Marantz NR1508 Review and Specs

Marantz NR1508 The 5.2-channel Marantz NR1508 is one of the younger AV receivers in the popular slim series. Due to the small height of the case, such devices do not take up much space and are perfectly combined with modern TVs. See more facts in this Marantz NR1508 review.

Marantz NR1508 review

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Features

The AV receiver is equipped with a 32-bit DSP processor that provides support for HD decoders such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Five discrete amplifiers equipped with high-current transistors even work with four-ohm speakers and produce 50 watts of power at 8 ohms. Concerning Marantz NR1508 specs the general package also includes Dynamic EQ technology (for listening at low volume without loss of bass) and Dynamic Volume (optimizes the volume level in real time).

Design and build

Eight years later, Marantz still retains the original features of the NR series with only a few minor changes. The NR1508 has an aluminum front panel with rounded edges and a pair of control knobs: one for volume and one for source selection. Its height is only 10 cm, compared to the more familiar 15 cm from Sony, but at the same time it was possible to install a large LED display on it. Despite its small height, its width is still 44 cm, and its depth is almost 38 cm.

Marantz NR1508

Connectivity

The AV receiver is ready for wireless audio transmission, as it has Wi-Fi (two bands), Bluetooth and AirPlay on board. Through the LAN port or via WLAN, the model is easily connected to the local network and can pick up audio content stored on NAS servers or local folders on the computer. The device received six HDMI inputs (one located on the front), which support Ultra HD resolution (60 Hz), HDCP 2.2 protocol, as well as HDR10 and Dolby Vision standards.

Setup

After the software update, the HLG format developed for HDR broadcasts will be available. The CEC function for HDMI is available, making it possible to control the Marantz NR1508 using a TV remote equipped with Smart TV technology. You can control the receiver not only through a standard remote control, but also using a proprietary application. An efficient Audyssey MultEQ system is provided for speaker calibration.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Despite its small size, the receiver is able to sound the room with high quality
  • The presence of the HEOS system for the first time allows you to enjoy multi-room audio on mid-range devices

Cons

  • HEOS loses in terms of number of supported services and ease of use

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Common features

Product

Marantz NR1508

Model

NR1508

Brand

Marantz

Reviews

41

Amplifier

Channels

5.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

50/8 20Hz-20KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Hi-Res audio, Audyssey Dynamic Volume

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

6/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1

Coaxial digital input

1

Composite input

3

Component input/output

0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

HLG

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle

Display

colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB

Other additional features

IP Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not

Zone audio output

has not

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

has not

RS-232

0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

has not

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

has not

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

180

Standby consumption, W

0.2

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.1 x 35.5 x 10.1/17.3 x 14.8 x 4.1

Weight, kg/lbs

7.7/17.9
Marantz NR1508
Marantz NR1508

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