Marantz NR1403

5.1-channel home theater receiver

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Big home theater sound from a compact component

The NR1403 is sized just right to fit comfortably on just about any bookshelf or TV stand. This full-featured model measures only half the height of many surround sound receivers, yet it boasts all the clean power you need to drive five speakers, and enough inputs to connect a full complement of A/V sources. Even though it's rated at an understated 50 watts per channel, the NR1403's high-quality amplification is a great match for most room sizes, speakers and listening preferences.

Convenient switching for your HD components

3D TV Learn more Blu-ray players, video game consoles, and HD satellite, cable and DVR boxes all go well with the NR1403. HDMI switching lets you send all your high-def digital video sources through a single connection to your TV, making hookup a breeze. Marantz takes the extra step of carefully isolating this unit's internal audio and video circuit boards. This ensures ultra-high signal purity for rich, enveloping surround sound with all your movies, music, TV shows, and video games. And cutting edge decoding delivers the master-quality sound that comes with most of today's Blu-ray discs.

Bluetooth® and HD camcorder friendly

Add Marantz's Bluetooth receiver and play music wirelessly from your compatible cell phone or computer from up to 30 feet away. Marantz's own M-DAX™ audio expansion circuitry recognizes the frequencies that get lost in compressed music files and restores them for better sound. And a front-panel HDMI input makes watching your latest home video a simple matter. Even when the receiver is off, the audio and video pass right through the onto your connected HDTV.

Setup simplicity

Marantz uses Audyssey MultEQ® Auto Calibration to take the hassle out of speaker configuration. Just plug in the included microphone and place it in up to six listening positions. The NR1403 uses a series of test tones to balance speaker levels and fine-tune the delay and equalization settings for each speaker. The result is optimized home theater performance for your specific speakers and room. And Audyssey Dynamic Volume monitors the system to cut those surprise bursts of volume from commercials down to size.Plus, this receiver comes with a built-in first-time setup assistant that walks you through the process step by step.

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    Power and Processing:
    • 5-channel amplifier
    • 50 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD™ Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD™ High Resolution Audio
    • Audyssey Laboratories' MultEQ® six-point auto setup and room calibration system (microphone included)
    • M-DAX™ (Marantz Dynamic Audio eXpander) for better sounding MP3s and other digital music files
    Digital Music Options:
    • wireless Bluetooth® capability with optional Marantz Bluetooth receiver
    • M-DAX (Marantz Dynamic Audio eXpander) for better sounding music file playback
    Audio Performance Features:
    • 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels
    • direct mode switches off unnecessary circuitry to provide cleaner sound
    • detachable power cord
    • 1080p-compatible HDMI digital video switching; 6 inputs (including front-panel), 1 out
    • HDMI version 1.4 with support for 3D video, Audio Return Channel, Deep Color, x.v.Color, auto lip-sync, and HDMI-CEC
    • Audio Return Channel function receives digital audio signals from a compatible HDTV's tuner via HDMI
    • digital audio inputs: 1 optical and 1 coaxial
    • 3 composite video inputs, 1 output
    • 1 audio-only input
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • 1 pair of main speaker outputs
    • preamp output for a powered subwoofer
    General Features:
    • on-screen display for easier system setup and operation (via HDMI only)
    • first-time setup assistant
    • on-screen display for easier system setup and operation (via HDMI only)
    • sleep timer
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows HDMI switching without powering up receiver
    • 56 AM/FM presets
    • multibrand remote
    • 17-5/16"W x 4-1/8"H x 15-1/2"D
    • weight: 18.4 lbs.
    • warranty: 3 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    • 5.1ch AV receiver
    • 6' AC power cord
    • Remote control (RC018SR)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • Audyssey Setup Mic (ACM1H)
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM wire antenna
    • Owner's Manual CD-ROM (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Getting Started guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • USA Warranty Information
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    Audio Features

    5-Channel Discrete Amplifier: The Marantz NR1403 is equipped with a power amplifier that reproduces high-fidelity sound in surround mode with equal quality and power for all channels, true to the original sound. The power amplifier circuit adopts a discrete-circuit configuration that achieves high-quality surround sound reproduction. The 5 channel amplifier is rated at 50 watts with 2 channels driven (20-20kHz, 8-ohms, 0.08% THD).

