Marantz SR8012 11.2Ch Atmos Network AV Receiver
Marantz SR8012 11.2Ch Atmos Network AV Receiver
Marantz SR8012 11.2Ch Atmos Network AV Receiver
Marantz SR8012 11.2Ch Atmos Network AV Receiver
Marantz SR8012 11.2Ch Atmos Network AV Receiver
Marantz SR8012 11.2Ch Atmos Network AV Receiver
Marantz SR8012 11.2Ch Atmos Network AV Receiver
Marantz SR8012 11.2Ch Atmos Network AV Receiver
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Marantz SR8012 11.2Ch Atmos Network AV Receiver

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SR8012 - AV Receiver

Overview

Experience the peak of Marantz AV expertise in the new flagship SR8012 – the first-ever 11.2-channel Marantz receiver that is about to set new standards. Surround yourself in thrilling immersive surround sound with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro 3D, all three codecs able to drive overhead speakers for a true 3D sound experience. The receiver's 11 high-quality amplifier stages enhance audio quality via carefully selected high grade audio components including Marantz Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules, or HDAMs, used in Current Feedback topology. These pass the signal to the power stages, each providing 205W of pure Marantz power and finesse to drive a full 7.1.4-channel home cinema setup without the need for additional external amplifiers. And the SR8012 uses advanced Marantz sound-tuning throughout, drawing in features from the company's Reference two-channel models, including a copper chassis and an oversized, shielded toroidal tranformer built to Marantz specification, plus high-current main power supply capacitors also made to the Marantz engineers' exacting standards.
With built-in HEOS technology, the SR8012 becomes a part of a HEOS wireless multi-room music network, enabling you to enjoy your favourite music anywhere around your home: explore, browse, and play music from your music library, online streaming music services, or thousands of internet radio stations, using the free HEOS app.

Key Features

  • 11.2 channel AV Receiver with 205W per channel
  • 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 color resolution, HDR, BT.2020 , Dolby Vision and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) pass-through
  • Single board per channel power amplifier design; centrally mounted, oversized toroidal transformer; copper-plated chassis
  • 8 HDMI inputs (incl. 1 front) with full HDCP 2.2 support; 3 HDMI outputs (incl. Zone 2)
  • eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) support via firmware update
  • Analogue to HDMI conversion and SD to HD/4K Upscaling
  • Dolby Atmos (up to 7.1.4 or 9.1.2), DTS:X™, and Auro-3D built-in
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band support
  • Built-in HEOS Wireless Multi-Room Audio Technology
  • AirPlay, Bluetooth, Internet Radio, Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Deezer and more
  • DSD (2.8/5.6MHz), FLAC, ALAC and WAV support
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT32, LFC, Sub EQ HT, Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ
  • Colour-coded speaker terminals, Setup Assistant, Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App
  • Intelligent ECO mode with off/on/auto setting
  • Advanced multiroom options; 11.2-channel processing with pre-outs for all channels; RS232 Control; Crestron Connected

The ultimate in Marantz build and sound quality

With unparalleled Marantz performance, the new top-of-the-line SR8012 AV receiver is made for those wanting the ultimate audio and video experience. Its symmetrical monolithic amplifier design gives it 11 identical amplifier channels, each delivering 205W per channel, for seamless surround sound integration. The design also brings to the Marantz AV receiver line a large toroidal transformer, mounted centrally for mechanical balance, a copper plated chassis, selected audio components throughout and high-grade speaker terminals. The SR8012 opens a new chapter in the illustrious history of Marantz AV receivers.

Latest HDMI Connectivity; HDCP 2.2 Compatible

Along with 8 HDMI inputs, including one conveniently located on the front panel for quick connection, the SR8012 has an advanced video section supporting the latest HDMI specification, including 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 21:9 video, 3D, and BT.2020 and Dolby Vision pass-through support is available on every input, with pass-through for HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), a new broadcast HDR format, to be supported via a future firmware update.
HDCP 2.2 compatibility for 4K Ultra HD copy-protected content, means the SR8012 is ready for the next generation of Blu-ray disc players, set-top boxes and 4K Ultra HD streams and downloads, and its video processor can transcode and upconvert analogue and digital video content to 4K Ultra HD, breathing new life into your favourite legacy sources. Three HDMI outputs are provided - two for the main zone, so you can run a TV and projector in parallel, and one for a second zone.

Dolby Atmos

Feel every dimension in Dolby Atmos. Dolby Atmos transports you into the story with moving audio that flows all around you with breathtaking realism. Enjoy a 5.1 or even 7.1 surround sound speaker system and 4 additional overhead speakers or 4 Dolby Atmos elevation speakers without the need for external amplification, for the ultimate home theatre experience - including Dolby Surround upmixer for legacy content.

