Marantz SR-5003

This AV receiver offers good sound and features for the money.

  1. Marantz SR-5003
  2. 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.

Hearing test

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.

Marantz SR-5003

Manufacturer Marantz
Price €650.00
Rating 84.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Genus (REC / GM / input.)
Power amplifiers, number
Surround formats
Headphone surround
HDCD playback
Virtual surround
Decoder for HD formats
Remote control
On-screen menu
Lip sync
Equalizer manual
Bands / channels
Video standards converter
Video adjustment
Switched network jacks
Autom. Calibration
AV connectors
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
i-pod connection
Network connection
Multi channel input
Outputs audio
Headphone Jack
Preamp output
Laboratory data
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
Digital noise
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
Sound stereo 75
Surround sound 82
Sound HD 95
Operation well
Facilities Very good
Processing Very good
Price / performance outstanding
Sound judgment very good 84
tested in issue: 2 / 09


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