Summary: I just got this two weeks ago. I've had several Denon receivers, an Onkyo, an a JVC Flagship receiver that was THX certified. This Marantz sounds significantly better than all of them, the best sound I've ever had. The most surprising thing is how CDs sound. I can play them louder because the high end doesn't hurt my ears. SACD's, DVD Audio music discs played through my Oppo 980 sound amazing.
Summary: After doing a lot of research, I decided to get the Marantz SR5005 receiver to add to the new 55" Sony TV we recently purchased. Delivery was on time. It was a little intimating at first but then it all made sense and the rest of the setup was easy. I purchased the receiver and the Energy Home Theater system at the same time which was nice because I was able to set it up with the microphone and check out the workings of the receiver.
Summary: I have long been a fan of Marantz equipment. Their products consistently perform exceptionally well, even their consumer gear like this SR5005 receiver. Before buying this model I researched numerous makes and models. I was actively seeking receivers that had 5.1 to 7.1 sound and an a/b option for multiple/alternate room delivery. Reviews and features repeatedly brought me back to the Marantz line of receivers.
Summary: I Purchased the SR5005 to replace a recently deceased 10 year old THX certified receiver, powering Klipsch Reference series speakers, and having several internet-connected devices feeding it content - Xbox360, Mvix Ultio Pro Media Center , and a Home Theater PC. Set up was a breeze. I had never used any of the automatic configuration and set up tools before, so i can't compare it against the competition, but it certainly cut the set up time drastically, although it did...
Summary: I've been nothing but impressed with this unit, especially at the price it was. Since upgrading to Blu-ray, I needed something to replace my system I was very fond of, to process the new uncompressed surround modes such as DTS HD Master and True HD. The system I replaced was a B&K Reference 50.
Summary: Purchased a refurb about 3 weeks ago. Package arrived from accessories for less in a timely fashion. First off, i love the way the receiver looks. Since the volume over-lay wasnt a feature i was interested in, i pulled the triggr on the 5005. In three weeks of ownership, I have put this avr through its paces and it has passed all audio tests with flying colors. Blasted this thing at +5 db for about an hr and it was warm to the touch, but never hot.
Summary: Unfortunately, SR 5005 still has "pop of death" issue. I bought a refurbished SR 5005 here one week ago. I use 2 polk monitor 70, one CS 20, 2 polk monitor 50, and polk monitor 40. I connect my computer to the receiver via hdmi. This receiver goes to protection mode frequently, and sometimes when you turn it on again by pressing the power button, it goes back to protection mode again.
Summary: I've had a couple of Denon's in a row. The last one, a 2308ci, was 3 years old and stopped working which was quite a let down but it was a refurb, so what you gonna do?. When I went to preview the latest Denon and listen to it against the Yamaha, Pioneer Elite and the Marantz I was suprised to find the Marantz won... I have a smallish living room so I don't need a lot of power.
Summary: I have had the 5005 for about three months now and am very satisfied. It replaced a two-year old Onkyo that was nothing but trouble (won't go into it here). My basic requirements were, in this order, awesome audio sound, reliability, value and as few features as possible. Marantz is way at the top of the list when you talk audio quality. Music is much more difficult to reproduce than TV or movie sound and I am delighted with how it sounds.