Marantz Slimline NR1509 Review and Specs

Marantz Slimline NR1509 (UK version)

SCORE:
41

Highlights

  • 50 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, DLNA, HEOS
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

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Marantz Slimline NR1509 Overview

Marantz Slimline NR1509 was introduced in 2018. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 41 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
45
VIDEO FEATURES
58
AUDIO FEATURES
20
CONNECTIVITY
49
MULTIZONE
21
MISCELLANEOUS
25
RADIO
73
OVERALL
41

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and video signal passthrough and upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Marantz Slimline NR1509.

PROS
DSD via USB πŸ‘
Audyssey Dynamic EQ πŸ‘
Audyssey Dynamic Volume πŸ‘
HDR10 πŸ‘
Dolby Vision πŸ‘
4K or 8K Video Passthrough πŸ‘
DLNA 1.5 πŸ‘
HEOS πŸ‘
Works with Amazon Alexa πŸ‘
Ethernet πŸ‘
Wi-Fi πŸ‘
Bluetooth πŸ‘
New HDCP Version πŸ‘
USB Input πŸ‘
Phono Input πŸ‘
Composite Video Inputs πŸ‘
Analog Pre-Outs πŸ‘
Zones πŸ‘
Analog Tuner πŸ‘
Internet Radio πŸ‘
Spotify πŸ‘
Tidal πŸ‘
Deezer πŸ‘
Napster πŸ‘
CONS
Few Channel Processing πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization πŸ‘Ž
No DTS:X πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Neural:X πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Virtual:X πŸ‘Ž
No IMAX Enhanced πŸ‘Ž
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer πŸ‘Ž
No DSD via HDMI πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Dialog Control πŸ‘Ž
No Audyssey LFC πŸ‘Ž
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT πŸ‘Ž
No HDR10+ πŸ‘Ž
No Dynamic HDR πŸ‘Ž
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through πŸ‘Ž
No VRR πŸ‘Ž
No QFT πŸ‘Ž
No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling πŸ‘Ž
No MHL Input πŸ‘Ž
No FireConnect πŸ‘Ž
No FlareConnect πŸ‘Ž
No Chromecast Built-In πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Play-Fi πŸ‘Ž
Does Not Work with SONOS πŸ‘Ž
No eARC πŸ‘Ž
Few HDMI Outputs πŸ‘Ž
Few Analog Audio Line Inputs πŸ‘Ž
No Component Video Inputs πŸ‘Ž
No Multi-Channel Input πŸ‘Ž
No Pandora πŸ‘Ž
No SiriusXM Internet Radio πŸ‘Ž
No Toroidal Transformer πŸ‘Ž
Old Bluetooth Version πŸ‘Ž

Major Changes from its predecessor

Here we are comparing Marantz Slimline NR1509 to its predecessor NR1508 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Marantz Slimline NR1509 Marantz Slimline NR1508
Phono Input βœ” βœ–

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Marantz Slimline NR1509 vs Marantz Slimline NR1508.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Marantz Slimline NR1509 has 5 channel amplifier and delivers 50 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and also has a stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p. It can bypass HDR10, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and supports up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


MDAX2

Compressed music enhancement in Marantz Slimline NR1509 is done by Marantz’ MDAX2 technology. The use of compressed audio files like MP3, Windows Mediaβ„’ Audio or AAC is getting more and more popular. The audio quality of these compressed files however is less than the original lossless files that are on a CD, especially lacking the higher frequencies and affecting the lower frequencies which make the audio image less wide and deep. The Marantz Digital Audio Expander 2, also called M-DAX2, recalculates the outputted frequency range. This enables you to get a more detailed and clearer sound.


Audyssey

Marantz Slimline NR1509 comes with Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Audyssey Dynamic Volume.

Audyssey Dynamic EQ selects the best possible frequency response and surround volume levels moment-by-moment. This ensures that the bass response, tonal balance and surround impression remain constant despite changes in volume. This is the first technology that carefully combines information from incoming source levels with actual output sound levels in the room, a pre-requisite for delivering a dynamic volume solution.

Your Listening experience can be greatly diminished when there are significant shifts in volume between television programs, commercials and within the program material itself. When this happens you must constantly adjust the volume to maintain your desired listening level. Audyssey Dynamic Volume monitors the volume of program material moment-by-moment and automatically adjusts it, maintaining the desired listening level for all content while optimizing the dynamic range to preserve impact.


Room Correction

Marantz Slimline NR1509 comes with Audyssey MultEQ room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

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.


Connectivity

Marantz Slimline NR1509 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver works with Amazon Alexa and supports AirPlay 2. It has 6 HDMI inputs and HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 2.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI and USB inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Marantz Slimline NR1509.

