Marantz has unveiled its first line of "8K ready" receivers with HDMI 2.1 for 4K120 and 8K60 passthrough. However, only a single input port is HDMI 2.1 compatible.
Marantz HDMI 2.1 receivers
Marantz' new SR series of AV receivers (SR5015, SR6015, SR7015, and SR8015) are its first "8K ready" models, or more specifically its first with an HDMI 2.1 port.
HDMI 2.1 enables the receiver to pass through 4K120 and 8K60 signals from a next-generation game console or video player. The company added that the receivers also support pass-through for optional HDMI 2.1 features such as Dynamic HDR, QMS (Quick Media Switching), VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) and QFT (Quick Frame Transport).
Also read: HDMI 2.1: 8K/10K, variable refresh rate, eARC, new cable
Like Denon's first HDMI 2.1 receivers, the new Marantz receivers are equipped only with a single HDMI 2.1 input (40 Gbps). Additional HDMI 2.1 players or consoles should be connected directly to the TV that can feed lossless audio back to the receiver via HDMI eARC.
- "The new 2020 SR-Series AV receivers represent the next major step forward in home theater, not just for Marantz, but the entire home entertainment industry," said Jake Mendel, global brand manager, Marantz. "Marantz fans will be some of the first to experience new levels of incredibly sharp image quality, remarkably fast gaming and immersive surround sound. But more importantly, superior Marantz HDAM-SA3 amplification based on decades of extensive tuning transports the listener ever closer to their music."
TVs with HDMI 2.1 are already available in the market and the first players/consoles are expected to launch later this year. With HDMI 2.1-capable receivers starting to emerge the pieces for next generation of video/audio are starting to fall into place.
The receivers support Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro 3D, and IMAX Enhanced along with many other features that are listed in the table below.
Marantz's new receivers will be available in the US and Europe starting from August/September. Pricing details are listed below.