Part of the new range of AV receivers with Apple AirPlay support from Marantz, the NR1602 builds further on the success of the NR1601, bringing slimline features to the world of AV receivers.
Marantz was early in the game in embracing Apple AirPlay technology for streaming media from computers and iOS devices, and in the recent year they have released several new AV receivers and systems with the technology integrated, including this slimline Marantz NR1602.
Whilst most AV receivers tend to be fairly bulky, Marantz have been able to cut the NR1602 down in size, allowing it to sit comfortably into the shelves of most tv and audio furniture without making too many compromises in terms of features. This 7.1-channel receiver features 7 x 50W RMS output, there are four 3D ready HDMI 1.4 inputs, a front-end USB connection, and the ethernet connection ensures that you have network access for several streaming options, including Apple AirPlay.
The streaming functionality of the Marantz NR1602 goes beyond just Apple AirPlay, as it also supports DLNA, internet radio, vTuner, Napster, and last.fm. Giving you plenty of options for accessing a myriad of audio sources across your home network as well as online.
Since i have not tested the Marantz NR1602 yet i can’t really comment on audio performance, but the specifications look good with support for DTS HD Master / DTS 5.1 / DTS ES / DTS 96/24 and Dolby Digital Plus / Dolby TrueHD / Dolby Digital EX / DPL IIz. The Marantz NR1602 also made it onto the Cnet UK Editors’ Choice for August 2011, getting a perfect star rating.
You can see full range of technical specifications of the Marantz NR1602 over at Marantz UK.
The Marantz NR1602 is available from amongst other the following UK retailers.
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* This is not a hands-on review as we have not had a chance to test this unit yet. Information in this post as based on publicly available information about the system.