Marantz Slimline NR1608 (USA version)
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Marantz Slimline NR1608 was introduced in 2017. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing.
We evaluated the Receiver and gave 84 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 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 NR1608.
|👍 Certified 4 Ω Performance|
|👍 Bi-amp Capability|
|👍 Dolby Atmos|
|👍 Dolby TrueHD|
|👍 Dolby Digital Plus|
|👍 Dolby Surround Upmixer|
|👍 Dolby Digital EX|
|👍 DTS Neural:X|
|👍 DTS Virtual:X|
|👍 DTS-HD Master Audio|
|👍 DTS-HD High Resolution Audio|
|👍 DTS 96/24|
|👍 DTS Express|
|👍 High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network|
|👍 Gapless Playback|
|👍 DSD via USB|
|👍 DTS Dialog Control|
|👍 Dialog Level Adjustment|
|👍 Dialog Normalization|
|👍 Compressed Music Enhancer|
|👍 Audyssey Dynamic EQ|
|👍 Audyssey Dynamic Volume|
|👍 Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.|
|👍 Audyssey App Support|
|👍 Optimized Bass Redirection|
|👍 BT.2020 color space|
|👍 Dolby Vision|
|👍 3-D Ready|
|👍 4K or 8K Video Passthrough|
|👍 4K or 8K Signal Upscaling|
|👍 Analog To HDMI Upconversion|
|👍 DLNA 1.5|
|👍 Works with Amazon Alexa|
|👍 New HDCP Version|
|👍 Many HDMI Inputs|
|👍 USB Input|
|👍 Composite Video Inputs|
|👍 Composite Video Outputs|
|👍 Component Video Inputs|
|👍 Component Video Outputs|
|👍 Analog Pre-Outs|
|👍 Detachable Power Cord|
|👍 Analog Tuner|
|👍 SiriusXM Internet Radio|
|👎 No Front Wide Channel Support|
|👎 No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|👎 No IMAX Enhanced|
|👎 No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer|
|👎 No DSD via HDMI|
|👎 No High-resolution Music Enhancer|
|👎 No HDR10+|
|👎 No Chromecast Built-In|
|👎 Does Not Work with SONOS|
|👎 No eARC|
|👎 Few HDMI Outputs|
|👎 Few Analog Audio Line Inputs|
|👎 No Phono Input|
|👎 No Multi-Channel Input|
|👎 Old Bluetooth Version|
Major Changes from its predecessor
Here we are comparing Marantz Slimline NR1608 to its predecessor NR1607 and displaying the major changes.
|UPGRADES||Marantz Slimline NR1608||vs||Marantz Slimline NR1607|
|Works with Amazon Alexa||vs|
|Newer Bluetooth Version||3.0 + EDR||vs||2.1 + EDR|
For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Marantz Slimline NR1608 vs Marantz Slimline NR1607.
Marantz Slimline NR1608 has 7 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.
The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p and 4K upscaling up to 30p. It can bypass HDR10, Dolby Vision.
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 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.
Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer
Marantz Slimline NR1608 supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.
Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.
Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audio™ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.
If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.
DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer
Marantz Slimline NR1608 supports DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. It can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.
A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.
DTS Neural:X is a new upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.
Compressed music enhancement in Marantz Slimline NR1608 is done by Marantz’ MDAX2 technology. The use of compressed audio files like MP3, Windows Media™ 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.
Marantz Slimline NR1608 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.
Marantz Slimline NR1608 comes with Audyssey MultEQ room correction system and includes the calibration microphone. It also supports Audyssey App.
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.
Marantz Slimline NR1608 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 8 HDMI inputs and HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There are 2.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.
Front panel has HDMI and USB inputs.
