Marantz launches SR5014 and SR6014 AV receivers
All the features plus a sprinkling of extras too.
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Replacing last year’s 5013 and 6013 versions, Marantz offers a host of features to suit most home theatre, vinyl and digital music streaming fans with their latest mid range AVRs, the SR5014 and SR6014.These UHD 4K SR-series AV receivers share many established audio and video technologies both between themselves and with their predecessors, including Dolby Atmos, DTS: X and their respective virtual height equivalents, full 4K/60Hz pass through, Dolby Vision support, 4K upscaling, eARC support, streaming via Bluetooth, AirPlay 2 and the HEOS platform, plus support for most major streaming services and Hi-Res audio.
- 4K UHD (Ultra HD)
- Content Streaming
- Dolby Atmos
- DTS: X
- High Dynamic Range (HDR)
- Dolby Vision (HDR)
Aside from sporting these expected features, the 2019 iteration sees new additions in the form of HDMI Multiple Input Assign, whereby users can watch video on screen but choose to have the audio input from different sources. Additionally, HDMI inputs can be automatically named according to the source device, so labels such as ‘PS4’ or ‘Apple TV’ will appear without having to mess about inputting names via the remote control, all courtesy of the HDMI Auto Input Rename feature. Finally, Zone Stereo Mode initiates music playback in both the Main Zone and Zone 2 with a single button press.
A new DPS downmix routine enables a multichannel soundtrack in the main room to be enjoyed in a second zone in stereo, either via assigning internal amps, using active speakers or adding a secondary amp to the pre-outs. Additionally, the stereo mix can be streamed to HEOS compatible devices around the home, further disseminating the music.
Owners with Bluetooth headphones will be pleased to hear that, following a firmware update later in 2019, their headsets will connect easily to the receivers allowing audio to be enjoyed throughout the house at any time of day or night, without disturbing others. Moreover, the ability to choose to listen via the external speakers, the Bluetooth headphones or both, means that those who perhaps need a volume boost during film or TV can individually increase the sound level in their headphones while the levels remain comfortable for other viewers/listeners.Away from these new features, both SR-series AVRs use the company’s proprietary Hyper Dynamic Amplification Module (HDAM) circuitry. This supports the SR6014’s channel based high-current discrete power amplifiers in delivering 185 watts for each of its nine channels while the 7.2 channel SR5014 produces 180 watts per channel. The low impedance drive capability offers operational stability with a wide range of speakers.
The SR6014 also offers 11.2 channel processing and pre-amplification outputs so users can add an external stereo amp to configure the AVR setup as 7.2.4 or 5.2.6 for additional audio immersion.
That audio immersion comes courtesy of object based Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio formats which are implemented in both receivers. However, for cinema fans that perhaps don’t yet have the height speakers included in their setup and can’t take advantage of Atmos or DTS:X, the presence of Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology and DTS Virtual:X means a simplified 7.1 set up will still yield immersive audio as the technology adds virtualized height effects.
Both models have 7 rear HDMI inputs and one located in the front panel for ease of access. These each support 4K Ultra HD 60Hz pass-through with 4:4:4 Pure Colour sub-sampling along with HDR support for Dolby Vision, HLG and HDR10 formats, 21:9 video, 3D, the BT.2020 wide colour gamut and HDCP2.3 copy protection. The SR5014 has two HDMI outputs while the SR60214 gets three and also adds in IMAX Enhanced certification.
Both the SR6014 and SR5014 support eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel), which allows transference of lossless and object-based audio, such as Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Atmos, from the TV, via an HDMI cable, without any compression.
Gaming fans with an Xbox One will enjoy the addition of Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) which will ensure a more responsive and immersive gaming experience when connected with compatible TV such as the latest 2019 OLED models from LG, which will support HDMI 2.1.
Both SR models support Hi-Res audio and can handle 24 bit / 192kHz ALAC, FLAC and WAV lossless files plus DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz audio too. A phono stage with HDAM is included in both models too, catering for music fans with vinyl libraries.
