Marantz AV receivers are some of the best examples of surround sound amplifiers on the market.
They have been making audio products since the 1950's and have been long admired for their high quality equipment.
However, it can be confusing to understand which model you want to buy as there seem to be such a large range of products on the market. To make things easier, I have listed the latest models of the Marantz receiver and summarized the differences between them.
There are currently two main types. The 'NR' series of receivers offer a slimline chassis and a cut-down feature list to provide a simpler, cheaper option. The 'SR' series are the fully-equipped AV receivers offering a wider range of features and high-quality audio and video.
They are listed in order of value (using the Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price as a guide) - starting at the entry level models and moving up to the flagship products. The features for each model are taken from the USA versions, and may vary slightly in different parts of the world.
The 'NR' series of AV receivers are slimline entry level models which are designed to fit easily into your AV rack.
They are suitable for users who don't require a feature-loaded AV receiver, but are happy with a model that provides all the basic requirements without costing the earth.
The Marantz NR 1501 is the lowest cost receiver in the 'NR' range, but provides many modern features such as on-board decoding for DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD.
The NR1601 AV receiver adds to the functionality of the NR1501 Marantz receiver.
It retains the slim steel chassis of the 'NR' range but also includes upconversion from composite inputs to HDMI, advanced bass management features and Audyssey MultEQ auto calibration.
The NR601 also has HDMI 1.4 ports for full 3D support and adds extra Dolby processing modes with Dolby Pro Logic IIz and Virtual Speaker which creates a virtual surround sound experience from just two speakers.
The 'SR' series of AV receivers are larger, heavier and much more fully-featured than their 'NR' counterparts.
The SR5005 has 4 HDMI 1.4 inputs with full support for 3D images and the audio-return channel. The power output is raised to 100W per channel and this receiver also has 7.1 channel pre-outs for connecting to another amplifier.
Zone 2 support is included allowing this receiver to output to speakers in a different room.
The next level up from the SR5005 is the Marantz SR6005 AV receiver.
The power per channel is increased to 110W per channel and there is an extra subwoofer pre-out allowing the installation of two subwoofers in your room.
Like the SR5005, the SR6005 has full support for the Sirius satellite radio service. The addition of a DC trigger also allows this unit to trigger external devices such as projector screens.
The flag ship model of Marantz receivers is the SR7005 AV receiver.
This unit delivers 125W to each of its 7 channels and provides two separate DC triggers for controlling external devices.
Alongside the 6 HDMI 1.4 inputs, the SR7005 provides 2 HDMI outs for connecting to different TV screens or projectors. There is also support for Zone 3 in addition to the Zone 2 found on other models.
The inclusion of Audyssey MultEQ XT allows much finer tuning of the audio in your room and this machine is also DLNA-certified allowing for the networking of audio and video in your home.
For more details: Marantz Official Website