Things change I guess and they no longer make the great products they used to
Amazon Customer "Divine Trust", Amazon
10 October 2014
Summary: It is literally 5 degrees hotter in the area where this is located. Marantz send another unit which was/is the same. Then they turned around and discontinued it and I am stuck with a defective receiver. I will never purchase anything from Marantz again, which is said because I had their products for years. Things change I guess and they no longer make the great products they used to. For what their products cost, I am sure you could do MUCH better.
Summary: Good sound, poor build quality, worse customer service. Sure it sounds great has wonderful features, but within a year the receiver broke and Marantz Customer Service was less than helpful. They directed me to a service vendor, refused to pay for any shipping to and packing materials at all. They only offered to pay for return shipping. Go to almost any other online retailer and they offer to ship things all over the place for free and packing it not an issue either.
Summary: Great receiver for its category. With great power to get an incredible sound out of my Klipsch Reference speakers. Surround sound is excellent on 5.1, can't wait to hear with 7.2 channel. I would definitely recommend.
Summary: I have hade this for just over a year and one of the HDMI ports has failed. It wasn't as these plugs were used very often, I set it up and this is how it remained until it failed. This otherwise had worked flawlessly and was very satisfied with the units sound and abilities. It has a 3 year warranty but a major inconvenience. Also there are very few certified dealers around, only one in this state.
Summary: I've had this now for around 8 months. First off, forget about the built-in music services, get a bluetooth receiver and connect it to the stereo inputs. The interface for Spotify is terrible. You can't que music with it and it is very easy to end your song without realizing it. It also has ONLY a search feature by name. No genre search or any other search like the smartphone apps have. So use your smartphone app and connect to this via a bluetooth receiver.
Summary: Good sound, and nice features. Networking isn't the smoothest operation, but for movies, music and video games, it sounds great with my Definitive Technology speakers, which have built in subs, so have the 2 sub pre-outs has been awesome.
Summary: Had an NAD receiver before and I loved it. But it broke down eventually (getting repaired now actually) and the tech was a bit outdated. This Marantz does everything, streams music from itunes or android, has about a million HDMI and other inputs and the menus are very intuitive. I have no need for Sonos with this thing as it allows me to play 2 seperate inputs in the two zones. I can stream music in the living room while watching TV in the den!
Summary: There are other ways to get connectivity than a receiver. You can buy a stand-alone hdmi switch, for example. So when I buy a receiver, I put the sound considerations first. You may have heard of the Marantz "warm" sound, which most resembles a tube amplifier. This receiver has it--and with discrete amplification for each channel, it can drive a wide range of speakers. I currently have it hooked up to a 5.1 setup with Polk tsi series speakers.
Summary: I have had many receivers over the years and this one ranks with some of the best in this price range. As many hook-ups as a person could use. Easy to use and set up. I don't really like the tiny display, but it is a Marantz thing. My biggest complaint is no HDMI pass through. So to watch TV in highest def it always has to be on. Plus you can't listen to a cd and watch TV at the same time. That is a dumb move for a receiver I think....