1-on-1 Comparison

Side-by-Side Comparison

Marantz SR6015

Marantz SR5015

SCORE:
92
SCORE:
89

Highlights

  • 9.2 channels
  • 11.2 channel processing
  • 110 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 8K Upscaling, 8K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, DLNA, HEOS
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 channel processing
  • 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 8K Upscaling, 8K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, DLNA, HEOS
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

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Content

Overview

Here we are comparing Marantz SR6015 to Marantz SR5015 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. The Marantz SR6015 has 9 channel and the Marantz SR5015 has 7 channel amplifiers with Marantz SR6015's being more powerful.

We have evaluated both receivers. Marantz SR6015 gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Marantz SR6015

Marantz SR5015

AMPLIFIER
89
VIDEO FEATURES
100
AUDIO FEATURES
92
CONNECTIVITY
92
MULTIZONE
84
MISCELLANEOUS
88
RADIO
96
OVERALL
92
AMPLIFIER
88
VIDEO FEATURES
100
AUDIO FEATURES
86
CONNECTIVITY
89
MULTIZONE
82
MISCELLANEOUS
68
RADIO
96
OVERALL
89

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Marantz SR6015

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Marantz SR6015 over Marantz SR5015.

Marantz SR6015 has more channels, more power per channel, more channel processing, more advanced room correction system, more analog pre-outs and bigger power supply. It supports DSD streaming via HDMI and IMAX Enhanced. It has analog multi-channel input.

Marantz SR6015 vs Marantz SR5015
More Channels 9.2 vs 7.2
More Channel Processing 11.2 vs 7.1
IMAX Enhanced vs
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input vs
Audyssey LFC vs
Audyssey Sub EQ HT vs
Independent Subwoofer Outputs vs
More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System Audyssey MultEQ XT32 vs Audyssey MultEQ XT
More HDMI Inputs 7 (one 8K input) vs 6 (one 8K input)
More HDMI Outputs 3 (2 x 8K for MAIN, 1 x 4K for ZONE2) vs 2 (simultaneous 8K outs)
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 5 (1 front) vs 4
More Composite Video Inputs 4 (1 front) vs 2
Multi-Channel Input 7.1 vs
More Analog Pre-Outs 11.2 vs 7.2
Front A/V Inputs USB, Composite, L/R Audio vs USB
Zone 2 Outs HDMI, Pre Out vs Pre Out
More Speaker Terminals 11 vs 7
More Large Speaker Terminals 11 vs 7
Gold plated RCA terminals vs
Bigger Power Supply 680 W vs 650 W
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 110 W (0.08% THD) vs 100 W (0.08% THD)
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 150 W (0.7% THD) vs 140 W (0.7% THD)
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 220 W (10% THD) vs 200 W (10% THD)
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 185 W (1% THD) vs 180 W (1% THD)

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

STRENGTHS
  Dolby Atmos
  Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
  DTS:X
  Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
  HDR10
  HDR10+
  Dolby Vision
  Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
  VRR
  QFT
  4K or 8K Video Passthrough
  4K or 8K Signal Upscaling
  Analog To HDMI Upconversion
  HEOS
  Works with Amazon Alexa
  Google assistant
  Ethernet
  Wi-Fi
  Bluetooth
  eARC
  New HDCP Version
  USB Input
  Phono Input
  Composite Video Inputs
  Component Video Inputs
  Analog Pre-Outs
  Zones
  Analog Tuner
  Pandora
  Spotify
  Tidal
  New Bluetooth Version
WEAKNESSES
  No Front Wide Channel Support
  No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
  No Chromecast Built-In
  Few 8K Inputs

Selected Features

Amplifier

Marantz SR6015 has 9 channel and Marantz SR5015 has 7 channel amplifiers. Marantz SR6015 delivers 110 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Marantz SR5015 delivers 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and they both have stable performance at 4 Ω load. Since 2016 all receiver manufacturers have dropped front wide channel support and these models are no exceptions.


Video Features

Both receivers support 8K passthrough up to 60p. They both do 8K upscaling up to 60p. The receivers support HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


Dolby Vision and HDR10+

Dolby Vision and HDR10+ are both updates to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and support up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Marantz SR6015 and Marantz SR5015 support Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. The Marantz SR6015 can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 channels by adding 2 channel external amplifier and the Marantz SR5015 can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.

Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audio™ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.


DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer

Marantz SR6015 and Marantz SR5015 support DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. The Marantz SR6015 can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 channels by adding 2 channel external amplifier. The Marantz SR5015 can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.

DTS Neural:X is an upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.


Current Feedback Topology

Marantz SR6015 and Marantz SR5015 feature Current Feedback Topology which is a well known, Marantz’ original circuit technology. The Current Feedback amplifier technology fits perfectly with the high requirements set for Super Audio software providing wide-bandwidth, high-speed reproduction. The impedance at the Current Feedback point is limited resulting in a very low phase shift. Marantz receivers and amplifiers equipped with Current Feedback can keep the phase compensation via Negative FeedBack (NFB) to a minimum, resulting in high through-rate, excellent transient response and superb sonic transparency for the full bandwidth. Unlike conventional Voltage Feedback amplification, the Current Feedback amplification makes the power amplifier in-sensitive to difficult loudspeaker loads.


HDAM

Marantz SR6015 and Marantz SR5015 feature exclusive Marantz HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) technology found on their Reference Series components. Marantz developed its own discrete circuit boards to replace standard IC's. These HDAM's consist of discrete surface mount components with short mirror image L/R signal paths. Those devices are doing exactly the same thing as the Op-Amps, but outperform the regular IC Op-amps dramatically in terms of the Slew Rate and reduced noise level, resulting in a much more dynamic, accurate and detailed sound. Over the years Marantz developed different types of the HDAM to improve quality and to fit to the special requirements of a product category like CD or amplifier.


MDAX2

Compressed music enhancement in Marantz SR6015 and Marantz SR5015 is done by Marantz’ MDAX2 technology. The use of compressed audio files like MP3, Windows Media™ Audio or AAC is getting more and more popular. The audio quality of these compressed files however is less than the original lossless files that are on a CD, especially lacking the higher frequencies and affecting the lower frequencies which make the audio image less wide and deep. The Marantz Digital Audio Expander 2, also called M-DAX2, recalculates the outputted frequency range. This enables you to get a more detailed and clearer sound.


Connectivity

Marantz SR6015

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Marantz SR6015 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver works with Amazon Alexa and supports AirPlay 2. It has 7 HDMI inputs with one 8K input with HDCP 2.3 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 7.1 multi-channel analog inputs and 11.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has USB, Composite and L/R Audio inputs.

Marantz SR5015

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Marantz SR5015 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver works with Amazon Alexa and supports AirPlay 2. It has 6 HDMI inputs with one 8K input with HDCP 2.3 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 7.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has USB input.

Specifications

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Marantz SR6015 and here - Marantz SR5015.

