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Marantz's slim NR1605 receiver has fat soundThe slim, compact Marantz NR1605 provides excellent sound quality and thoroughly up to date features, making it one of our favorites for the price.
Here at c-net palace, we're big fans of Marantz line of slim-line receivers. With a form factor that's half the height of regular receivers, these models are for up to date features and plenty of power for most systems. The [UNKNOWN] 1605 is the newest flagship in the line and it offers new features like bluetooth and Spotify connect. Plus excellent sound quality. The build quality is solid too, and these ceramic edges give the receiver a sophisticated air. But sadly, there aren't any source selection buttons, just a slower selected [UNKNOWN]. The remote does have direct selection though. The features of Planner Four on the NR1605 with eight HDMI inputs. The cheaper NR1504 only has 6. And they have 4K 60 hertz pass through. Plus, the receiver has on board wi-fi with airplay, and a front panel USB port. This Marantz has 50 watts of power, per channel, which should run most speakers at reference levels, in stereo mode. If you want more power, you should consider the SR5009 at $899. Sound quality is what the Marantz is all about and, unlike similar receivers from [UNKNOWN], this is geared towards music first. But that said, it sounds equally authoritative with movies as well. If you're looking for a slim-lined receiver with plenty of features and great sound, the $699 Marantz NR1605 is a very good choice. This is Todd Pendlebree for cnet.com. [MUSIC]