DTS:X

DTS:X™ immersive audio places sound where it would occur naturally in space, creating a lifelike, multi-dimensional audio experience in the home. The improved immersion and heightened realism draw you into the world of your favourite movies. The included spatial remapping engine, DTS Neural:X™, gives your movie, game and music collections a new lease on life! DTS:X brings the theatre home.


Auro-3D

Putting you in a cocoon of life-like sound. Auro-3D® elevates the home theatre experience to amazing new levels by delivering the excitement of three-dimensional sound for music, games, broadcast, and films while enhancing your existing audio-visual collection, thanks to Auromatic up-mixing engine.

HDMI eARC Object-Based Audio Support

eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) supports the transmission of 3D audio from your TV apps with a single HDMI connection for the simplest setup. This feature will be enabled via a future firmware update.



Built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and AirPlay Capability

Featuring Bluetooth & Wi-Fi wireless streaming connectivity, the SR8012 is equipped with an advanced dual antenna transceiver system, for robust streaming even in congested urban environments. With Apple's AirPlay compatibility, you can enjoy listing to your favourite tracks wirelessly from your favourite iOS device such as iPhone and iPad.

  

 

Introducing HEOS: Your Perfect Solution for Wireless Multi-Room Music Streaming

The SR8012's built-in HEOS technology allows you to stream and play back your favourite music wirelessly from literally unlimited sources. Enjoy music from Spotify, TuneIn Internet radio, Amazon Music, Sound Cloud, Tidal, Napster, Deezer, or your local music file libraries (availability of music services differ per country). With additional HEOS components like the HEOS speaker range or other HEOS-capable receivers, you can play all your music throughout the whole house. Control it all effortlessly with the free HEOS app.

  

Marantz 2016 AVR Remote

The Marantz 2016 AVR Remote app gives you unprecedented control over the latest generation of Marantz network AV Receivers, from iOS and Android phones and tablets. Control power, volume, input and settings, or switch within the app to the HEOS app to access an incredible range of music content and streaming services, all with full HEOS wireless multi-room control.

Hi-Res Audio

Discover the incredible fidelity of high resolution audio with the SR8012's ability to decode up to 24-bit/192-kHz ALAC, FLAC and WAV lossless files as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks (the audiophile format of SACD). Play hi-res music via the front panel USB port and network sources, and also listen to other popular file types such as MP3.


 

 

Advanced 32-bit D/A Conversion on all channels

For optimum fidelity and the widest dynamic range with lowest distortion, the SR8012 features advanced reference-class 32-bit AKM D/A converters on all channels. This ensures consistent high fidelity and precise channel matching across all channels for the ultimate listening experience.

High Grade Audio Components

Featuring exclusive Marantz HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) technology found on our Reference Series components, the SR8012 incorporates multiple HDAM modules which provide superior low noise wideband performance in an all-discrete configuration, compared to conventional op amp ICs. HDAM technology provides an ultra fast slew rate for true wideband response and maximum dynamic range to deliver optimum sound quality with today’s high resolution audio formats. In addition to HDAM technology, the SR8012 also features Current Feedback instead of the typical voltage feedback configuration. A Marantz innovation introduced on our very first audiophile amplifiers more than 60 years ago, Current Feedback technology provides a wide closed-loop bandwidth and very high slew rate, delivering superior fidelity with wideband audio sources.

Advanced Audyssey MultEQ XT32

Equipped with the flagship Audyssey suite of features, the SR8012 features Audyssey MultEQ XT32 automatic room acoustic correction using advanced DSP algorithms. With the supplied measurement microphone, it analyzes the output of each speaker (including the subwoofers) at up to 8 measurement locations, then generates precision digital filters that optimize each channel for the bets possible sound. Audyssey Dynamic Volume smoothes out annoying jumps in volume (such as TV commercials), letting you listen at lower levels while still enjoying clear dialogue, music and sound effects, while Audyssey Dynamic EQ provides full-range clarity at any listening level. Audyssey Low Frequency Containment uses advanced psychoacoustic algorithms to deliver a full-range balance, including deep bass, but without disturbing close-by neighbours or those in other rooms, and features a multi-step adjustment. Audyssey Sub EQ HT provides individual DSP tailoring of each subwoofer in a dual subwoofer setup, allowing deeper bass with improved definition when compared to a single subwoofer configuration.

The Audyssey MultEQ Editor App

The SR8012 supports the brand-new Audyssey MultEQ Editor App. Go ‘under the hood’, view and adjust settings for detailed tuning, customize the sound more precisely to the specific problems in your room, and tailor the sound to your personal preferences.

