If you choose to buy this AV receiver you will definitely have no regrets as this receiver can act like a digital player, network audio player or internet radio. If you are worried about how it can cope with the cinema sounds, don’t worry - it has all decoders needed and 3D pass through, so the sound you will hear while watching is volumed and clear. There are much more to tell about this amazing receiver, so let’s have a look at a full range of Marantz NR 1608 specs below.
This one has two wheels (left one for input selection and the right one for volume control) on the front panel separated with a black digital screen with a mode currently selected. All things on the panel are labeled, so even you are not sure what this particular button does, you can have a look at the label above. I found very convenient that there are some inputs located on the front panel as well, especially the phone one - there is no need to reach the back of the receiver and turn it around anymore to listen to the playlist. On the other side of the receiver, there are much more ports to go. They have been divided into several sections so even it looks scary at first, you will figure which one is which using the labels provided very soon. Apart from the big section with speakers, there are two more things that I particularly enjoy - there is a socket for a monitor to connect and there is a labeled coaxial digital input on the left.
The best thing about Marantz NR1608 for me is that it can recognise any music format at all. With built-in decoders the situation is similar, however, one position was dropped - the manufacturer decided not to include DTS:X decoder in. To my mind, given that all the rest of Dolby and DTS decoders are imbedded, this is not a big miss at all. Few things needed to be said about power consumption though. To my mind, power output per channel is quite a big drawback of the receiver - there are 7 channels with a 50W output per each one, so in order to enjoy the sound in full, you need to have the volume on 60-70 all the time. It can be easily explained by quite a low operational power value (only 250W) and I think this receiver is the best one for everyday use.
Choosing Marantz NR1608 you can be sure that you will get a solid receiver with lots of functions and great sound improve. If you prefer to listen to the radio, you can be happy with 40 preset AM/FM stations available, and if you are a fan of cinema, there are such things as bi-amplifying and pure direct mode available for you. In order to create a real volume, there is an A-B speaker switch so each pair of your speakers can be set up separately. As well, some of the settings can be adjusted using the mobile app without even stopping the film!
It is a 7.2 channel receiver which has a digital sound processing and supports Dolby Surround sound effects. Audio D/A conversion happens at 32bit / 192kHz rate, which provides a clear sound with no delays. What does clear sound mean? As for me here, 0.08 % total harmonic distortion and 98 dB signal-to-noise ratio offered by Marantz NR1608 is a very good achievement. The best sound I’ve managed to get was using dual zone compatibility mode with A-B speaker switch - this made me feel like watching a 3D film in the cinema.
Don’t worry, you will find a slot for everything you need to fit. Marantz NR1080 has 2 AV inputs, one optical and one coaxial digital inputs, 8 HDMI inputs, but only one HDMI output (I would prefer it to have two like recent models). In addition to this, it has 2 subwoofer outputs, a USB port and a slot for a phone connection. There are several options on how to connect the devices - WiFi and Bluetooth can also be used to connect the devices. Bluetooth here has an extended range via version 3.0 EDR so it is comfortable to maintain dual-zone feature even if the second pair of speakers is in the other room. There is also an IEEE port so you can watch something off Twitch with a great sound without any delays. As well, the av receiver can be remotely controlled via the app on the phone which I find convenient.
The thing that amused me with this receiver is the flexibility to pre-out the mains to an external amplifier which boosted the sound way more. I’ve connected it to my Sony TV, PS4, one amp and have 4 speakers surrounding all that. In order to install the speakers properly, I used an “Amp Assign” option and this calibrated my speakers for me quickly and quite clear. I was happy that my Sony TV has an HDMI connector and compatible with ARC, otherwise, I could be stuck for a bit longer, but the manual gives you lots of advice on this topic. Unfortunately, while setting things up, I discovered that if you use a component input you are limited to low definition input for HDMI output, so be aware of it beforehand.
Overall, Marantz NR1080 is a great receiver that will most likely fit well in your house. The combination of extra features available and recognition of all audio formats known for today make this receiver the first choice for everyone who wants the receiver to be able to do almost everything and doesn’t like listen to music too loud. Hope this Marantz NR1080 review helped you to find out more about this receiver so now you can make your own judgment on what to do.