Originally Posted by kemetblk
I am looking at getting the 6006 and am wondering what the consensus opinion is on Marantz sound quality vs H/K. I am currently running an AVR247 with Athena F1 fronts, C1 center and might use Speakercraft AIMWIDE's for rears.
Are there any issues known these models yet? I will be running a HD-DVD player, PS3, WDTV, Cable HD-DVR and Xbox 360 through it (all hdmi) to a Samsung PN58C8000 3D plasma.
I actually upgraded from an HK AVR-254 to a Marantz 5006 and the Marantz was definitely an upgrade. The HK sounded great, but I found that the 5006 created a better sound stage. I have a couple of theater seats setup which means that neither position is directly in the center. Regardless of how I calibrated, I never managed to reach a sweet spot from where I was sitting. Perhaps the MultiEQ is responsible, but regardless, the sound field produced by the 5006 from where I sit is quite superior.
My speakers are bi-wired, so I actually connected both receivers and flipped between them. The 5006 produced a stronger, more focused sound from where I sat. I also found that dialog was stronger and cleaner.
A world of difference? Perhaps not, but it's definitely an improvement and it plays nicely with my equipment. The HK had a few little issues that always annoyed me. It was slow to switch audio streams and some analog sources would drop when there was no sound which would result in missing the first second of the sound when it picked back up. There were also video scaling artifacts when display component video sources. The video processor in the 5006 is vastly superior overall. 480i material (such as a Nintendo Wii or PS2) look substantially better when run through 5006.
The only negative thing I've run into is the lack of 240p support. Older game consoles (SNES, Genesis, etc) will not display through the receiver at all. This was not an issue with the HK, which supported all resolutions. Not a big deal for most folks, though, I'd imagine.