Marantz SR7010 A/V Receiver Review Test Bench

Test Bench

Audio: This graph shows the SR7010’s left channel, from CD input to speaker output with two channels driving 8-ohm loads. Measurements for THD+noise, crosstalk, signal-to-noise ratio, and analog/digital frequency response were all within expected performance parameters. Full details available at—MJP

0.1% THD 1.0% THD
2 Channels Continuously Driven, 8-Ohm Loads 128.7 watts 168.8 watts
2 Channels Continuously Driven, 4-Ohm Loads 201.7 watts 235.3 watts
5 Channels Continuously Driven, 8-Ohm Loads 84.3 watts 113.1 watts
7 Channels Continuously Driven, 8-Ohm Loads 83.2 watts 103.4 watts

The Marantz passed all of our usual video test benchmarks, though it exhibited the slight rolloff in chroma resolution we see with many AVRs. This result is visible with a test pattern but not likely to be noticeable with program material.—Rob Sabin

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Warrior24_7's picture

The ESS Sabre 9016 DAC in Yamaha and Pioneer recievers and processors like the CX-5100 are superior to those in the Marantz.

quadruplekewl's picture

Is this true? I actually just ordered both, believe it or not, and plan on comparing them.

The sr6010 came today and I am loving the social network soundtrack on it. Going to see how it does on a movie later tonight.

Got the aventage 2060 coming tomorrow. Can't wait to see how these two compare. That new yamaha stuff is fire.

20hzandbelow's picture

How did the the aventage 2060 and the marantz sr6010 compare? which one did you keep and why?
I find myself facing a similar dilemma

20hzandbelow's picture

How did the the aventage 2060 and the marantz sr6010 compare? which one did you keep and why?
I find myself facing a similar dilemma

anakinskye's picture

Pioneer? They have been using the same faulty firmware chips for the last 5 years. I would not suggest Pioneer to anyone. I have and SC 57 that's absolutely useless without a $600 repair. They've known about it and CONTINUE to use the same chip.

tboe77's picture

I just read your review of the Marantz SR7010 receiver. I was particularly intrigued by your described usage of the Klipsch RP-140SA Atmos speakers. I am writing today to ask you about using them along with the Paradigm speakers that you also have in your system.

I run a 5.1 channel system, with the 5 main channels all consisting of Paradigm Reference Studio Series (version 4) speakers. The main L/R are Studio 40s, the centre is a CC-690, and the surrounds are a pair of Studio 20s.

Can you please tell me more about your placement of the Klipsch speakers? In photos, it looks like they are intended to be placed on top of the main L/R and surround L/R speakers. It also looks like they are meant to be placed on a flat surface and, as we both know, the Paradigm Studio speakers' cabinets have curved tops. I thought this would preclude proper placement of Atmos modules, like the Klipsch RP-140SAs. Do you have them sitting on top of your Studio 20s? If so, did you have to do anything special to place them securely? Does the "hump" on the top, front side of the speaker, above the tweeter, affect the angle of the Atmos speaker, if placed on top of the Studio speaker? If so, did you do anything to correct this?

If you do not have the Atmos speakers placed on top of your Studio 20's, how and where do you have them placed? On separate stands?

In either case, would it be possible for you to share some pictures of your setup?

Also, can you comment on the sound quality of the Klipsch speakers, and how well they blend with the Paradigms?

I'm not very handy, so I haven't seriously considered installing in-ceiling speakers for Atmos. As I mentioned before, I thought the shape of the Studio speakers' cabinets would preclude proper placement of Atmos modules, like these Klipsch units. These perceived limitations had me thinking that an upgrade to an Atmos capable system would have to wait until I could afford to purchase all new speakers, but your article has given me hope that there may be an easier, less costly option, without sacrificing too much sound quality.

I know I'm asking for a lot of information, but if you could spare a few minutes to share what you've learned about the Klipsch Atmos speakers, it could have a big impact on my planned upgrade path.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration. I always enjoy reading your articles. Please keep them coming!



