Home Theater

Marantz NR1609 Receiver Features Amazon Alexa, Dolby Atmos

The new Marantz NR1509 and NR1609 receivers support Alexa voice control, with the $749 NR1609 also including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based surround sound.

Marantz NR1609 Receiver Features Amazon Alexa, Dolby Atmos
In addition to their home theater capabilities, the Marantz NR1509 and NR1609 Receivers also provide compatibility with the company's HEOS wireless whole-house audio platform.

Robert Archer · June 14, 2018

Typically people think of A/V receivers as big, black boxes. The new Marantz NR1509 and NR1609 Receivers break that stereotype by providing homeowners a choice of small-footprint home theater solutions.

The space-friendly receivers offer consumers an array of features, including surround sound decoding, multiple HDMI inputs, 4K UltraHD video compatibility, wireless whole-house audio options, and Amazon voice control. 

"Marantz has a legacy of providing absolute top-notch audio solutions for consumers who value sound quality, visual clarity, ease-of-use and beauty above all else," says Emmanuel Millot, global brand director, Marantz

"The latest slimline network receivers continue to embody this tradition of excellence. Putting audio and video quality first, both receivers are packed with power and the latest video technologies. We've also added HEOS for multiroom wireless chops and Amazon Alexa support to easily control content with your voice."

Marantz NR1609 Supports Dolby Atmos

Exclusive to the $749 slimline NR1609 is object-based surround sound decoding with a choice of Dolby AtmosDTS:X, and DTS Virtual:X formats, as well as Audyssey MultEQ and Dynamic Volume equalization technologies.

At the heart of both the Marantz NR1509 and NR1609 receivers are discrete, high-current power amplifiers. 

Marantz rates the NR1609 to produce 50 watts per channel on all seven channels at 8 ohms (and the rated distortion with two channels driven is 0.08 percent). The company rates the NR1509 to produce 50 watts per channel for all of its five channels, and the amplifiers include the company's Hyper Dynamic Amplification Module (HDAM) circuitry, which helps the products produce an improved listening experience. 

Related: Denon, Marantz Add DTS Virtual:X to Select A/V Receivers

Both products incorporate six HDMI inputs (the NR1609 includes eight HDMI inputs), as well as HDMI outputs that support HDCP 2.2 copyright protection, ARC and CEC. 

The receivers also support 4K at 60Hz with 4:4:4 chroma subsampling, and the HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) high dynamic range (HDR) formats. 

Moreover, the receivers allow for the playback of ALC, FLAC and WAV audio files up to 24-bit/192kHz; 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz DSD files, and they enable wireless streaming via Bluetooth and/or Apple AirPlay. 

The NR1509 and NR1609 provide wireless whole-house audio options through the company's proprietary built-in HEOS platform, ensuring both receivers' ability to deliver whole-house entertainment.



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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at robert.archer@emeraldexpo.com

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Home Theater · AV Receivers · Audio/Video · Distributed Audio · Products · Alexa · Dolby Atmos · DTS:X · Marantz · Receivers · All Topics
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Comments

Posted by John Nemesh on June 14, 2018

Wow.  Not one word about the most significant upgrade this unit has over the NR1608…but the picture at the top tells the tale.  Marantz is now including phono inputs on ALL of it’s AVRs now!  No longer is the feature restricted to just the high end models.  Additionally, Marantz has added full web-based controls, and Smart Remote Management (although I am not sure what that entails).  They have also promised support for Apple’s Airplay 2 via a firmware update.

Posted by John Nemesh on June 14, 2018

Wow.  Not one word about the most significant upgrade this unit has over the NR1608…but the picture at the top tells the tale.  Marantz is now including phono inputs on ALL of it’s AVRs now!  No longer is the feature restricted to just the high end models.  Additionally, Marantz has added full web-based controls, and Smart Remote Management (although I am not sure what that entails).  They have also promised support for Apple’s Airplay 2 via a firmware update.