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post #61 of 202
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Marantz Promises AirPlay, 4K and HDMI Options in New SR Receivers
By Rachel Cericola

The D+M Group made a few big announcements today -- including a name change! The company formerly known as D&H Holdings debuted a new name, new logo, and plenty of new products. The first is a new lineup of Marantz receivers, known as the SR Series. All three are scheduled to start shipping in July 2012.

All three will come packing Apple AirPlay, so users can stream content directly to the receiver from a Mac, PC or favorite iOS device. If you don't feel like mixing in another device, each receiver can also access other online content, such as web radio, Pandora and SiriusXM. (Subscriptions and/or fees may apply.)

If you're already plotting and scheming for 4K, know that each of these models also promises 4K pass-through and scaling. On the audio side, all three have Dolby Pro Logic llz, Dolby True HD, and DTS HD decoding and can accept LPCM 7.1 signals from a Blu-ray player. There's also a front-panel USB port on each, which can handle high-res audio formats, including FLAC files.

Other features across the new line will include a better user interface with Setup Assistant, Audyssey MultEQ XT, Dynamic Volume, and Audyssey Dynamic EQ, DC triggers and an RS-232c port, and enhanced app control.


The 7.2-channel SR7007 receiver promises two-source, two-zone audio and video distribution over HDMI.
Now, to get down to some of the differences. The top-of-the-line model is definitely the 7.2-channel SR7007 receiver. Priced with an MSRP of $1799.99, the SR7007 cranks 125 watts per channel and can accommodate every AV device you own, via seven HDMI inputs (with one on the front), three HDMI outputs, and even a phono input. Another extremely interesting perk is that the SR7007 includes two-source, two-zone audio and video distribution over HDMI.

To stand out a little in that AV cabinet, Marantz has outfitted the SR7007 with an aluminum front panel with a polished and black anodized premium finish. It also has a fold-up door that can stash the receiver's two-line display.

Nestled in the middle of the lineup is the 7.2-channel SR6007 (MSRP: $1199.99). The SR6007 features 110 watts per channel and the phono output. This one, however, has a dual HDMI output so you can put the same content on two displays. It also has gold-plated RCA and speaker terminals, an aluminum front panel and knobs, and a new simplified remote.

Last, but certainly not least, there's the 7.2-channel SR5007 (SRP: $849.99). Featuring 100 watts per channel, this model has six HDMI inputs, which includes one on the front panel. Other features include two component in and one out, a 7.2 preamp output and a DC trigger out. This one also has the new remote.


The SR7007 has seven HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs.
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post #62 of 202
So the only new features on the 5/6007 are the 4k pass thru and a new remote?
post #63 of 202
Link isn't working...
post #64 of 202
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Originally Posted by bwoz23 View Post

Heres some new info for the 2012's
http://www.bigpicturebigsound.com/Ma...eceivers.shtml

Here's ya go ... there was an "l" missing on the end of your link.
post #65 of 202
^^^link needs an l at the end

I'm a little bummed about the lack of XT32, especially in an AVR with a $1799 price tag =^/
post #66 of 202
Thanks for fixing my link jd! I too thought the 7007 would have xt32. Hate to spend that kind of $ for an avr without it.
post #67 of 202
According to that little article, the only difference between any of them is the power and zone capabilities. I wish there was a company where I could customize my own receiver to my own power specs and with the extras that I want. That would be awesome.
post #68 of 202
Just give me a 8007 w/XT32, DSD and a great pre-amp section for 9 or 11 channels and I will add a great amp and there you go... !!! Altthough we may have to wait a bit for the AV8007.. The SR7007 looks to be a cool receiver tho....

post #69 of 202
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Originally Posted by djPerfectTrip View Post

^^^link needs an l at the end

I'm a little bummed about the lack of XT32, especially in an AVR with a $1799 price tag =^/

You're not surprised are you? This had been a Denon-rebadge brand for some time now. Short of new ownership you're not really going to see this product line really step out and do anything aggressive.
post #70 of 202
Doesn't the SR5006 only have a 2.2 output? If the above is accurate is moved up to 7.2.
post #71 of 202
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Originally Posted by Superman07 View Post

Doesn't the SR5006 only have a 2.2 output? If the above is accurate is moved up to 7.2.