    High Current Power Supply: The Marantz NR1403 AV surround receiver employs a high current linear power supply with an EI core power transformer for high-quality sound playback.

    Isolated Audio Circuit Board: The carefully-optimized audio signal path rests on a separate circuit board for maximum performance as well as isolation from interferences generated by high speed video processing.

    24-bit/192-kHz DACs: The Marantz NR1403 utilizes a 192 kHz/24 bit D/A converter on each of the unit's five channels for exceptional sound quality. The 192kHz sampling and 24-bit word length capabilities of the DACs allows you to play high-resolution recordings and hear the increased clarity, detail and dynamic range of those recordings.  The NR1403 is equipped with various surround modes to reproduce a variety of surround sound effects, according to the content of the source to be played. The receiver features Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Digital, and DTS decoders.

    Audyssey Technology: The NR1403 features a full package of Audyssey audio technologies for optimal sound quality. Audyssey Dynamic Volume offers real-time volume adjustment, while Audyssey DynamicEQ improves your system's surround effects during low volume levels. Audyssey MultEQ automatically sets speakers to suit your room's listening environment and the speakers' characteristics.

    • Audyssey MultEQ: Audyssey MultEQ technology helps create an optimal acoustic profile for your home theater. Using the included setup microphone, Audyssey MultEQ measures sound levels and adjusts speaker configuration accordingly, making setup fast and easy. This room acoustic measuring and correction system analyzes (via the included microphone) the audio characteristics of your speaker system and your listening environment at up to 6 measurement points and automatically tailors the sound for top audio fidelity. You can set the Audyssey MultEQ to one of the following modes.
      • Audyssey: Optimizes the crossover point, output level, delay time, and equalization of all speakers based on speaker frequency response, speaker location, and room acoustics.
      • Audyssey Bypass L/R: Optimizes all speakers except front left and right.
      • Audyssey Flat: Optimizes frequency response of all speakers to flat.
      • Manual: Adjusts the tonal quality for each speaker individually using the manual equalizer settings; adjust from -20 to +6 dB at 63 Hz, 125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500 Hz, 1 kHz, 2 kHz, 4 kHz, 8 kHz, and 16 kHz.
      • Off: Turns equalizer off.
    • Dynamic EQ: Audio engineers mix music and movie soundtracks at reference levels much louder than typical home listening levels. At lower volumes the human ear perceives sound differently; voices change, bass dissipates, and the surround effect becomes less enveloping. Dynamic EQ adjusts the frequency response curve based on volume to maintain consistent bass output, octave-to-octave balance, and surround impact, resulting in rich sound at any volume. You can set the Dynamic EQ to 0, 5, 10, or 15 dB.
    • Audyssey Dynamic Volume: Audyssey Dynamic Volume solves the problem of large variations in volume level between television programs, commercials, and between the soft and loud passages of movies. Dynamic Volume addresses the issue of commercials that are too loud and movie soundtracks with vast differences between soft and loud passages; the results are more intelligible dialogue, loud passages maintain impact, and soft whispers are heard clearly. When the volume level changes, Dynamic EQ also adjusts the frequency response to maintain sound quality. You can set the Dynamic Volume to Day (low), Evening (middle), Midnight (high), or off.

    Digital Signal Processing (DSP): The Marantz NR1403 incorporates advanced 32-bit digital signal processing circuitry (ADSP21487) for powerful and highly accurate surround sound reproduction.

    Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the AV receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). Even though the AV receiver will decode 7.1channel surround sound (via HDMI), it will only output 5.1ch surround, because it lacks Surround Back channel speaker outputs.

    Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround mode parameters:

    • Dolby Pro Logic II Music Settings: While listening in the Dolby Pro Logic II Music format, there are three further enhancements you can adjust:
      • Panorama: Broadens the front stereo image to the surround speakers to provide a wraparound effect, especially effective when there is limited output from the surround channels, panorama can be turned on/off in the menu.
      • Dimension: Allows you to move the sound field forward or backward.
      • Center Width: Allows you to adjust the width of the center channel.
    • Center Image: In the Neo:6 Music mode, the Center Image feature adjusts the output of the left and right channels relative to the center channel, allowing you to make the center channel more or less dominant as needed. This improves the image of the center channel, especially when the listener is off-center. Adjustment varies from 7 (nothing subtracted from the L/R channels) to 0 (L/R channel output is cut in half).

    Stereo Modes: The Marantz NR1403 surround receiver also provides two-channel stereo and multi-channel stereo playback, as well a virtual surround from two stereo speakers.

    • 2CH Stereo: This is the mode for playing in 2-channel stereo; bass and treble can be adjusted and sound is output from the front left and right speakers, along with a connected subwoofer.
    • Multi-Channel Stereo: This mode lets you enjoy stereo sound from all speakers.
    • Virtual Speaker: Enjoy surround effects using only the front speakers or headphones.

    Direct Modes: The Marantz NR1403 offers two Direct sound modes which offer high-quality sound by bypassing the receiver's DSP & video circuitry.

    • Source Direct: In this mode the 2ch audio signal is played in its original form, without any surround or tone processing. Multichannel audio signal is played in its original form, without any tone processing.
    • Pure Direct: This mode is for playback in higher sound quality than in Direct mode. The display and analog video circuitry are turned off to minimize the possibility of any noise being added to the signal.

    M-DAX: Compressed audio formats such as MP3, WMA (Windows Media Audio) and MPEG-4 AAC reduce the amount of data by eliminating signal components that are hard for the human ear to hear. The M-DAX function generates the signals eliminated upon compression, restoring the sound to conditions near those of the original sound before compression. It also corrects the sense of volume of the bass to obtain richer sound with compressed audio signals.

    HT-EQ: The tonal balance of a film soundtrack will be excessively bright and harsh when played back over audio equipment in the home. This is because film soundtracks were designed to be played back in large movie theater environments. Activating the receiver's HT-EQ feature when watching a film made from movie theaters corrects this and restores the correct tonal balance.

    Dynamic Range Compression (DRC): Motion picture soundtracks have tremendous dynamic range (the contrast between very soft and very loud sounds). For listening late at night, or whenever the maximum sound level is lower than usual, Compressing the dynamic range allows you to hear all of the sounds in the soundtrack with reduced dynamic range. DRC works when playing program sources recorded in Dolby Digital or DTS.

    Level Adjustments:  The NR1403 provides the following level adjustments.

    • Source Level: This function adjusts the playback level of the currently selected input source's audio input. Use this feature if there are differences in the input volume levels between different sources. You can correct the playback level of the audio input from -12 to +12dB.
    • Dialogue Level: You can adjust the output level (+/-12dB) to clarify the dialogue output from the center channel.
    • Subwoofer Level: You can set the receiver's subwoofer output level (+/-12dB) independent from the other speaker levels and system's main volume.

    Volume Settings: The NR1403 offers the following volume settings.

    • Volume Scale: You can choose to display an Absolute volume scale (0-98) or Relative volume scale (-79.5 to 18dB).
    • Volume Limit: You can set a maximum volume level of 0dB (80), -10dB (70), or -20dB (60) to limit the receiver's total volume output.
    • Turn-On Volume: You can define the volume setting that is active when the power is turned on (0, 1-98, -79 to +18dB, or Last)
    • Mute Level: You can set the amount of attenuation for the audio muting circuit; -40dB or -20dB below current volume, or full mute (sound turned off entirely).

    Tone Control: You can adjust the receiver's Bass and Treble (+/-6db) independently to suit your listening taste or room acoustics.

    Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Marantz AV receiver offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.

