Just picked up an SR6006 this Friday.
Spent most of Saturday morning hooking it up and again Sunday morning troubleshooting the layout.
Panasonic 50" Plasma
MK S150 front stage & B&W ASW1000
MK 125 rear in wall
OPPO DVD - HDMI
Apple TV v1 - HDMI
XBOX 360 - Component
Wii - old school stereo & video cable
Comcast HD Motorola Box - HDMI
I replaced Marantz SR870 - yes very old and severed me well all thru college and beyond...sounded great!
I purchased the new one at Magnolia HT inside of Best Buy - In the Mag room I watched the TRON cycle race on this receiver, Denon, Onkyo - all similiar priced/specs.
In the room the Marantz sounded best - much better imaging an staging, warmer/fuller sound, just crisper and it sounded like I was in that big amphitheater IMHO. The Denon sounded thin and the staging/imaging wasn't nearly as good. The Onkyo was better than the Denon but not as good as the Marantz. The Onkyo had a bit better mid/lower frequency but with my big front mains and boomy sub I am just fine with the lower frequency.Video
Plugging it in we (my wife said it right away!) saw a drastic improvement in picture quality of flipping the Comcast box from Component to HDMI thru the Marantz - probably more to do with the wire upgrade?SET UP
Basic Set Up
Overall the set up was quite easy the onscreen system is easy to use and navigate if you have a straight forward system and want to use the Marantz remote
Advanced Set up - what I guess is more normal?
I have a Harmony One and mixing and matching the input types I have has turned out to be quite a pain...
The key reason why I found is there is not a direct source input button for each input type on the remote - when I say this I mean there are only 8 input choices on the remote leaving 3 of the HDMI inputs not available unless you use the 'source arrow.' This means the Harmony choices when setting it up omits these 3 HDMI choices - GAME/VCR/AUX1 and if you have a Harmony you know this is not the ideal way to set up the remote. It often gets confused which setting you are on and toggling will lead you to a help menu yes/no fiasco.
Another reason this is an issues is because there is only 2 Component video inputs forcing you to use one of the other HDMI inputs (that are offered as a direct choice) as a choice - meaning I have my XBOX with a choice one of two choices and I put my DVD player on GAME a choice w/o a direct button or available via Logitech/Harmony...why Game doesn't have component?
Next step is to teach the Harmony manually the Source button and the Source Toggle button - again not ideal Logitech didn't include these buttons in their database. Make sure they are put in the right order!
So I am going to run it as is for now...if the Harmony is a pain (meaning I get calls at work from my wife) I may break back out the HDMI switch I thought I was going to eliminate. Marantz does provide the remote codes off their website so I will try and figure out how to input that into the Harmony
ALL THINGS A NORMAL CONSUMER WOULDN'T DO! I really don't have any more than a normal person on A/V sources...I see a high return rate do to a simple fix...make a better remote, do not use the same remote on your top machine as the entry machine...ZONE 2
This was the second main point of purchase for me and has led to a huge disappointment - I run my outdoor speakers off of my Apple TV or my Comcast box (play list or have the game on) neither will run on Zone 2 because it does not run off of digital/HDMI signals! C'mon! So much for BBQing and not missing of the game or having the same music inside/outside...to make it worse Zone 2 is only visable via the little porthole not onscreen to navigate and again the Harmony database doesn't contain the info for multiple zones...
So this leaves me to AirPlay - I had no intention of using this function - but will now set it up and try it out off our Mac because I can't use Apple TV outside...do that tomorrow going to watch the Cards game now...
So my new SR6006 has two strikes against it - if I had not invested so much time troubleshooting it so far I probably would return it - but I have a feeling I will see this issue with other receivers too and at a sacrifice of sound quality.
Sorry so long!