Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by aarons, Nov 25, 2003.
anyone seen or heard this reciever found it on avland site.looks very interesting
I too am intrested in this but it seems to be a mystery product which hasnt been reviewed by What-HiFi for example and thus ignored. I would love to see a comparison of it against the ax10i and denons avc1.
could not find this reciver to demo.eventually bought yamaha z9.fantastic sounding amp
Thats what I mean, onlyt av sales has it it seems. I saw a review for it Home Cinema Choice which rates it as the best receiver there is but thats only as it has a radio so not in competion with denon, yam z9, ax10i. Would like to see all four compared actually my guess the marantz would trump the rest with music.
I use it at shows for instance the 2004 Bristol show and probably the Manchester show later this year.
My overall judgement is that it is a beautifully built and extremely impressive sounding unit. If it is to be on display in your room, it is the best looking unit as well. The setup is entirely conventional- no microphone or similar and there is no firewire or similar connection on the back- optical and digital is your lot. It also doesn't do any scaling on board. It has a great learning remote though.
It boils down to the SR12 being a superbly musical and accomplished amp but perhaps the last "conventional" design at this price point. Whether that matters, depends I guess on what you already own.
I find it annoying that the mags generally ignore the mid to high end models in Marantz's range. None of the magazines have reviewed the SR7400 yet, and it is very rare that anything other than the SR5400 and below get a mention in the majority of magazines.
I feel the Marantz brand is very underated when it comes to their high end gear. It's sister company (Denon) seems to be taking all the limelight
I agree with that although when the x200 came out in America there were a deluge of problems which put people off but my one has given me no problems at all and is fantastic.
Thank you for this link! It is the second SR-12 review I know of besides one in the German Stereoplay magazine. I own a SR-12 since november 2003 and I am quite happy with it. However I am still strugling to get the stereo performance as good as it was with my PS-17.
More info (in Dutch ) and pictures at http://www.verhart.net
The magazines don't ignore their products , Marantz choose which products to send for review as do all other manufacturers. The chances are that AV Sales don't have stock either as they would probably just order one from marantz if you were to order one from them. Going from Marantz's general attitude I would guess that musicality would be a major advantage of it.
I looked at the SR 9200 and 9300 and the layout is the same, with identical power outputs, which is a bi dissapointing considering they only have 72 000mFarads of capacitors.
I have an older SR 18EX 5 channels only but that has 118 000 Farads of capacitors. So much for progress!
A buyers guide from Hi Fi Choice did not give it any recommendations, so I am keen to know what they think of its amp section.
However the SR12 is 8 kg heavier, wonder where all that weight went?
The SR12 along with almost every model mentioed here is an old model discontinued by Marantz well over a year ago, hence no recent reviews.
Their current line up of AV receivers is:
All of the top 3 have had reviews from most good (i.e. not What Hi-Fi?) AV magazines over the last year or so.
Indeed they are, I just managed to get my hands on a brand new Sr12 sitting quietly in a shop for less than 1200 quid so I wanted to check out some review and the reason why hi fi choice din not give it a recomendation. This magazine is pretty fair I guess and I was hoping someone might have the Issue 255 lying around.
Separate names with a comma.