BASICS
BrandMarantz
SeriesSlimline
ModelNR1509
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUK
Release Year2018
AMPLIFIER
Channels5.2
Current Feedback Topologyβœ–
Discrete Amplificationβœ”
HDAMβœ–
THXβ„’ Certificationβœ–
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedβœ”
Certified 4 Ω Performanceβœ”
Bi-amp Capabilityβœ–
AUDIO
Maximum Channel Processing5.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationβœ–
Dolby Atmosβœ–
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationβœ–
Dolby TrueHDβœ”
Dolby Digital Plusβœ”
Dolby Surround Upmixerβœ–
Dolby Pro Logicβœ” PLII
Dolby Digital EXβœ–
Surround EXβœ–
DTS:Xβœ–
DTS Neural:Xβœ–
DTS Virtual:Xβœ–
DTS Neoβœ” Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audioβœ”
DTS-HD High Resolution Audioβœ”
DTS 96/24βœ”
DTS Expressβœ”
DTS-ESβœ” Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhancedβœ–
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixerβœ–
PCMβœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Networkβœ” up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USBβœ–
Gapless Playbackβœ”
DSD via HDMIβœ–
DSD via USBβœ” 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converterβœ–
USB DACβœ–
Jitter Reductionβœ–
DTS Dialogue Controlβœ–
Dialog Enhancementβœ–
Dialog Level Adjustmentβœ”
Dialog Normalizationβœ”
Dialogue Liftβœ–
Compressed Music Enhancerβœ” MDAX2
High-resolution Music Enhancerβœ–
Audyssey Dynamic EQβœ”
Audyssey Dynamic Volumeβœ”
Audyssey LFCβœ–
Audyssey Sub EQ HTβœ–
Audyssey DSXβœ–
Direct Modeβœ”
Pure Direct Modeβœ”
Independent Dual Subwoofer Outputβœ–
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.βœ” Audyssey MultEQ
Audyssey App Supportβœ–
Optimized Bass Redirectionβœ”
Bass Syncβœ–
VIDEO
HDR10βœ”
HDR10+βœ–
Dynamic HDRβœ–
BT.2020 color spaceβœ”
Dolby Visionβœ”
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)βœ”
Quick Media Switching (QMS)βœ–
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)βœ–
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)βœ–
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)βœ–
3-D Readyβœ”
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscalingβœ–
Analog To HDMI Upconversionβœ–
Component Video Upscalingβœ–
Analog to Analog Video conversionβœ–
isf Certified Calibration Controlβœ–
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Inputβœ–
DLNA 1.5βœ”
FireConnectβœ–
FlareConnectβœ–
Domotz Pro Compatibleβœ–
Remote Monitoring with ihijiβœ–
OvrC Compatibleβœ–
HEOSβœ”
Chromecast Built-Inβœ–
DTS Play-Fiβœ–
Works with Amazon Alexaβœ”
Works with SONOSβœ–
AirPlayβœ” AirPlay 2
Apple Product Connectionβœ” iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote Appβœ” Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App for iOS and Android devices
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevueβœ–
Ethernetβœ”
Ethernet Switchβœ–
Wi-Fiβœ”
Bluetoothβœ” SBC
HDBaseT Compatibleβœ–
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)βœ–
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Inputs6 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs1
USB Input1 (Front) for USB memory
USB DC Out Portβœ–
Analog Audio Line Inputs3
Analog Audio Line Outputsβœ–
Phono Inputβœ”
Optical Inputs1
Optical Outputsβœ–
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs1 / No
Composite Video Inputs3
Composite Video Outputs1
S-Video Inputsβœ–
S-Video Outputsβœ–
Component Video Inputsβœ–
Component Video Outputsβœ–
PC Inβœ–
Multi-Channel Inputβœ–
Analog Pre-Outs2.2
XLR Inputsβœ–
XLR Pre-outsβœ–
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB
Speaker A/Bβœ–
Headphone Outβœ” 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones1
RS-232 Interfaceβœ–
+12V Trigger Outputβœ–
MISC
On-Screen Displayβœ” Hybrid Graphic User Interface
GUI Languages9
Web Controlβœ–
IP Controlβœ”
FL Displayβœ” 1 line
Remote ControllerRC040SR
Pre-programmed / Learnable / LCD DisplayNo / No / No
Detachable Power Cordβœ”
Flasher Inβœ–
Remote Control In/Out0 / 0
Setup Assistantβœ”
RADIO
Analog Tunerβœ” FM/AM with RDS
Digital Radioβœ–
Internet Radioβœ” TuneIn
Pandoraβœ–
Spotifyβœ”
Tidalβœ”
Deezerβœ”
Napsterβœ”
SiriusXM Internet Radioβœ–
CONSTRUCTION
Solid Aluminum Frontβœ–
Speaker Terminals5
Large Speaker Terminals5
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsβœ”
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminalsβœ–
High Grade Audio Componentsβœ–
Gold plated RCA terminalsβœ–
POWER
Power SupplyAC 230 V, 50/60 Hz
Toroidal TransformerNo (EI)
Power Consumption180 W
No Sound PowerECO On/Off: 25 W/35 W
Standby Power0.2 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Functionβœ”
Auto Power offβœ”
Dimensions (W x H x D)440 mm x 105 mm x 378 mm (with antenna: 440 mm x 175 mm x 378 mm)
17-3/8" x 4-1/4" x 15" (with antenna up: 17-3/8" x 7" x 15")
Weight8.2 kg (18 lbs 1 oz)
Warranty3 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)50 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)60 W (0.7% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)100 W (10% THD)
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)85 W (1% THD)
Phono Distortion0.03% (1 kHz, 3 V)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)130 mV/47 kΩ
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)98 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)74 dB
Phono RIAA DeviationΒ±1 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)
DSD Sampling Rates via USB5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Video Frequency Response5 Hz to 10 MHz, 0 dB/-3 dB (Composite)
Ethernet Standard100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version3.0 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 2.8 Β΅V (20.2 dBf)
FM Effective Sensitivity1.2 Β΅V (12.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%
AM Frequency522 kHz - 1611 kHz
AM Effective Sensitivity18 Β΅V

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

Successor

In 2019 Marantz Slimline NR1509 was replaced by NR1510. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Marantz Slimline NR1510 Marantz Slimline NR1509
Domotz Pro Compatible βœ” βœ–
Remote Monitoring with ihiji βœ” βœ–
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) βœ” βœ–
Newer HDCP Version 2.3 2.2
Web Control βœ” βœ–
Newer Bluetooth Version 4.1 3.0 + EDR

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Marantz Slimline NR1510 vs Marantz Slimline NR1509.

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