Marantz SR4200 review: Marantz SR4200

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good Dolby Pro Logic II.

The Bad No component video or DVD-Audio/Super Audio CD inputs.

The Bottom Line Sweet sound for the money.

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Marantz claims that its new line of A/V receivers was designed with significant input from customers and dealers. We'd say its research paid off; the company distilled the essential ingredients of a great receiver--lots of features, friendly ergonomics, superior sound quality, and an affordable price--and crammed all that good stuff into the SR4200. Marantz claims that its new line of A/V receivers was designed with significant input from customers and dealers. We'd say its research paid off; the company distilled the essential ingredients of a great receiver--lots of features, friendly ergonomics, superior sound quality, and an affordable price--and crammed all that good stuff into the SR4200.

The $430 SR4200 is a joy to use. We found the 5.1-speaker-setup rigmarole easier to navigate than most, even though the SR4200 lacks an onscreen display. The programmable remote's button count is high (56), but the regularly used buttons fall easily under your fingers.

The ins and outs
The SR4200's suite of connectors is perfectly respectable for the price. While the receiver lacks component video and DVD-Audio/Super Audio CD (SACD) 5.1 analog inputs, it does sport a rather complete digital audio complement: four inputs (two optical, two coaxial), and two outputs (one optical and one coaxial). Video connections are modest by today's standards: one pair each of S-Video ins and outs and four composite video inputs and two outs. The seven analog audio connections are plentiful enough for all but the most complex systems. Finally, if the SR4200's modest 70 watts of power per channel ever starts to cramp your style, you can hook up a mondo multichannel amp to the receiver's 5.1-channel preamp outputs.

Cruising with the SR4200
The SR4200 has Dolby Digital and DTS decoding and something brand-new--Dolby Pro Logic II. This surround format comes in two forms: one for movies and one for music. We found the Pro Logic II-generated surround effects on older stereo DVD soundtracks, such as Cube and The Madness of King George, to be a vast improvement over those of the original Pro Logic. We heard a greater sense of spaciousness, and the dialogue was cleaner and more articulate. Pro Logic II's gains on Nirvana's Unplugged CD weren't as decisive; the processed sound seemed, well, processed. We actually preferred the original stereo sound, but the Pro Logic II sound was bigger and filled our listening room more completely.

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Marantz SR4200

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Response Bandwidth 20 - 20000 Hz
  • Color black
  • Additional Features source direct
  • Functions AV receiver
  • Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
  • Type AV receiver