Marantz Readies 2 SlimLine AVRs


Mahwah, N.J. - Marantz plans spring shipments of its next generation of SlimLine A/V receivers (AVRs), one of which is the brand's first slim AVR with Apple AirPlay and 1080i/p video up-scaling.

The two 4-inch-tall models are the $649-suggested 7.1-channel NR1603, which features AirPlay, and the $399 5.1-channel NR1403.

The two models replace their predecessors at the same price points but add multiple new features, the company said.

Like its predecessor, the new NR1603 features DLNA networking, Internet radio and Pandora streaming but adds SiriusXM Internet streaming. The new model also adds 1080i/p video scaler, five HDMI rear inputs and one front HDMI input, improved system setup, a multi‐language GUI, mobile app control from iOS and Android devices, simpler remote, new large-character front panel display, and an auto power-off function.

New features on the NR1403 receiver, which lacks networking, include five rear HDMI inputs with one front HDMI input, improved system setup, new overlay GUI and auto power-off function.

Both AVRs feature Audyssey MultEQ room correction, Dynamic EQ to deliver balanced sound at high or low listening levels, and Dynamic Volume. The latter automatically adjusts volume levels when loud TV commercials come on, when a TV's video inputs are switched among different video sources, and a video program transitions from soft to loud scenes. Both also feature a front-panel HDMI input and M-XPort, which enables the addition of a stereo Bluetooth adapter.

The 5x50-watt NR 1403 features M-DAX2 circuitry for improved sound quality from compressed music sources.

The $649 7x50-watt NR1603 adds AirPlay, DLNA 1.5 networking, front-panel USB input for audio and photo playback from most USB-enabled devices, and iPod Digital Direct, which uses the USB to capture music in digital PCM form from USB-connected iOS devices. The NR1603 also steps up to 1080i/p video scaling. Other NR1603 features include multi-zone/multi-source audio.


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