It’s been a while since Marantz launched the SR7010 and SR7011 model. Thus it is high time Marantz refreshed it’s lineup with the SR6012 (MSRP$1499) and SR5012 (MSRP$999). It good to know that Marantz has upped the ante with several new features like multiroom music playback via HEOS integration and also full 4K Ultra HD compatibility.
Both are full-featured networked AV receivers but the Marantz SR6012 is the more sophisticated unit with nine built-in amps plus 11.2-channel processing.
The next model in this high end range is the SR5012 which comes with a more modest 7.2-channel processing and lesser power output of 110 watts per channel.
To keep up with the latest audio advancements, support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X is included. The SR6012 has 11.2-channel processing to handle 7.1.4-speaker configurations while the SR5012 is compatible with 5.1.2 configurations.
On the video side of things Dolby Vision HDR is also included with more media on the way.
Connectivity is the by-word for tech products. You can use a wired or Wi-Fi connection to access music through their home network. This includes Internet radio and streaming services such as Spotify Connect, Tidal and Pandora. It can also stream music from a computer or NAS drive at up to 192-kHz/24-bit and DSD 5.6 MHz. This is the works guys. High end audio in a box. Can’t ask for more.
The Marantz SR6012 handles 5.1.4 and 7.1.2 speaker configurations without the need for an external amp. Like other top-tier Marantz AVRs, users who opt to use all 11.2 channels can choose between assigning the main left and right speakers, or a pair of the heights to the external amplifier. This AVR provides preamp-out connections for all channels.
The SR6012’s futureproof advanced video section is fully compatible with the latest HDMI and HDCP 2.2 specifications on all 8 HDMI inputs. With 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, High Dynamic Range (HDR), 21:9 video, 3D, and BT.2020 and Dolby Vision pass-through on every input, the SR6012 is absolutely future-proof.