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Marantz Launches Slim Network AV Receiver

Marantz announced its new NR1605 super-slim network audio/video receiver, which will be available in July for $699.

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Marantz® unveils new super-slim Network AV receiver NR1605 with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth®

Mahwah, NJ June 10th, 2014 – Marantz, a world leader in advanced audio technologies, is now offering a new super-slim network AV Receiver for design and space-conscious home entertainment enthusiasts with built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Following the footsteps of its highly acclaimed predecessors, the new NR1605 packs the same punch as larger models, delivering true-to-life surround sound and superior video, but without needing a large, imposing home entertainment unit to house it. With Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built-in, users can enjoy digital media files on this beautiful set wherever they are stored – wirelessly. The NR1605 (MSRP $699) is expected to be available beginning in July 2014 at select Marantz dealers and online.

Advanced network capabilities
Just like its predecessor, the NR1605 comes with advanced network capabilities opening up almost unlimited sources of music content. The built-in AirPlay technology enables users to playback their music library from their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad wirelessly. While the newly-added Bluetooth capability makes integration of Android smart devices, iDevices or laptops just as effortless. Users do not even require a Wi-Fi network – everything is already there. Thanks to the DLNA standard, they can also stream music from a local storage device (NAS), listen to thousands of Internet Radio stations or online music services such as Spotify Connect. Music lovers can even enjoy the latest audio formats such as Apple Lossless and FLAC HD 192/24 or the bitstream DSD format as perfected for SA-CD players.

Superior sound via discrete amplifier
Next to the network streaming possibilities, Marantz offers its renowned sound quality made possible through a discrete amplifier section. The NR1605 owns a 7-channel amplifier with 100W equal power per channel. It also has built-in decoders for Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Its total of eight HDMI inputs handle a multitude of digital sources, so there is plenty of ports to easily hook-up a satellite box, BD/DVD player and game console… all at the same time. What’s more, the whole setup is very easy – with the help of the advanced Graphical User Interface (GUI), Setup Assistant, and Audyssey MultEQ room calibration. With this there is no need to study the manual, users just need to follow the on-screen instructions supported by high resolution graphics.

Android or iOS
For total convenience, users can also use an Android or iOS device to operate the NR1605 via the available Marantz Remote App, which comes as a dedicated app for either smartphone or tablet. It all adds up to easy-to-use slim-line elegance with a powerful punch. The NR1605 further features support for next-generation TV displays capable of displaying 4k Ultra HD video. Along with 4k and 3D pass-through the NR1605 also features video upscaling technology to 1080p and 4k for ultimate future-readiness. In addition, with the Multi-zone functionality you can output music from the main room to a different room such as a kitchen or bedroom just via an additional pair of speakers.

Smart ECO Mode
As with many of this year’s models, the NR1605 includes the latest Marantz smart ECO mode. This reduces power consumption significantly when the receiver is just used for background listening or running on lower levels without any negative impact to the audio quality. If the higher power is required while watching a movie or listening louder to favorite music, the NR1605 automatically switches to “full power output”. The smart ECO mode has three settings: Auto, On and Off leaving it up to the user to decide.

NR1605 Slim Design Network AV Receiver – Main Features

·      Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in
·      FM / AM tuner
·      Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio
·      7ch discrete power amplifier, 90 W per channel
·      Audyssey MultEQ room calibration
·      Latest HDMI version with 4k 60Hz 4:4:4 resolution
·      7+1 front HDMI in / 1 out (4k 60Hz, 3D, ARC, Deep Color)
·      USB port
·      HDMI scaling 1080p, 4k 30Hz
·      MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA, AIFF
·      HD Audio streaming: FLAC 192/24, DSD, ALAC
·      Gapless Playback
·      Spotify Connect* (* where available), Flickr, Internet Radio support
·      Setup Assistant and advanced GUI
·      Marantz Remote App for iOS and Android devices
·      ECO mode

About Marantz
Marantz is a part of D+M Group. The company can trace its roots back to the dawn of the first mono LP, when Saul Bernard Marantz, a native of New York, was unhappy with the equipment available to play his cherished record collection on. So he had to build his own! Saul officially founded the Marantz Company in 1953. Then, as now, the company’s cornerstones were quality and innovation. For over half a century Marantz has been developing unique technologies and bringing landmark hi-fi and home entertainment products to market through its tireless and extensive R&D programs. Such commitment to audio and video excellence ensures each Marantz design delivers class-leading performance. Additional information is available at .

About D+M Group
D+M Group is a global company dedicated to enhancing life through inspired sound solutions delivered anytime, anywhere. With a strong belief that “Performance is everything,” D+M is focused on innovation to meet the needs of customers in an increasingly digital world. Serving the consumer markets, D+M Group brands include Boston Acoustics®, Denon®, and Marantz®. D+M Group has approximately 1,500 employees worldwide, with products and services marketed in more than 45 countries. D+M Group is a Bain Capital portfolio company.