This AV receiver offers good sound and features for the money.
- Marantz SR-5003
- Data sheet
The Marantz SR-5003 waives any post-processing of the HDMI inputs. He scaled analog videos with an IC of manufacturer of iChips to proper, stutter-free quasi-HD, that minimal matter and more blurred compared to that of the Harman. Also his monochrome on screen menu looks quite rustic in addition to the lavish color GUI of Harman. In return, the Marantz offers the best calibration system in the test: his Audyssey MultEQ works more accurately than Kenwood RoomEQ and more flexible than the EzSetEQ in the Harman, which refuses, for example, measure boxes sets without a subwoofer.
The Marantz allows the connection of separate power amplifiers via its eight-channel preamp output. The pre outs sound excellent and make the receiver in the side job to the inexpensive surround preamplifier. Which is not to say that the internal amps no good: the power supply and the seven channel power amplifier built discreetly from individual transistors the 5003 almost completely by his brother 6003 inherited, after all, playing with the 1000 Euro class.
As a music and film buffs, the AUDIO testers are thrilled by the new HD sound formats even if they complicate the testing: now always have a passage with HD on the Programm. Von of a mode on the other can close is not next to the listening tests in stereo and standard surround you, how this test also showed very clearly: played a DVD-player Dolby Digital or DTS , gambling on Harman at the top was the very large and voluminous with thundering authority. The Marantz seemed strikingly clean, fine and left open, the drummer, but a small little zaghafter strike and was not quite the wealth and the size of the Harman sound – he seemed to represent the music something, when in fact she is simple.
With Blu-ray disc, more precisely: with the famous new recording of Wagner’s “Valkyrie” (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon Rattle, DTS-HD Master), that the colleague Ruhnke had just unpacked, passed the Marantz effortlessly on the Harman at the top of the test field – and at the same time the entire price range. There was not the slightest doubt that the votes should be as loose and finely articulated, the Orchestra as far and this unobtrusive must be laid out as it did before the SR-5003.
The receiver with stereo sound feigned to analog denied the third match. The ranking was the result with HD sound: very clean, elegant and harmonious the Marantz.
Technical data and test results
|Genus (REC / GM / input.)|
|Power amplifiers, number|
|Decoder for HD formats|
|Bands / channels|
|Video standards converter|
|Switched network jacks|
|Digital inputs RCA / front|
|Optical digital inputs / front|
|Digital inputs HDMI / front|
|HDMI version number|
|Digital output HDMI|
|Digital RCA outputs|
|Optical digital outputs|
|USB ports front / rear|
|Multi channel input|
|True sine wave power stereo 8 ohm / 4 ohm|
|Music power stereo 8 ohm / 4 ohm|
|RMS power 5-channel 8 ohm / 4 ohm|
|Music performance 5-Channel 4 ohm / 8 ohm|
|RMS power 5-Channel 4 ohm|
|Music performance 7-Channel 4 ohm / 8 ohm|
|HiFi output power 4 ohm|
|effective pulse power front 4 ohm|
|effective pulse power 4 ohm Center / surround 4 Ohms|
|maximum output voltage Z1 / Z2|
|maximum output voltage Z3|
|Number of appropriate channels|
|Surround RMS power 8 ohm / 4 ohm|
|Surround RMS power 8 ohm / 4 ohm stp|
|Noise line / multi channel input|
|Noise phono MM / phono standard system|
|Noise phono MC|
|Front noise ProLogic|
|Noise ProLogic Center|
|Power consumption standby / operating|
|Specialist for natural HD surround sound, very well equipped|
|Menu interrupts film playback, nothing else|
|Price / performance||outstanding|
|Sound judgment||very good 84|
|tested in issue:||2 / 09|