Spotlight on the Marantz SR5010 Home Theater Receiver

Marantz SR5010 Home Theater Receiver
Marantz SR5010 Home Theater Receiver. Image provided by D&M Holdings

Sporting Marantz's trademark stylish front panel design, the SR5010 provides a host of features that are designed to optimize your home theater experience without paying a high-end price. Let's take a look at what it offers and find out if it is the right choice for you.

Channel Configuration and Power

At its core, SR5010 provides up up to seven channels of amplification with a stated power output of 100 wpc when measured from 20 Hz to 20kHz, 2 channels driven, using 8 ohm speaker loads with a .08% THD.

NOTE: For more details on what those stated power ratings mean with respect to real-world conditions, refer to our reference article: Understanding Amplifier Power Output Specifications.

Audio Decoding and Processing

The SR5010 features top-end audio decoding and processing including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, as well as offering Dolby Atmos (5.1.2 channel configuration) and DTS:X decoding capability (DTS:X added via firmware update).


8 3D, HDR, and 4K 60Hz pass-through compatible HDMI inputs (7 rear/1 front) are included, as well as two HDMI outputs (one of the outputs is Audio Return Channel compatible). Also, analog to HDMI video conversion, and both 1080p and 4K upscaling are provided.

Audio Connectivity

The Marantz SR5010 has an abundance of audio connection options, that include a set of 7.1 channel analog inputs, 7.2 channel analog preamp outputs (which is becoming a rare inclusion on most home theater receivers these days), in addition to to the usual analog stereo and digital coaxial/optical connection options.

The inclusion of 7.2 channel preamp outputs allows the user to connect any (or all) of the channels to an external amplifier(s) and use the SR5010 as a preamp (in other words, bypassing the SR5010's own internal amplifiers). The 7.1 channel analog input option allows the connection of Blu-ray Disc players that perform their own internal audio decoding or include DVD-Audio and/or SACD playback and using 5.1/7.1 channel analog audio outputs for audio playback of those formats.

Zone 2 Option

For additional operational flexibility, the SR5010 also provides Zone 2 connectivity, which allows users to send a second two-channel audio source to another location using wired speaker connections or the Zone 2 preamp output connected to an external amplifier and speakers.

If using the wired speaker connection option, you can have a 5.1 channel setup in your main room and a two channel setup in another. However, if you take advantage of the Zone 2 preamp output option (remember you also need an additional amplifier) you can have the best of both worlds: a full 7.1 channel setup in your main room, and a separate 2 channel setup in another.

Additional Listening Options

Also for those late night listening session, there is also a front mounted 1/4-inch headphone jack so as not to disturb the rest of your family (or the neighbors).

Another convenience is the inclusion of Smart Select Buttons. With all the numerous audio decoding and processing options, sometimes knowing what might make specific types of content sound best can be confusing. The Smart Select Buttons provide 4 preset audio listing profiles that make your choices a lot easier - However, you can always dig in and do your tweaking, if you prefer.

To make speaker setup easier, the SR5010 is equipped with the Audyssey MultEQ XT speaker setup/room correction system. Also, I wanted to make a note that the SR5010 has a very logical horizontal speaker connection layout that makes connecting those speakers wires a lot easier (refer to photo attached to this article).

Streaming Features

In addition to all the audio and video features, the SR5010 also provides extensive media player functions, such as internet radio and music access from services, such as Pandora, and Spotify, as well as access to content stored on local network-connected devices, such as PCs and NAS drives, and also compatible USB devices.

To make the connection to your home network and the internet more convenient, the SR5010 incorporates Ethernet and Wifi, as well as Bluetooth, and even Apple AirPlay.

When connected to your home network, directly to a PC, or USB device, the SR5010 can also access several digital audio file formats, such as WAV, WMA, MP3, MPEG-4 AAC, and ALAC, as well as Hi-Res DSD, FLAC HD 192/24 and WAV 192/24 files. Gapless playback is also supported.

Control Options

The SR5010 can be controlled by the included remote, or via Marantz's free remote control app for Android or iOS devices. 12-volt triggers and an RS232 port are also provided for custom installed control systems.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for a home theater receiver that provides abundant connectivity for all your audio and video components, as well as access to streaming and network-based content, the Marantz SR5010 is definitely a home theater receiver to check out. It has all the power you need for a medium-sized room, and, with its distinctive, minimalist, but stylish, front panel, it looks as good as it sounds.