Marantz Slimline NR1506

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    Highlights

    • 5.2 Channels
    • 5.1 Channel Processing
    • 50 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • HDR10, Dolby Vision
    • 4K/60Hz Passthrough
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet

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    1. Overview

    Marantz Slimline NR1506 was introduced in 2015. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier with 50 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing. It passes 4K/60Hz video signal.

    We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 77 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

    Amplifier
    77
    Audio Features
    65
    Video Features
    94
    Connectivity
    79
    Zones
    55
    Radio
    89
    OVERALL
    77

    For more details about the ranking please go to    Evaluation section.


    Here is a history of the series, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the receivers.

    Evolution of the series
    Model Year Chann. Power Dolby Atmos DTS:X HDR10 HDR10+ Dolby Vision Pass. Price
    NR1510 Image cannot be found 2019 5.2 50 W 4K
    NR1509 Image cannot be found 2018 5.2 50 W 4K
    NR1508 Image cannot be found 2017 5.2 50 W 4K
    NR1506 Image cannot be found 2015 5.2 50 W 4K

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Marantz NR1510 vs NR1509 vs NR1508 vs NR1506.

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    2. Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Marantz Slimline NR1506.

    PROs

    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   HDR10
    •   Dolby Vision
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   Bluetooth
    •   USB Input
    •   RCA Pre-Outs
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Pandora
    •   Spotify

    CONs

    •   Few Channels - 5.2
    •   Low Power Output - 50 W
    •   5.1 Channel Processing
    •   No Dolby Atmos
    •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   No DTS:X
    •   No IMAX Enhanced
    •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    •   No DSD via HDMI
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No eARC
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   1 HDMI Outputs
    •   0 8K Input
    •   Few RCA Line Inputs
    •   No Phono Input
    •   No Zones
    •   No Digital Radio
    •   No Tidal
    •   Bluetooth 2․1 + EDR

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   6 HDMI Inputs

    3. Marantz 2015 Lineup

    In 2015 Marantz released 5 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Marantz 2015 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsImmersive AudioZones Price
    SR7010 Image cannot be found 9.2125 W11.213.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    Auro 3D
    3
    SR6010 Image cannot be found 7.2110 W9.213.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    SR5010 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.17.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    NR1606 Image cannot be found 7.250 W7.12.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    NR1506 Image cannot be found 5.250 W5.12.21

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Marantz SR7010 vs SR6010 vs SR5010 vs NR1606 vs NR1506.

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    4. Amplifier

    5 channel Amplifier

    Marantz Slimline NR1506 features 5 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 50 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels5.2
      Power Output50 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Current Feedback Topology
      Discrete Amplification
      HDAM
      THX™ Certification
      Continuous 6 Ω Rated
      Certified 4 Ω Performance
      Bi-amp Capability

      5. Speaker Configurations

      Marantz Slimline NR1506's 5 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

      • Configurations: Available configurations are:
      • 5.2 with internal amplifier.

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      6. HDMI

      Marantz Slimline NR1506 features 6 HDMI inputs. It has 1 output.

      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 video signal.
      • BT.2020 Color Space: BT.2020 or Rec. 2020 is a color standard which delivers a wider color gamut compared to Rec. 709. It covers approximately 75% of the total visual spectrum while the Rec. 709 covers only 35%.
      • HDCP 2.2 Copy Protection: All inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.2 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
      • 3D Ready: Marantz Slimline NR1506 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

      HDR (High Dynamic Range)

      Marantz Slimline NR1506 supports HDR (high dynamic range) video formats such as HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma via HDMI ports. High dynamic range video has greater dynamic range than standard dynamic range (SDR) video with brighter whites and deeper blacks. The result is greater contrast and more details in dark and bright areas, better color and depth.



