Marantz Slimline NR1608

    85
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    Highlights

    • 7.2 Channels
    • 7.1 Channel Processing
    • 50 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
    • HDR10, Dolby Vision
    • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/30Hz Upscaling
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet

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    1. Overview

    Marantz Slimline NR1608 was introduced in 2017. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 50 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 4K/60Hz and upscales up to 4K 30/25/24p 4:4:4 video signal.

    We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 85 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
    78
    Audio Features
    84
    Video Features
    95
    Connectivity
    83
    Zones
    79
    Radio
    96
    OVERALL
    85

    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
    NR1711 Image cannot be found 2020 7.2 50 W 8K
    NR1710 Image cannot be found 2019 7.2 50 W 4K
    NR1609 Image cannot be found 2018 7.2 50 W 4K
    NR1608 Image cannot be found 2017 7.2 50 W 4K
    NR1607 Image cannot be found 2016 7.2 50 W 4K
    NR1606 Image cannot be found 2015 7.2 50 W 4K
    NR1605 Image cannot be found 2014 7.1 50 W 4K

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Marantz NR1711 vs NR1710 vs NR1609 vs NR1608 vs NR1607 vs NR1606.

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    2. Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Marantz Slimline NR1608.

    PROs

    •   Dolby Atmos
    •   DTS:X
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   HDR10
    •   Dolby Vision
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   Bluetooth
    •   Works with Amazon Alexa
    •   HEOS
    •   8 HDMI Inputs
    •   USB Input
    •   RCA Pre-Outs
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Component Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Pandora
    •   Spotify
    •   Tidal

    CONs

    •   Low Power Output - 50 W
    •   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 HDR10+
    •   No eARC
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   1 HDMI Outputs
    •   0 8K Input
    •   Few RCA Line Inputs
    •   No Phono Input
    •   No Digital Radio
    •   Bluetooth 3․0 + EDR

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

    AVERAGE

    •   7.2 Channels
    •   7.1 Channel Processing
    •   2 Zones

    3. Marantz 2017 Lineup

    In 2017 Marantz released 6 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Marantz 2017 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsImmersive AudioZones Price
    SR8012 Image cannot be found 11.2140 W11.211.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    Auro 3D
    3
    SR7012 Image cannot be found 9.2125 W11.211.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    Auro 3D
    3
    SR6012 Image cannot be found 9.2110 W11.211.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    SR5012 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.17.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    NR1608 Image cannot be found 7.250 W7.12.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    NR1508 Image cannot be found 5.250 W5.12.21

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Marantz SR8012 vs SR7012 vs SR6012 vs SR5012 vs NR1608 vs NR1508.

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    4. Changes from the NR1607

    Marantz Slimline NR1608 has replaced NR1607. Here we present differences between these two models.

    UPGRADES Marantz Slimline NR1608 vs Marantz NR1607
    DTS Virtual:X vs
    Works with Amazon Alexa vs
    HEOS vs
    AirPlay AirPlay 2 vs AirPlay
    Tidal vs
    Deezer vs
    Napster vs
    Newer Bluetooth Version 3․0 + EDR vs 2․1 + EDR
    DOWNGRADES Marantz Slimline NR1608 vs Marantz NR1607
    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 NR1608 vs NR1607.

    5. Amplifier

    7 channel Amplifier

    Marantz Slimline NR1608 features 7 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
      Channels7.2
      Power Output50 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Front Wide Channel Support
      Current Feedback Topology
      Discrete Amplification
      HDAM
      THX™ Certification
      Continuous 6 Ω Rated
      Certified 4 Ω Performance
      Bi-amp Capability assignable

      6. Speaker Configurations

      Marantz Slimline NR1608's 7 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

      • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
      • 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
      • DTS:X Configurations: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos:
      • 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
      • Configurations without height channels: There are also other speaker configurations available which do not include height channels:
      • 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
      • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Marantz Slimline NR1608 allows you to bi-amp up to 2 main channels simultaneously. During bi-amplification two amplifiers are used for one speaker. One amplifier powers the midrange and tweeter section of the speaker and another amplifier powers the low frequency woofers. Each amplifier is less loaded and performs better. In order to use this feature speakers must have 2 pairs of connectors.

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      7. Immersive Audio Formats

      Dolby Atmos

      Marantz Slimline NR1608 supports Dolby Atmos with Surround Upmixer.

      • Surround Upmixer: 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

      Marantz Slimline NR1608 supports DTS:X with Neural:X and Virtual:X.

