Marantz’s Latest SR AVR Installments are Simply Delicious, Including the New Flagship SR8015 with DTS:X Pro

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(July 7, 2020) With Denon’s 2020 models revealed, Sound United has shifted its powerful spotlight to a new crop of 8K-ready Marantz SR Series receivers. Priced between $1,099 and $3,199, Marantz’s latest and greatest are hardly budget-oriented, but rest assured, all of that coinage delivers front-running future-proof technologies tailored for elite performance.

Representing the top-quartet of Marantz’s SR offerings, each new receiver houses high-current discrete power amps on all channels with fidelity authored by Marantz’s proprietary Hyper Dynamic Amplification Module (HDAM) Circuitry. Additional cross-model similarities include 8K-friendly video tech, a minimum of 6 HDMI inputs, Atmos and DTS:X immersive sound processing, broad-spectrum Hi-Res audio support, HEOS Built-in, Roon Tested certification, onboard access to top-shelf music streaming services, and phono compatibility.

The SR8015 ($3,199) now resides as Marantz’s flagship AVR, boasting 13.2 channels of processing, 11 channels of native amplification, and a beefy 140 watts per channel (8 ohms, 2ch driven). Being the top model, it features all of the bells and whistles at Marantz’s disposal, including DTS:X Pro decoding. While early adopters will need to wait for upcoming firmware to unlock Pro capabilities, a little patience will certainly pay off as this advanced version of DTS:X allows for 13 channels of output (7.2.6 or 9.2.4) when using an external amplifier.

Flagship buyers will also be treated to both IMAX Enhanced and Auro-3D functionality and the latest height virtualization technologies. While DTS:X Pro is excluded from the step-down 125 watts per channel 11.2 SR7015 ($2,299), it carries most of the SR8015’s capabilities, including IMAX Enhanced, Auro 3D, and Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room correction.

Speaking of room correction, all three models carrying MultEQ XT32 (SR6015, SR7015, SR8015) benefit from new Audyssey Low Frequency Containment algorithms packaged as Sub EQ HT. This technology provides individual DSP tailoring of each subwoofer in a dual sub array, leading to cleaner and more defined bass output.

On the 8K front, each new SR AVR ships with 8K/60p and 4k/120p pass through, onboard 8K upscaling, and support for HLG, HDR10, HDR10+, Dynamic HDR, and Dolby Vision high dynamic range formats. Other HDMI 2.1 features include instant switching between media containing different frame rates (Quick Media Switching), Enhanced Audio Return Channel, Variable Refresh Rate, Auto Low Latency Mode, and Quick Frame Transport.

The SR5015 ($1,099) and SR6015 ($1,599) offer 100 and 110 watts per channel of power, respectively, while scaling back on features found on the 7015 and 8015 models. All four receivers, however, are integrator friendly with remote monitoring and management capabilities via Domotz Pro and OvrC.

The rollout of Marantz’s new SR Series gear will begin on July 15 (SR7015), followed by releases on August 15 (SR8015) and September 15 (SR5015 and SR6015). For more information, visit www.marantz.com/us.

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IDK about "future proof" and wonder if "more" will equal "less". The more features you put in a signal path the less quality in the signal.
 

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Well... more future proof than a year or two out ;-)
 

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I think HDMI 2.1 won’t be used to its potential for years... the largest group to possibly take advantage of it is gamers. The rest of us? Not so much...
 

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I noticed in the receivers description that it will upscale content to 8K for those of us who decide to become early adopters.
 

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Yes, these have 8K upscaling. I believe it's through one HDMI port. What that means is definitely open to question.
 

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Nice read (review). Thank you. Always favored Marantz and Denon for AVR gear. Yes, the way it is (always) in mid + audio. "Marantz’s latest and greatest are hardly budget-oriented..."
 

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I have a Marantz 7702 processor and that was the first processor they offered that had height channels. Every "upgrade" since then has been kind of a nice to have but not a need to have. In some ways the features they added were a step back from the features they replaced. The 7703,7704, and 7705 all lost the wide channels offered in the 7702. The 7702 has a web based interface which they discontinued. The HD tuner, gone. They added HEOS which forces the customer into a whole house system of HEOS branded products. HEOS should be a paid upgrade feature not a mandatory feature. What % of customers want a HEOS whole house system? Maybe 10%-20%. Yet everyone has to pay for that feature when they buy a new unit use it or not. The DTS NEO-X upmixer in the 7702 blows away the DTS-X upmixer. I am not changing brands, still very happy with the 7702. Let's see if 8K gets traction in 2021 or 2022.
 

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Nice review Todd, thank you. I bet the 8015 would put my 7011 to shame. Stay safe and well,

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Hi Azeke, They have the manual for the 8015 posted online and I was checking it out this morning. Granted it has new features like voice assistance, IMAX Enhanced and DTS-Pro in a future firm ware update. Those are interesting features but IDK if it would sound better. IMAX Enhanced is a risk IMO, maybe it is widely adopted, maybe not. We know where we stand with Atmos. Check out this review on the brand new 6014 ($1499 MSRP):
 

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I have been looking at the new Denon, but man I really would like to add this to the rack.
 
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