Marantz NR1508 Review

Marantz NR1508
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Marantz NR1508 review

A modern AV receiver is perhaps one of the most sought after categories of home electronics. We've got one of these receivers for review - Marantz NR1508. Based on the characteristics and features considered, the model received a score of 6.3 on a 10-point scale. In 2016, this receiver was released. An amplifier with 5.2 channels is one of the main model’s feature.

Marantz NR1508 Pros

  • The receiver has a function of wireless connection to the Internet via Wi-Fi.
  • Bluetooth is now one of the key wireless communication protocols. In AV receivers, it is used for audio signal transmission or remote control. And it is in the model under review that Bluetooth support is implemented.
  • The presence of a USB port allows the receiver to play content from external media.
  • With HDR pass-through support, it is possible to transfer data over NR1508 with a much wider range of colors.
  • With 4K/60Hz pass-through support, it is possible to pass data through this model without degrading image quality.
  • The manufacturer claims support for CEC in Marantz NR1508 and therefore you can control any HDMI-connected device using one remote control.
  • This receiver supports the data encryption protocol HDCP 2.2 which allows licensed devices to play high definition audio and video.
  • Can stream audio using the AirPlay protocol.
  • Stream music from one of the most popular services Spotify directly on the Marantz NR1508.
  • The main functions of this model can be controlled using voice control.
  • This receiver consumes less power thanks to ECO mode.
  • The reviewed receiver has a Pure Direct mode, when used it feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
  • With the included microphone, the Marantz NR1508 can use the auto speaker calibration mechanism to create the most suitable soundstage.

Marantz NR1508 Cons

  • The NR1508 has not a phono (MM) input for connecting a phonographer or turntable.
  • Dolby Atmos technology has not been included.
  • Can not manage the DTS:X surround format.
  • HDMI ARC function not implemented.
  • HDMI eARC function not implemented.
  • Marantz NR1508 is unable to use Amazon Music.
  • Bi-amping is not available.
  • Has no speaker A/B switching function.
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Marantz NR1508 back and front view

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Marantz NR1508 specs and features

Amplifier

Channels 5.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm 50/8
Output impedance, Ohm 8
Frequency response 10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, % 0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC) 192 KHz/24-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibration Audyssey MultEQ
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio features Hi-Res audio, Audyssey Dynamic Volume

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 2.4/5GHz
USB 1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45) 1
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay) AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming services Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output 6/1
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP) HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE) 2
Headphone output 1 x 6.3
Optical digital input 1
Coaxial digital input 1
Composite input 3
Component input/output 0/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectors USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)
4K signal pass-through 4K/60Hz
8K signal pass-through
HDMI signal pass-through
3D signal pass-through
HDMI pass-through in standby mode
Video conversion
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video features HLG

Additional features

Voice control Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App control iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle
Display colour OSD
Tuner AM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware update network, USB
Other additional features IP Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones has not
Zone audio output has not
Zone HDMI output has not
Multi-room control has not
RS-232 0
Remote control input/output (IR) 1/0
DC trigger output (12V) 0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other) has not
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other) has not
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3
WMA
AAC
WAV
FLAC
ALAC
Other audio file formats has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W 180
Standby consumption, W 0.2
Removable power cord

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches 43.1 x 35.5 x 10.1/17.3 x 14.8 x 4.1
Weight, kg/lbs 7.7/17.9

Other

Release year 2016

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