 Home Theater Receiver
This is the one we think Marantz knocked it out of the park with!
The CINEMA 50 has 9 built-in amp channels but with processing for 11 channels plus 4 independent subs, yes, you heard right, 4 subs!! The power rating is 110 watts per channel vs the 100 in the CINEMA 60, but we have to say, there is no comparison in how these sound. The 50 has far larger power supply and has way better dynamics than the 60.
The 7 HDMI inputs are all 8K along with 2 of the HDMI outs with another 4K 3rd HDMI out.
In addition to Dolby Atmos and DTS:X you get Auro 3D and IMAX Enhanced on the CINEMA 50.
Ok, so here are the two big ones. For a fee you can upgrade the unit to work with DIRAC Live. At this time, the fee is not nailed down, and we will update this article once we have clarity. This option is supposed to launch in March 2023. While Audyssey is good, Dirac Live is an entire different level of room correction that does a far better job than Audyssey. We highly recommend if you do this upgrade, you also get a better microphone than the one included. MiniDSP makes a good one for under $100 that comes with a calibration file for each microphone.
Also, if you purchase your unit from Audio Advice if you are doing Audyssey or Dirac Live, our tech team is here to help you out to get the best performance from your system. We can dial in remotely if needed to help you with Dirac Live — that is an exclusive for people who buy their Marantz CINEMA 50 from Audio Advice.
The 4 independent sub outs is fantastic to see at this price point, but Marantz added a really cool feature if you are using 4 subs. In the set up mode, you have a choice of sending all the low frequency information to all the subs or having it route the low frequency from the speakers closest to each subwoofer to just that subwoofer. This is a feature we have only seen on the 16K+ Trinnov processor, which is fantastic to see here. This will normally result in even better blending of your subs to the rest of the speakers in your system.
The CINEMA 50 will also let you take advantage of 11 immersive channels by simply adding a 2 channel power amp. Its amp routing feature lets you set this up to work with the front left and right, should you wish to add a beefy amp to improve your mains, or it can be added to the rears or one pair of Atmos speakers if you want to just add a small 2 channel power amp. And you have full preamp outs for all of the 11 channels if you want to add say a three channel power amp for the front three. This is super cool the way you can configure the channels.
With the audio quality you’ll get out of the beefy power amps in the CINEMA 50 and all of its features, this one is going to be very tough to beat for its price point. While its current price of
is not cheap, it does so many things well that are hard to find at this price level. 11 channels will get you a very immersive experience and we just love Dirac Live and the super cool way you can use 4 subwoofers.