Hello everyone! Have read this excellent forum from the start and just wanted to post my experience with the sr6006, after having owned one for a month and a half now. I am not an audiophile, but am fast learning the ropes. I would personally like to thank jdsmoothie-for your excellent advice sir. I'm 42 and this is my first, full size system that I have owned in my life. After comparing other av receivers, I picked the marantz based on sound quality. For the price, nothing even case close to the sound quality. I have only one real gripe with this receiver. I've had it go into auto shutdown 3 times prior to hooking up my mm7055 amp. to it.,. This receiver runs as hot as a toaster oven at anything higher than -10db. Which brings me to my gripe. I don't understand why marantz would claim 110watts per channel when you can't listen to it, at loud volume without it going into auto shut down. Placing a fan next to the unit and creating air circulation solves all problems. Then I can listen to it at higher volumes for any extended period of time. After two weeks of ownership I went ahead and bought the mm7055 amp.,. All overheating problems are now gone and I can crank the receiver to my hearts desire. BTW the sound quality that was gained by attaching the separate amp. is beyond words. If you think these receivers sound good as they are you will be amazed at the sound quality gained by going separate.
All in all, I wish that I would have gone separate right from the start, spent the additional money and bought an av7005. That is my next upgrade. However for the price and sound quality, the sr6006 is hard to beat. I do believe that the sr5006/sr6006 are marantz's attempt at gaining entry to the low end market of av receivers, with quality component cuts, having been made, from their top of the line. Let's face it, you get what you pay for.