Marantz NR1608 Review and Specs

Marantz NR1608AV receivers have a reputation for such large and heavy drawers, which take up a lot of space on the shelf, but, in fact, you do not need such a huge device to organize a real home theater at your place, especially in a medium-sized room. An ultra-thin model of the AV receiver, such as the Marantz NR1608, can do the job perfectly. Intrigued to see Marantz NR1608 specs? Follow our Marantz NR1608 review.

Marantz NR1608 review

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Features

The 7.2-channel Marantz NR1608 model can work with the currently relevant 3D-sound formats Dolby Atmos (in 5.1.2-configuration) and DTS: X, as well as with DTS Neural: X. The model is equipped with seven discrete high-current amplifiers with a capacity of 70 W (6 Ohms) each.

Design and build

Marantz NR1608 occupies a top position in the corporate slim line of AV receivers with a low body, which perfectly match the design with modern TVs. The AV receiver is charged with wireless technology and can act as a streamer. On board there is Bluetooth, Airplay and Wi-Fi (two ranges). There is a possibility of LAN or WLAN connection to a local network. Through it and the USB port built into the front panel, Hi-Res-audio playback in FLAC, ALAC, AIFF or WAV, as well as DSD (2.8 / 5.6 MHz) is available.

Marantz NR1608

Connectivity

All eight HDMI inputs of the receiver support 4K-video UHD (60 Hz), HDCP 2.2, Dolby Vision (12-bit color depth and dynamic metadata support) and HDR10, 4: 4: 4 Pure Color, etc. Among the Marantz NR1608 connectors, one can distinguish the presence of outputs for two subwoofers, as well as for zone 2. There are optical and coaxial inputs, and seven pairs of color-coded screw terminals are used to connect speakers.

Setup

Audyssey MultEQ is used to calibrate speakers (the package includes Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ technologies to optimize signal level and frequency response), and the professional standard ISF is used to calibrate video. For a fee, you can download the Audyssey MultEQ Editor application for fine-tuning the results of the MultEQ system. With the new firmware, access to the use of the Hybrid Log-Gamma format (HLG, hybrid logarithmic gamma function), developed for HDR broadcasts, is opened.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • What drove me to this unit was the flexibility to pre-out the mains to an external amplifier
  • The core brains are solid and reliable. It supports all the current audio and video codecs

Cons

  • Auto sound tuning is horrible. Spend some time to manually calibrate sound to suit that hall

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Common features

Product

Marantz NR1608

Model

NR1608

Brand

Marantz

Reviews

58

Amplifier

Channels

7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

50/8 20Hz-20KHz, 70/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.05

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

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

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, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/1

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

2/1

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

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

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

2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App, HEOS App

RS-232

0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/0

DC trigger output (12V)

1

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus

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

AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

250

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

8.1/18.3
Marantz NR1608
Marantz NR1608

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