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.