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Marantz's NR1508 AV receiver is big on features, small on sizeThe Marantz NR1508 is a talented performer in a compact package that now includes HEOS multiroom music capability.
[MUSIC] The Marantz NR1508 is the company's latest slim line receiver and its biggest claim to fame, it really beefs up on music streaming. The Marantz offers HEOS multi room music, which means you can control multiple speakers around your house at once. Eos brings with it support for Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music and iHeart Radio. But it may not be as useful as the more open Chromecast system or Play Fire. As far as connections to [UNKNOWN], includes six HDMI ports with compatibility with the latest video standards, including Dolby Vision HDR. As a slim line receiver it doesn't have as much power as full sized models but it is still able to output 50 watts per five channels. This is great for small rooms or for easy to drive speakers such as those from Clips. The receiver comes with a remote that is pretty easy to use even if the on screen display it controls is fairly rudimentary. [MUSIC] What you're paying for here is a smaller size and extensive feature count. So compared against a full sized receiver like the Sony STR-DN1080, which also has Dolby Atmos support, it can't quite offer the same level of immersion. However, the Marantz sounds good especially with music. But is also still able to offer excellent surround sound performance. It sounds detailed and able to shake a smaller listening room as required. If you don't need or want height speakers in your house, and like the discreet looks of the Marantz that's one of the best [UNKNOWN] receivers we've tested yet. Especially at the money [MUSIC] The Marantz NR1508 is available now for $540. [MUSIC]