Marantz Announces NR1605 Slim-Profile Home Theater Receiver

Marantz NR1605 Slim Profile Home Theater Receiver. Image provided by D&M Group

In 2014, Marantz announced that it was releasing the third generation of its slim profile home theater receivers for small spaces. The company has subsequently discontinued manufacturing the NR1605 model spotlighted in this article, but you can still purchase it from third parties online, or, better yet, check out the 2016 version, the NR1607 - Read my report.

Features of the NR1605 Slim-Profile Home Theater Receiver 

Despite the fact that it is much slimmer than most home theater receivers in its price class at the time, the NR1605 provided up to a 7.1 channel configuration, with a stated power output of 90 watts-per-channel (measurement testing conditions not provided in the product announcement), with built-in decoding and processing of most Dolby and DTS surround sound formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

Additional audio format compatibility included MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA, AIFF audio files, as well as hi-rez audio formats, such as DSD, ALAC, and 192KHz/24bit FLAC.

To make speaker setup easy, the receiver incorporates the Audyssey MultEQ automatic speaker setup and room correction system, which employs a built-in test tone generator in combination with a provided microphone to determine speaker size, distance, and room characteristics (the needed microphone is provided). Also, if you are one that doesn't particularly like reading user manuals, the NR1605's on-screen "Setup Assistant" menu interface guides you the rest of what you need to get it up and running.

For additional setup flexibility, the NR1605 also has provisions for Zone 2 operation, which allows users to send a second two-channel audio source to another location using wired speaker connections or the Zone 2 preamp output connected to an external amplifier and speakers. Also, for private listening, the NR1605 also includes a front mounted 1/4-inch headphone jack.

The main connectivity features include a total of 8 HDMI inputs (7 rear/1 front) and one HDMI output. The HDMI connections are 3D, 4K (60Hz), and Audio Return Channel, and for enhanced video performance, the NR1605 includes analog to HDMI video conversion and both 1080p and 4K (30Hz)upscaling.

In addition to core and audio and video features and connections, the NR1605 is also a network receiver, that is connectable via Ethernet or WiFi.

Network and streaming features include built-in Bluetooth for streaming from compatible portable devices, such as smartphones and tablets, Apple AirPlay, which allows music streaming from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch as well as from your iTunes libraries,DLNA compatibility for access to content stored on network-connected PC or Media Server, and internet access to several online content from services, such as Spotify, The receiver also provides a USB port for accessing digital media files stored on USB flash drives and other compatible devices.

To control everything on the NR1605, you can use the provided remote control, or take advantage of Marantz's free remote control app for Android or iOS devices.

Finally, for those that are ECO-conscious, the NR1605 also incorporates a Smart ECO Mode that keeps power consumption low when the receiver is operating to provide low volume background music but automatically switches to full power output capability for high-volume music listening or TV/movie viewing. The Smart ECO feature can be set to On, Auto, or Off per user preference.

If you are looking for a home theater receiver that provides a lot of flexibility but doesn't squeeze out everything else in you component rack, the Marantz NR1605 might worth checking out as a possible solution.

The NR1605 had an initial suggested price of $699