Marantz Audio has announced the new Home Cinema AV Receivers of the 2020 series. There are 4 Marantz receiver models in total: SR5015, SR6015, SR7015, and SR8015. All AV Receivers support audio tracks made with the most popular formats: we mention among others Dolby Atmos, DTS: X, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master Audio.
You can also take advantage of Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology and DTS Virtual: X, two technologies that create virtual channels to expand the sound vertically without the need to add additional speakers.
The SR7015 and SR8015 Home Cinema AV Receivers also add compatibility with Auro-3D. On the top of the SR8015 range, you can manage the DTS: X Pro up to 13 channels (subject to a future firmware update). As on the freshly presented Denon 2020 products, the ability to integrate amplifiers into HEOS multi-room systems is not lacking. All AV Receivers can play MP3 or high-resolution songs in WAV, FLAC, ALAC formats with sampling rates up to 192 kHz / 24-bit in addition to DSD 2.8/5.6 MHz.
The connection to the network also allows you to access the services of Spotify, Amazon Music HD, Tidal, Deezer, and TuneIn. The equipment includes Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and AirPlay 2. The AV Receivers are also Roon Tested and therefore can stream music from Roon server and Roon Core devices in the entire 2020 series.
The most important news is linked to the introduction of HDMI 2.1 compatible ports (on all models 1 input and 1 output at the full band) with all the available functions:
- Input resolution up to 8K at 60Hz Ultra HD up to 120Hz
- Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM): the mode that guarantees the fastest response to commands is automatically selected.
- Variable Refresh Rate (VRR): the refresh rate of the images on the screen can adapt to that of the source in real-time, avoiding the occurrence of defects (in video games) such as “stutter” and “tearing”.
- eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel): the enhanced audio return channel capable of supporting lossless tracks as well.
- Quick Frame Transport (QFT): Shortens the time it takes each frame to go through all the steps necessary to switch between the source and the actual display on the screen, to reduce latency in games and virtual reality applications.
- Quick Media Switching (QMS): Eliminates black screens that can occur when a device change display mode, for example, when switching from 24Hz to 50Hz or vice versa. The operation is based on VRR.
All new Marantz Home Cinema AV Receivers can process incoming signals by upscaling up to 8K resolution. HDR sources are obviously supported in HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG formats. On all models, we also find the proprietary HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) technology, Audyssey MultEQ XT automatic calibration (XT32 on products from SR6015 upwards) with Dynamic Volume, Dynamic EQ, and Audyssey LFC (from SR6015 upwards).
The Pre-Amplifier Mode, available on all receivers except SR5015, allows you to use the products as pre-processors by disabling the internal amplification section. The phono input and IMAX Enhanced support (not available on SR5015) complete the equipment.
Let’s move on to the specifications of the individual models: the SR5015 has 7.2 channels and ensures a delivery equal to 100 W (8 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, THD: 0.08%, 2 channels driven). It is the only model equipped with a radio tuner in the AM/FM version of the basic model and DAB on the appropriate variable.
SR6015 brings the number of channels to 9.2 with the possibility of managing up to 11 (adding endings). The output is equal to 110 W. SR7015 is also 9.2 channels with supply equal to 125 W. Finally, the SR8015 is positioned at the top with 11.2 channels and the possibility of managing up to 13 through the pre-outs. The power output rises to 140 W.
Price and availability
- Marantz SR5015: $1,099 on Bhphotovideo
- Marantz SR6015: $1,599 on Bhphotovideo
- Marantz SR7015: $2,299 on Bhphotovideo
- Marantz SR8015: $3,199 on Bhphotovideo
Marantz Audio recently also announced the NR1711 home theater receiver with the supports of all popular formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS: X, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master Audio.