  • View the speaker detection results, to check correct installation.
  • View before and after results of the Audyssey calibration, making it easy to identify room problems.
  • Edit the Audyssey target curve for each channel pair to suit your tastes.
  • Adjust the EQ frequency adjustment range for each channel pair.
  • Switch between 2 high frequency rolloff target curves.
  • Enable/Disable midrange compensation to make the vocal region brighter or smoother.
  • Save and load calibration results.

The Audyssey MultEQ Editor app, for Android and iOS, is available for purchase from the Apple AppStore or Google Play Store.

External Control Capabilities

he SR8012 has a range of features to provide enhanced control and compatibility with 3rd party and custom integration solutions, including IP control, either via wired LAN connection or Wi-Fi. For compatibility with other components there's a remote control input and output on the rear panel, along with a flasher input and a 12V trigger output, while for direct connection to external home automation and control equipment, there's an RS-232C serial port. The SR8012 also features Crestron Connected for quick and easy integration with home automation equipment.

Dual Subwoofer Outputs

A single subwoofer demands optimal placement to avoid audible peaks and dips in the low-frequency response at the main listening position. The SR8012 supports two subwoofers: used in different locations, these will even out the low-frequency response for more accurate bass anywhere in the room.

Multi-Source/Multi-room

Whatever your family's entertainment needs, the SR8012 delivers: you can enjoy 7.1-channel surround sound in the main room, and at the same time play stereo sound from another source in a different part of the house. Simply connect a pair of stereo speakers to the multi-room amplified outputs, or hook up a separate stereo amp and speakers to the Zone 2 pre-outs.

Smart TV Connectivity

Via the HDMI CEC (consumer electronics control) functionality on some Smart TVs, it's possible to control the SR8012 with the TV's remote handset. With the receiver's "HDMI control" set to ON, set "Smart Menu" receiver control functions and the TV's Smart Menu home screen will provide you direct access to source and surround mode selections, the main setup menu, and Smart Select configuration presets.

Simple Smart Select Functions

The SR8012 has four Smart Select buttons on the front panel and the remote control: each stores a preferred setup – input, volume and Audyssey configuration – for a particular source. Push one button and the SR8012 can be perfectly configured for anything from Blu-ray or your TV set-top box to your favourite Internet radio station.

Easy To Setup, Easy To Use

For easy installation, the SR8012's horizontal row of premium loudspeaker terminals is colour coded, with a set of matching cable-labels supplied to ensure correct hook-up. The AVR's clear graphical on-screen display has an exclusive Setup Assistant, combining with the Quick Start guide to provide guidance and optimise critical settings for the best possible sound quality, whatever your configuration.

More than 60 Years of Audiophile Heritage

Founded in 1953, Marantz has a long and rich history of designing audio components embraced by music lovers and critical listeners around the world. Because Music Matters so much in our lives, the SR8012 carries on our long tradition of delivering superlative stereo listening, as well as the ultimate home theatre experience.