    • Digital Inputs: There is 1 optical digital input and 1 coaxial digital input on the receiver's rear-panel. The inputs accept digital audio signals from a compact disc, DVD, or other digital source component. You can designate the input for each digital input according to your component.
    • Speaker Terminals: The receiver has binding-post speaker terminals for all speaker channels (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R). The binding posts can accept bare wire, pin-connectors, and single banana plugs. The terminals are spaced too far apart for dual banana plugs. The collar surrounding the binding post terminals prevent the use of spade connectors. You can connect 6-8 ohms speakers.
    • Preamp Outputs: The NR1403 home receiver is fitted with 3 preamp outputs (Front L/R, Mono-Sub).
      • Front Pre-Out: The AV receiver is equipped with a pair of Front Left/Right Pre-Outs, so you can separately power the front speakers with an amplifier.
      • Mono-Sub Pre-Out: The AV receiver features a mono-subwoofer preamp output (LFE) to connect a powered subwoofer for a complete 5.1 channel surround sound.
    • Headphone Output: The receiver features a 1/4" stereo headphone jack on its front panel for connecting a pair of optional headphones. The unit's speakers will automatically be turned off when a set of headphones are connected.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Marantz AV receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with 56 station auto-preset memory tuning. You can also set your presets manually. You can even label these presets. In addition, you can even directly tune in a frequency using the receiver's remote control.

    Video Features

    HDMI (v1.4a): With six HDMI v.1.4a inputs (5 rear/1 front), the NR1403 allows you to route multiple high-definition devices--like game consoles and Blu-ray players--to your TV. It also allows you to connect all of your devices to your TV with a single HDMI cable (via its HDMI monitor output), reducing cable clutter. The HDMI inputs are assignable to different input sources. They support HDCP copyright protection and are compatible with 3D signals, ARC, Deep Color, xvYCC technology, Auto LipSync, and HDMI control.

    3D Pass-Through: With the advent of 3D media, it is important to own a receiver that recognizes 3D video signals. The NR1403 is able to pass through 3D signals from your Blu-ray player, ensuring that the 3D effect doesn't get lost in translation. It also recognizes signals from 3D television broadcasts. By connecting a 3D-compliant Blu-ray disc player and 3D-compliant TV to the NR1403, you will have a 3D home theater where you can enjoy high-definition sound and video on a level you've never experienced before.

    ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.

    Deep Color & x.v.Color Support: The NR1403 also supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture.

    Auto LipSync: This feature automatically compensates for the timing shift between the audio and video of the receiver. If needed, the audio signal can be manually delayed to match the video signal; adjust from 0-200ms.

    HDMI Standby Pass-Through: When enabling the HDMI Standby Pass-Through function, regardless of whether the AV receiver is "On" or in "Standby" both audio/video streams from an HDMI input will be output to your television, via the receiver's HDMI monitor output. You can select between three HDMI through function modes.

    • HDMI Input: Selects the HDMI Input (1-6) for which the HDMI Standby Pass-Through function is enabled.
    • Last: The HDMI Standby-Through function is activated on the input source selected at the time of setting the AV receiver to the "Standby" mode.
    • Off: The HDMI Standby Pass-Through function is disabled.

    Analog Video Inputs: The receiver features two composite video inputs and one composite video monitor output. You must connect the receiver to your TV via composite video to view incoming video from the receiver's composite inputs.

    Note: There are no component video inputs or outputs.

    Video Mode: You can select between 3 video processing settings.

    • Auto: Processes video automatically based on the HDMI content information.
    • Game: Always processes video appropriate for gaming content.
    • Movie: Processes video normally.

    Video Select Function: You can switch the video input source on the receiver while listening to a different audio signal.

    Convenience Features

    Slim Design Chassis: The Marantz NR1403 A/V Surround Receiver features a slim designed chassis which measures only 17.3125" wide x 4.0625" tall x 14.5625" deep so it easily fits on a shelf or inside a cabinet.

