Marantz SR5009 A/V Receiver Review Page 2
X-Men: Days of Future Past
You’d think that the unique power to control metal, or the weather, or other people’s minds would be awesome, but no. In the world of the X-Men, mutated superhumans with such gifts are feared and hated and—in one possible future—will be hunted to the brink of extinction by an army of killer robots. Even worse, these deadly machines will also begin targeting us ordinary human beings, and the world we know now appears doomed.
Marantz SR5009 AV Receiver Review
AT A GLANCE
Wi-Fi, AirPlay, Bluetooth built in
Analog multichannel ins and outs
No HDCP 2.2
Though it lacks the latest UHD video future-proofing, this mid-line Marantz delivered great sound and solid value.
D+M has a leading role in the audio/video receiver market. It’s actually an amalgamation of two former companies with markedly different (though both distinguished) histories. Denon, born in 1910 and known for a time as Nippon Columbia, was originally a manufacturer of gramophones and discs in Japan. Marantz, in contrast, was born in the U.S.A. in the early 1950s when Saul Marantz of Kew Gardens, New York, started building preamps in his home.
After numerous corporate permutations (which included a three-decade relationship between Marantz and Philips), Marantz and Denon merged in 2002 into what is now called the D+M Group. In 2014, the pro divisions of both brands were acquired by inMusic Brands, a maker of DJ equipment. However, the consumer divisions continue to market A/V receivers and other audio products under the D+M umbrella.
Long Live the (AVR) King!
A customer called my installation company recently looking to upgrade his system. We did the original in stall at his vacation home back in 2001, and he wanted to replace the aging DLP with a new flat panel, upgrade to a Netflix-streaming Blu-ray player, and get a new universal remote. When I looked through his file, I saw his AV receiver was approaching 13 years old, so I recommended he replace that as well to take advantage of a generation’s worth of technology improvements.
What’s the Top TV/Video Story from CES 2015?
It’s been two weeks since the world’s largest consumer technology trade show—CES—convened in Vegas and dazzled showgoers with every imaginable kind of electronics gadget and gizmo. In keeping with tradition, TV grabbed more than its fair share of headlines with much of the news revolving around new technologies that promise to push picture quality to new heights—all of which leads to our question of the week: What was the single most important TV/video story coming out of this year’s CES?
We encourage you to leave a comment explaining your choice.
If you missed some of our coverage we won’t hold it against you. Here’s a list of relevant stories:
S&V Poll: What's the Top TV/Video Story from CES 2015?
My Left Foot (...and Why High Performance Cars and AV Are the Same)
I am shopping for a new car. For me, a car is more than basic transportation. In fact, getting from point A to point B is far down on my list. For example, I would gladly trade a practical item such as a spare tire in return for a bit more performance. Things like cargo capacity and riding comfort are unimportant, while horsepower and 0-to-60 times are critical. I’ve always appreciated slick audio/video gear. Same thing with cars.
What Does a DAC Do?
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Q I have a fairly large collection of CDs, all of which have been ripped to lossless WMA format. I’ve come across plenty of discussion of DACs while researching music servers, but I’m confused about why I would need one since I can already listen to digital music files, either through my computer speakers or headphones. Doesn’t that
mean what I’m hearing is already in analog form? If so, what need is there to convert it to anything else? —Bill Begg / via e-mail
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