Power and Processing:
  • 11-channel amplifier
  • 140 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.05% THD, with 2 channels driven
  • Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding
    • Dolby Atmos processing for use with in-ceiling or "height" speakers for more enveloping surround sound; supports configurations up to 7.1.4 or 9.1.2
    • DTS:X for an immersive, 3-dimensional soundstage
  • Auro-3D® built-in for three-dimensional soundfields with Auro-3D soundtrack mixes
  • video upconversion (up to 4K) for analog and HDMI sources
  • built-in HEOS technology wirelessly connects compatible HEOS components for whole home audio
  • Audyssey MultEQ® XT32 speaker calibration and system optimization includes:
    • MultEQ® XT32 advanced auto setup and room calibration uses high-resolution digital processing filters to deliver balanced, dynamic sound to as many as 8 listening positions (expandable to 32 with a professional installer)
    • Audyssey Dynamic Volume mode to keep listening levels steady
    • Audyssey Dynamic EQ for fuller sound at lower listening levels
    • Sub EQ HT provides individual calibration for dual subwoofers, for even bass response throughout the room
    • Low Frequency Containment reduces the amount of bass that bleeds into other rooms
    • Audyssey MultEQ Editor app for further audio customization (paid app; not included)
Digital Music Options:
  • built-in Wi-Fi® for listening to music from a networked PC, free internet radio, and music services
    • includes support for Pandora®, SiriusXM, and free internet radio streams with TuneIn (subscription required for some services)
    • Spotify Connect® lets you use your mobile device to play Spotify's streaming music library through the receiver (requires Spotify app and a premium subscription)
  • Apple® AirPlay® for streaming music from an iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® or computer running iTunes®
  • built-in Bluetooth® for wireless music listening with smartphones, tablets, and compatible computers
  • plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer (PCM up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution; DSD up to 5.6 MHz)
  • M-DAX2 (Marantz Dynamic Audio eXpander) for better sound from MP3s and other digital music files
Multi-room Audio/Video:
  • three-room/three-source output
  • play music from three different sources in up to three rooms simultaneously
  • amp assign feature lets you reassign extra surround channels to second and third zones
  • line-level outputs for Zones 2 and 3 for use with additional receiver, amplifier, or powered speakers
  • 2 independent HDMI outputs for watching video content from different sources in two rooms simultaneously
  • supports 2nd/3rd zone playback of digital sources
  • component and composite video outputs can be assigned to Zone 2
Audio Performance Features:
  • symmetrical monolithic amplifier design with 11 identical amplifier channels for seamless sound integration
  • centrally mounted oversized toroidal transformer for stable, noise-free operation
  • copper-plated chassis
  • gold-plated RCA terminals
  • reference-class 32-bit/192kHz AKM (Asahi Kasei Microdevices) digital-to-analog converters on all channels
  • Marantz's Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAM) offer improved dynamic range and detail while reducing noise
  • current feedback circuit for accurate, natural sound at all volume levels
  • Pure Direct mode turns off unused circuitry for cleaner audio signals
  • bi-amp capability with compatible front speakers by reassigning "surround back" or "height" channels
Connections:
  • HDMI audio/video switching: 8 in (includes 1 front-panel input), 3 out
    • HDCP 2.2 technology ensures compatibility with 4K Ultra HD sources and TVs (all HDMI inputs and outputs)
    • HDR-compatible for extended picture contrast and brightness with compatible 4K TVs and HDR-encoded content
    • supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision
  • component video switching: 3 in, 1 out
  • composite video switching: 5 in, 2 out (includes front-panel input)
  • digital audio inputs: 2 optical and 2 coaxial
  • 7 analog stereo audio inputs (including front-panel input)
  • MM (moving magnet) phono input for connecting a turntable
  • 7.1-channel preamp inputs
  • 11.2-channel preamp outputs include outputs for 2 powered subwoofers
  • front-panel USB port for audio playback from USB memory devices
  • outputs for 11 speakers (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, Height 1 L/R, Height 2 L/R)
  • Ethernet port for wired network connection
  • RS-232C, remote, IR, and 12 volt-trigger connections for use with external controllers
  • 1/4" headphone output
  • detachable power cord
General Features:
  • 4K/60p and 3D video pass-through
  • free Marantz remote app lets you use your compatible mobile device as a Wi-Fi remote
  • Setup Assistant guides you through the initial connection process and settings
  • intuitive, full-color on-screen guide
  • HDMI standby pass-through allows HDMI switching without powering up receiver
  • AM/FM tuner
  • remote control
  • 17-3/8"W x 7-5/16"H x 18-1/8"D (9-13/16"H with Wi-Fi antennas raised)
  • weight: 38.4 lbs.

 

 

Marantz SR8012 11.2-Channel AV Receiver Review By AVFORUMS

 

A very classy and feature-packed single-box solution.

by Steve Withers Dec 13, 2017 at 7:52 AM

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    Highly Recommended

    Marantz SR8012 11.2-Channel AV Receiver Review

    SRP: £2,699.00

    What is the Marantz SR8012?

    The Marantz SR8012 is the latest high-end surround sound AV receiver from the company and sits at the top of their AVR range, above the SR7012 which had previously been their flagship model. The SR8012 is being classed as a receiver by Marantz, although it doesn't have a built-in tuner so technically it's an AV amplifier. However, semantics aside, does it really matter because who really uses the tuner in an AV receiver these days and besides, you can still access Internet Radio so an actual tuner is largely redundant.

    That minor point aside, the SR8012 is the most feature-packed AVR that Marantz have ever released. First of all it has eleven channels of built-in amplification, which use Marantz's Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAM) and can deliver a claimed 205W per a channel. There is also full support for Dolby AtmosDTS:X and Auro-3D, allowing you to run a full 7.2.4 setup right out of the box, and the SR8012 includes Audyssey MultEQ XT32/LFC room equalisation with Sub EQ HT and support for the Audyssey app.

    There are eight HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs that all supply 4K 60Hz, HDCP 2.2, Wide Colour Gamut (WCG) and High Dynamic Range – HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG). There's also the HEOS multiroom system with support for WiFi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, Hi-Res Audio, Spotify Connect and Tidal. If that wasn't enough Marantz will be adding Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC), DTS Virtual:X and Amazon Alexa voice commands via firmware updates in 2018.

