Marantz NR1509 vs Marantz NR1504

Marantz-NR1509-vs-Marantz-NR1504

Marantz NR1509 review

The differences between these units are minimal. The output power is identical - 50W at 8 Ohms. The channel quantity is 5.2 for 1509 and 5.1 for 1504. For wireless switching, the Marantz NR1509 uses Wi-Fi (two bands), Bluetooth and AirPlay (AirPlay 2 protocol with multi-room audio support for Apple devices will be available after a software update). The receiver can be used as a network player and play files in Hi-Res format (including DSD 5.6 MHz), placed on servers and computers on the local network. The same formats are available when playing through the USB port built into the front of the case. The online services Spotify Connect, TuneIn, Tidal, Deezer, etc. are supported. Marantz NR1509

Marantz NR1504 review

The rounded facade and large handles give the device an undeniable elegance (the left one allows you to switch inputs, the right one allows you to adjust the volume). Under the fluorescent display there are two rows of buttons - “matches”, separated by a company logo resembling a rose of winds. The height of the case barely exceeds 10 cm; access to the most important functions and modes is provided by buttons that form, together with the fluorescent display, a single display and control zone. Marantz NR1504

Marantz NR1509 pros & cons

Pros

  • Really good phono stage considering this is an A/V receiver
  • Setup was relatively easy although assigning inputs was a bit questionable

Cons

  • The Marantz SW team really needs to fix the software. The unit switches modes randomly

Marantz NR1504 pros & cons

Pros

  • I used the auto-calibration mic (Audyssey EQ) in 12 different spots and it did some calculations for about 30 minutes
  • There are also a host of streaming radio stations

Cons

  • Network audio streaming (from a shared folder on home network) could really use some improvements

Votes 2 2
Rating 5 5

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Product

Marantz NR1509
Marantz NR1504

Model

NR1509
NR1504

Brand

Marantz
Marantz

Reviews

65
106

Amplifier

Channels

5.2
5.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

50/8 20Hz-20KHz, 60/6 1KHz
50/8 20Hz-20KHz, 60/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit
192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ
Audyssey MultEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Hi-Res audio
Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
Pandora, SiriusXM

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

7/1
6/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

3
3

Component input/output

0/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
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

DeepColor, x.v.Color, BT.2020, HLG
DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
network, USB

Other additional features

IP Control, Web Control
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
has not

Zone audio output

has not
has not

Zone HDMI output

has not
has not

Multi-room control

has not
has not

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround, DTS Neo:6
DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

250
180

Standby consumption, W

0.2
0.2

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.1 x 17.7 x 40.6/17.3 x 7.3 x 16.2
43.1 x 10.1 x 35.5 /17.3 x 4.1 x 14.8

Weight, kg/lbs

14/31.1
8.1/17.3
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