Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Bryan / College Station, Texas
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Just bought a SR6005 at BB. They don't show it on their web site, but the SKU is 1224554. They have them at some of the Magnolia stores in stock. Right now they are on sale at $200 off plus a $50 gift card. I am replacing an old Yamaha RX-V630 in order to get the HDMI 1.4a plus all of the new stuff out since way back when.
All I can say now with just a quickie setup is WOW! The sound is amazing. Plus, just prior to purchasing the Marantz, I added two side surround speakers so that I could get set up before hand to go from 5.1 to 7.1. Many posts have said that it is not worth the trouble in a small room (mine is 12.5'W x 13.5'L) but I say na-na. Totally worth it to me in my room.
Listening to two channel music, AKA Pandora or CD using either the Dolby Digital IIx setting or the Neural setting, the sound is amazing. You are literally sitting inside of the music sound field. Haven't had time to watch much of a BD yet, but it sounds promising as well. Still need to run a more careful (and time consuming) Audyessy setup again. Then more tweaking.
I'm sure that I will have some questions for you that aren't explained in the User Guide, but my first impressions are very positive.
FYI, I first homed in on the Pioneer VSX-1021-K for value and the bells and whistles. Then I started looking at the SR6005, SR7005, Denon 3311CI and the Yamaha A1000. I decided that I was looking more for fine sound than bells and whisles. With the deal going with the Marantz at this time, I decided on the SR6005, and I am not disappointed.