    That's an impressive set of features and if the SR8012 can deliver the kind of performance we've seen on Marantz's previous flagship models, then it has the makings of a serious contender in a highly competitive market place. Naturally the SR8012 isn't cheap and has a listed price of £2,699 as at the time of writing (December 2017) but when you consider all that it does, you could also say it's quite competitive. So let's set up the Marantz SR8012 and find out how it really performs.

     

    Design, Connections & Control

    Marantz SR8012 Design, Connections & Control

    The SR8012 might be a new model but it's business-as-usual as far as the design goes, with the classic Marantz look. That means you get the two-tone effect with the matte curved sides and a brushed metal central section. On the left hand side is a large input dial with the power button beneath it and on the right is a large volume dial. In between the two dials is an attractive circular display with a blue light around the outside, although this can be turned off if you prefer. The information the display shows is minimal but it's a classy touch and something of a Marantz design feature.

    The small round display is largely cosmetic because there's an excellent on-screen display, along with a second larger and more informative display behind a drop down flap, but it keeps the front panel clean and is a nice touch. Also behind the drop down flap is a set of basic controls and some additional inputs, including an HDMI connector and a USB port; along with a headphone jack, a composite video input, a stereo analogue input and a socket for the setup microphone. The SR8012 measures 440 x 185 x 450mm (WxHxD), weighs in at 17.4kg and is available in either black or silver-gold.

    Marantz SR8012 Design, Connections & Control

    The majority of the connections are at the rear and here you'll find seven more HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs, the main one of which supports ARC (Audio Return Channel). All these connections support 4K/60p, 4:4:4, 3D, 21:9 Video, High Dynamic Range (HDR10 and Dolby Vision), Wide Colour Gamut (Rec.2020) and HDCP 2.2. Marantz will add support via firmware updates for broadcast HDR in the form of Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) and object-based audio support via an Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC).

    Naturally there are legacy inputs including component and composite video, along with analogue audio inputs, not to mention coaxial and optical digital inputs. There's even a signal ground terminal for those with a turntable. In terms of other connections there's a LAN port, two 12V triggers, an IR Flasher and an RS232 port for serial control; as well as twin antennas which provide both built-in WiFi and Bluetooth.

    There are eleven sets of colour-coded binding posts, which are presented in a single line to make accessing them easier. These terminals are of decent quality and can accept bare wire, spade connectors or banana plugs. There are also pre-outs for all eleven channels in case you decide to use separate power amplifiers and the SR8012 has outputs for dual subwoofers.

     

    Marantz SR8012

    The SR8012 comes with Marantz's standard high-end remote control, which uses a black brushed metal effect and a silver trim. We like the Marantz controller, it's sensibly laid out, with well spaced and large buttons that make it quite ergonomic to operate, comfortable to hold and easy to use with one thumb. There’s a small display at the top, along with a handy backlight for use in a darkened room and overall we found the provided controller to be very effective.

    As an alternative you can also use the Marantz remote app, which is freely available for both iOS and Android. This app is excellent and provides full control of the SR8012 but also works in unison with the free HEOS remote app, allowing you move seamlessly between the two. These two apps are excellent and if you want to use the receiver as part of the HEOS multiroom system then you just switch into the HEOS app and then control all the online functions as well as all the devices connected to the HEOS network. It's all very slick and very impressive.

     

     It's business as usual in terms of the design but the build quality is better than previous models

     

    Features & Specs

    Marantz SR8012 Features & Specs

    The new SR8012 is about as feature-packed an AV receiver as you're likely to find, with every current format covered and a few new features in the pipeline. Let's start with the headline feature, which is the inclusion of eleven channels of built-in amplification. These high-quality amplifier stages are designed to enhance performance via carefully selected audiophile components including Marantz's Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAM) used in a current feedback topology. These pass the signal to the power stages, which deliver a claimed 205W per a channel to drive a full 7.1.4-channel home cinema setup without the need for additional external amplifiers. The SR8012 also uses Marantz sound-tuning throughout, drawing on experience with the company's two-channel amplifiers, including a copper-plated chassis and a centrally mounted, shielded toroidal transformer with high-current main power supply capacitors.

    The SR8012 includes Audyssey MultEQ XT32 for room equalisation and includes Audyssey LFC (Low Frequency Containment) which dynamically monitors the audio content and removes low frequencies that pass through walls, floors and ceilings, along with Audyssey Dynamic Volume which smoothes out annoying jumps in volume and Audyssey Dynamic EQ which provides tonal balancing at any volume level. There’s also the option for discrete subwoofers and the level and delay can be adjusted for each one separately. Audyssey Sub EQ HT is designed to make the integration of the two subwoofers seamless by compensating for any level and delay differences and applying EQ to both for better bass response.

