Marantz debuts IMAX Enhanced SR6014 and SR5014 AVRs with advanced HDMI functionality

posted on Thursday, 8th August 2019 by Steve May

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Marantz has announced a pair of new 4k IMAX Enhanced AV receivers. The SR5014 (pictured above) and SR6014 are both 9-channel Dolby Atmos models, although the step-up models offers 11.2 channel signal processing, which can be realised with an additional stereo amplifier.

Codec and processing support covers Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and DTS Virtual:X. Both AVRs also feature Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, which promises an immersive listening experience from a standard flatbed multichannel speaker layout. Listeners can use the technology to configure a 7.1 setting with virtualized height effects.

The SR6014 (pictured below) is rated at 185 watts per channel, while the SR5013 is rated at 180 watts. Both use Marantz’s proprietary Hyper Dynamic Amplification Module (HDAM) circuitry.

The new SR Series include eight HDMI inputs, with one located on the front panel. Each input supports 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, Dolby Vision, HLG, BT.2020 pass-through and HDCP 2.3 copy protection.

There’s also eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel), which allows lossless and object-based audio transmission from Dolby TrueHD sources, and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) for Xbox One gamers.

Heos Built-in brings compatibility with other Heos components, as well as streaming services Spotify, Amazon Music, Tidal and TuneIn.

There’s also support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri. Wireless connectivity covers wi-Fi, AirPlay2 and Bluetooth. Connectivity also includes a phono input for vinyl fans.

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Room calibration options are decided by model. The SR5014 uses Audyssey MultEQ XT, while the SR6014 employs Audyssey MultEQ XT32, with advanced 512 steps filter resolution.

High-Res audio support covers 24-bit/192-kHz ALAC, FLAC and WAV lossless files as well as DSD 2.8MHz/5.6MHz.

One interesting new feature on the 2019 SR series is HDMI Multiple Input Assign, which allows users to listen to multiple audio sources while maintaining the same video content on-screen. All Zone Stereo Mode, aka Party Mode, is also now storable on ‘Smart Select’ so both Main Zone and Zone 2 will initiate music playback in sync. The new series also feature HDMI Auto Input Rename, which automatically renames HDMI inputs to the source devices, including ‘PS4’ and ‘Apple TV.’

The SR6014 and SR5014 will retail for £1,249 and £849 respectively.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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