Marantz SR6003 AV Receiver - Marantz SR6003

By Danny Phillips



  • Recommended by TR
Marantz SR6003 AV Receiver


Our Score:


The SR6003 backs up its generous feature list with sensational audio performance. Hellboy 2: The Golden Army's DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack on Blu-ray is an absolute blast from start to finish, with the Marantz orchestrating its thrilling sonics with drive, precision and bucketloads of detail. This assured performance makes showpiece action scenes like Hellboy's battles with the Elemental and the Golden Army sound utterly compelling - sudden bangs and crashes are satisfyingly dynamic, explosions are conveyed with gut-wrenching force and dialogue cuts through the melee without sounding harsh or tinny. Meanwhile, effects are expertly steered and thrown around the soundstage to deliver an incredible sense of width and scale.

But what's also impressive is the amount of finesse on display - yes the Marantz will rip your head off when it needs to (although it's nowhere near as ferocious as the Onkyo TX-NR906) but it's never afraid to slip on its kid gloves and tease out subtle details and background noises - a good example being the spellbinding Troll Market scene, where a tapestry of half-heard voices and delicate effects ping from every speaker with effortless clarity.

Despite being right at home with films, the SR6003 is also blessed with an innate musicality that allows John Legend's Evolver CD to slide from the speakers like sonic velvet. In stereo mode, the deep bass notes and beautifully smooth top-end make for a really satisfying and involving listen, plus it injects a sense of rhythm and urgency that'll get your neck nodding without you even wanting it to.


The Marantz SR6003 is a class act all round, boasting stunning supermodel looks, awesome build quality, a comprehensive feature list and superb sound quality with both films and music. It's also one of the most user-friendly AV receivers we've tested, removing most of the hassle normally involved in setting up a surround sound system. Naturally you get more power and more presence from a more expensive model like the Onkyo TX-NR906, but in its class we reckon you'll be hard pressed to find anything better.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Performance 9
  • Value 9
  • Features 9
  • Design 9


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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