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Marantz Cinema 60 (USA version)

SCORE:
89

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 channel processing
  • 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDMI 2.1
  • 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

In The Box

  • Main unit
  • remote control
  • batteries
  • AM/FM antennas
  • wire labels
  • quick start guide
  • Audyssey microphone
  • card board microphone stand
  • 2 External Detachable Antenna
  • AC cord

Overview

Marantz Cinema 60 was introduced in 2022. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz and upscales up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 video signal.

We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 89 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

AMPLIFIER
87
VIDEO FEATURES
100
AUDIO FEATURES
86
CONNECTIVITY
88
MULTIZONE
82
MISCELLANEOUS
68
RADIO
96
OVERALL
89

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Marantz Cinema 60.

PROS
  Dolby Atmos
  Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
  DTS:X
  Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
  HDMI 2.1
  eARC
  New HDCP Version
  HDR10
  HDR10+
  Dolby Vision
  Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
  VRR
  QFT
  4K or 8K Video Passthrough
  4K or 8K Signal Upscaling
  HEOS
  Works with Amazon Alexa
  Google assistant
  Ethernet
  Wi-Fi
  Bluetooth
  Many 8K Inputs
  USB Input
  Phono Input
  Analog Pre-Outs
  Zones
  Analog Tuner
  Pandora
  Spotify
  Tidal
  New Bluetooth Version
CONS
  No Front Wide Channel Support
  No IMAX Enhanced
  No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
  No DSD via HDMI
  No Chromecast Built-In
  No Composite Video Inputs

Predecessor

Here we are comparing Marantz Cinema 60 to its predecessor SR5015 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Marantz Cinema 60 vs Marantz SR5015
Dolby Atmos Music vs
Dialog Enhancement vs
More 8K Inputs 3 vs 1
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac vs IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

DOWNGRADES Marantz Cinema 60 vs Marantz SR5015
Jitter Reduction vs Hybrid PLL Clock Jitter Reducer
Dialog Level Adjustment vs
Less Composite Video Inputs vs 2
Less Composite Video Outputs vs 1
Less Component Video Inputs vs 2
Less Component Video Outputs vs 1

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Marantz Cinema 60 vs Marantz SR5015.

Audio Section

7 channel Amplifier

Marantz Cinema 60 features 7 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

  • Current Feedback Topology: Marantz Cinema 60 features 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 (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module): Marantz Cinema 60 features 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.

Speaker Configurations

Marantz Cinema 60's 7 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

  • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
  • 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
  • DTS:X Configurations: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos:
  • 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
  • Configurations without height channels: There are also other speaker configurations available which do not include height channels:
  • 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
  • Bi-Amp: You can bi-amp front left and right speakers. During bi-amplification two amplifiers are used for one speaker. One amplifier powers the midrange and tweeter section of the speaker and another amplifier powers the low frequency woofers. Each amplifier is less loaded and performs better. In order to use this feature speakers must have 2 pairs of connectors.

Dolby Atmos

Marantz Cinema 60 supports Dolby Atmos. It is a cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound 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. 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.

  • Dolby Surround Upmixer: 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.
  • Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization: Dolby Atmos height virtualization is a digital signal processing solution that leverages Dolby's deep understanding of human audio perception to create the sensation of overhead sound from the listener-level speakers.

DTS:X

Marantz Cinema 60 supports DTS:X. 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: DTS Neural:X is an advanced 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.
  • DTS Virtual:X: DTS Virtual:X bridges the gap between DTS:X codec and the reality of so many consumers' homes, allowing you to enjoy multi-dimensional sound regardless of room size, layout, or speaker configuration. If you have a limited speaker setup you will miss a full immersive potential of your entertainment system. DTS Virtual:X adds height and surround audio effect to your system without adding height speakers. It works with multiple configurations and delivers immersive sound experience out of 5.1 or even 2.1 speaker layouts.
  • DTS Dialog Control: This function adjusts the dialog levels during playback of the DTS:X stream. It allows you to separately increase the dialog levels in contrast with the background sound and hear dialog easily even under noisy circumstances.

Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)

Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature allows the compatible TV to send audio signal to the a/v receiver through the same HDMI cable which is used to send audio and video signals to the TV. So one HDMI cable is used to transfer audio signal in both directions. New Enhanced ARC will support uncompressed audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio whereas the previous ARC could support only Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS HD, and PCM.


