Bought this receiver so that I could move from a stereo set-up to a 5.1 system in our living room, with the potential to move to a 5.1.2 Atmos setup in the future. I have paired this with a BK electronics XXLS400 subwoofer, Kef R500 as fronts, Kef R200c centre and Kef R100 rears.
Set-up was really straightforward using the Audyssey microphone included, I've been through a few different setups with the speakers and furniture since purchasing the receiver and had reasonably consistent results with each Audyssey configuration.
The connectivity and features on this £900 receiver are simply fantastic, you've got stacks of HDMI 2.0 inputs with HDCP 2.2 so it's very futureproof, in addition you have RCA outputs for all channels so you can always expand the amplification if necessary. It supports Atmos out of the box and soon with a firmware upgrade will support DTS:X.
Features such as the ability to cast music from Spotify or play via Bluetooth have added enjoyment to the living room, my girlfriend has made a lot of use of the Spotify feature so she can crack on some music without using our HTPC. In addition the ARC functionality has integrated everything with our Samsung TV meaning less faffing with two remotes.
In terms of amplification and sound quality, you can do 7.2 or 5.2.2 using the on-board amplifier and this can be expanded to 7.2.2 or 5.2.4 configurations with the addition of a stereo power amp. I am currently running in a 5.1 configuration with the fronts bi-amped using the rear surrounds.
The amplifier seems to be providing enough ooomph for my Kef R-series speakers in our roughly 3.5m x 5m living room. I have noticed occasional quiet hiss/noise during quiet scenes when the volume is loud, but nothing major. I'm struggling to decide whether I prefer the stereo sound compared with my NAD C355 amplifier that I previously used, I feel the NAD had a better kick to it in the mid-bass that maybe the Marantz is not quite achieving, but that was with different speakers to hard to judge fairly.
In the future I think I will expand the system with a 2 or 3 channel power-amp for the front in preparation for adding some Atmos speakers for height (possibly Kef R50's), I think that might take a little strain off the Marantz and allow me to power the Kef R500's with something a little more worthy of them.
Overall I think the SR6010 is a cracking receiver, gives you everything you need to get you going with a new set-up or move from something more lower-end. Also with all its connectivity and expandability it will be pretty future proof too, allowing you to expand with power amplifiers if you want a more elaborate setup.
Marantz SR6010 User Review
Cracking midrange AV recieverReview of Marantz SR6010 AV Receiver by xafier, Dec 5, 2015.This item was purchased for £899 from Audio Visual Online in 2015. The reviewer still owns this product.
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