    In conjunction with the supplied microphone, the Audyssey software exactly analyses each speaker’s output to optimise the overall listening experience. The SR8012 also supports the Audyssey MultEQ Editor App (available for purchase), which allows more advanced users to further customise their setup. The app offers the chance to not only run a full automated setup but to then customise that setup – including checking the speaker detection and room correction results, along with target sound options, midrange compensation, curve editor, MultEQ Filter Frequency range and Audyssey settings.

    Marantz SR8012 Features & Specs

    The SR8012 includes support for all the immersive audio formats such as Dolby AtmosDTS: X and even Auro-3D which is now included as standard (you previously needed to pay a fee to add Auro-3D). There's 11.2-channel processing with support for Dolby Atmos 7.2.4 and 9.2.2, as well as DTS:X and Neural:X 11.1, with DTS Virtual:X being added via free firmware update next year. Along with the eleven built-in channels of amplification, the SR8012 also has 11.2-channel preouts, should you wish to use different amplification.

    The video processor in the SR8012 also has the ability to transcode and upconvert standard definition and high definition analogue and digital video content to 4K Ultra HD. The receiver is certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and features a full suite of video calibration controls (for use by an ISF technician), along with ISF Day and ISF Night video modes. As mentioned previously there are eight HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs with video support over HDMI for additional zones.

    There's built-in WiFi with 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band support and Bluetooth, both of which were quick and easy to setup, whilst the SR8012 also supports AirPlay, Spotify Connect and playback of DSD (2.8 MHz and 5.6 MHz) and ALAC, FLAC and WAV up to 24-bit/192 kHz files over connected networks or via USB. There's a clock jitter remover and the receiver includes the latest 32-bit AKM digital-to-analogue converters (DAC). The SR8012 also includes Internet Radio, DLNA 1.5 certification and a media player that, along with DSD, ALAC, FLAC and WAV, also supports WMA, MP3, WAV, AAC and AIFF. There are binding posts for a second stereo zone, and pre-amp outputs for a third stereo zone, whilst the Marantz also includes Crestron Connect support. Marantz even plan to add Amazon Alexa voice commands via a firmware update next year (UK only).

    The SR8012 includes the HEOS multiroom system which, depending on where you live, provides access to a wide array of music services (Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Prime Music, TuneIn, Soundcloud, Pandora, Napster, Deezer, iHeartRadio, Rhapsody and SiriusXM). It also allows seamless integration into the HEOS multiroom eco system and fast and intuitive control of any online or legacy source vial dual apps. The receiver can be grouped with HEOS speakers and can be either a group leader (master) or a group member (slave). The behaviour of the SR8012 is the same as any other HEOS speaker and, as a result, legacy inputs (CD, TV etc.) can be distributed throughout the house to other HEOS speakers which can access the inputs on the AVR as sources. The dual app approach also means that you can seamlessly move between the AVR app and the HEOS app.

     

     Aside from the absence of an AM/FM tuner, this is as feature-packed an AVR as you're ever likely to see

     

    Setup & Testing

    As with all Marantz receivers, the SR8012 is incredibly easy to setup thanks to their excellent Setup Assistant, which takes you through the entire process step by step. The Setup Assistant offers simple, clear and concise instructions to the end user through an effective graphical user interface. It covers everything from choosing your speaker layout to setting up your various inputs and outputs and any additional zones. It also checks the polarity of your speakers and the volume of your subwoofer(s) before taking you through the Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room equalisation process using the included microphone.

    The SR8012 is quipped with the flagship Audyssey suite of advanced DSP algorithms and features Audyssey MultEQ XT32 automatic room acoustic correction. The supplied measurement microphone analyses each speaker's output (including the subwoofers) at up to 8 measurement locations and then generates digital filters that optimize each channel for the correct frequency and time domain response. Marantz have even included a handy cardboard stand for those who don't have a tripod for the microphone.

    For most people we would recommend using the Audyssey software to setup their SR8012 and perform the room equalisation but there is also the option of performing a manual setup if you prefer. For more advanced users there's also the Audyssey MultEQ Editor App which has been designed with both professionals and enthusiasts in mind. The app guides the user through the measurement and calibration process via detailed in-app explanations, providing a graphical representation of the before and after measurements, as well as offering the ability to select target sound options, add mid-range compression, edit custom curves and change the roll-off of the frequency range.

