Marantz SR7005 7.2 Channel Home Theater Receiver
The Marantz SR7005 is the highest-performing A/V receiver in the companys lineup, and encroaches on the territory usually held by the Reference line of separates. You wont mistake the Marantz SR7005 for a receiver from another brand not with the curved front face and signature porthole display found on other high-end Marantz products. The SR7005 seems to lack provisions for many front-panel controls, as only two large dials are visible aside from the porthole screen. Flipping down the cover reveals the rest of the interface, with a large screen, an array of buttons, and several front-mounted inputs that can be used to connect devices such as iPods or computers.
Total connection count on the SR7005 includes 6 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs, 4 component video inputs, 5 composite video inputs, and the requisite digital audio connections such as 2 digital coaxial inputs and 3 optical inputs. Marantz acknowledges the audiophile crowd drawn to this receiver, and has equipped the SR7005 with 7.1-channel analog surround inputs as well as phono inputs. Unfortunately, not a single S-Video connector is found anywhere on the unit. This is a 7.1-channel receiver with 11 sets of binding posts, so you can connect extra speakers using the width and height channels or set up biamping for the front channels. If you have an external amplifier that you wish to use, the SR7005 offers 7.2-channel analog preamp outputs for that purpose.
Strangely enough (given the price tag), the Marantz SR7005 is not THX-certified. Still, most people would argue that the lack of THX certification says nothing about the performance of a product. The SR7005 sounds as good as the best receivers available, with rich detail and spot-on response. The SR7005 also boasts a neat party trick in that this is an extremely versatile receiver its performance easily suits high-intensity action sequences as well as it does sedate dialogue and calm scenes. Initial setup is taken care of by Audysseys MultEQ XT, which can accurately gauge speaker distances and provide superior results compared to the standard MultEQ system. Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio lossless codecs are both supported, as are various other lossy formats. The video aspect is not neglected, with full support for the most recent HDMI 1.4a specification including 3D pass-through, standby pass-through, and the audio return channel. The Anchor Bay video processor is readily capable of standard definition-to-HD upconversion, and allows obsolete formats such as video cassette tapes to be watchable on your HDTV. As a whole, this receiver is a good fit for any home theater system where high audio quality is a priority.