      VIDEO FEATURES
      HDR10
      HDR10+
      Dynamic HDR
      BT.2020 color space
      Dolby Vision
      HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
      HDBaseT Compatible
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
      HDCP Version2.2
      QMS (Quick Media Switching)
      ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
      VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
      QFT (Quick Frame transport)
      3-D Ready
      Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
      Video Signal Upscaling

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      7. Room Calibration

      Marantz Slimline NR1506 comes with Audyssey MultEQ room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

      • Audyssey Room Calibration: Audyssey is an acoustic measurement technology which automatically restores the acoustic distortion caused by the acoustic behaviour of a room with only a push on a button. Audyssey equalization provides an clear, accurate, natural sound with voices and dialog that become focused and intelligible, restoring the musical balance. Musical instruments and sound effects become precisely localized and the surround soundstage is made seamless and enveloping.

      8. Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Analog Pre-Outs: Marantz Slimline NR1506 has 2.2 preamplifier outputs which allow you to connect the a/v receiver to the external power amplifier. You may want to use a high quality external amplifier for certain channels, usually for front L/R and center, and use the a/v receiver to power the rest.
      • Analog Line Inputs: There are 3 line inputs for analog audio connection.
      • Digital Inputs: 1 optical input and 1 coaxial input are available for digital audio connection.
      • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel.

      Video

      • HDMI:
      • Inputs: 6 (1 front)   Outputs: 1
        8K Inputs: 0
      • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
      • Inputs: 3   Outputs: 1

      Front A/V Inputs

      • HDMI, USB
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      TERMINALS
      HDMI Inputs6 (1 front)
      HDMI Outputs1
      8K Inputs
      USB Input1 (Front) for iPod/iPhone and USB memory
      USB DC Out Port
      Optical Inputs1
      Optical Outputs
      Coaxial Inputs1
      RCA Line Inputs3
      RCA Line Outputs
      XLR Line Inputs
      Phono Input
      Multi-Channel Input
      RCA Pre-Outs2.2
      XLR Pre-outs
      Composite Video Inputs3
      Composite Video Outputs1
      S-Video Inputs
      S-Video Outputs
      Component Video Inputs
      Component Video Outputs

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      9. Evaluation

      We evaluate Marantz Slimline NR1506 and give score of 77 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 6 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new receiver is added to the database.


      OVERALL
      77

      Amplifier

      GOOD
      77

      We give Marantz Slimline NR1506 a score of 77 for Amplifier features.

      •   Few Channels - 5.2
      •   Low Power Output - 50 W

      Audio Features

      AVERAGE
      65

      We give Marantz Slimline NR1506 a score of 65 for Audio Features features.

      •   Few Channels - 5.2
      •   5.1 Channel Processing
      •   No Dolby Atmos
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No DTS:X
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No DSD via HDMI

      Video Features

      EXCELLENT
      94

      We give Marantz Slimline NR1506 a score of 94 for Video Features features.

      •   HDR10
      •   No HDR10+
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   No 8K Passthrough

      Connectivity

      GOOD
      79

      We give Marantz Slimline NR1506 a score of 79 for Connectivity features.

      •   No eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   6 HDMI Inputs
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   USB Input
      •   Few RCA Line Inputs
      •   No Phono Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Bluetooth 2․1 + EDR

      Zones

      AVERAGE
      55

      We give Marantz Slimline NR1506 a score of 55 for Zones features.

      •   No Zones

      Radio

      EXCELLENT
      89

      We give Marantz Slimline NR1506 a score of 89 for Radio features.

      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   No Tidal

      10. Replaced by NR1508

      In 2017 Marantz Slimline NR1506 was replaced by Marantz NR1508. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Marantz Slimline NR1506 and its successor.

      UPGRADES Marantz NR1508 vs Marantz Slimline NR1506
      Works with Amazon Alexa vs
      HEOS vs
      AirPlay AirPlay 2 vs AirPlay
      Tidal vs
      Deezer vs
      Napster vs
      Higher DSD Sampling Rate via USB 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz vs 2.8 MHz
      Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n vs IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
      Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency 5 GHz, 2.4 GHz vs 2.4 GHz
      Newer Bluetooth Version 3․0 + EDR vs 2․1 + EDR
      Wider AM Frequency Range 520 kHz - 1710 kHz vs 530 kHz - 1710 kHz
      DOWNGRADES Marantz NR1508 vs Marantz Slimline NR1506
      Network Audio Formats MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD vs MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
      Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD vs MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
      High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD vs Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD

      For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Marantz Slimline NR1506 vs NR1508.

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