    In testing we started with a basic 2-channel setup, before moving on to a 5.1-channel speaker configuration and then a 7.1-channel setup. After that we tested the SR8012's immersive audio capabilities with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D. We used a full 7.2.4 setup with three front channels, two side channels, two rear channels, two subwoofers and four overhead speakers. We used a range of content including movies and music in 5.1, along with movies in 7.1 and Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D soundtracks. We used CDs, SACDs, DVD-Audio, Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray as our primary sources along with high resolution audio files and various streaming services including Spotify and Tidal.

     

     The SR8012 is incredibly easy to set up but is also very flexible, making it a great single box solution

     

    Performance

    As usual we kicked off reviewing the SR8012 by listening to various lossless 5.1- and 7.1-channel mixes using both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. We've reviewed quite a few Marantz receivers over the years, so we had a pretty good idea what to expect and the SR8012 didn't disappoint. It handled the various soundtracks very effectively, delivering an enjoyably nuanced performance and producing an open front soundstage. The music and effects were spread across the three front channels with accuracy, whilst dialogue was centred on the screen, always remaining clear and defined. The steering of effects around the room as equally as precise, retaining a balanced tone and a nice surround presence. The SR8012 handled bass equally as well, with the lower frequencies and the LFE channels nicely integrated with the other speakers in the system and allowing the subwoofers to create a solid sonic foundation.

    In terms of titles that we used to test the SR8012, we started with the original Blu-ray release of Gravity , which has a highly directional Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack. The Marantz handled this complex sound design extremely well, retaining the subtle details and keeping all the speakers tonally balanced. This is important because as the dialogue and effects were steered around the room, they remained clear and focused. The sound designers also cleverly use low frequency effects to create the sensation of being in a vacuum, where sound would actually be transmitted through your body. The SR8012 also handled this well, underpinning the action with subtle low frequencies and replicating the creative intentions of the mix.

    Another disc that we frequently use in testing is the Blu-ray of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which has a superb 7.1-channel DTS-HD Maser Audio soundtrack. The opening scene in particular is a brilliantly conceived piece of multi-layered sound design that gradually builds as the scene progresses. The SR8012 delivered the subtle elements with great skill, revealing the quiet breathing of the apes within the falling rain and picking out the sound of them almost silently moving through the trees as thunder rolled overhead. As the choral music on the soundtrack got louder the other effects were still precisely delivered within the sound field and when the apes began their deer hunt, the SR8012 showed excellent dynamic range as the soundstage burst into life.

    As is the case with all receivers that support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the SR8012 also includes Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X upmixers, both of which proved very effective. You could use Dolby Surround or DTS Neural:X on both Dolby and DTS soundtracks but we tended to use Dolby Surround with Dolby soundtracks and DTS Neural:X with DTS soundtracks. They're both very capable of taking 5.1- or 7.1-channel sources and upmixing them to use all 11 channels during playback. The scene of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes we mentioned in the previous paragraph really opened up with the sound of thunder rolling above us thanks to the overhead speakers. The same was true with the Dolby Digital Plus soundtrack on the Netflix show The Punisher, with the upmixing adding another dimension to audio. We don't usually approve of audio processing but we found that both these upmixing features were capable of delivering a greater sense of immersion without adversely affecting the original sound experience.

    The SR8012 can also decode Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D soundtracks right out of the box, although its the inclusion of eleven channels of amplification that sets it apart from previous Marantz receivers. The SR8012 can deliver a full 7.2.4-channel system without needing to resort to additional amplification, aside from the subwoofers of course. That means you can enjoy the full benefit of object-based immersive audio and, as with the more traditional multi-channel soundtracks, the Marantz proved an extremely capable performer. We watched the Ultra HD Blu-ray of Atomic Blondeand we enjoyed how the receiver delivered the bone-crunching action in the DTS:X soundtrack with the precision of a guided missile.

    The same was true of the Ultra HD Blu-ray of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets with the over-the-top visuals making full use of the overhead speakers to bring the futuristic world to life. The SR8012 was an accomplished performer with multi-dimensional audio, producing a hemisphere of sound around which objects are moved with precision. Crucially the SR8012 didn't struggle to run all the channels simultaneously and whilst Marantz's claimed power numbers are heavily manipulated, in terms of the actual performance the receiver was capable of retaining enough headroom to give these immersive audio soundtracks plenty of dynamic range. The SR8012 could go loud without distorting or sounding brittle and it could drive all the channels for a prolonged period without running out of steam, which is always a danger when cramming so much amplification into a single box. It is certainly powerful enough to fill the average-sized living room with object-based audio and once combined with an active subwoofer, or two, the result is a big and solid soundstage.