Sound Processing

  • Audyssey: Marantz Cinema 60 comes with Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume.
  • Dynamic EQ: selects the best possible frequency response and surround volume levels moment-by-moment. This ensures that the bass response, tonal balance and surround impression remain constant despite changes in volume. This is the first technology that carefully combines information from incoming source levels with actual output sound levels in the room, a pre-requisite for delivering a dynamic volume solution.
  • Dynamic Volume: Your Listening experience can be greatly diminished when there are significant shifts in volume between television programs, commercials and within the program material itself. When this happens you must constantly adjust the volume to maintain your desired listening level. Audyssey Dynamic Volume monitors the volume of program material moment-by-moment and automatically adjusts it, maintaining the desired listening level for all content while optimizing the dynamic range to preserve impact.
  • MDAX2: Compressed music enhancement in Marantz Cinema 60 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.

Room Calibration

Marantz Cinema 60 comes with Audyssey MultEQ XT room correction system and includes the calibration microphone. It also supports Audyssey App.

  • Audyssey Room Calibration: Audyssey is an acoustic measurement technology which automatically restores the acoustic distortion caused by the acoustic behaviour of a room with only a push on a button. Audyssey equalization provides an clear, accurate, natural sound with voices and dialog that become focused and intelligible, restoring the musical balance. Musical instruments and sound effects become precisely localized and the surround soundstage is made seamless and enveloping.

Video Section

HDMI 2.1

Marantz Cinema 60 features 3 HDMI 2.1 inputs with 8K support and 3 inputs with 4K support. It has 2 outputs which work parallelly and output the same signal.

  • 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz Passthrough: 3 out of 6 inputs pass up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 and the rest of the inputs pass up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 video signal.
  • 8K Upscaling: Marantz Cinema 60 can upscale up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 from HDMI sources.
  • BT.2020 Color Space: BT.2020 or Rec. 2020 is a color standard which delivers a wider color gamut compared to Rec. 709. It covers approximately 75% of the total visual spectrum while the Rec. 709 covers only 35%.
  • HDCP 2.3 Copy Protection: All inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.3 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
  • Quick Media Switching (QMS): With HDMI 2.1a, Quick Media Switching for movies and video uses the HDMI VRR mechanism to eliminate the blackout period when an HDMI Source device switches its video mode. As long as the resolution remains the same and only the frame rate changes, QMS will instantly switch between frame rates. QMS eliminates A/V blackouts by using VRR technology to change frame rates, allowing instant changes from 24Hz to 60Hz frame rate, and anywhere in-between. The viewer never sees blank screens and gets a seamless experience.
  • 3D Ready: Marantz Cinema 60 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

Marantz Cinema 60 supports HDR (high dynamic range) video formats such as HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, Dynamic HDR and Hybrid Log-Gamma. High dynamic range video has greater dynamic range than standard dynamic range (SDR) video with brighter whites and deeper blacks. The result is greater contrast and more details in dark and bright areas, better color and depth.

  • HDR10: HDR10 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 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors. It is technically limited to a maximum of 10,000 nits peak brightness, however common HDR10 contents are mastered with peak brightness from 1,000 to 4,000 nits.
  • HDR10+: HDR10+ is an HDR video technology that adds dynamic metadata to HDR10 source files. The dynamic metadata are used to adjust brightness levels on a scene-by-scene or even frame-by-frame basis. HDR10+ supports maximum of 10,000 nits peak brightness and 10-bit or more (up to 16-bit) color bit depth. It uses Samsung's dynamic metadata defined in SMPTE ST 2094-40.
  • Dolby Vision: Dolby Vision is a set of technologies developed by Dolby Laboratories for high dynamic range (HDR) video. It covers content creation, distribution, and playback. Like HDR10+, it includes dynamic metadata that are used to adjust and optimize each frame of the HDR video to the consumer display's capabilities in a way specified by the content creator. Dolby Vision allows for a maximum resolution of 8K up to 12-bit color depth, maximum peak brightness of 10,000 nits and a color gamut up to Rec. 2020. It uses Dolby's proprietary dynamic metadata defined in SMPTE ST 2094-10.
  • Dynamic HDR: Dynamic HDR enables a noticeable progression in overall video image quality from SDR to static HDR, and now static HDR to dynamic HDR. Dynamic HDR support ensures every moment of a video is displayed at its ideal values for depth, detail, brightness, contrast, and wider color gamuts - on a scene-by-scene or even a frame-by-frame basis. HDR-enhanced content is available for movies, videos, TV shows, video and PC games and VR.
  • Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG): The Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) is a transfer function developed mainly for HDR live video feed and over-the-air broadcasts. It is an HDR format that uses BT.2020 color primaries and a bitdepth of 10-bit. It is backward compatible with the transfer function of SDR and is designed to be better-suited for television broadcasting, where the metadata required for other HDR formats is not backward compatible with non-HDR displays. HLG defines a non-linear optical-electro transfer function, in which the lower half of the signal values use a gamma curve and the upper half of the signal values use a logarithmic curve.

Gaming Features

Marantz Cinema 60 supports Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT) for lag-free and smooth gaming.

  • Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM): Auto Low Latency Mode enables the ideal latency setting to automatically be set allowing for smooth, lag-free and uninterrupted viewing and interactivity. When the receiver detects a gaming signal it will enter ALLM. The signal will also be sent to the TV causing it to automatically switch to a low-latency, low-lag mode for gaming. Some functions will not be available on the receiver and TV during ALLM.
  • Variable Refresh Rate (VRR): VRR enables a gaming source such as a console or computer to deliver video frames as fast as it can, which in many cases is slower than the normal static refresh rate. It allows the TV to adapt to certain frame rate which reduces or eliminates lag, judder and frame tearing for more fluid and better detailed gameplay.
  • Quick Frame Transport (QFT): QFT reduces latency for smoother no-lag gaming, and real-time interactive virtual reality. It transports each frame at a higher rate to decrease display latency, which is the amount of time between a frame being ready for transport in the GPU and that frame being completely displayed.

Multi-zone Playback

Marantz Cinema 60 offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 2 different rooms.


Zone 2

  • Powered Zone 2: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 2 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 5 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
  • Audio Pre Output: If you have a dedicated power amplifier for Zone 2 you can connect it to the a/v receiver via pre outs and control volume from the a/v receiver.

Inputs and Outputs

Audio

  • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the moving magnet cartridge output of the turntable directly to the a/v receiver.
  • Analog Pre-Outs: Marantz Cinema 60 has 7.2 preamplifier outputs which allow you to connect the a/v receiver to the external power amplifier. You may want to use a high quality external amplifier for certain channels, usually for front L/R and center, and use the a/v receiver to power the rest.
  • Analog Line Inputs: There are 4 line inputs for analog audio connection.
  • Digital Inputs: 2 optical inputs and 2 coaxial inputs are available for digital audio connection.
  • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel.

Video

  • HDMI:
  • Inputs: 6   Outputs: 2 (simultaneous 8K outs)
    8K Inputs: 3
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Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Marantz Cinema 60.

BASICS
BrandMarantz
ModelCinema 60
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUSA
Release Year2022
AMPLIFIER
Channels7.2
Front Wide Channel Support
Current Feedback Topology
Discrete Amplification
HDAM
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability (assignable)
AUDIO
Maximum Channel Processing7.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos 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 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
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction
DTS Dialog Control
Dialog Enhancement
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Compressed Music Enhancer 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
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ XT
Audyssey App Support
Optimized Bass Redirection
Bass Sync
VIDEO
HDMI Version2.1
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.3
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
Dolby Vision
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
BT.2020 color space
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 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscaling up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
HEOS
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Google assistant
Apple Siri
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay 2
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote App Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App for iOS and Android devices
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC
Bluetooth Headphone Transmission
HDBaseT Compatible
HDMI Inputs6
HDMI Outputs2 (simultaneous 8K outs)
8K Inputs3
USB Input1 Front for USB memory
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input4
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical Inputs2
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs2
Composite Video Input
Composite Video Output
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input
Component Video Output
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs7.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsUSB
Speaker A/B assignable
Headphone Out6.3 mm (1/4")
ZONES
Zones2
Powered Zones 2
Zone 2 OutsPre Out
RS-232C Interface
+12V Trigger Output1
MISC
On-Screen Display Advanced Graphic User Interface
GUI Languages3
Web Browser Control
IP Control for CI
Control4 SDDP
PreAmp Mode
Display port hole OLED
Remote ControllerRC049SR
Detachable Power Cord
Flasher In
Remote Control In/Out1 / 1
Setup Assistant
RADIO
Analog Tuner FM/AM
Digital Radio
Internet Radio TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION
Front PanelMetal
Speaker Terminals7
Large Speaker Terminals7
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
High Grade Audio Components
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Toroidal Transformer (EI)
Power Consumption650 W
No Sound PowerECO On/Off: 45 W/75 W
Standby Power0.2 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Auto Power off
Dimensions (W x H x D)442 mm x 165 mm x 343 mm (with antenna: 442 mm x 235 mm x 354 mm)
17.4" x 6.5" x 13.5" (with antenna: 17.4" x 9.3" x 13.9"
Weight10.9 kg (24 lbs)
Warranty3 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2100 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2140 W (0.7% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)200 W (10% THD)
Phono Distortion0.03% (1 kHz, 3 V)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)2.5 mV
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)74 dB
Phono RIAA Deviation±1 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)
DSD Sampling Rates via USB5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Ethernet Standard100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version4․2
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 2.8 µV (20.2 dBf)
FM Effective Sensitivity1.2 µV (12.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%
AM Frequency520 kHz - 1710 kHz
AM Effective Sensitivity18 µV

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

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