So I bought the new Model 40n, primarly because of all the terrific reviews and also because I am a longtime Marantz fan.
So this new model is a stereo amp (not an A/V) but it is not Roon Ready. Only Roon Tested.
I have some question before the unit is shipped to me, especially on what I will be able to do with it while using Roon.
Airplay: out of the question for me. Don’t like Apple and sample rates not great.
Squeezebox touch: will I be able to connect the coax out from the SBT to the coax in of the Model 40n ? If yes, what sample and can I expect ? No USB in for the Model 40n.
HDMI out from the NUC ROCK I am using as the core. Already tested it with my Marantz A/V receiver. Looks like I can go up to at least 92k (so already better the Airplay) + the Model 40n should do at least the same. Will I be able to stream DSD or higher rates than 92k ?
If both of the above are working fine, what would be best in your opinion between the two options (SBT have a display for Covers, but from a pure sound perspective) ?
Last question, I see rumors of Marantz going to Roon Ready certification but did not find any solid evidence online. Is that just a rumor ? Any real chance of having this ? that would be awesome.
I’m a bit ambigous to the fact that you dismiss Airplay but want a SBT as a transport…
Yes, Airplay is capped at 16bit 44.1khz so out of that aspect i understand. Still, RedBook material through a good Airplay implementation should not be overlooked.
But thats beside the question, depending on your budget you could enable either a Raspberry Pi with USB out (which i’m positive the 40N does) at around €50 or the Auralic Aries G2.1 (just an example) at around €5000. The latter does a better job as transport, really!
I wouldn’t wager that Marantz has any intention of implementing Roon Ready protocols in their machinery though, i’ll be a believer when i see it!
I think you’re right! What a strange decision to omit USB input capabilities? I suppose they think HDMI ARC will be more used? But this raises another question; Will this work with a Pi with HDMI Output? I dont think so…
Still, the external transports will work nonetheless, if not over USB but rather on SPDIF.
(For the Pi’s this will mean a Hifiberry Digi+, Allo SPDIf board or similar)
I really don’t know what makes Audio Return Channel HDMI tick, other than it’s supposed to be connected to the corresponding input on your TV set. There are surely adapters available though, if you wouldn’t mind?
coming back to this issue…I have a NUC with Roon Rock. I suppose things haven’t changed and the 40n is still not Roon Ready?
If I cannot use the USB input to stream audio or connect with NUC in another way, I will pass on the Marantz as much as I am attracted to it…Airplay isn’t for me.
I’m still using my good old SBT…
I’ve lost hope of model 40n beeing Roon Ready.
Switching house in a few month. NUC will be in the basement with the router and switch so usb output from NUC will not be possible.
Please please, if anyone has info on model 40n Roon Ready date or anything, please share.