    Contoured Front Panel: The Marantz NR1403 features a contoured front-panel that combines aluminum and glass-reinforced resins for maximum shielding, dimensional stability, and sophisticated styling. The front panel is clean, precise, and inviting. Volume and input selection knobs flank a rectangular volume/source display.

    On-Screen Menu w/ setup Wizard (via HDMI): The AV receiver's on-screen menu provides quick information about your system's settings. You can easily make settings for your home theater system while viewing menus on the TV screen. Simple settings are enabled with the setting menus displayed on the TV screen. The Marantz NR1403 features an on-screen Setup Wizard that provides easy-to-follow setup instructions. When you control the sound volume, the volume level is displayed on the screen, and when you switch the input source, the name of the input source is displayed. These menu displays can only be output to your TV via HDMI. If you connect the receiver to your television via only composite video, you will need to use the A/V receiver's front-panel display for menu and source adjustments.

    Input Rename/Delete: You can change the display name (up to 8 characters) of a selected input source. If an input isn't being used, you can delete it from the display so you don't have to scroll past it when you change sources.

    Panel Lock: To prevent accidental operation of this unit, you can disable operation of the buttons on the front-panel.

    Screen Saver: The Screen Saver function is activated during menu display or Tuner screen display - if no operation is performed for an approximately 5-minute continuous period.

    Dual Backup Memory Function: This receiver stores its settings in a nonvolatile memory even when the main power supply is turned off. Using the Dual Backup Memory function, you can write settings information to another memory area to back up saved settings for recovery anytime as needed.

    • Personal Memory Plus: This function sets the settings (input mode, surround mode, HDMI output mode, MultEQ, Dynamic EQ, audio delay, etc.) last selected for the individual input sources.
    • Last Function Memory: This function stores the settings which were made before going into the standby mode. When the power is turned back on, the settings are restored.

    Sleep Timer: This function allows you to automatically set the power to standby after a predetermined amount of time has passed; set the sleep timer up to 120 minutes in 10 minute increments.

    Auto Standby: The unit enters standby mode automatically when no commands are sent to the unit for the set time (30 or 60 minutes). Before it enters the standby mode, "Auto Standby" is displayed on the front-panel display of this unit and the on-screen menu.

    Remote/Bluetooth Control

    Multibrand Remote Control: The Marantz NR1403 comes with an IR wireless remote control that can operate this receiver only. The remote control features Glow keys so it can easily be used in the dark.

    HDMI Control: When you make an HDMI connection between the Marantz AV Receiver and a HDMI control-function compatible TV or Blu-ray/DVD player, you can perform the following operations.

    • The AV receiver can be turned off with the TV's remote.
    • You can switch audio output devices from the TV remote.
    • You can adjust the AV receiver's volume with the TV remote.
    • You can switch the AV receiver's input sources through the TV remote.
    • When playing a Blu-ray/DVD player, the AV receiver automatically switches to the input source of the player.

    Remote Connections: The Marantz NR1403 is fitted with the following custom remote inputs/outputs.

    • Remote In/Out: These RCA input/output connectors allow you to connect the NR1403 to a Marantz component equipped with remote control (RC-5) terminals.
    • Flasher In: This 3.5mm input is used to control the NR1403 from an external key-pad (sold separately)

    Bluetooth Ready: Through its proprietary M-Xport, the NR1403 offers Bluetooth capability. Simply add the optional RX101 Bluetooth adaptor (642RX101, sold separately) to the NR1403 and you can play the music stored on any Bluetooth-enabled portable device (your iPhone, iPod Touch, or PDA for example) through your home theater system. The optional RX101 doubles as an IR (infrared) receiver so you can place all your components out of sight and still maintain full remote control.

