Marantz Unveils NR1607 Slim-Profile Home Theater Receiver

Marantz NR1607 Slim-Profile Home Theater Receiver
Marantz NR1607 Slim-Profile Home Theater Receiver. Images Provided by D&M Holdings

Who says that home theater receivers have to be big and bulky? Although Marantz does make those big and bulky models, for the past few years they have also made a mark with their slim-profile home theater receivers (check out examples from 2014 and 2015). With that in mind, Marantz has added the "Ultra Slim" NR1607 to its product line.

First off, despite the fact that the NR1607 much slimmer than most home theater receivers (only 4.1-inches high - not counting the Bluetooth/WiFi antennas, which are movable, 14.8-inches deep, and 17.3-inches wide), NR1607 packs in a lot of practical features that help to provide good performance and connect access flexibility.

Channel Configuration and Power Output

The NR1607 provides up to a 7.2 configuration (7 amplified channels and two subwoofer outputs) with a stated 50 wpc power output, measured at 8 ohms, from 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 0.08%THD).

For more details on what the stated power ratings mean with respect to real-world conditions, refer to my article: Understanding Amplifier Power Output Specifications.

Audio Decoding

Built-in decoding and processing of most Dolby and DTS surround sound formats is provided, including Dolby Atmos (5.1.2 channel configuration) and DTS:X decoding capability (DTS:X can be added via firmware update).

Speaker Setup System

To make speaker setup easy, the NR1607 also 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). An on-screen "Setup Assistant" menu interface guides you the rest of what you might need to get up and running.

Zone 2 Capability

For additional flexibility, NR1607 also provides 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.

HDMI Connectivity

Physical connectivity on the NR1607 includes 8 HDMI inputs (7 rear/1 front), and has one HDMI output.

The HDMI connections are compatible with all currently available video signals, including 3D, 4K, HDR and Wide Color Gamut. In addition, the NR1607 includes analog to HDMI video conversion (this means that sources connected to either composite or component video inputs are converted to HDMI for output) and both 1080p and 4K upscaling.

On the audio side, in addition to full compatibility with current audio formats, the HDMI output is also Audio Return Channel compatible for simplified access to audio from a TV as the source.

Network Connectivity and Streaming

In addition to its "more traditional" stereo and surround sound capabilities, the NR-1607 also provides Ethernet or WiFi connectivity for access to music (including Hi-Res Audio files) stored on a network-connected PC or Media Server, and as well as internet access to several online content from services, such as Spotify, Pandora, and Sirius/XM.

Additional streaming capabilities include Bluetooth for streaming from compatible portable devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and Apple AirPlay, which allows music streaming from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch as well as from iTunes libraries.

The receiver also provides a physical USB port for accessing digital media files (including Hi-Res audio files) stored on USB flash drives and other compatible devices.

Control Options

A traditional wireless remote control is provided, or you can use the free Marantz remote control app for Android or iOS devices. The NR1607 can also be integrated into a more custom-type PC-based home theater control system via its Ethernet or Wifi connection options.

The Bottom Line on the Marantz NR1607

Marantz offers an interesting twist on the home theater receiver concept with its slim profile line, providing an alternative for those that desire a fully-featured home theater receiver, but may not have the rack space.

However, although the NR-1607 provides all content access features you get on most other mid-range home theater receivers, one thing that is sacrificed is the amount of available output power. There is only much amplifier that you can pack inside its small chassis. However, for small rooms and medium sized rooms (say 10x12 to 12x15 feet) and paired with sensitive speakers, the NR1607 is designed to deliver a desirable stereo or surround sound listening experience.

The NR1607 had an initial suggested price of $699 (Official Announcement and Product Page - Buy From Amazon)