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The Marantz NR1601 is a 7.1 surround sound AV receiver built to support a wide range of standards.

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allows optical audio pairing with HDMI video input

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slimline design much lower profile than most receivers

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heat management is efficient, needs very little cabinet room to keep itself cool without noise

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Can connect an iPod/iPhone directly via USB

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on screen menus display through of all video outputs, do not mute audio, and are designed for efficiency

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no pre-outs, will not work with another amplifier

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analog source upscaling does not do any upconversion, displaying the video as-is rather than converting to HD

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design is too complex to run properly without reading the manual

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The Marantz NR1601 is a 7.1 surround sound AV receiver built to support a wide range of standards. This is a "Slimline" receiver, built lower to take up less cabinet space, and is an upgrade from the Marants NR1501 as it includes HDMI support. Extensive standard support allows for the conversion of Composite or Component inputs to an HDMI output, allowing for a mix of technologies. A number of high definition standards are supported, including Dolby TrueHD, Prologic IIz, and dts-HD Master Audio, and many more. There is also support for the HDMI v1.4a 3D standard, which supports surround sound and 3D video in high definition. 50 watts of power are sent discretely to each of the 7 main outputs, with additional wattage dedicated to the subwoofer pre-out. The speaker terminals are all screw type, which ensures a solid connection and reduces the possibility of interference. A front USB port allows the connection of an iPod, iPhone, or USB memory stick. The M-DAX2 system expands the compressed audio and fills in the missing audio range for a fuller sound.

  • 7 channels of all discrete amplification (50W x7)
  • Subwoofer Pre out
  • All screw type, 9 channel speaker terminals for 7ch + Front Height (PLIIz) or Speaker B
  • Dolby TrueHD, Digital Plus, Prologic IIz, IIx, II, Virtual Speaker, Headphone
  • dts-HD Master Audio, High Resolution Audio, ES Discete6.1, Matrix6.1, Neo:6, 96/24, Express, Neural Surround
  • Support HDMI ver.1.4a 3D, ARC and Content type, 4 Input, 1 output
  • Support HDMI CEC, Deep Color, x.v.Color, Auto Lip Sync and Standby Pass Through (Last or selected one in menu)
  • Front USB audio input for iPod/iPhone digital connection or USB Memory
  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ
  • Audyssey MultEQ Auto Calibration
  • Bluetooth Wireless Audio Transmission Capability (with optional RX101)
  • Composite/Component to HDMI conversion
  • Assignable HDMI, Component inputs
  • M-DAX2(Marantz Dynamic Audio eXpander) for compressed audio
  • Front mini jack, IR Flasher In, marantz D-Bus(RC-5) In/Out
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