The SR6005 is one of five new receivers from Marantz, sandwiched between the top-end SR7005 and the step-down SR5005. Its positioning towards the upper end of the range means it’s not cheap, but also means it’s bursting with features, packs plenty of power and boasts more connections than Heathrow Airport. Sounds good, but with esteemed rivals like Onkyo and Denon raising the bar in the sound quality department it’ll take more than a good spec sheet to steal our heart, so let’s find out how Marantz’ latest measures up in our exclusive review.
First things first, the SR6005 is gobsmackingly good-looking, by receiver standards at least. Our sample is dressed in a seriously stylish black finish with a gentle brushed effect, visible when the fascia catches the light, but it’s also available in 'Silver-Gold'. The front panel curves round on both sides, and it’s amazing how much panache this simple touch adds to the unit’s overall design.
But all the action is in the middle, where you’ll find a large, clearly visible display panel showing the audio format, current input, connected speakers and volume. It’s flanked on either side by huge dials, the left one controlling source selection and the right controlling volume. Below the display panel is a flap hiding a bank of useful buttons and a smattering of sockets, including analogue stereo, optical digital audio and composite video inputs, a USB port for music playback from an iPod or USB memory device, a setup mic input and a headphones socket.
You can tell this is a top-end receiver just by looking at the rear panel, which is teeming with sockets that cover every conceivable need. Starting with the video sockets, we find no less than six HDMI inputs, all of which are v1.4 and therefore equipped to handle 3D video signals, while the output’s support for the Audio Return Channel feature makes it easy to pipe TV sound to the SR6005. These are ably supported by three sets of component video inputs and one output, plus four composite video inputs and two outputs.
The audio side is equally well catered for, including six sets of analogue stereo inputs (and two outputs, one of which is designated for Zone 2 use), a set of 7.2-channel pre-outs, 7.1-channel analogue input, four digital audio inputs (two optical, two coaxial) and an optical digital output. You’ll also find an M-XPort socket that lets you hook up the optional RX101 wireless receiver and stream music from Bluetooth devices, as well as acting as an IR extender. The remote control in/out, flasher in and RS-232C will come in handy when integrating the SR6005 into a custom installation setup. Naturally, all of the speaker terminals are banana plug capable binding posts (no springclips here) and can be used to bi-amp front speakers that require it.