      • Neural:X is an advanced 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.
      • Virtual:X bridges the gap between DTS:X codec and the reality of so many consumers' homes, allowing you to enjoy multi-dimensional sound regardless of room size, layout, or speaker configuration. If you have a limited speaker setup you will miss a full immersive potential of your entertainment system. DTS Virtual:X adds height and surround audio effect to your system without adding height speakers. It works with multiple configurations and delivers immersive sound experience out of 5.1 or even 2.1 speaker layouts.
      • DTS Dialog Control: This function adjusts the dialog levels during playback of the DTS:X stream. It allows you to separately increase the dialog levels in contrast with the background sound and hear dialog easily even under noisy circumstances.
      DECODING
      Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2
      Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      Dolby Atmos Music
      Dolby TrueHD
      Dolby Digital Plus
      Dolby Surround Upmixer
      Dolby Pro Logic
      Dolby Digital EX
      Surround EX
      DTS:X up to 5.1.2
      DTS Neural:X
      DTS Virtual:X
      DTS Neo
      DTS-HD Master Audio
      DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
      DTS 96/24
      DTS Express
      DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
      IMAX Enhanced
      Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer

      8. HDMI

      Marantz Slimline NR1608 features 8 HDMI inputs. It has 1 output.

      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 video signal.
      • 4K Upscaling: Marantz Slimline NR1608 can upscale up to 4K 30/25/24p 4:4:4 from HDMI and analog sources.
      • Analog To HDMI Upconversion: The a/v receiver supports video upconversion, so you can connect your analog Component and Composite video sources and Marantz Slimline NR1608 will output them via HDMI. This means that you will need only one HDMI cable to connect to your TV.
      • 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 NR1608 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

      HDR (High Dynamic Range)

      Marantz Slimline NR1608 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 up to 4K 30/25/24p 4:4:4

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      9. Room Calibration

      Marantz Slimline NR1608 comes with Audyssey MultEQ room correction system and includes the calibration microphone. It also supports Audyssey App.

      • 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.

      10. Multi-zone Playback

      Marantz Slimline NR1608 offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 2 different rooms.


      Zone 2

      • Powered Zone 2: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 2 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 5 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
      • Audio Pre Output: If you have a dedicated power amplifier for Zone 2 you can connect it to the a/v receiver via pre outs and control volume from the a/v receiver.
      ZONES
      Number of Zones2
      Powered Zones 2
      Zone 2 OutsPre Out
      RS-232C Interface
      +12V Trigger Output1

      11. Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Analog Pre-Outs: Marantz Slimline NR1608 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: 8 (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
      • Component Video: Component video connection gives you the higher quality video compared to the composite video connection. So in case your old DVD player and other equipment do not have an HDMI output but have Component video output use this connection over the composite one.
      • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 1

      Front A/V Inputs

      • HDMI, USB
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      TERMINALS
      HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)
      HDMI Outputs1
      8K Inputs
      USB Input1 (Front) for 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 Inputs2
      Component Video Outputs1

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      12. Evaluation

      We evaluate Marantz Slimline NR1608 and give score of 85 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
      85

      Amplifier

      GOOD
      78

      We give Marantz Slimline NR1608 a score of 78 for Amplifier features.

      •   7.2 Channels
      •   Low Power Output - 50 W

      Audio Features

      GOOD
      84

      We give Marantz Slimline NR1608 a score of 84 for Audio Features features.

      •   7.2 Channels
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   7.1 Channel Processing
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   DTS:X
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No DSD via HDMI

      Video Features

      EXCELLENT
      95

      We give Marantz Slimline NR1608 a score of 95 for Video Features features.

      •   HDR10
      •   No HDR10+
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion

      Connectivity

      GOOD
      83

      We give Marantz Slimline NR1608 a score of 83 for Connectivity features.

      •   No eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Works with Amazon Alexa
      •   HEOS
      •   8 HDMI Inputs
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   USB Input
      •   Few RCA Line Inputs
      •   No Phono Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Bluetooth 3․0 + EDR

      Zones

      GOOD
      79

      We give Marantz Slimline NR1608 a score of 79 for Zones features.

      •   2 Zones

      Radio

      EXCELLENT
      96

      We give Marantz Slimline NR1608 a score of 96 for Radio features.

      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal

      13. Replaced by NR1609

      In 2018 Marantz Slimline NR1608 was replaced by Marantz NR1609. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Marantz Slimline NR1608 and its successor.

      UPGRADES Marantz NR1609 vs Marantz Slimline NR1608
      Phono Input vs
      DOWNGRADES Marantz NR1609 vs Marantz Slimline NR1608
      Remote Control In/Out 0 / 0 vs 1 / 1

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