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    High Quality Sound. Great Deal

    Written By BobD, Massachusetts on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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    I purchased this unit to replace an ancient Harmon Kardon AVR-55 and I was stunned with the quality of the unit right out of the box. I used the automatic calibration and it did a pretty good job, there was just some minor tweaks that were need to tailor the sound to suit my taste. It made my speakers sound like new (mix of Infinity and Cambridge Soundworks with a BIC sub). I have the unit in my game room which is pretty large (37x12) but has a normal height ceiling so even though this unit only has moderate power it is able to fill the room with sound. It sounds great playing everything from blu-rays in cinema mode down to vinyl in 2.1. Unit is loaded with quality touches that other brands in this price range don't have (like real binding post speaker connections). It is only 5.1, no problem, I think anything more than that is silly. It does not have wifi but who needs it in a receiver, I have an Apple TV and the DVD player has wifi. The wifi features in the other brands I looked at were not easy to use. The remote is simple and easy to use. One gripe: no printed manual, I had to run down to a local print shop to get a hard copy, less than $10. Bottom Line: Great Sound, Marantz quality at Yamaha price. It has all the features you really need in a home theater receiver.

    Pros: HIgh sound quality. Great value at sale price. Good looking unit. Has all the right features.

    Cons: Low power but there is enough for everything but a huge 2 story room. On-screen UI is primitive but it gets the job done. No printed manual.

    Great Receiver

    Written By kimuka, Texas on Sunday, March 08, 2015

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    This was my first Marantz receiver. It was very easy to install and set up and has great sound. I bought this because of the price but continued researching receivers. I am actually returning this one for an Onkyo 636 based on reviews. I probably jumped to quick on this Marantz. The Onkyo is actually more "future proof" and also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. The last two features are what actually sold me on the Onkyo, along with the reviews. I would have been perfectly happy with the Marantz but I really wanted the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. I did replace an older Onkyo that did not have HDMI hook ups so I am familiar with the dependability and performance of Onkyo products. I have nothing bad to say about Marantz, just too pricey for a receiver with the same features I am getting. Plus, trying to keep "mommy" happy with the price. If you need a basic 5.1 receiver, I highly recommend the Marantz 1403, especially at this price.

    Pros: Great looking, easy hook ups, great performance

    Cons: nothing really, just a good basic receiver.

    Just Right

    Written By Jim, CT on Sunday, March 08, 2015

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    I needed something that would fit in the limited space below my tv and this really fit the bill. Price was great, easy setup and customization, fast switching of inputs. Matched it with some new polks and brought my livingroom to life.

    Pros: Size Sound quality for the price

    Cons: Specs say it needs a foot of breathing space above for heat displacement. If I had that much space I don't know if I would have sought out the slim line

    Marantz NR1403

    Written By Alex M, Fresno, CA on Saturday, March 07, 2015

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    Its an awesome sleek receiver woth all the bells and whistles I needed, o wasnt sure at first, however after receiving it I realized it was all I needed and some.

    Pros: Very compact and sleek looking, has all the power you need and normally get from bigger units.

    Cons: Doesnt have the bluetooth built in and requires that you buy the adapater separately.

    Perfect for Our Needs

    Written By Eric, the Washington, DC Area on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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    Perfect receiver for what we needed for our home theater with 3D Blu-ray 5.1 system running the small-tower Aperion speaker system. Upgraded from a 2010 Yamaha receiver that didn't support 3D. Most impressive was the improvement in sound--the calibration algorithms are superior to that of the Yamaha, greatly improving the subwoofer performance, center channel levels, and overall effect for the 5.1 system. Night and day difference. Very easy to use. Auto detects the signal and setup; there was much more manual settings to be done with the Yamaha. The remote is great, with extremely easy toggling between FiOS, Blu-ray. Xbox, and radio.

    Pros: Superior sound, great calibration, easy setup, easy to use

    Cons: None

    Simple Quality

    Written By MikeB138, Iowa on Sunday, January 04, 2015

    I got this receiver to replace a Pioneer home-theater-in-a-box that crapped out in less than two years. As I use a PS3 for Bluray and streaming services, I was not interested in a receiver with streaming capabilities. I just wanted something that sounds good, had extra HDMI connections as well as RCA input (for my dedicated CD player), and a headphone jack. This receiver is everything I needed at a really good price for the sound. I have it hooked up to a Monoprice Premium 5.1 surround speaker set, and it sounds amazing.

