We tested the Marantz SR6014 home cinema amplifier!
At the request of one of our previous customer, Gábor Szalai, we measured and tested his newly purchased amplifier. Since we have done acoustic measurement and treatment at this location before, there is no problem with the acoustics of the home theater room, by placing the right amount and type of acoustic panels, the sound has become truly ideal. The owner asked us to help you set up your newly purchased home theater amplifier. So we have measured, tested, and below is our own, subjective impression. (Of course, after adjustments and placement based on instrumental measurements.)
We can say that we came across a very serious and professional tool. In addition to high sound quality, this device knows almost all new video and audio technologies! Therefore, it is difficult to list what this amplifier can do minden. Marantz has a 65-year history and is a major brand in the premium audio products market.
The clean exterior covers a strong interior
The Marantz SR6014 box hides an excellent piece of equipment. Despite its weight of 12.7 kg, it has a really modern, minimalist design. Its circular display is in the middle with two large turn buttons. The right button is used to adjust the volume, while the left button is used to select the input. Below the left button is the power button, while near the right button is an IR sensor. All the other buttons and the front connections are hidden behind the central opening, which is located just below the circular display, so the overall appearance of the SR6014 is very clean and tidy. It also dusts off buttons and connections, which is also beneficial.
The remote control
The layout of the buttons is very good, transparent. At the top are the input sources, in the middle there are navigation buttons and some smart selection buttons, and the lower sound mode button. A very simple and practical layout, no difficulty in handling.
Inputs, inputs and inputs…
The back of the SR6014, unlike the front, is full of inputs, speaker connectors and outputs. With the exception of the small cooling fan, all available space has been fully utilized. For some, this may be a little daunting, but if we take a closer look, we can see that everything is logically and transparently designed and labeled. When it comes to setting up, Marantz includes accurate information that you can follow step-by-step on your TV screen, simplifying the process. In addition to the five analog and two digital audio inputs, the Marantz sr 6014 also has a PHONO input that allows you to play vinyl records.
It is also equipped with a wireless connector via a modern device. There is also a Bluetooth or Wifi connection. It delivers high-quality audio using HEOS or Apple AirPlay 2, as well as your smartphone or other device. Using these methods, anyone will have access to their favorite subscription streaming music services, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal. You can make the receiver part of a multi-unit audio system. Thanks to the Wi-Fi connection, it is also possible to control the SR6014’s voice using Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa.
The SR6014 supports a wide range of audio formats, from the old Dolby Digital and DTS to the latest Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. It supports both Dolby Surround and DTS Neural: X up-mixing technologies, and they transform the mixing of simple stereo audio tracks into full-surround sound.Thanks to the Phono input, this device can also be an ideal choice for vinyl record fans. Since the proof of the pudding is in the eating, we selected a couple from the vinyl record collection of the owner, Gábor.
We first listened to a classical piece of music, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. We pumped up the volume and had a pleasant surprise! Clearly, without distortion, we could hear the work of the great composer. We felt almost in a concert hall. Second came the king of pop music, Michael Jackson. While listening to the song Bad, we became actors in the video clip. We experienced an incredibly sharp, clear and live music experience.
But we couldn’t miss the cinema during testing either. Once Upon a Time there was a Hollywood film directed by Tarantino, of course in Blue-ray quality. The Marantz Sr6014 has also proven to be flawless in this area. He also perfectly conveyed the subtleties and details of the musical tactics and sound effects. This fantastic amp has actually flown us to Hollywood!
Marantz SR6014 Review
The Marantz SR6014 is an AV receiver designed to be a central part of your home theater system. If we look through the back panel, we can see how much it can do. It is equipped with eight HDMI inputs, each capable of 4K video recording with full HDCP 2.3 support. There are also three HDMI outputs, one of which has full eARC functionality. Low impedance speakers deliver sharp, clear and harmonious sound. The Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room calibration ensures that the rooms are set up correctly. The measurement microphone included with the product scans each speaker output at up to 8 measurement points and creates digital filters to adjust each channel to the ideal frequency and duration response. Audysessy Dynamic Volume also corrects annoying audio bounces (such as TV commercials).
Plus, there are the speaker terminals! They support 9.2-channel settings with 3D sound (although it can also drive a 5.1-channel or 7.2-channel surround system). Supported video technology also knows the latest technologies: IMAX Enhanced, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS: X and DTS Virtual: X. There is also an ALLM (Automatic Low Delay Mode) for Xbox One gamers.
Top super stereo performance
We also tried the Marantz SR6014 as a stereo receiver. We connected a couple of speakers, streamed a bunch of Apple Music songs on AirPlay, and launched. We had a very enjoyable listening to music. When listening to stereo music, the SR6014 is capable of 110 watts per channel, with a distortion of only 0.08%.
Is the Marantz SR6014 worth the price?
In our opinion, clearly yes! Although we need to reach deep into our pockets if we want to make our home theater system even more professional and perfect with this outstanding performance and quality amplifier.
Some technical features – without claiming completeness:
3D sound (Dolby Atmos, DTS)
11 channel signal processing
9.2 channel AV receiver
185 W amplifier per channel
Can be expanded to 11.2 channels
USB audio input
Built-in HEOS multiroom
Marantz Remote App control
Easy setup, control, intelligent ECO mode energy saving
Supports IMAX Enhanced, Dolby Atmos elevation virtualization technology, DTS: X and DTS Virtual: X
Each of the 8 HDMI inputs has full HDCP 2.3 support, 3 HDMI outputs, including one eARC
Supports 4K / 60Hz videos
5 analog audio inputs, 2 digital (optical) audio inputs, PHONO inputs (for playing vinyl records)
Gold-plated speaker connectors
AM / FM radio
Support for high-definition audio files, including ALAC, FLAC and WAV lossless files up to 24 bit / 192 kHz
Bluetooth, dual band Wi-Fi
Audio and multi-room support for streaming via HEOS and AirPlay 2
Supports Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant voice control
Front LCD display
44 x 16.1 x 38.8 cm, weight 12.7 kg
Includes remote control, radio antenna and Audyssey microphone to calibrate the speaker