Marantz announced this week the release of two new receivers in its increasingly popular Slim Network AV Receiver lineup. The NR1609 and NR1509 are available now for $749 and $549, respectively, with the biggest differentiator between the two being Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, seven channels of amplification (vs. five), ISF image calibration tools, and eight HDMI inputs (vs. six) on the more expensive model. Both are available now from Amazon.
Here's the full press release for more information:
Marantz, a world leader in sound quality, today announced two new additions to its renowned line of slim AV receivers, the NR1609 and NR1509. With a svelte profile that offers excellent performance and good looks, the new 7.2 channel NR1609 AV receiver supports immersive, object-based audio and the latest video technologies. Users can enjoy their favorite music via Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay or the HEOS app. Additionally, with support for Amazon Alexa, users can ask Alexa to play, pause or stop music, switch receiver inputs, turn up the volume, and more.
"Marantz has a legacy of providing absolute top-notch audio solutions for consumers who value sound quality, visual clarity, ease-of-use and beauty above all else," said Emmanuel Millot, global brand director at Marantz. "The latest slimline network receivers continue to embody this tradition of excellence. Putting audio and video quality first, both receivers are packed with power and the latest video technologies. We've also added HEOS for multiroom wireless chops and Amazon Alexa support to easily control content with your voice.
Powerful Amplification & Decoding Capabilities
The NR1609's high-current discrete power amplifier section delivers exceptional sound with identical power on all seven channels (50W per channel: 8-ohm, 20Hz - 20kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 channel driven). With Marantz's proprietary Hyper Dynamic Amplification Module (HDAM) circuitry, listeners enjoy improved through-rate, transient response and overall sound across the bandwidth. Additionally, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and DTS Virtual:X is available, ensuring users have access the latest three-dimensional audio formats for their favorite content. It also plays high-resolution audio files like FLAC, AIFF and WAV up to 24-bit/192-kHz--plus, DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks let consumers enjoy music exactly as the artist intended.
Ultra-High Definition Video
With eight HDMI inputs including one HDMI input on the front panel for quick connection--and one HDMI/ARC output, each one supporting HDCP 2.2, 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, Dolby Vision, HLG, High Dynamic Range (HDR10) and BT.2020 pass-through, the NR1609 is a one-stop-shop for high-definition visual content.
Users can enjoy their favorite music services via Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay or the HEOS app, and control it all with their voice and Amazon Alexa. To use, download the HEOS Home Entertainment skill and ask Alexa to play, pause or stop music, switch inputs for different media players, turn up the volume, and much more. For vinyl lovers, both receivers come with an integrated phono input to easily connect analog turntables and enjoy the pure intent of each recording.
Easy to Use
With the assistance of an easy-to-follow setup assistant and Audyssey room calibration, users can follow the on-screen instructions for easy set up. Using the Audyssey MultEQ, Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ, users can optimize their listening environment for premium sound. With the supplied measurement microphone, MultEQ analyzes each speaker's output (including the subwoofer) and generates precision digital filters that optimize each channel for the correct frequency and time domain response. With an optional Audyssey MultEQ editor app available at $20 for both iOS and Android, users can further customize the room acoustics per user preferences (NR1609 only).
NR1609 & 1509 Features
The Marantz NR1609 and NR1509 are currently available at all authorized Marantz retailers and online at www.marantz.com/us. The NR1609 retails for $749, the NR1509 retails for $549.