While nearly every other electronic device continues to get smaller and slimmer over the years, AV receivers have mostly kept their big, bulky look.
Marantz's line of slim receivers are one of the few exceptions, and this week the company introduced the new Marantz NR1605 ($700 USD; pricing outside the US is not yet announced). The exterior design is nearly identical to previous models like the NR1403, but it packs more modern features, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and AirPlay. It's also well-equipped with traditional connectivity, such as eight HDMI inputs and powered second-zone functionality.
Marantz NR1605 ($700)
- 7.1 channels, 90 watts per channel
- Eight HDMI inputs, HDMI 2.0 compatible
- 4K upconversion
- Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and AirPlay
- Remote app for Android and iOS
- DLNA compatible, supports Apple Lossless and FLAC 192/24
- Powered second-zone capability
- Audyssey MultEQ automatic speaker calibration
While the feature set and design are excellent, the $700 list price is hundreds more than other Bluetooth and AirPlay-friendly models, like the Sony STR-DN850 ($450 USD, £480 street) and Denon AVR-S700W ($450 USD). Marantz is charging a premium for its brand heritage and a slim design -- the latter of which still stands out among a sea of black boxes.
The NR1605 is slated to ship in July, and we'll have to get our hands on a review sample to see if it's worth the lofty price tag.