Marantz NR1604 Review

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £549.99
  • 7.1 processing with 90W per channel
  • 7 HDMI inputs (6 on rear, 1 on front)

What is the Marantz NR1604?

Marantz’s home cinema receivers have traditionally been known for being big, stylised boxes – imposing AV leviathans of the living room. But its entry-level slimline models are anything but gigantic. They’re around half the height of a typical receiver, and have become popular because of it. The Marantz NR1604 is the higher-end model of the two new 2013 slim receivers, and costs £549.

Marantz NR1604 – Design and Features

The Marantz NR1604 is all about its shape and its looks. These separate it from the many keen rivals at the price – from Yamaha, Sony, Onkyo and Marantz’s sister company Denon. This is probably the best-looking, most lounge-friendly receiver you can get at the price. Marantz NR1604
The NR1604 and companion Marantz Blu-ray drive

There is a price to pay for a size zero – ok, more like size 10 – frame, though. The Marantz NR1604 has significantly less power on tap than most larger receivers at the price. It has just 90W per channel, making it best-suited to your typical speaker setup of diddy satellites and an active subwoofer, rather than an array of giant floorstanders.

However, it is a 7.1 amp, rather than a 5-channel amp – one of the main upgrades over the £349 NR1504.

Aside from this power issue, the Marantz NR1604 has a pretty comprehensive array of features. It has seven HDMI ports, six on the rear and one up front, 4K upscaling, Audyssey MultiEQ XT auto setup and online features.
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Like Marantz’s other receivers, the NR1604 does not have Wi-Fi built-in, but you can plug in some third-party dongles or use the Ethernet port to connect directly to your router. Once hooked-up, you’ll be able to access Spotify and Last.fm, stream music over AirPlay or DLNA and control the receiver using a tablet or phone.
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Marantz offers a free remote control app for Android and iOS devices, and it lets you control most of the receiver’s settings. There’s a traditional remote control too, if using your smartphone doesn’t appeal.
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The Marantz NR1604 is most ways a minor update to its predecessor, but these slim-line models are a good solution if small size and good looks are important factors to you.

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