Some more info:http://cedia.customretailer.net/comp...ntz_SR6003/39/
The SR6003 AV Receiver features Dolby TrueHD, dts HD Master Audio, HDMI 1.3a, Audyssey Auto Calibration, USB Audio and a new GUI, all wrapped in a new chassis that is less than 16" deep. The tuner supports AM/FM/HD/XM/Sirius and the receiver is packed with custom friendly features (ie: RS232C).
A/V receiver, 100 x 7 amplifier output, Built-in decoders include DTS, Dolby Digital, DTS NEO:6, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD; FM tuner; Audyssey MultiEQ auto calibration; M-DAX digital audio expander; i-Chip video processor; 1080p upscaling; Deep Color-ready; onboard MP3/WMA playback., Output: HDMI 1.3a x 2; Input: HDMI 1.3a x 3, USB x 1., x x mm
If you speak Czech then you may already know all about the SR6003, the new receiver from Marantz. This product is due to be announced officially at IFA in Berlin later in the month but has so far only appeared on a couple of Czech news sites.
What's so wonderful about the SR6003? Well, we'll tell you: It's Marantz's most cutting edge receiver in about, ooh, five years. And, it looks cool.
Upside:We got an eyeful of the specs and pics at the CEDIA show in Australia (despite having attempted to learn another language) and we think this receiver may be a winner for the company. Why? Well, 12 months ago we gave glowing praise to Onkyo for its foresight in including onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD decoding. Well, the cat's out of that bag of hammers now--everyone's doing it.
Power output is high at 100W x 7, and the receiver also offers three HDMI V1.3a inputs and two outputs--meaning you could connect both a projector and a flat-panel TV. Ease of use also appears to be a factor with a simplified fascia, Aduyssey auto audio calibration, and an onscreen color graphical user interface.
The receiver also features a video processor that upscales standard-definition video to 1080p, while making the most of MP3 files with a USB input and M-DAX music enhancer.
Downside:The final retail price is yet to be decided, but rival Onkyo has stepped up the game with the release of its new receiver range at a low price and with a superior feature count. After a string of excellent learning remotes, the RC003SR that ships with the SR6003 looks a little disappointing. It's missing programmable buttons for device-specific functions such as "Top Menu" for DVD players, for example. So power users may want to opt for a remote such as the Logitech Harmony One as well.
Outlook:Having missed a generation, the mid-range 6000 model is back, and looks to be better than ever. It boasts a clean design, cutting edge specs, and a high degree of connectivity. It will be available in the coming weeks at S$1,199 (US$881.62).