More Marantz A/V receivers are getting the Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based surround formats, HDMI 2.0a, and HDCP 2.2 copy protection, thanks to the launch of the flagship SR7010 at a suggested $2,199 and the $1,399 SR6010.
HDMI 2.0a inputs and outputs will pass through high dynamic range (HDR) content from future 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players and set-top video streamers, while HDCP 2.2-enabled HDMI connections will pass through copy-protected 4K Ultra HD content from the devices.
Both networked models incorporate Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround Upmixer, which up-converts standard multichannel soundtracks to Atmos. Both will get a DTS:X firmware upgrade with DTS Neural:X upmixer. The top model can also be firmware-upgraded to add Auro-3D surround decoding.
Both support wide Rec. 2020 color gamut and incorporate Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Internet Radio, Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay, DLNA, and high-resolution audio decoding, including FLAC HD, ALAC, WAV192/24 and DSD. Their full-speed 18Mbps HDMI ins and outs support 4K 60Hz passthrough and 4:4:4 resolution.
The 7.2-channel SR6010 supports an 5.1.2 Atmos configuration, but because it incorporates a 9.2-channel processor, users can add an external two-channel amplifier to create Atmos and DTS:X 5.1.4 or 7.1.2 speaker configurations. Marantz’s new MM7025 2x140-watt amp at $799 can be used for this purpose, the company said.
The 6010 is rated at 7x110 watts into 8 ohms from 20-20kHz with 0.08 percent THD but features 13.2-channel preamplifier outputs.
The flagship SR7010 steps up to nine channels of amplification, each delivering 125 watts, and 11.2-channel processing, which supports Atmos and DTS:X 7.1.4 and 9.1.2 speaker configurations when an external amplifier is connected. The SR7010 can also be upgraded with a paid firmware upgrade to support Auro-3D surround and the Auromatic upmixer up to 10.1 channels when an amplifier is added.
The top model also adds 32-Bit SHARC DSP and 192kHz/32bit DACs for all channels. Like the $1,399 model, it features 13.2-channel preamplifier outputs.