Marantz launches two new slimline network AV receivers, the NR1608 and NR1508

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Marantz has launched its stylish new NR1608 and NR1508 network AV receivers.

Each AV receiver combines the latest home theatre features with the convenience of multi-room music playback and all in designs built to slip into the tightest spaces. With the NR1608 and NR1508 Marantz brings the concept right up to date with features including 4K ultra high definition video compatibility, including Dolby Vision, and the legendary Marantz sound quality for both movies and music.

NR1608 - AV Receiver

Overview

A thrilling high-quality AV receiver occupying minimal space: that's the NR1608. High current discrete power amplifiers on all 7 channels deliver astonishing power and clarity, and it delivers immersive 3D surround sound thanks to both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X decoders, yet at just a little more than 3 inches tall it’s slim enough to slip into any TV cabinet. It’s fully compatible with the latest HDMI and HDCP 2.2 specifications on all 8 HDMI inputs, and will pass all the latest video formats – 4K 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, BT.2020, HDR and Dolby Vision – from Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, games consoles and streamed/download 4K Ultra HD content to an Ultra HD TV or projector. For future HDR broadcast content, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) pass-through will also be supported via a firmware update. Bluetooth and AirPlay can stream music directly from portable devices, while HEOS wireless multi-room music integration allows the NR1608 to become part of a complete home-wide music system. Explore and play your own music library, online streaming music services and thousands of Internet radio stations, using the free HEOS app. The "Marantz 2016 AVR Remote" app is also available free from the Apple app store, GooglePlay and the Amazon appstore.

Key Features


  • 7-channel discrete power amplifier, 90 W per channel
  • 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 color resolution, HDR and BT.2020, plus Dolby Vision compatibility and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG; via future firmware update)
  • 8 HDMI inputs (incl. 1 front) with full HDCP 2.2 support
  • Analogue to HDMI conversion and SD/HD to 4K Upscaling for legacy video sources
  • Dolby Atmos (up to 5.1.2) and DTS:X
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band support
  • HEOS wireless multiroom integration
  • AirPlay, Bluetooth, Internet Radio, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Deezer, Network Audio Streaming
  • DSD (2.8/5.6MHz), FLAC, ALAC and WAV support
  • Audyssey MultEQ, Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ
  • Audyssey MultEQ Editor app support (available for EUR 20 in the Appstores)
  • Colour-coded speaker terminals, Setup Assistant, Advanced GUI, Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App
  • isf video calibration
  • Multi-room/Multi-source (2nd zone; via amplifiers or via pre-out)
  • Intelligent ECO mode with off/on/auto setting


NR1508 - AV Receiver

Overview - 

Designed to deliver a thrilling sonic experience, the NR1508 AV Receiver features expanded connectivity including built-in HEOS wireless multi-room audio technology, to enable you to enjoy your favourite music anywhere and everywhere around your home. You can explore and play music from your own music library, from online streaming music services, and from thousands of Internet radio stations using the free HEOS app for smartphones and tablets, with high resolution audio fully supported for incredible fidelity. The NR1508 also features Bluetooth and AirPlay compatibility to stream music directly from any compatible device. For high resolution surround from your favourite movie soundtracks the NR1508 is equipped with advanced 32-bit DSP processing supporting all the major sound formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Its power amplifier section features high current discrete power transistors and identical circuit topology for all 5 channels, and is compatible with low impedance 4 ohm speakers.

The video section features 6 HDMI inputs (including 1 on the front panel), with full compatibility with the latest 4K Ultra HD video specification, including 60 Hz full rate content, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, BT.2020, HDR and Dolby Vision compatibility. It's also HDCP 2.2 compliant, for 4K Ultra HD copy-protected content. HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) pass-through for future HDR broadcast content will be supported via a firmware update. Like the HEOS app, the "Marantz 2016 AVR Remote" control app is available free for Android and iOS from the Apple app store, Google Play and the Amazon appstore. 

Key Features


  • 5-channel discrete power amplifier, 85 W per channel
  • 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 color resolution, HDR and BT.2020, plus Dolby Vision compatibility and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG; via future firmware update)
  • 6 HDMI inputs (incl. 1 front) with full HDCP 2.2 support
  • Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band support
  • HEOS wireless multiroom integration
  • AirPlay, Bluetooth, Internet Radio, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Deezer, Network Audio Streaming
  • DSD (2.8/5.6MHz), FLAC, ALAC and WAV support
  • Audyssey MultEQ, Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ
  • Colour-coded speaker terminals, Setup Assistant, Advanced GUI, Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App
  • Intelligent ECO mode with off/on/auto setting

Designed to sit at the heart of a complete home entertainment system, both models  have a wide range of facilities to enable your favourite music to be shared and enjoyed. Sound & Image is very excited about these new additions from Marantz. Keep an eye on our facebook pages for SA launch dates.