The Marantz SR6010 and SR7010 Home Theater Receivers

Marantz SR7010 Home Theater Receiver
Marantz SR7010 Home Theater Receiver. Image provided by Marantz/D&M Holdings

The Marantz SR6010 and SR7010 home theater recievers feature a distinctive front panel design, as shown in the photos accompanying this article. However, a home theater receiver needs more than a just a "pretty face" - it has to deliver, and Marantz definitely makes sure they do. Here is rundown of some of what these two receivers offer.

Surround Sound Audio

At its core, the SR6010 provides 7 channels of amplification two subwoofer outputs, 7.1 channel analog inputs, and 13.2 channel analog preamp outputs.

The SR6010 has built-in 9.2 channel processing, but extra external amps are required to take advantage of the 8th and 9th channels (as well as additional amps if you want to take advantage of the full 13.2 channel output capability, but keep in mind that only generic audio processing is provided for channels 10 through 13).

In terms of audio output options, the SR7010 takes it up a notch with 9 channels of built-in amplification and onboard processing for up to 11.2 channels with the addition of external amplifiers.

Surround Sound audio format compatibility both the SR6010 and SR7010 includes Dolby Atmos/DTS:X audio Decoding/Processing (DTS:X added via free firmware update).

For Dolby Atmos/DTS:X, the SR6010 can accommodate a 5.1.2 speaker configuration with its built-in amps, as well as 5.1.4, and 7.1.2 speaker configurations with the addition of an external amplifier as mentioned above. On the other hand, if you step up to the SR7010, you can access up to a 7.1.4 or 9.1.2 speaker configuration for Dolby Atmos/DTS:X setups.

Also, in addition to Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the SR7010 provides the added opportunity to add immersive surround sound Auro3D Audio format decoding via paid firmware update.

To make all the possible speaker and subwoofer setup options easier, and more precise, the SR6010 and 7010 incorporate the Audyssey MultEQ® XT32 room correction system.

The system operates by using a specially provided microphone that is placed in the primary listening position and plugs into the receivers. The receivers then produce test tones that are sent to each connected speaker and subwoofer. The microphone picks up the tones and uses them to determine the size and distance of each speaker from the listening position, and then further determines how the speakers will sound best in relation to the room environment.

Video and HDMI

In terms of video support, both receivers provide analog-to-HDMI video conversion, as well as 1080p and 4K upscaling.

Both receivers also provide 8 HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 enabled inputs (7 rear/1 front) that are 3D, 4K, and HDR (HDR10-only) pass-through compatible. Also, for added HDMI connection support, the SR6010 provides two independent HDMI outputs, and the SR7010 provides add a third HDMI output. One HDMI output on both receivers is Audio Return Channel-enabled.

Network Connectivity and Internet Streaming

With the continued emphasis on accessing music content from a variety of sources, both receivers are network-enabled (via Ethernet or Wifi), Apple AirPlay, and Bluetooth equipped.

Internet radio and music access from services, such as Pandora, Sirius/XM, and Spotify, as well as access to content stored on local network-connected devices, such as PCs and other compatible devices, are provided.

This means that for music streaming you don't need to connect an additional external media streaming device to either receiver.

Hi-Res And Analog Audio

Both receivers are also Hi-Res audio compatible, which includes access to FLAC, ALAC, WAV, and DSD digital audio formats via USB or Network-connected sources.

However, even though both receivers feature latest digital and network audio capabilities, Marantz still provides a dedicated input for connection of a Phono Turntable on both the SR6010 and SR7010 for enjoying the warm sound of vinyl records.

The Bottom Line

The SR6010 and 7010 are two receivers that rest on the higher end of the Marantz product line, provided lots of connection flexibility, features, and, most of all, great performance.

The Marantz SR6010 is rated at 110 watts x 7 channels (8 ohms, 20hz - 20kHz, 2 Channels Driven, THD: 0.08%) - Buy From Amazon

The Marantz SR7010 is rated 125 watts x 9 channels (8 ohms, 20-20kHz, THD: 0.08%) -  Buy From Amazon

For more details on what the above-stated power ratings mean with respect to real-world conditions, refer to my article: Understanding Amplifier Power Output Specifications.

Also, for added external amplifier support for expanded Dolby Atmos/DTS:X speaker setups, or additional Zone applications, Marantz offers the MM7025 2-channel Stereo Power Amplifier - Suggested Price: $799 - Buy From Amazon.

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