Here we list all the available features and specifications of Marantz Slimline NR1608.
|Front Wide Channel Support|
|Current Feedback Topology|
|Continuous 6 Ω Rated|
|Certified 4 Ω Performance|
|Maximum Channel Processing||7.1|
|Air Studios Monitor Certification|
|Dolby Atmos||up to 5.1.2|
|Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|Dolby Digital Plus|
|Dolby Surround Upmixer|
|Dolby Pro Logic|
|Dolby Digital EX|
|DTS:X||up to 5.1.2|
|DTS-HD Master Audio|
|DTS-HD High Resolution Audio|
|DTS-ES||Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1|
|Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer|
|Music Playback via USB||MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD|
|High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network||up to 192 kHz|
|High Resolution Audio Formats via USB||Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD|
|Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB|
|DSD via HDMI|
|DSD via USB||2-ch Input|
|DSD to PCM Converter|
|DTS Dialog Control|
|Dialog Level Adjustment|
|Compressed Music Enhancer||MDAX2|
|High-resolution Music Enhancer|
|Audyssey Dynamic EQ|
|Audyssey Dynamic Volume|
|Audyssey Sub EQ HT|
|Pure Direct Mode|
|Independent Dual Subwoofer Output|
|Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.||Audyssey MultEQ|
|Audyssey App Support|
|Optimized Bass Redirection|
|BT.2020 color space|
|HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)|
|QMS (Quick Media Switching)|
|ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)|
|VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)|
|QFT (Quick Frame transport)|
|Video Signal Passthrough||up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4|
|Video Signal Upscaling||up to 4K 30/25/24p 4:4:4|
|Analog To HDMI Upconversion||Component**, Composite|
|Component Video Upscaling|
|Analog to Analog Video conversion|
|isf Certified Calibration Control|
|Domotz Pro Compatible|
|Remote Monitoring with ihiji|
|Works with Amazon Alexa|
|Works with SONOS|
|Apple Product Connection||iPod, iPhone and iPad|
|Remote App||Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App for iOS and Android devices|
|InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue|
|HDMI Input||8 (1 front)|
|USB Input||1 (Front) for USB memory|
|USB DC Out Port|
|Analog Audio Line Input||3|
|Analog Audio Line Output|
|Coaxial In/Out||1 /|
|Composite Video Input||3|
|Composite Video Output||1|
|Component Video Input||2|
|Component Video Output||1|
|Front A/V Inputs||HDMI, USB|
|Headphone Out||6.3 mm|
|Zone 2||Pre Out|
|+12V Trigger Output||1|
|On-Screen Display||Advanced Graphic User Interface|
|Web Browser Control|
|IP Control for CI|
|FL Display||1 line|
|Pre-programmed / Learnable / LCD Display||/ /|
|Detachable Power Cord|
|Remote Control In/Out||1 / 1|
|SiriusXM Internet Radio|
|Solid Aluminum Front|
|Large Speaker Terminals||7|
|Color-Coded Speaker Terminals|
|Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals|
|High Grade Audio Components|
|Gold plated RCA terminals|
|Power Supply||AC 120 V, 60 Hz|
|Power Consumption||250 W|
|No Sound Power||ECO On/Off: 30 W/40 W|
|Standby Power||0.2 W|
|ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function|
|Auto Power off|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||440 mm x 105 mm x 376 mm (with antenna: 440 mm x 173 mm x 376 mm)|
17-3/8" x 4-1/4" x 14-7/8" (with antenna up: 17-3/8" x 6-7/8" x 14-7/8")
|Weight||8.3 kg (18 lbs 5 oz)|
|Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2||50 W (0.08% THD)|
|Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2||70 W (0.7% THD)|
|Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)||100 W (10% THD)|
|Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)||90 W (1% THD)|
|Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)||130 mV/47 kΩ|
|S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)||98 dB|
|Frequency Response (Analog In)||+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)|
|DSD Sampling Rates via USB||5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz|
|Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance||1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)|
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
|Video Frequency Response||5 Hz - 60 MHz, 0, -3 dB (Component)|
5 Hz - 10 MHz, 0, -3 dB (Composite)
|Wi-Fi Standard||IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency||5 GHz, 2.4 GHz|
|Bluetooth Version||3.0 + EDR|
|Bluetooth Frequency||2.4 GHz|
|USB Terminal||USB2.0 5V, 1 A|
|FM Frequency||87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz|
|FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)||Mono: 2.8 µV (20.2 dBf)|
|FM Effective Sensitivity||1.2 µV (12.8 dBf)|
|FM S/N Ratio||Mono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dB|
|FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)||Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%|
|AM Frequency||520 kHz - 1710 kHz|
|AM Effective Sensitivity||18 µV|
* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted
In 2018 Marantz Slimline NR1608 was replaced by NR1609. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.
|UPGRADES||Marantz Slimline NR1609||vs||Marantz Slimline NR1608|
For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Marantz Slimline NR1609 vs Marantz Slimline NR1608.