Fans of music streaming will be glad to hear that Spotify, TIDAL, Deezer, Amazon Music, TuneIn Internet Radio and several other services are all supported and AirPlay 2 inclusion means content from iPhones, iPads and Macs can be sent to the receivers along with any other AirPlay 2 compatible device on the network, thus allowing access to iTunes film libraries, music, podcasts and audiobooks.
The inclusion of HEOS, sister company Denon’s proprietary streaming platform, means multiroom wireless music is available with HEOS compatible devices and smart speakers, allowing users to opt for a single track throughout the home or various songs playing in separate rooms. Since both models are voice assistant ready, voice control using a compatible Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri speaker or phone means music can be started, paused, skipped and switched virtually anywhere, anytime with a quick verbal command.
Audyssey Room Calibration suite is included with each SR AVR - the SR5014 gets the MultEQ XT version, while the SR6014 features MultEQ XT32. The software analyses each speaker's (including subwoofers) output based on its location within a room and calculates digital filters to optimize each channel for the correct frequency and time response. MultEQ XT32 uses 512 steps in the filter resolution making the adjustments even more precise in the SR6014.
Additional features include the ability for Audyssey Dynamic Volume to smooth out sudden jumps in volume when changing channels or during commercial breaks and a host of other options gives users who are serious about their acoustic environment plenty of scope for tweaking.
SR5014 Key Features:
·7.2-channel receiver - with 180 watts per channel
·Current Feedback Circuitry - with Marantz New HDAM
·Audio immersion - Dolby Atmos (up to 5.1.2), DTS:X, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, DTS Virtual:X
·Wi-Fi - Built-in Wi-Fi with 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band support (dual antenna)
·HDMI - 8 HDMI in, 2 HDMI out (parallel) with eARC
·4K/60 Hz - full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 colour resolution, HDR10 and BT.2020
·Supports Dolby Vision -plus Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG), eARC and ALLM
·Advanced Video Processing - with analogue to HDMI conversion, upscaling up to 1080p and 4k Ultra HD (30/25/24 Hz)
·Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) - for immersive Xbox One experience
·HEOS - Built-in for multi-room streaming, music streaming and voice control
·Voice control - Supports Alexa, Google Home and Apple Siri voice assistants (depending on the region)
·Streaming services - Supports all major streaming services including Spotify Free and Premium, Amazon Music, Deezer, Tidal, and several others
·Hi-Res Audio - Ability to decode high-resolution audio ALAC, FLAC and WAV lossless files up to 24-bit/192-kHz as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks for high-resolution listening
·Easy music streaming - via Bluetooth, AirPlay 2 or the HEOS app; Phono (MM) input
·Bluetooth Headphone support
·Room correction software - Audyssey MultEQ XT with Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ, Microphone stand supplied
·Easy setup - Setup Assistant and Advanced Graphical User Interface; Colour-coded speaker terminals
SR6014 Additional Features:
·9.2-channel receiver - with 185 watts per channel; 11.2ch processing; 11.2ch pre-out
·Dolby Atmos and DTS:X - up to 11ch (9ch + 2ch external amplifier)
·3 HDMI outputs (2 main + zone 2 out)
·Advanced Video Processing - with full-rate upscaling up to 1080p and 4k Ultra HD (60/50 Hz)
·Room correction software - Audyssey MultEQ XT32, LFC, Sub EQ HT
·Extras - Gold plated terminals, Aluminum front panel and small trapdoor design
The SR6014 and SR5014 will be available at the end of August, priced at £1,249/€1.399/$1,499 and £849/€949/$999 respectively, in black or silver-gold finishes.
Does this look like a good balance of features versus price spread between the two models? Would they feature on your shopping list in the event of an upgrade? Let us know in the thread.
Source: Press release
Image Source: Marantz
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