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11 Jan, 2018

The Marantz NR1608 picks up a ‘Best Buy’ award from Home Cinema Choice

We started a new trend with our NR1501: a full-function receiver in a slimline package designed to fill the room with sound, not massive home theatre electronics. The NR1608 is the latest generation of that concept, and comes equipped with a variety of features needed for both a superb immersive home movie experience and whole-house music – all in a unit standing just 10.5cm tall.

The NR1608 AV Receiver is compatible with the full range of variations on 4K Ultra High Definition video, from 4K 60Hz video to HDR as well as Dolby Vision compatibility and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG; via future firmware update). It also has decoders for both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 3D surround sound, and seven channels of amplification to deliver those home theatre thrills. Eight HDMI inputs enable a full array of high-definition sources to be connected, including Blu-ray Disc players, streaming devices, set top boxes and games consoles, with 4K video and hi-res surround sound, while the ability to drive 5.1.2-channel speaker systems with its 7x90W amplification means it will envelop you in the action.

It will even upscale legacy video sources such as DVD to 4K, and create immersive surround fields from older soundtracks using Dolby Surround and Neural:X processing, as is of course compatible with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD soundtracks for conventional 5.1- or 7.1-channel surround.

Audyssey MultEQ simplifies pinpoint-accurate set-up and calibration, while the optional Audyssey MultEQ Editor App can be used to further refine the set-up or tune it to suit your personal tastes. In addition, Audyssey Dynamic EQ retains clarity and impact even when the system is playing at low levels, while Dynamic Volume levels out those annoying jumps between programming and adverts.

But the high-definition doesn’t stop at home theatre – and neither does the entertainment. The NR1608 also streams music from local network storage or the Internet, using either wired or Wi-Fi to connect to your home network. As well as Internet radio and services including Deezer, Spotify Connect and Tidal, it can also stream music from a computer or NAS drive at up to 192kHz/24bit and DSD5.6MHz, as well as popular formats including MP3. You can even play hi-res music from USB storage, using a convenient front-panel port, or stream music direct from a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth or Airplay.

The NR1608 can also become part of a complete wireless multiroom music system, thanks to HEOS integration. Simply add extra HEOS speakers in any room where you want music using the HEOS app, which you can access directly from within the Marantz 2016 AVR Remote app (giving complete control of the receiver), and you can stream music around the house from network or Internet sources, or even from your phone. Play different music in every room, or make the whole house rock to the same tunes when it’s party time.

Completing the NR1608 is a simple on-screen Setup Assistant to get you started, colour-coded speaker terminals so you don't get your channels all crossed up, and an Intelligent ECO mode designed to minimise power consumption without getting in the way of your entertainment. Switch it to auto to save power, or turn it off when you want to let rip with your favourite blockbuster movie or music. Certified by the Imaging Science Foundation, the NR1608 also features a full suite of video calibration controls for detailed set-up by an ISF technician, along with ISF Day/Night video modes.

The NR1608 is the complete home entertainment solution made slim and stylish: Marantz has reduced the size, not the performance.

Experience the NR1608 for yourself at your local Marantz Stockist.