    The SR8012 also handled two-channel music extremely well, with the new Waterboys album 'Out of All This Blue' sounding superb. The receiver delivered the eclectic mixture of songs with clarity and a pleasing sense of fun. The Marantz is a classy performer and it handled the acoustic songs, the more rockier tracks and the country influenced numbers with real style. As is often the case, the most effective results were gained by running the Marantz in its Pure Direct two-channel mode without the subwoofer, although if you prefer to use your sub with music that also works very well. Aside from streaming music from our network and via Bluetooth, we also tried through USB and AirPlay and, overall, the SR8012 delivered excellent results. Where possible we try to keep the resolution of our music as high as possible but we did find that the Marantz could be surprisingly sympathetic to heavily compressed sources.

     

     This is one classy amplifier with an excellent level of sound quality and an impressive overall performance

     

    Conclusion

    9

    AVForumsSCORE

    OUT OF

    10

    Pros

    • Excellent sound quality
    • 11 channels of amplification built-in
    • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X & Auro-3D capable
    • Dolby Vision & HLG support
    • HEOS multiroom included
    • Easy to setup and use
    • Attractive design and well made

    Cons

    • No AM/FM tuner

    Marantz SR8012 11.2-Channel AV Receiver Review

     

    Should I buy one?

    If you're looking for a single-box solution to all your immersive audio needs then the 11-channel Marantz SR8012 should definitely be on your short list. This AV Receiver is beautifully designed and very well made, with as comprehensive a set of connections as you're likely to find and crucially all of its 8 HDMI inputs and 3 HDMI outputs support 4K/60p, 4:4:4, 3D, Rec.2020, HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision and HDCP 2.2. The main HDMI output also supports the Audio Return Channel, which Marantz plan to upgrade to eARC next year.

    In fact the SR8012 is absolutely feature-packed with support for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D, which means you can run a full 7.2.4 setup right out of the box. Other features include ISF certification and Audyssey MultEQ XT32 with the option to buy the Audyssey MultEQ Editor App and thus fine tune your system. Speaking of apps, the Marantz AVR remote app is excellent and combines seamlessly with the HEOS app, allowing you to run a full multiroom network. Marantz even plan to add DTS Virtual:X support and Amazon Alexa voice commands via firmware updates.

    Of course all the features in the world mean little if the receiver in question doesn't deliver in terms of sound quality but thankfully that isn't an issue with the SR8012. It delivers the kind of classy performance we expect from Marantz, with a nuanced soundstage around which effects are delivered with precision. The dialogue is clear, the tonal balance is good and the bass is well integrated, resulting in a wonderfully immersive sound field. There is also a nice musicality to the SR8012, which is something of a Marantz trademark, and allows the receiver to double as an excellent amplifier for 2-channel sources.

    The eleven channels of built-in amplification are also powerful enough to actually drive a full 7.2.4 system which is a relief as there's always a danger that a single box running so many channels simultaneously might run out of steam. However the SR8012 handled our full setup with ease and never appeared to struggle or run out of head room. A very few people might miss the tuner but in every other sense the Marantz SR8012 AV Receiver has the lot and it delivers an impressive performance to boot, as such it comes highly recommended.
     

    What are the alternatives?

    If you're looking for an 11-channel single box solution the options are limited but the obvious alternative also comes from the Sound United group in the shape of the Denon AVR-X6400H. This 11-channel AV Receiver offers all the same features as the SR8012 but also includes a tuner and can currently be picked up for £1,999 making it a bit of a bargain. The Denon might not be quite as musically tuned as the Marantz, nor does it have the toroidal transformer and higher quality components, but there's no denying that the former is equally as capable of delivering an immersive surround sound experience. We haven't reviewed the X6400H yet but the Denon AVR-X6300H really impressed us when we tested that last year, so the new model is definitely worth considering.

    If you have a bigger budget then you could also consider the Anthem 1120 AV Receiver, which is excellent in terms of performance but will set you back a hefty £4,399. Anthem Room Correction is one of the best room equalisation features available and the 1120 can deliver a superb performance with both 2-channel and multi-channel audio. The 1120 does include an FM tuner, along with support for HLG and Dolby Vision, but if Auro-3D, HEOS multiroom, Amazon Alexa voice commands, DTS Virtual:X and eARC are important to you then you'd be better off choosing the cheaper Denon and Marantz models.

     

    Highly Recommended

     

    Marantz SR8012 AV Receiver (2017) Information Hub

    Suggested retail price when reviewed: £2,699.00

     

    The Rundown

    Sound Quality

    9

    Features

    9

    Connectivity

    9

    Build Quality

    9

    Value For Money

    8

    Verdict

    9
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