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Marantz SR5007, SR6007 & SR7007 A/V Receiver Preview

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Marantz SR7007 Receiver

Marantz SR7007 Receiver

Summary

  • Product Name: SR7007, SR6007, SR5007
  • Manufacturer: Marantz
  • Review Date: June 01, 2012 11:45
  • MSRP: $849.99 (SR5007); $1199.99 (SR6007); $1799.99 (SR7007)
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
  • Buy Now

SR7007

  • 125wpc 7.2 A/V Receiver
  • HDMI v1.4 allowing for compatibility with 4K,1080p 3D content and displays
  • Audio return channel over HDMI
  • Dolby True HD and DTS HD decoding
  • Support for Dolby Pro-Logic IIz
  • 7x HDMI v1.4 inputs Analogue video up-conversion to HDMI
  • Upscaling to 1080p & 4k
  • Zone 2 HDMI output
  • Ethernet port for streaming audio across your home network and internet radio functionality with Last.fm, Napster and Flickr support
  • Apple Airplay certified for streaming audio from your iPad/Pod/Phone or iTunes
  • Aluminum front panel
  • Gold plated connections and speaker terminals
  • Marantz Remote App for iPhone/Pod/Pad allows you to change source, adjust volume or power on/off your SR-7007
  • DLNA 1.5 certified and compatible with Windows 7
  • USB input with iPod Digital
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT room acoustic correction
  • Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume
  • Four Quick-Select buttons
  • Overlaid on-screen display GUI and setup menus over HDMI
  • AV Sync function (up to 200ms)
  • Pure Direct mode
  • Powered Zone 2 option
  • RS232, 12v Trigger output & IR in & out
  • Remote control

SR6007

  • 110wpc 7.2 A/V Receiver
  • HDMI v1.4 allowing for compatibility with 4K,1080p 3D content and displays
  • Audio return channel over HDMI
  • Dolby True HD and DTS HD decoding
  • Support for Dolby Pro-Logic IIz
  • 6x HDMI v1.4 inputs Analogue video up-conversion to HDMI
  • Upscaling to 1080p & 4k
  • Ethernet port for streaming audio across your home network and internet radio functionality with Last.fm, Napster and Flickr support
  • Apple Airplay certified for streaming audio from your iPad/Pod/Phone or iTunes
  • Aluminum front panel
  • Gold plated connections and speaker terminals
  • Marantz Remote App for iPhone/Pod/Pad allows you to change source, adjust volume or power on/off your SR-6007
  • DLNA 1.5 certified and compatible with Windows 7
  • USB input with iPod Digital
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT room acoustic correction
  • Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume
  • Four Quick-Select buttons
  • Overlaid on-screen display GUI and setup menus over HDMI
  • AV Sync function (up to 200ms)
  • Pure Direct mode
  • Powered Zone 2 option
  •  RS232, 12v Trigger output & IR in & out
  • Remote control

SR5007

  • 100wpc 7.2 A/V Receiver
  • HDMI v1.4 allowing for compatibility with 4K,1080p 3D content and displays
  • Audio return channel over HDMI
  • Dolby True HD and DTS HD decoding
  • Support for Dolby Pro-Logic IIz
  • 6x HDMI v1.4 inputs
  • Analogue video up-conversion to HDMI
  • Upscaling to 1080p & 4k
  • Ethernet port for streaming audio across your home network and internet radio functionality with Last.fm, Napster and Flickr support
  • Apple Airplay certified for streaming audio from your iPad/Pod/Phone or iTunes
  • Aluminumfront panel
  • Gold plated connections and speaker terminals
  • Marantz Remote App for iPhone/Pod/Pad allows you to change source, adjust volume or power on/off your SR-5007
  • DLNA 1.5 certified and compatible with Windows 7
  • USB input with iPod Digital
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT room acoustic correction
  • Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume
  • Four Quick-Select buttons
  • Overlaid on-screen display GUI and setup menus over HDMI
  • AV Sync function (up to 200ms)
  • Pure Direct mode
  • Powered Zone 2 option
  • RS232, 12v Trigger output & IR in & out
  • Remote control

Executive Overview

Call us cynical, but our radar is always on full alert for clones. We've seen so many brands that have taken another product, made cosmetic changes, slapped their faceplate on it, and charged much more than the original. Don't believe us? Check out this $3,500 Blu-ray player from Lexicon that was essentially an Oppo player with a $3,000 greater price tag. 

So, at first blush, we thought that something similar was going on with Marantz and Denon. Both companies are owned by D&M holdings, so it wouldn't be unusual. Many consumers have brand loyalty even if the guts of a product are the same as a different product from a different manufacturer. Often, they'll tweak some of the features and (certainly) the cosmetics which is more than enough to justify buying from the preferred company.

As long as the prices are similar, we are okay with that.

But with the new Marantz '07 SR Series receivers, they are not. The new '13 Series IN-Command receivers from Denon range from $200 to a whooping $600 less than the Marantz offerings. Marantz better be bringing more to the plate than just a prettier box for that kind of scratch. First, we'll address the similarities.