BASICS Marantz SR6015 Marantz SR5015
BrandMarantzMarantz
ModelSR6015SR5015
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUSAUSA
Release Year20202020
AMPLIFIER Marantz SR6015 Marantz SR5015
Channels9.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
Current Feedback Topology
Discrete Amplification
HDAM
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability assignable assignable
AUDIO Marantz SR6015 Marantz SR5015
Maximum Channel Processing11.27.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.4 with external amp up to 5.1.2
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby Atmos Music
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X up to 7.1.4 with external amp up to 5.1.2
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1 Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSDMP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSDApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction Hybrid PLL Clock Jitter Reducer Hybrid PLL Clock Jitter Reducer
DTS Dialog Control
Dialog Enhancement
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Compressed Music Enhancer MDAX2 MDAX2
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
Independent Subwoofer Outputs
CALIBRATION Marantz SR6015 Marantz SR5015
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ XT32 Audyssey MultEQ XT
Audyssey App Support
Optimized Bass Redirection
Bass Sync
VIDEO Marantz SR6015 Marantz SR5015
HDR10
HDR10+
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
QMS (Quick Media Switching)
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
QFT (Quick Frame transport)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscaling up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite Component**, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Marantz SR6015 Marantz SR5015
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Domotz Pro Compatible
OvrC Compatible
HEOS
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Google assistant
Apple Siri
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay 2 AirPlay 2
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote App Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App for iOS and Android devices Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App for iOS and Android devices
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC SBC
Bluetooth Headphone Transmission
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.32.3
HDMI Inputs7 (one 8K input)6 (one 8K input)
HDMI Outputs3 (2 x 8K for MAIN, 1 x 4K for ZONE2)2 (simultaneous 8K outs)
8K Inputs11
USB Input1 Front for USB memory1 Front for USB memory
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input5 (1 front)4
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In22
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out2 / 2 /
Composite Video Input4 (1 front)2
Composite Video Output11
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input22
Component Video Output11
PC In
Multi-Channel Input 7.1
Analog Pre-Outs11.27.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsUSB, Composite, L/R AudioUSB
Speaker A/B assignable assignable
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Marantz SR6015 Marantz SR5015
Zones22
Powered Zones 2 2
Zone 2HDMI, Pre OutPre Out
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output11
MISC Marantz SR6015 Marantz SR5015
On-Screen Display Advanced Graphic User Interface Advanced Graphic User Interface
GUI Languages33
Web Browser Control
IP Control for CI
Control4 SDDP
Display port hole port hole
Remote ControllerRC042SRRC042SR
Pre-programmed / Learnable / LCD Display / / / /
Detachable Power Cord
Flasher In
Remote Control In/Out1 / 11 / 1
Setup Assistant
RADIO Marantz SR6015 Marantz SR5015
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Digital Radio
Internet Radio TuneIn TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Marantz SR6015 Marantz SR5015
Front PanelMetalMetal
Speaker Terminals117
Large Speaker Terminals117
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
High Grade Audio Components
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Marantz SR6015 Marantz SR5015
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Toroidal Transformer (EI) (EI)
Power Consumption680 W650 W
No Sound PowerECO On/Off: 60 W/100 WECO On/Off: 45 W/75 W
Standby Power0.2 W0.2 W
GENERAL Marantz SR6015 Marantz SR5015
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Auto Power off
Dimensions (W x H x D)440 mm x 161 mm x 398 mm (with antenna: 440 mm x 229 mm x 398 mm)
17-3/8" x 6-3/8" x 15-3/4" (with antenna: 17-3/8" x 9-1/8" x 15-3/4")
440 mm x 161 mm x 348 mm (with antenna: 440 mm x 231 mm x 348 mm)
17-3/8" x 6-3/8" x 13-3/4" (with antenna: 17-3/8" x 9-1/8" x 13-3/4")
Dimensions of Package (W x H x D)537 mm x 257 mm x 483 mm520 mm x 243 mm x 429 mm
Weight12.8 kg (28 lbs 4 oz)10.1 kg (22.2 lbs)
Weight of Package15.4 kg12.3 kg
Warranty3 Years3 Years
SPECS Marantz SR6015 Marantz SR5015
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2110 W (0.08% THD)100 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2150 W (0.7% THD)140 W (0.7% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)220 W (10% THD)200 W (10% THD)
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)185 W (1% THD)180 W (1% THD)
Phono Distortion0.03% (1 kHz, 3 V)0.03% (1 kHz, 3 V)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ200 mV/47 kΩ
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)2.5 mV2.5 mV
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 dB100 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)74 dB74 dB
Phono RIAA Deviation±1 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)±1 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)
DSD Sampling Rates via USB5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Video Frequency Response5 Hz - 60 MHz, 0, -3 dB (Component)
5 Hz - 10 MHz, 0, -3 dB (Composite)
5 Hz - 60 MHz, 0, -3 dB (Component)
5 Hz - 10 MHz, 0, -3 dB (Composite)
Ethernet Standard100BASE-TX100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/nIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency5 GHz, 2.4 GHz5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version4․24․2
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5V, 1 AUSB2.0 5V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 2.8 µV (20.2 dBf)Mono: 2.8 µV (20.2 dBf)
FM Effective Sensitivity1.2 µV (12.8 dBf)1.2 µV (12.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dBMono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%
AM Frequency520 kHz - 1710 kHz520 kHz - 1710 kHz
AM Effective Sensitivity18 µV18 µV

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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