Marantz Announces SR Series of Home Theater Receivers: Audiophile Sound, design, and features in a single package

Marantz has announced their SR series of home theater receivers that feature audiophile sound, eye-catching design, and a ton of features including AirPlay and Audyssey room correction.  I’ve been a big fan of Marantz electronics.  Even their entry-level receivers sound great and offer great bang for the buck.

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What I’ve liked especially about Marantz is their amplification section.  You get a ‘real’ amplifier vs. some of the other junk you’ll get in competing brands.  Even the entry level Marantz models usually feature 7.1 analog pre-outs so that you can optionally add more amplification if you ever wanted down the road.
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Marantz has just launched a new series of home theater receivers that promises to keep this tradition alive.  Below is the official news release from Marantz about the new receivers.  They look like incredible values if you’re in the market for a new receiver.

Mahwah, NJ, June 5, 2013 — Marantz, a world leader in advanced home entertainment solutions, announces the launch of the latest models in its acclaimed line of SR Series home theater receivers. Featuring exceptional performance enhancements and significant upgrades, models SR5008, SR6008 and SR7008 raise the bar for sound quality, design, build, and ease of use. Delivering sound quality that’s sure to satisfy even the most discerning audiophiles, all SR Series models are equipped with Marantz’s proprietary HDAM® (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) technology and current-feedback circuitry.
“This exclusive HDAM and current-feedback technology, part of what makes Marantz products sound so great was previously found only in our flagship and Reference series products, but we’ve incorporated it into all three SR Series receivers,” said Paul Belanger, technical product manager, D+M Group. “These new SR Series receivers bring the finest sound quality to the full range of customers who want to build the best sounding home theater system to fit their budget—a proud testament to Marantz’s 60 years of audiophile heritage.”
Other exciting upgrades in the new SR Series line include improved speaker terminals and enhanced, user-friendly setup and operation assistance on all models. In addition to HDAM and current-feedback circuitry, the SR6008 now features dual discrete HDMI matrix outputs and digital to analog audio conversion for multizone playback. The SR7008 now includes the same superior multizone capabilities added to the SR6008—plus an upgrade from 7 to 9 channels of amplification and Audyssey Laboratories’ most advanced suite of room correction features including Audyssey MultiEQ XT32 and Sub EQHT.
As always, the SR Series lineup features Marantz’s unparalleled design with the iconic “star and circle” porthole display and curved front panel. The receivers’ build quality is second to none, backed by a three-year warranty on all models covering parts and labor. All three models feature Apple’s AirPlay, allowing users to stream their iTunes music whether from Mac or PC, as well as music stored on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.* Users can also enjoy music from sources such as Pandora, SiriusXM, and Spotify**.
All Marantz SR Series Home Theater Receivers include:
  • HDAM & Current Feedback Circuitry
  • Audyssey MultiEQ XT
  • 7 HDMI Inputs
  • Networking with Apple AirPlay*
  • Spotify**, Pandora, and SiriusXM** network streaming
  • 7.2 Preamplifier Outputs
  • 7.1 Multi-Channel Analog Inputs
  • Component Video Switching
  • 4K Ultra HD Scaling and Pass-Through
  • RX101 Optional Bluetooth adaptor compatible
  • Detachable Power Cord
  • I/P and RS-232 Control
  • Control4 Certification
  • Three Year Warranty covering parts and labor
SR5008
7.2 Channel 4K Ultra HD Networking Home Theater Receiver with Airplay At an MSRP of $899, the SR5008 offers 100-watts x 7 channels and the newly added Marantz-proprietary current feedback and HDAM pre-amplifier circuitry. Combining network capability and audiophile sound, along with Marantz’s well-known “star and circle” front display, the SR5008 includes both style and comprehensive features such as an Ethernet port, seven HDMI inputs, and playback of the latest high-definition audio formats.

The power amplifier section features discrete high-current devices and identical topology for all channels. AirPlay allows users to stream their iTunes music whether from Mac or PC, as well as music stored on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.* Two audio zones and additional support for Bluetooth devices via an optional RX101 adaptor make the SR5008 a powerful and versatile solution for all home theater and music-listening needs.

SR6008
7.2 Channel 4K and 3D Pass-Through Networking Home Theater Receiver with DTS Neo:X, Audyssey DSX, and AirPlay At an MSRP of $1,199, the 110-watt per channel SR6008 also adds Marantz’s acclaimed current feedback and HDAM pre-amplifier circuitry, giving it a clean sound. Beautiful, simple style, including Marantz’s signature “star and circle” front display, is paired with comprehensive features including an Ethernet port, seven HDMI inputs, and playback of the latest high-definition audio formats. The SR6008 is equipped with DTS Neo:X and Audyssey DSX to create a 3D sound space when speakers are set up for the front-height or front-wide channels.

A second HDMI port allows enjoyment of audio/video or music entertainment in a separate room while the system is in use in the main room. Two audio/video zones, networking, and support for Bluetooth devices via an optional RX101 adaptor make the SR6008 a flexible, expandable solution for home theater and music listening. The SR6008 includes the same user-friendly setup and ease-of-operation features as the SR7008, plus HDMI pass-through in standby mode.

SR7008
9.2 Channel 4K Ultra HD Networking Home Theater Receiver with MultiEQ XT32 & Sub EQHT At an MSRP of $1,999, the flagship SR7008 offers simplicity and elegance with the classic blue illuminated porthole display, plus a drop-down door on a brushed aluminum front panel. Nine fully discrete, 125-watt amplifiers deliver the dynamic, beautifully detailed sound audophiles expect from a receiver of this caliber.

Comprehensive features include an Ethernet port, seven HDMI inputs, three HDMI outputs, and playback of the latest high-definition audio formats. DTS Neo:X and Audyssey DSX make full 9.2-channel playback possible when speakers are set up for the front-height or front-wide channels.

SR7008 features Audyssey MultEQ® XT32 and Audyssey Sub EQ HT Dual subwoofer calibration system making it simple and straightforward to maximize home theater performance for any size or configuration of room. MultEQ measures the characteristics of each speaker in the system and quickly generates precision digital filters for the smoothest, most natural tonal balance over the entire audio range. Additionally, Audyssey LFC solves the problem of low frequency sounds disturbing people in adjacent rooms.

The SR5008, SR6008 and SR7008 network receivers will have suggested retail prices of $899, $1,199, and $1,999, respectively. The new products will be available June 2013 in store and online at Marantz dealers.
* AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later and iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.2 or later. A home Wi-Fi network is required.
** Some services may require a subscription
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