From a feature standpoint, the two receiver lines are the same. They all have discrete amplification, 4k upscaling, Audyssey MultEQ XT, multi-zone support, 3D, Apple AirPlay and other streaming support. They all have the same number of HDMI inputs and outputs at their respective price points, nearly identical power (within 5 watts per channel), and many of the same options. So, why the extra cost? First lets take a look at the $849.99 SR5007 versus the $649.99 Denon AVR-2113CI:

Marantz SR5007
Denon AVR-2113CI
mz_sr5007_front 2113_front
mz_sr5007_back 2113_back

Aside from the obvious cosmetic differences (those Marantz receivers are super sexy, no?), the back reveals just where your $200 is going. While the Denon has a single subwoofer output (and Zone 2 RCA outputs), and Marantz adds not only a second subwoofer output, but also full 7 channel outputs for integrating an external amplifier. While the Denon has a single component video input and no output, the Marantz has two inputs and an output. It also bumps up the number of digital audio inputs from one of each type to two making it a much more versatile receiver. In fact, if you compare the SR5007 to the more comparatively priced Denon AVR-2313CI, you'll find a very similar rear panel except the Denon still doesn't have the 7.2 channel analogue outputs (the Denon only has the Zone 2 outputs and dual subwoofer outputs).

We've often thought of Marantz as the premium brand, and with the new SR line, Marantz seems to be taking it to heart. The next receiver in the Marantz arsenal is the SR6007. This $1199.99 receiver sports everything the Denon AVR-2313 has but much, much more. All the streaming and functionality is on board but you'll find connecting up the Marantz to be a lot easier.

mz_sr6007_front     mz_sr6007_back

Again, the 7.2 channel analogue outputs are on board but the Marantz also adds a pair of speaker terminals for making switching configurations on the fly much easier. Like the Denon AVR-2313, the Marantz has dual HDMI outputs but is also has 7.1 channel inputs (for integrating legacy gear), a phono input, and five watts more per channel.

The Marantz SR7007 is the one in the line that most resembles the Denon counterpart - the AVR-3313CI. It is easy to see how the two receivers are using many of the same modules. The also have the same power rating (125 watts per channel) and all the same streaming and upconversion/scaling options. The Marantz sports seven HDMI inputs and three outputs. One of those outputs can be routed to Zone 2 for true two zone/two source support. As you can see from the picture at the top of the article, the SR7007 front panel flips down to reveal an additional display for when that little portal on the front or the GUI is not enough.

mz_sr7007_back

Really, glancing at the back, there appears to be little difference between the two receivers except for higher quality speaker terminals, a few proprietary connections and an additional component video input on the Marantz version. The Marantz SR7007 also has 7.1 channel analogue audio inputs for integrating legacy gear that the Denon AVR-3313CI is missing. The number of speaker outputs is the same (11 pairs), analogue and digital audio inputs and outputs, and even composite video inputs and outputs.

Conclusion

Yes, the comparison between the new Marantz and Denon lines is apt - they share a lot of the same features such as Apple AirPlay, 3D pass-through, 4k upscaling, Audyssey MultEQ XT, and more. But lots of receivers have these features. What distinguishes the Marantz offerings from the rest of the crowd, is the number and types of connections. These are receivers for those that aren't first time buyers. These are for those that might have (or plan on having) external amps. For owners of legacy gear that either don't want to or can't afford to upgrade. The new '07 SR series receivers from Marantz are truly high end offerings for discerning buyers.  Solid build quality, great cosmetics, and generous power offerings are all hallmarks of Marantz A/V receivers that they appear to be continuing with the new 07 series of A/V receivers.

For more information, please visit www.marantz.com.

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Recent Forum Posts:

Adam posts on July 26, 2013 20:44
Re: Marantz SR5007, SR6007 & SR7007 A/V Receiver Preview

A review should indeed have that. This is just a preview.
Johnrf2 posts on July 26, 2013 20:40
Audioholics should talk about sound, not features

I expected that a review of a piece of AV gear by a magazine with audio in its name would have at least a mention of the sound quality of the unit. Instead, we get a list of features seemingly copied from D&H's catalog. What a shame that in this day and age we are getting reviews written by corporate stooges who can't tell the difference between the sound from a pair of $10 ear buds and a finely crafted, well designed and engineered speaker whose sole purpose is to provide an exceptional listening experience.
Please, how about some real audio reviews next time?
j_garcia posts on August 09, 2012 18:41
jlettie, post: 899645
I feel the Marantz SR7007 will not have the same build quality and reliability as the SR7005. The SR 7007 is made in China. This is a big step down for Marantz. Everybody knows the quality of the products produced in China.

They've been building the majority of their lilne in China for years, so I don't expect any difference from them.

Now I want to see the AV7007 and the AV7005's price will drop too
fuzz092888 posts on August 09, 2012 18:19
It's not necessarily that the build quality of China is worse. It's how much the company in question (this time Marantz) wants to invest in ensuring QC at the factories and in choosing factories wisely. China is capable of making products that are every bit as good as those produced elsewhere, but QC is a real issue without someone watching over their shoulder the whole time.
jlettie posts on August 09, 2012 18:07
Marantz sr7007

I feel the Marantz SR7007 will not have the same build quality and reliability as the SR7005. The SR 7007 is made in China. This is a big step down for Marantz. Everybody knows the quality of the products produced in China.
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