If you are in the market for a new AV receiver, you might want to consider one of the three in Marantz’s new line. Ranging in price from $499-899, you will certainly get your money’s worth with these receivers.
Let’s delve into the specifics.
The NR1506 from Marantz is the least expensive of the new three, and has all the basics you will need, and then some. The slim design platform is sure to fit in any receiver-reserved space. It includes a 50 watts per channel amplification section and a 5.1 channel set-up. There’s built-in Wi-Fi perfect for streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, and an Apple-compatible USB input on the front for your convenience. Processing options on the NR1506 include Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio, and more, such as Audyssey MultEQ room calibration. This amazing receiver also includes an eco-mode designed to help save you on your electricity bill. Best of all, it includes a 4K full-rate pass through and HDCP2.2.
The Marantz NR1606 is the step up from the NR1506. All of the above listed components are included, plus some additions that definitely make it worth your money. Marantz has added in processing formats such as Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround for up-mixing soundtracks that were not originally designed for surround sound. The NR1606 has a 7.1 channel set-up, video processing, eight total HDMI 2.0a inputs, and support for a second audio zone. This receiver also supports Atmos 5.1.2 and DTS:X, and uses a new Quad Core DSP. In the near future dealers will be able to add DTS’ object-based surround sound format DTS:X through a firmware update, though Marantz has yet to announce when.
The SR5010 is not so slim, but is absolutely worth the space and money! Due in August, it will send out 100 Watts per channel and deliver the highest quality audio signals via the inclusion of its Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module (HDAM) topology that is employed in the company’s Reference series of components. You will also have setup flexibility with a second HDMI output and a 7.2-channel pre-out section. Finally, it includes RS-232 options to allow the receiver to integrate into third-party control systems.
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