|Marantz SR8001 Receiver|
|Home Theater AV Receivers AV Receivers|
|Written by Ken Taraszka, MD|
|Thursday, 01 November 2007|
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The Marantz SR8001 is an amazing receiver, but like all of us, it has its issues. I would have liked to be able to assign the 7.1-channel input to a source, so I didn’t need to switch it on and off every time I used it. I have had other pre/pros and receivers that do it this way, and it is an added headache when programming universal remotes. I would have liked video scaling to 1080p; in this day and age, 480p scaling feels dated. While the SR8001 does 4:2 HDMI switching and does allow input of multi-channel PCM via the v1.2 inputs, the second HDMI output is only for the main zone. It would be nice if you could run two separate HDMI outs for the first and second zones. If you plan to use both for a complicated set-up, such as a plasma for daytime viewing and a projector for nighttime, you will need to go into the receiver’s set-up menus to switch between the two HDMI outputs.
The Marantz SR8001 offers multi-room control options and a vast array of audio and video inputs and outputs. The new shallower depth made set-up substantially easier as it spun on my audio rack, allowing me to access the rear connectors. I would have liked to have 1080p scaling, a different system for accessing the 7.1-channel input and improved flexibility and control of the second HDMI output, but otherwise I can’t fault the unit. The sound of this receiver is wonderful, making it a pleasure to listen to for music and movies and the set-up menus are straightforward and easy to follow.
The included remote is something that really surprised me. It is unique in this black remote world; the light gray color and blue backlighting make for a neat look, especially at night, and the remote is programmable to control any of your components and can have up to 20 macros. The remote is so good that it can easily satisfy most people’s needs for a receiver-based home theatre. Add in the XM radio and you have a receiver that can keep even a picky audiophile happy. The Marantz SR8001 is a world-class receiver and one you should seriously consider if you are in the market for one.