Now part of Sound United, Marantz has announced the SR5014 and SR6014 home theater AV receivers. The two products are compatible with the HEOS multi-room streaming system, the platform built by Denon to spread audio throughout the home. Marantz SR6014 has 9.2 channels with supply equal to 110 W (8 ohms, 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 piloted channels). Automatic calibration is performed by the Audyssey MultEQ XT32 system. Via USB or local network you can play MP3, WMA, AAC files and high-resolution songs FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF and DSDs at 2.8 and 5.6 MHz.
The digital-to-analog conversion should be at the expense of the AKM AK4458 DAC. Of course, support for streaming services is not missing. The declared specifications do not offer further information in this regard, but we are inclined to believe that compatibility will include Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, Amazon Music, and TuneIn, the same that are also managed on Denon products (same as the Denon DRA-800H).
The HDMI inputs are a total of 8 with 3 outputs. The amplifier can transmit signals up to Ultra HD resolution at 50/60 Hz with HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, Rec.2020 support. Marantz has also integrated some features of HDMI 2.1. We talk specifically about eARC and ALLM. eARC stands for enhanced Audio Return Channel, the improved return audio channel that also handles lossless formats. ALLM is instead the abbreviation of Auto Low Latency Mode, a function that allows you to automatically select the best settings to guarantee a prompt response to commands during the use of video games.
Connectivity also includes Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, USB, a phono input and 11.2-channel pre-out outputs. Availability in the United States is scheduled for mid-July at a price of $1,499.
Marantz SR5014 instead has 7.2 channels with a power of 100 W (8 ohms, 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 piloted channels). The equipment is very similar to that of SR6014. An HDMI output is lost, the possibility to manage the two subwoofer outputs independently, the IMAX Enhanced certification and the calibration system are simplified. The pre-out outputs are reduced to 7.2 channels. The price is set at $999.