Marantz gets slimline with new AV receivers24 May 2011
The NR1602 (pictured) and its ‘little brother’, the NR1402, are said to combine “fabulous sound” with “elegant” aesthetics.
Building on last year’s NR1601, the new 7.1-capable NR1602 offers a specification including: 350W of discrete amplification; four HDMI 1.4 inputs with support for 3D video and Audio Return Channel (ARC); conversion of all analogue signals to HDMI level, including I/P conversion; onboard Ethernet port allowing for audio streaming from home networks or subscription-based web services; built-in AirPlay functionality to allow access to music libraries stored remotely; the opportunity for control through the free Marantz Wizz App for Apple iDevices; a front USB input with digital iPod/iPhone playback; Audyssey MultEQ room calibration; Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ; and easy set-up through the Setup Wizard.
Users who do not need the NR1602’s network or USB features will wish to investigate the NR1402. The NR1402 also comes with on-board decoders for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, while its four HDMI 1.4 inputs (with 3D support) handle a multitude of digital sources for an easy hook-up of satellite boxes, BD/DVD players and/or game consoles. The device’s 250W of discrete amplification mean that it be used in a range of contexts, from a simple stereo set-up to a full 5.1 system.
The NR1402 is available from June, with the NR1602 following in July. Both will be available in black and silver/gold finishes.