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Marantz SR7009 Home Theater Receiver Review  Print E-mail
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Written by Andre Marc   
Monday, 26 January 2015
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Marantz SR7009 Home Theater Receiver Review 
Set Up, Listening, and Conclusion

Marantz is on one heck of a roll. Over the past five years I have had the opportunity to evaluate a slew of their products, from reference-level hifi to entry-level home theater. Some products I liked more than others, but all offered very good performance and value. Some particular favorites were the entry-level PM/CD5005 combo, and just last month the fantastically good $799 HD-DAC1. Their flagship streamer and reference series SACD players/DSD DACs are absolutely superb.

Marantz does the rare thing in today’s market, straddling the line between audiophile, two-channel products, and state of art multi-channel home theater. And they do it very well.  At all price points. Marantz sent me the new flagship SR7009 receiver, equipped with their very latest technology. Retailing for $1999, the SR7009 is a 30 Lb beast that, when removed from the box, impresses from the get go with its presence, build quality, and classic Marantz styling.

There are so many features packed into the SR7009, it is mind boggling. We will discuss some of them in detail, but here are the highlights:
  • 9-channel amplifier
  • 125 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD, with 2 channels driven
  • Dolby Atmos processing for use with in-ceiling or "height" speakers for more enveloping surround sound; compatible with 7-, 9-, or 11-channel setups (11 channels requires an external stereo power amp)
  • Audyssey "Platinum" speaker calibration and system optimization includes:
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for listening to music from a networked PC, free Internet radio, and music services and built-in Bluetooth for wireless music listening with smartphones, tablets, and compatible computers
  • Front-panel USB input for connecting an iPod®, iPhone® or thumb drive
  • Plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer (PCM up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution; DSD up to 2.8 MHz .dsf files)
  • DLNA certified for streaming music with compatible devices and computers
  • three-room/three-source output
  • Marantz's Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module (HDAM) offers improved dynamic range and detail while reducing noise
  • Phono input for connecting a turntable
  • Ethernet port for wired network connection
  • RS-232C, remote, and 12 volt-trigger connections for use with external controllers
  • 1/4" headphone output
  • Built-in HD Radio™ tuner
  • AM/FM tuner

The above list is reduced from a far larger list, so you can see that Marantz pulled out all the stops, and the SR7009 is clearly worthy of being their flagship one box solution. The top of the Marantz home theater mountain are the mighty AV7702 multi channel processor/preamp and the MM8077 multi-channel, 150 wpc power amp separates.



 

 
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