Marantz NR1509/1609 Slimline AV Receivers Aren't Slim on Features

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gene

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If you're tight on space and budget, Marantz Slimline receivers may be your answer. The $549 NR1509 is a 5.1CH AVR and $749 NR1609 is a 7.1CH AVR, both are packed with the latest in HD audio and video.

Now with Alexa compatibility and support for multi-room music via Denon’s Heos and Apple’s Airplay 2 protocols, these latest slimline receivers do it all. If you've got an itch to get into immersive surround sound, the NR1609 is your answer with it's ability to support 5.1.2 speaker formats. Both models support dual subwoofer outputs and the latest Audyssey MultEQ room EQ and setup. Marantz proves there is more than meets the eye with these slimline AV receivers.

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Read: Marantz NR1509 & NR1609 Slimline AV Receivers
 
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Jeremy P

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I've been watching these receivers for a little while and they do appeal to me. I like that they have audio pre-out's, especially in such a small form factor. I am constantly struggling with the 50 watt power rating, but many reviews state that it is plenty. I would want one to power a 7.2 setup and eventually add individual power amplifiers using the pre-outs, so the low power rating won't matter long term.
 
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I've been watching these receivers for a little while and they do appeal to me. I like that they have audio pre-out's, especially in such a small form factor. I am constantly struggling with the 50 watt power rating, but many reviews state that it is plenty. I would want one to power a 7.2 setup and eventually add individual power amplifiers using the pre-outs, so the low power rating won't matter long term.
Just want to make sure you understand that the pre-outs are only provided for the R & L channels. I think that is a pretty good design as you are off-loading a lot from the power supply. Usually there is not too much demanding content in the surrounds, so that leaves only the center to deliver significant power to. 50 WPC will usually work (especially with a sub handling the bass),but you do need to make sure your remaining speakers are not power hogs!
Also, if you don't need Alexa compatibility, you can get last year's NR1608 for $500 while inventory is still available; but be sure to check exactly what features have changed to determine if you will miss anything!
 
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Jeremy P

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Just want to make sure you understand that the pre-outs are only provided for the R & L channels. I think that is a pretty good design as you are off-loading a lot from the power supply. Usually there is not too much demanding content in the surrounds, so that leaves only the center to deliver significant power to. 50 WPC will usually work (especially with a sub handling the bass),but you do need to make sure your remaining speakers are not power hogs!
Also, if you don't need Alexa compatibility, you can get last year's NR1608 for $500 while inventory is still available; but be sure to check exactly what features have changed to determine if you will miss anything!
Thanks for the response Kurt. Yes I know the pre-outs are for just the front two channels. I figure that's all I'll need for separate amps as when I listen to music I stick to stereo and like you said, offloading the front channels should free up enough for the surrounds when watching movies. I have the NR1608 in my shopping cart, just haven't been able to pull the trigger as I'm not 100% set on the aforementioned plan. Thanks for confirming my hunch/idea about this system.
 
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KEW

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Thanks for the response Kurt. Yes I know the pre-outs are for just the front two channels. I figure that's all I'll need for separate amps as when I listen to music I stick to stereo and like you said, offloading the front channels should free up enough for the surrounds when watching movies. I have the NR1608 in my shopping cart, just haven't been able to pull the trigger as I'm not 100% set on the aforementioned plan. Thanks for confirming my hunch/idea about this system.
Yeah!
If the slim-line appeals to you and you are looking for a great stereo/music system that also happens to provide everything you need for a modest 7 channel HT system, this is a good option.
Note that it has an ECO mode which will lower the AVR temp by about 10 degrees F. There is some question about whether this would compromise the sound quality if you enable it. My thoughts on that are:
1) Probably not much if at all - I think Marantz knows how to evaluate and feel sure the effect is negligible, however, even if it does,
2) it would not effect the pre-outs, so you get a lower operating temperature (heat is the enemy of electronics durability) with no chance of adversely effecting your mains/stereo/music.
3) Personally, for HT/surrounds, I am not worried about the chance of some slight compromise in sound.
So I would recommend running ECO mode to reduce heat. I really doubt it has any audible effect, but if someone on one of the forums starts telling you not to use ECO, understand that your R&L with an ext amp will be free and clear of it. Only the speakers driven using the amp section of the AVR will be affected.
 
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This is oh so tempting to replace my old Onkyo CS-V720S micro-component system in our kitchen at this price vs. a Yamaha CRX-N560. The only obstacle is Toots-Sweet, since I would be invading her domain. I tried to put a Yamaha RX-A2040 in there previously with disastrous results ... to my mental health. o_O
 
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ohio

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I've had the Marantz NR1403 for several years running a 5.1 bookshelf setup for my apartment. Sound quality is great, and it has more than enough power to take the system up to the max levels I would ever use in my small space (15 x 12 with 9 ft ceilings). If your space is around that volume, you have reasonably efficient speakers, and you share any walls (incl. floor and ceiling) with neighbors, you will not have any issues with power. SQ also excellent at my volumes, but that is more a function of speaker choice/placement/setup IMO. Room is too compromised to consider critical listening and really hear the differences between amps.
 

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