The Marantz NR1509 has everything for an immersive home theater experience. For example, the DTS-HD Master Audio, the Dolby Digital Plus, and great output impedance per channel (4 Ohms). There are only 5 available channels, but they are enough for most basic tasks.
The device has very compact dimensions (14.5 x 17.3 x 4.1 inches), black design, and 4 silver legs. The white letters on the display are very bright on a black background. There are a few scratch marks next to the “Marantz” emblem, which don’t stand out too much but are visible upon closer examination.
A few non-removable Bluetooth antennas with a network port work well. The 3D pass-through technology allows the device to cooperate with 3D TVs, Blu-Ray players, and modern gaming consoles. 56 preset FM/AM stations and Internet radio greatly perform their functions. The auto power off feature works great and with its help, I can tune an automatic shutdown of the receiver by schedule.
The testing period runs very smooth. Google Assistant, Apple Siri, and Joshna Smart Home are presented to choose. The connection to the smartphone via the special app is quick. The streaming services are amazing, the only weirdness relates to HBO service, which doesn’t produce the sound. Other television networks perform great. The picture is really incredible due to the Dolby TrueHD.
The Marantz sounds very bland and without any depth. At the same time, the surround sound helps create the required atmosphere. I can hear all the minor sounds. The Marantz NR1509 review from the audio perspective shows that the device has ordinary sound, but the manual setting allows adapting the audio according to personal tastes.
The device has 6 AV inputs, 6 HDMI inputs, and 2 subwoofer outputs. By the way, the inputs renaming is a very difficult process because I have to type letters via remote controller and this task requires a lot of nerves and patience. USB works flawlessly. It is enough for connecting the additional devices and playing the media files.
The Marantz NR1509 specs are very impressive, but the unit is supplemented with a perfect auto-calibration of speakers for the acoustic conditions of my big room. The on-screen Setup Assistant and Marantz AVR Remote app also contains all the steps, which make the installation process very easy and quick.
The Marantz NR1509 is a great combination of modern design and practical features. It is the best choice for those, who need lots of inputs, good sound, picture quality, and want to enjoy popular entertainment services.