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To give the SR6014 an all channels on deck workout, I streamed the final scene from episode two of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan from Amazon Prime Video where the police get ambushed while raiding a Paris apartment. The Dolby Atmos mix here has automatic gunfire breaking out in every direction, with sound bouncing off the walls and ceiling of the small interior spaces in the apartment. As real as it sounded, I thankfully didn’t feel the need to duck and dodge any bullets. The explosion at the end of the scene underscored the Marantz’s ability to convey dynamic slam, even if much of the sound’s weight was delivered by my separate powered subwoofer. ”
The new UHD Blu-ray of Waterworld impresses with a full-bodied DTS:X remix. The attack on the atoll illustrates the kind of bold and cinematic soundscapes the Focal can produce. As the Smokers encircle the atoll, their machine-gun fire has a thrillingly percussive kick, and bullets rip through the metallic structure. Jet skis roar convincingly overhead and explosions are delivered with gusto.
There’s plenty of bass running through the entire film, in part because of James Newton Howard’s drum-dominated score. This is given a solid foundation by the Astral 16, while the built-in amplification showcases reserves of power, easily driving all the channels at once. Subtle effects generate the feeling of being isolated and at sea – water laps and wind rustles through sails – and once again the EQ brings these effects to the fore. Meanwhile, the all-channel soundscapes of the film’s underwater sequences are presented with water-logged realism.
With the USS Arkansas going head to head with a soviet Akula class submarine in Hunter Killer, the TX-SR393 created a big sound field, with torpedoes swooshing convincingly about my listening room. Likewise, the Onkyo turned in a reasonably detailed performance, capturing background noise and conversations within the USS Arkansas.
While the TX-SR393 wasn’t able to provide the same level of impact I have become accustomed to from Blade Runner 2049 it did again surprise me. By comparison, the Onkyo sounded neither thin or tinny, both of which are common traits at this price-point.”
The DRX-4.3 is rated for 100wpc (2CH driven) across all 9 amplified channels with the ability to expand to 11 channels of processing via an external 2CH amplifier. The amplification section is traditional Class AB with a linear power supply and 2 very large fans flanking the rather smallish heatsinks. That’s a lot of transistors to cram into a single heatsink like this, which is common these days for Dolby Atmos / DTS:X AV receivers. Realize just a few years ago, these same-sized products had only 7 internal amplifiers. Now receiver companies are cramming 9, 11 and up to 13 channels into similar-sized products. If you were planning on running a 7.1.4 speaker configuration using this AVR, you’d have to add an external 2CH amplifier to power the surround back channels. Unfortunately, you can’t reassign the front channels to the surround backs so if you want more power to the fronts, I’d recommend getting a 5CH amplifier to power the front LCR’s and surround back channels. This is an especially good recommendation IF you’re running 4 ohm speakers for the front soundstage to take some of the pressure off this workhorse.”