Marantz, a provider of home entertainment solutions, has announced the introduction of the NR1601 "Slimline" Audio/Video Receiver (SRP: $599). The 7-channel NR1601, which will be available later this month, joins Marantz' NR1501 "Slimline" A/V Receiver, which will be reduced in price to $399, in the company's family of smaller A/V receiver solutions. Just over 4" high and 13" deep, both units are approximately half the size of most conventional A/V receivers - and the same exact size as Marantz' Blu-ray players.Additional Resources
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Noted Kevin Zarow, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Marantz America: "With their unique 'Slimline' chassis, both the NR1601 and our NR1501 solve a common problem for custom installers and consumers - how to integrate today's most advanced audio/video capabilities into a space-saving home entertainment system without the addition of another large component. Just as importantly, both models reflect Marantz' longstanding audio heritage, offering today's most advanced codecs, providing users with a simple and straightforward way to enjoy superior performance from all audio and video sources, plus a host of integration-friendly features that enable users to take full advantage of today's digital entertainment universe."
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The NR1601 features 4 HDMI 1.4 inputs and front-panel USB connectivity for iPod digital. Built-in audio codecs ensure compatibility with audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio, and a built-in transcoder lets users enjoy composite and component video via HDMI with a single cable solution. Nine sets of binding posts, along with Audyssey Audio Calibration allow for installation, and the backlit/learning/system remote control offers ergonomics and command and control, with Flasher Input for CI interoperability. The NR1601's contoured front panel combines aluminum and glass-reinforced resins for shielding.
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The NR1601, like the new SR6005 and SR5005 receivers, is Bluetooth capable, designed to work in conjunction with Marantz' new RX101 Bluetooth receiver (SRP: $99.99). The RX101 plugs directly into the NR1601's M-XPort (Marantz eXpansion Port) and receives audio signals from Bluetooth-enabled devices (PDAs, PCs as entertainment devices, etc.). The signals are sent directly to the connected receiver. Users may listen to streaming audio from their Bluetooth-enabled cell phones, MP3 players, computers or other devices, including the iPhone and iPod Touch.