I noticed that too. That would make it a better value than the 3312/3313 as long as you don't care about the single HDMI out.
post #72 of 202
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Doesn't the SR5006 only have a 2.2 output? If the above is accurate is moved up to 7.2.

The 5005 had 7.1 preouts and then the 5006 dropped to 2.2. Maybe the 5006 didn't do as well so they added back the full 7.2 preouts for the 5007 but that's just a guess.
post #73 of 202
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Originally Posted by Osamede View Post

You're not surprised are you? This had been a Denon-rebadge brand for some time now. Short of new ownership you're not really going to see this product line really step out and do anything aggressive.

But doesn't the 4311 have xt32? So it shouldn't be that much of a long shot to expect the top of the line marantz to have it as well.
post #74 of 202
^^
Correct. So the 8007 will then likely have XT32.
post #75 of 202
Cannot you apply Pro to the 5007 and 6007? I know costs extra for license and kit. Pro falls between XT and XT32?
post #76 of 202
^^
The 6007 and 7007 will be Pro ready as is the 6006 and 7005 (unsure if the 5007 will be as well). The Pro kit uses the version of Audyssey on the AVR, rather simply allows more tweaking and saving of multiple calibration files.
post #77 of 202
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Originally Posted by djPerfectTrip View Post

I'm a little bummed about the lack of XT32, especially in an AVR with a $1799 price tag =^/

I agree as the higher price for the SR7007 over the 3313 it should have XT32. To have to pay $3k for the AV8007 and then the cost of an amp to get XT32 in the Marantz line is a bit steep IMO.

Bill
post #78 of 202
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

I agree as the higher price for the SR7007 over the 3313 it should have XT32. To have to pay $3k for the AV8007 and then the cost of an amp to get XT32 in the Marantz line is a bit steep IMO.

Bill

I agree and if the AV7007 pre/pro does not have XT32 than I'm out especially with the cost increase. This does not make sense not including XT32.
post #79 of 202
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Originally Posted by jdsmoothie View Post

^^
Correct. So the 8007 will then likely have XT32.

But the 4311 is $2100. The 7007 is only $300 less than that...and with onkyo coming out with a receiver with XT32 at $1200, it should only make sense that they would include it just for competition purposes. And that article linked above mentions nothing about an 8007.
post #80 of 202
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Originally Posted by djPerfectTrip View Post

But the 4311 is $2100. The 7007 is only $300 less than that...and with onkyo coming out with a receiver with XT32 at $1200, it should only make sense that they would include it just for competition purposes. And that article linked above mentions nothing about an 8007.

The MSRP of the 4311 is $2100 but you can find it at EE for under $1300. So at this time it looks like the 4311 is the best deal out there IMO. I wonder what the powers to be at D&M were thinking when they decided to not offer XT32 in the 3313, SR7007 and AV7007.

Bill
post #81 of 202
^^^I agree with you. I've been thinking of going that route. Only thing I don't like about it is that it's 2 years old...
post #82 of 202
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Originally Posted by djPerfectTrip View Post

But the 4311 is $2100. The 7007 is only $300 less than that...and with onkyo coming out with a receiver with XT32 at $1200, it should only make sense that they would include it just for competition purposes. And that article linked above mentions nothing about an 8007.

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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post


The MSRP of the 4311 is $2100 but you can find it at EE for under $1300. So at this time it looks like the 4311 is the best deal out there IMO. I wonder what the powers to be at D&M were thinking when they decided to not offer XT32 in the 3313, SR7007 and AV7007.

