Marantz ST7001 review

A decent tuner with a strong array of features, but cheaper rivals are just as capable Tested at £249.00

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Our Verdict

Provided you can feed it with a decent signal, this is a good way to bring quality radio into your life

For

  • Easy on the ears on both DAB and FM
  • decent build, and easy to use

Against

  • Not the last word in transparency or resolution at this price level
  • a bit signal-hungry

There's a healthy debate about the quality of digital radio: at its best, using high bit-rates and with a strong signal, it sounds great. But cram too many services in the available bandwidth – which happens plenty during a glorious summer of sport – and digital radio suddenly doesn't sound so good. That's why a combined DAB/FM tuner is great.

The ST7001 tuner uses strengths gleaned from Marantz's CD players, offering short, mirror-image signal paths, plus high-quality power supplies. On the convenience front, there are 200 presets, remote control and simple, logical operation. Analogue and digital outputs are provided, and there are separate aerial inputs for FM, DAB and medium wave.

Outdoor antenna required
However, it's signal-hungry, its FM section only thriving when used with an outdoor antenna, when it turns in a sound that's as enjoyable with Radio 4's speech and drama as it is with live music performances on Radio 3.There's not much it can do with compressed pop stations, mind, but with better-quality broadcasts, it sounds well-weighted and decently detailed.

Some rivals might be capable of more insight, but the Marantz delivers an easy-going and refined listen. That's especially true with Radio 3 on FM, where the live concert atmosphere is delivered in a most pleasing fashion.

Used with an outdoor aerial, DAB reception is good, too, though the digital versions of these stations have a slightly drier sound than the analogue, with a fraction less presence and overall ambience.

This is a decent tuner with a strong array of features, but cheaper rivals are just as capable. Hence the lack of a fifth star here.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.marantz.com
Brand NameMarantz
Product TypeAM/FM Receiver
ManufacturerMarantz
Manufacturer Part NumberST7001
Product NameMarantz ST7001
Product ModelST7001

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • ST7001 AM/FM Receiver
  • Remote Control
  • 1 x Audio connecting cord
  • 1 x Power supply cord
  • 2 x Size "AAA" batteries
  • 1 x AM loop antenna
  • 1 x FM indoor antenna
  • 1 x DAB indoor antenna
  • 1 x Remote Control Connecting Cord
  • 1 x User Guide
  • 1 x Registration Card
Country of OriginChina

Interfaces-Ports

Number of Digital Optical Outputs2
Number of Digital Coaxial Outputs1

Physical Characteristics

Width439.4 mm
Weight Approximate4.10 kg
Height78.7 mm
ColourBlack

Power Description

Operating Power Consumption12 W

Tuner

Frequency BandDAB, AM, FM

Warranty

Limited Warranty3 Year