Marantz’s new series of A/V receivers (SR5005/6005/7005) offer not just 3D capability but a host of other great features are spread across these models. You’ll be able to use either 4 or 6 HDMI at 1.4a standard, which gives you the latest 3D standards plus Audio Return Channel – that’s where the TV sound can go back to the receiver without any additional connecting lead.
Multi-zone is addressed by all three models, and all have the Audyssey room correction feature. Upscaling of older video formats to HDMI output is also included, and inputs can be individually re-named and reallocated. You can even adjust the volume levels of each input so you don’t get rude shock when changing from one input to another.
Marantz use discreet component amplifiers on all channels for superior power delivery, and their stated ratings are conservative (SR7005 is 125w x 7), while performance is top class. We have always found Marantz to be an ideal choice for buyers who want to combine an entertainment system with a refined approach to musical reproduction. They also offer M-DAX2 processing for better reproduction of compressed music, which as we know can benefit from some judicious enhancement.
With the increasing number of settings possible, an on-screen display (OSD) is an essential feature, and a good one is provided. There is also a web interface to allow control via a web browser. Custom installation has also been taken into consideration with features such as RS232 interfaces, remote control bus links and keeping the depth of chassis under 400mm to allow fitting in the sort of joinery people are having built these days.
As you progress upwards in the range additional power is not all you get. There are further adjustments like individual speaker crossover points to assist in the fine tuning of audio quality.
The SR7005 includes a Moving Magnet (MM) Phono input, Ethernet connection with DLNA to allow internet access and streaming of video, music and photos. It uses advanced Anchor Bay video processing and the most extensive suite of Audyssey room correction facilities for audio.