Marantz SR5008 7.2-Channel 1080P and 4K Ultra HD Pass Through, Networking Home Theater Receiver with AirPlay (Black)
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Combining network capability and audiophile sound, the Marantz SR5008 7.2-channel Home Theater Receiver is an ideal media center for any home theater system. With Marantz's classic "star and circle" f
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So, given my old Yamaha went obsolete in a mere 5 years (on account of lack of HDMI ports and lack of 3D support), I wanted to be very careful about selecting my new receiver. After much research, I decided to settle on the Marantz 5008. Coming from a Yamaha, I was very pleased with the Marantz' Audyssey features, rear input layout and overall sound quality. The on screen interface was also pretty user-friendly (compared to Yamahas and Onkyos).
One minor gripe is that the LCD display on the unit is tiny. With 20/20 vision, I couldn't read the display at about 14 feet. I don't understand why the product developers made such a design choice given every other receiver on the market has a much larger LCD display. Apple syndrome, anyone? Also, build quality was only decent (when compared to my previous Yamaha). The volume and input knobs had a certain "looseness" to them.
Unfortunately, audio is only half the battle with today's receivers. On the other side of the coin, we have video processing. And, that's where this model really falls short. Here were the issues that I noticed in 45 days of ownership:
1. Video Lag. When you pass your HDMI cable through the receiver into your TV, the receiver likes to "take over" the signal by imprinting things like their on-screen settings and volume control. This is actually an awesome feature for most users because you can see all of the receiver controls right on your screen. Unfortunately, the cost for this feature is additional video processing that happens within the receiver, meaning, there's a slight lag introduced in your video signal. I ran some tests and the delay is about 50 milliseconds when the on-screen controls are enabled. To combat this issue, Marantz has an "audio sync" feature which delays the audio to sync with the delayed video signal. So, for most users the video lag introduced by the on-screen settings will not be an issue. If, however, you want to play twitch-reflex video games (e.g., Rock Band, Call of Duty, etc.), your gaming performance will suffer as a result of this lag. In Rock Band, for example, there is a very noticeable delay between singing into the mic and then hearing the actual sound through your speakers. Marantz does allow you to disable the on-screen controls so that you can directly pass the video signal through (thus, eliminating the delay); however, you lose the cool on-screen controls and are required to use Marantz' tiny LCD to read the volume and input values.
2. Non-syncing. On about 3 occasions (over the 45 days), I would turn on the receiver and it would not detect a signal from the source. This was a relatively minor issue as I would simply need to turn the receiver on and then off again; however, my 5-year old Yamaha never had such issues.
3. Signal dropouts with Apple TV. For some reason, the signal would drop/flicker when using Apple TV. This was due to a poor handshake between the Apple TV and the receiver. For some reason, the Apple TV was getting confused by which type of signal the receiver wanted (bouncing between 60hz and other frequencies). This happened with two separate apple TVs so it was definitely a compatibility problem with the receiver. Luckily, Apple has an advanced setting where you can lock the signal at 1080p/60hz - this resolved the issue for me. However, you have to wonder if the receiver may have similar issues with other devices in the future.
4. Degraded video quality. Even when you disable all of the on-screen controls, there were minor issues with the HDMI signal. When watching scenes that involved panning, you would see small streaks across the screen (like spaghetti). In other cases, frames would get dropped creating a stutter-effect (probably the biggest annoyance of the four issues). I could understand how you might see similar issues with the on-screen controls enabled; however, I'm scratching my head as to why the receiver is degrading what should be a straight pass-through. It's possible that my video board was defective but I'm guessing it's just not a super-high-quality board and that these issues will go unnoticed by the average customer.
In conclusion, after 10 years of HDMI technology, you'd expect a $900 receiver to have no video/HDMI issues whatsoever. Sadly, I can't say that for this receiver. If you will be using your receiver for video games or want the "purest" HDMI signal passed through your receiver, DO NOT get this unit. I ended up exchanging this for the Yamaha A1030 and can report that the new Yamaha suffers from none of the above HDMI issues.
Also, as some others have stated, it is not impressive when it comes to playing music. I am not sure how to put it other than it just lacks guts. My old Sony was just below the ES line and would drive me out of the house. Over all, I would say it is slightly better than OK, but I would keep looking if I was to buy again.