Marantz has introduced two new networked A/V receivers that allow multiroom audio playback via Heos integration.
The SR5012 and SR6012 models are equipped with the latest versions of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X in addition to full 4K Ultra HD compatibility.
The pair of receivers are the first models under the company’s 2017 “full-size” home-theater range. Both systems offer Bluetooth and Apple Airplay for playback from portable devices.
“Our new line of ‘full-size’ A/V receivers allows us to provide a wider range of options for those looking to create a premium home theater experience,” said Joel Sietsema, senior VP, brand management at Marantz’s parent Sound United. “The SR5012 and SR6012 aim to create a one-of-kind immersive sound experience that rivals those found in theaters today.”
The SR5012 has eight HDMI inputs and seven identically built channels featuring Marantz Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAMs). It also features low-impedance drive capabilities to manage complex speaker loads, according to the company. The SR5012 can handle digital-to-analog conversion through an eight-channel DAC block, using reference-class 32-bit converters on all channels.
The receiver can be wired or use a Wi-Fi connection to access music via a home network, a computer or NAS drive, connected USB storage or direct streaming from a smartphone or tablet. Heos integration the creation of a wireless multiroom music system by adding extra Heos speakers to any room using the Heos app.
The flagship SR6012 adds 11.2-channel processing, preouts and extended custom installation features including Crestron Connected compatibility. Its nine identical channels includes Marantz HDAMs.
It can drive 5.1.4 or 7.1.2 speaker configurations out of box to deliver an immersive 3D sound of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Its 11.2-channel processing allows 7.1.4-channel to work with an extra two-channel amplifier. Dual subwoofers capability allows smoother and more dynamic bass reproduction.
Three HDMI outputs allow audio and video to be sent to a second zone, as well as two additional displays simultaneously. The SR6012 will also support enhanced audio return channel (eARC) via a future firmware update to allow object-based audio, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X playback from TV video apps via a single HDMI cable.
The SR6012 has a higher-precision Audyssey MultEQ XT32 set-up and calibration and also has extra audio input (five, as compared with four on the SR5012) and a moving magnet phono input to allow a turntable to be connected.
The SR5012 ($999) and SR6012 ($1,499) are available now through authorized Marantz retailers.