Originally Posted by Carravagio16
Im in the early stages up upgrading my whole 5.1 system. The main reason for this is because i will be acquiring a new 50/55 4k tv in the next month or so. I also will be upgrading a 12 year old pair of paradigm titan bookshelf speakers (front) miss mash Def Tech center and Paradigm cinema satellites in the rear. I will be upgrading to the SVS ULTRA series (bookshelf's) or B&W CM series (6s2) any other suggestions are welcome however i know this thread is about the Marantz new line up and that is my main question.
Currently I'm running all of this on a entry Pioneer VSX-520 - when i purchased this unit i really was just going on price alone and didn't really know what i was getting. I've had this unit for about 5 years now and while its adequate for T.V. and movies it really lags, actually it just plain horrible in 2 channel mode and since i have to dedicate only one space for both music and movies i really wanted to have a much better experience with 2 channel music. Ive found most A/V receivers do a decent job with movies but only a select few can also deliver on the music side. I was looking at the Marantz 5010 and wanted to know your thoughts on this receiver for my needs. Maybe the 5009 would work for me but i wasn't sure about the 4k needs and again I'm only sticking to a 5.1 system and really don't need all the atoms and other fancy extras that some of these receivers have. What i want is a Receiver that can power my speakers efficiently for both movies and more importantly for music as well. The reputation for Marantz is what makes me want to try these. I was also looking at the slim line, but thought the extra bi-ampable power of the 5010 / 5009 would be better. Thank you for any advice, ultimately i want a better sounding system than i have and i appreciate any feedback
Welcome to AVS!
In the same boat as you and only have a single space available for both movies and music. Starting with the basics, good sound reproduction begins with the right room and the setup of the speakers. If you have the right room dimensions that will minimize room modes for bass frequencies, you are much better off than the vast majority.
In a rectangular room, the idea is to place the front sound stage (front left, center and front right speakers) along the short wall. Adjust the sub(s) and Main Listening Position (MLP) so that you are neither in the null or peak of the standing waves. Test to the left and right of the MLP, is there much of a difference in the bass response? The intent is to minimize seat to seat variance. Place the sub(s) where the best bass response is going to be relative to the MLP. The easy way to do this is called a sub crawl and there is a youtube video by Axiom Audio that shows how to.
Once you've got the bass response sorted, place the front left, center and front right speaker so that it forms a 60 deg arc relative to the MLP. This will give the best imaging for both "solid" stereo music listening as well as panning left to right in movie soundtracks. For the surround speakers, have them at 120 deg from the MLP. Denon/Marantz has a recommended speaker setup in the owner's manuals and is re-produced below.
5.1 speaker setup:
How well the SR-5010 powers your speakers will depend on the speaker's sensitivity, distance between the speaker to MLP and how loud you like it to be. The following web app gives some indication on the power requirements: http://myhometheater.homestead.com/splcalculator.html
, try out for 2 channel stereo mode and note how much power you need.
Room correction is another factor to consider and Audyssey is your friend here. After running the auto calibration on the Marantz, the receiver will set the correct levels and trim for each speaker so that reference level is achieved at the MLP. Note that the SR5010 has the step down version called XT, what you really want is XT32 with sub EQ HT that has more filters and will emphasize correction in the bass frequencies where it is more audible.
All new 2015 TV that have 4k will also have HDCP 2.2 with HDMI 2.0a interface ports. The 2014 Marantz models do not have this, so be aware that there could be some compatibility issues with future UHD content.