"All three receivers performed extremely well in our tests but there can only be one winner and the group test award goes to the Marantz SR7009. The design was attractive and the build quality good, although perhaps not quite as solid as the other two. However Marantz had clearly thought about important aspects such as menu systems, connections, remote controls and easy setup. There was built-in WiFi, Bluetooth and excellent file support; whilst the Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room equalisation software was very effective and the SR7009 can process up to eleven channels.
The Marantz was very impressive when it came to all the main surround sound formats including Dolby Atmos. The sound field was well defined and immersive whilst bass was nicely integrated. Unusually for an AV receiver, the Marantz also retained a pleasant musical quality with two-channel audio. The Yamaha RX-A2040 came a close second and even pipped the Marantz when it came to surround sound but ultimately lost out because it's £100 more expensive. Whilst the Pioneer SC-LX58 was also very good but suffered from setup issues, an outdated menu system and a clinical performance with music."