Mark Fleischmann's picture
I'll be doing a review of the Klipsch/Paradigm combo if you can wait a few months. In the meantime, here are a few things: The Klipsches are resting on top of the Paradigms. The back rubber feet rest on the speaker. The front rubber feet are slightly too short, so the Paradigm's hump supports the front. I may use some kind of putty to raise the back (slightly changing the Klipsch's angle of fire) and to damp the meeting of the two hard surfaces in front, but for now, the Klipsch is just resting on the Paradigm, and it's secure enough (no toddlers here). The Klipsches have a very detailed sound, probably with a more prominent treble than the neutral Paradigms, though we have not measured them yet, so don't take that for gospel. This makes Atmos effects more prominent, which I find helpful, though some future height-aggressive movie soundtrack might change my mind someday. I'm also avoiding ceiling-mount speakers, much as I would love to have them, because I'm a renter and the drilling would violate my lease. More details when I review the Klipsches. Thanks for your curiosity and I hope this will help for now.
tboe77's picture

That helps a lot, Mark! Thank you. I look forward to your review of the Klipsch speakers.

Michael O'Dea's picture

Hi Mark,
Thanks for your detailed review of the Marantz SR7010.
Could you please post the full test bench results for this unit so that an objective comparison can be made with the other av receivers you have reviewed.
Also, I was wondering whether you got a chance to test or use the phono input on this receiver?
If so, is the phono stage worth using or would you be better off using a separate phono pre-amp?
I'm considering purchasing this amp but am concerned about the low phono s/n ratio of 74 dB quoted in the manual. For comparison, here are the phono s/n ratio numbers for the main contenders:
Denon AVR-X6200 - 74 dB
Yamaha RX-A3050 - 95 dB
Sony STR-DA5800ES - 90 dB
Onkyo TX-RZ900 -80 dB
I know that there are other factors that affect the sound quality of the phono stage but these figures are concerning to me.
I wish to use the av receiver predominantly for music but want the functionality of an av receiver over a 2 channel amp. Any thoughts?

With thanks and best wishes.

Mumon's picture

I’ve used the Phono amp on my SR7009 (which is the outgoing model and likely the same hardware) and there’s nothing wrong with it, just a little boring. My “little bear” tube pre-amp is noisier, but more dynamic. You could use the built-in pre to start with, but I’d recommend trying out something else if vinyl is important to you – that would go for any receiver. The pre-amp really does make a difference in the sound you get.

Also: that SR7009 can be had for half what the SR7010 is going for, and is only lacking DTS-X (will this ever matter, who knows?) HDMI 2.2 (so get a switch). I’m running 7.1.4 Atmos through mine, which is a neat trick.

Viking199's picture

Thanks mark, i liked this review, finally i was able to see the calculation with 7 channels driven. I also saw the review of the mm7055 which states 108 watts per channel for 5 channels driven. (i have the mm7055 from my previous set up so i going to use it to power my 2 fronts and center speakers) and keep the 4 surrounds and 4 dolby atmos speakers on the sr7010) leaving 2 channels open in the mm7055 so i could add 2 height speakers if i decide to do the auro 3d. i see this marantz only could drive 11 speakers but it could have 13 speakers and according to the sound mode it will drive 11 speakers if i keep the pa m7055. i do not need too much watts that is why i know they will tell me to get a rotel, emotive or outlaw pa, i live in an apartment so i do not need to much besides i only using this for my living room and not a home theater room in that case i will get a more powerful in your opinion this will be a good set up? at least i will have a little bit of more power than using the sr7010 alone right?

Surround Discography's picture

Mark, Thanks for the article. I recently purchased the SR7010 and have an Oppo BDP-83 (Non SE) and am having an issue with 4.0 audio from bluray's, DTS-CD & DVD-Audio's. The receiver shows 4 speaker playback but I only get the front channels. Pink Floyd's Immersion bluray disc is a good example, switch to 4.0 and only the front channels work, switch to 5.1 all the speakers work. If I hook up my sons Samsung bluray everything works fine. So a another player works indicating the Oppo is at fault.
Since you used a BDP-83 in your review I was wondering if you had a similar issue.

witchdoctor's picture

I own the Marantz 7200 and use Paradigm Active Studio 40's for bed channels and Studio Active 20;s as height channels in an Auro 3D setup. I think you will find auromatic uses the height channels a lot more with movies than with atmos. I noticed your preference for 2 channel stereo over atmos upmixed music. The auromatic upmixer makes both dolby and 2 channel sound flat and uninvolving in comparison.The Paradigm Studio Active 20's are about the same six=ze as your Studio 20's v4. I have mine mounted on tall stands like a DB would use and they work fantastic. I think you would be very happy if you had studio 20 v4's for height channels as well.

schneiderbecket's picture

Where did the graph go?