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Marantz SR6003 AV Receiver review




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Marantz SR6003 AV Receiver
  • Marantz SR6003 AV Receiver
  • Marantz SR6003 AV Receiver
  • Marantz SR6003 AV Receiver
  • Marantz SR6003 AV Receiver
  • SR6003 A/V Receiver (Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital, DTS HD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Circle Surround IIFM, AM)


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With their ability to bring breathtaking surround sound into our homes, there's no denying that AV receivers are amazing machines, but let's face it: they can be very complicated to use. Their rear panels are packed with more connections than Clapham Junction, there's usually a deluge of techie jargon and abbreviations to decipher, and assigning inputs or configuring speakers is sometimes akin to reprogramming a nuclear reactor.

Thankfully, the Marantz SR6003 - one of three new AV receivers recently added to the company's range - aims to make the installation process a little easier. It's equipped with a 256-colour user interface, which allows you to control every facet of the unit's functionality using clear on-screen menus, while the Audyssey MultEQ mode automatically sets the levels and listening distances at the touch of a button, getting you up and running a lot quicker than usual.

But ease of use is just one of the SR6003's big selling points - it's also packed with a vast array of audio features. The unit decodes all of the hi-res audio formats found on Blu-ray discs - Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS HD - as well as Dolby Digital EX, DTS ES (Discrete 6.1 and Matrix 6.1), Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS Neo:6 and SRS Circle Surround II. It can also muster 100W from each of its seven channels, making it a pretty powerful beast.

But the SR6003 is far from a beast on the outside, looking surprisingly attractive for an AV receiver. It eschews the boxy look of its rivals for the more elegant 'M1' chassis, which boasts curved edges and pleasingly shallow dimensions. It's available in black or silver, but whichever colour you choose it's classy from head to toe, plus the rigid construction is hugely satisfying and designed to improve performance.

The front panel is pleasingly free from clutter, and the display panel on the front is large, easy to read and packs in lots of information. It's flanked by two control dials for volume and input selection, and below it is a drop-down flap that hides a row of controls and AV inputs, including S-video, composite, analogue stereo and optical digital audio. They're joined by sockets for headphones and the Audyssey setup microphone, plus a USB port for playing back MP3, WMA, AAC and WAV files from memory devices, which kind of makes up for the lack of an iPod dock.


January 3, 2009, 5:41 pm

Nice review I may invest in one of these should it see a price drop, once i get over the intimidating "backside" on page 2, and my hatred for wires.


January 3, 2009, 6:30 pm

This review came just in time! I was about to order the Yamaha DSP-AX863SE but with low stocks at most retailers I have some time to change my mind. How would this unit compare with the Yamaha?

Can we have some screenshots of the user interface and menus?

David Nelson

January 5, 2009, 11:48 pm

How does this Marantz SR6003 compare the the Onkyo TX-SR876 which is priced more closely than the Onkyo TX-NR906?

X-Ray Man

May 22, 2010, 7:57 am

My first Great tuner was an Onkyo that could only be purchased in California in the late 70s. This was back when they used real wood for the enclosure, it was the Best sounding unit I ever heard and my favorite stereo until I bought this SR 6003. None of the Harmon Kardons or Denons or Yamahas I have owned measure up to this reciever. There are so many features but one that impressed me was the way it makes those horrid 128 bit downloads sound fantastic as compared to the way they sounded coming from my last unit, a Yamaha, which was good but not as good. This unit actually seems to repair these sub-standard recordings like magic. The remote has alot of fuctions and seems kinda busy until you've used it a little while but it soon becomes intuitive. It's driving 4 Polk Monitor 70s a Polk CS-2 center and 2 Cerwin Vega AT-15s with ease. There is no distortion or need for pre-amping as it will literally "Rock your World" as well as the rest of the Block! Depending on how long it lasts I may be done buying recievers for quite awhile. Everyone thats heard it has been impressed by the sound and it's caused Marantz sales volume to increase in this area.

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