Marantz NR1609 vs Marantz NR1509

Marantz NR1509 vs Marantz NR1609

Marantz NR1509 review

Despite the fact that this unit has fewer channels (5.2 vs 7.2) both Marantz models have identical power ratings: 80/8 W/Ohm. The 5.2-channel Marantz NR1509 model is assembled in a low-profile slim package. This form factor goes well with modern flat-panel TVs. The device supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoders for high-resolution multi-channel audio playback and uses a special mode for energy saving. In five discrete amplifiers of the model, high-current transistors are involved. The model works with the DTS Virtual:X format, which allows you to create an imitation of the sound of ceiling speakers. Marantz NR1509

Marantz NR1609 review

The AV receiver has one HDMI input on the front and seven HDMI inputs on the back. All of them support HDCP 2.2 protocol and 4K resolution (60 Hz), as well as HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG video standards with extended dynamic range. There is an HDMI output with a return channel and an MM phono equalizer. There are coaxial and optical inputs, 2.2-channel Pre Out and one Pre Out for the second zone. Speakers are connected to seven pairs of screw terminals, each of which is marked with a specific color. Marantz NR1609

Marantz NR1509 pros & cons

Pros

  • The device uses a special Eco mode for energy saving
  • Available playing Hi-Res audio from USB-drives and mobile devices through the USB port at the front panel

Cons

  • The video input signal can not be upscaled to 4K

Marantz NR1609 pros & cons

Pros

  • My second channel connects to outdoor speakers which I can now control from my phone using the HEOS or Marantz app. This is very handy not to have to go back inside to change the music, volume, etc
  • Helpful manual unlike ones in other brands’ models

Cons

  • Only complaint is that the menu pops up when you turn a device on and you have to use the remote to select the input which is already selected

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Rating 5 5

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Common

Product

Marantz NR1609
Marantz NR1509

Model

NR1609
NR1509

Brand

Marantz
Marantz

Reviews

64
65

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
5.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

50/8 20Hz-20KHz, 70/6 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, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audio
Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz
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, AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
Deezer, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/1
7/1

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
2

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

2/1
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
4K 60p

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

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

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, 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
IP Control, Web Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
has not

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
has not

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

HEOS App
has not

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

1
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

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

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
250

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 17.7 x 40.6/17.3 x 7.3 x 16.2

Weight, kg/lbs

14/31.1
14/31.1
Marantz NR1609
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