Bill

+ 1 I worry D+M could be facing serious competition from Onkyo, especially if Onkyo has improved their QC.
post #83 of 202
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Originally Posted by djPerfectTrip View Post

^^^I agree with you. I've been thinking of going that route. Only thing I don't like about it is that it's 2 years old...

I never thought of the 4311 as being two years old. I look at it as the 4311 has all the current features that I need. The fact that the 4311 is two years old is also the reason for the excellent sale prices.

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Originally Posted by davidbarrickman View Post

+ 1 I worry D+M could be facing serious competition from Onkyo, especially if Onkyo has improved their QC.

I agree as Onkyo's QC issues have really hurt them inregard to competing with Denon and other manufacturers. If Onkyo can get that turned around it they be serious competition for D&M.

Bill
post #84 of 202
I understand that, but I don't want to have to turn around and replace it in 2 years.
post #85 of 202
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Originally Posted by djPerfectTrip View Post

I understand that, but I don't want to have to turn around and replace it in 2 years.

But if you think about it what features coming down the road would make the 4311 obsolete in two years? Its like anything else such as computers, TVs and audio gear in that it is tough (expensive) to stay current. I had the Onkyo 886 for over three years and other than XT32 that was the only feature I felt I was lacking.

Bill
post #86 of 202
2 years may be exaggerating, but it still doesn't change the fact that I would 'lose' 2 years of usage in a sense. Know what I mean? I'm not denying that some of the current prices out there are a pretty good steal on it, especially comparing it to what else is in the market right now, but I'm still a bit hesitant to pick one up.
post #87 of 202
^^^

i'm confused...

as the 4311 is "current", how could you be "losing" 2 years of usage?

the only thing it is technically "missing" vs. a new model is 4k processing and a dedicated zone hdmi out....

4k procesing in an avr is essentially worthless, at this point and at any point... any 4k display will have 4k processing... putting aside the fact that 4k display devices priced at the home consumer level aren't going to be falling from the sky any time soon...

the dedicated zone hdmi out is of value to a rather small segment of the population, and there are workarounds for that (i know this, as i use them)...

technology has essentially stagnated... it's not like that period (that basically ended 2 years ago) where for 5 or 6 years, you could basically justify a new avr every year based on tech changes alone (again, i know this )... realistically, nothing has changed for 2 years (which is why the 4311 is still "current") and imo, i can't foresee that pattern changing for awhile...
post #88 of 202
Because technically, it isn't 'current'. I know it has great features, but why take the chance? Again, I'm not totally against picking one up, just hesitant. I guess I'm still waiting to see what else comes out this year to see if there is going to be any competition.
post #89 of 202
^^^

a) as it has not been replaced, it is current...

b) it has all worthwhile current technology in it, and there isn't anything forthcoming technology wise in the foreseeable future...

c) even the "new improved models" announced thus far (from denon and other cem's) do not match it's feature set... the 4520, while rumored, has not been introduced... and when introduced, it will carry a significant price premium over the 4311...

d) if even thought that there would be worthwhile tech in the somewhat near future, i would have brought it up... as i alluded to in my previous post, i've been through more than my share of avrs/pre-pros over the past 7 or 8 years, and i am an avid early adopter of technology...

you seem to be looking for an excuse to not buy an avr...
post #90 of 202
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Originally Posted by djPerfectTrip View Post

Because technically, it isn't 'current'. I know it has great features, but why take the chance? Again, I'm not totally against picking one up, just hesitant. I guess I'm still waiting to see what else comes out this year to see if there is going to be any competition.

Then when that time comes there will be new models announced for next year. Then you'll be in the same situation once again. To be honest I really think you are over thinking this. The chances of an AVR coming out this year with the feature set that the 4311 has for under $1300 will be quite slim IMO. I could be totally wrong but I wasn't taking any chances and jumped on the 4311 before they were gone.

Bill
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