    Pros: Quality build, great sound, compact size, proper connections, easy setup, and it just does what it's supposed to do.

    Cons: I didn't find the Audessy setup to work as well as others have. I'll try again, but the Audessy Flat setting sounds better than the one configured for my living room.

    Perfect for my needs, size and sound

    Written By GregC, Massachusetts on Saturday, December 13, 2014

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    I needed a thinner receiver for my space but still wanted quality. I'm not interested in networked or airplay receivers so this Marantz was perfect for what I was looking for, and the price is great. Quality receiver, Audussey setup is a breeze and quite accurate, I'm driving Polk speakers in my smaller room. Sounds great, works great and looks sleek! Integrated with my Harmony remote no problem.

    Pros: Size, price, features, sound, power.

    Cons: None.


    Written By enforcer23, San Antonio, TX on Saturday, December 06, 2014

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    Works great... Surround sound is wonderful... Audyssey speaker calibration is quite the feature... It'll even tell you specifically what speakers are out of phase and/or connected wrong... Handy when you've forgotten to label your wires... :-)

    Pros: So far so good, I am currently quite pleased with its overall performance...

    Cons: None so far...

    Great receiver

    Written By Pat O, Houston, Texas on Thursday, December 04, 2014

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    Great receiver with reasonable price. Very easy to set up and I got great assistance from Crutchfield when I did have questions.

    Pros: Quality of construction. Ease of setup.

    Cons: None

    Nice and straight forward

    Written By Dale J., Iola KS on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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    Easy to set up, good clean quality sound, and it has the features I need. I like the manual EQ better than the automated set up, i'm glad that feature was there.

    Pros: Clean affordable sound

    Cons: I get the manual on the CD, but a down loadable copy from Marantz would be nice. The app on their site wouldn't function.

    Everything I need in a smaller package

    Written By Jethro, Arlington, VA on Monday, October 27, 2014

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    I'm very happy with the Marantz 1403. I first looked at it because of it's low profile but since I installed it I like it even more for its performance and for shedding a lot of connections/options that I never used. It has 6 HDMI connections, which takes care of all my video components (Roku, Blu-ray and cable). There are 3 RCA connections, which are easily renamed in the setup menu; I renamed one to Turntable and another to Bluetooth for an adapter I already owned. (Note my turntable has a built-in pre-amp, there is no "phono" input on the Marantz.)

    The sound is great, the details are clear and 50 watts/channel is more than sufficient, I never set the volume higher than 55 (on a 100 scale). I have 5.1 surround speakers and no space/desire to add more. The Marantz starts faster than my old Pioneer, which works better with my Harmony remote (no need to program a pause before setting the input for an activity). The lack of streaming apps is a positive for me, I wouldn't use them over my Roku. I considered the next model up for Bluetooth but it wasn't quite worth the money to remove the Bluetooth adapter from my A/V rack.

    Pros: Compact, fast, built around HDMI, great sound.

    Cons: Not really "cons" but considerations: it doesn't pass 4k video and no built-in Bluetooth.

    Excellent quality, easy set up

    Written By TomandLu, Willamette Valley, OR on Friday, August 29, 2014

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    We needed a basic amp for 5-speaker Dolby (not 7), and don't use/need/want to program it or use it from an I-phone - just a good basic amp for our widescreen projector TV that is used exclusively for movies. This fit the bill, was affordable, and it was so easy to set up.

    Pros: The audio set up using the included microphone was so easy and I think, flawless.

    Cons: None I've found so far

    Sweet sounding receiver...

    Written By Mauitech, Maui, Hawaii on Saturday, August 02, 2014

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    This receiver is exactly what I was looking for. Minimal bells and whistles with great sound in a small package. I do not need more than a 5.1 receiver. I only use it in 3.1 mode anyway. I am perfectly happy with L/R front, center, sub. That way I can use my budget to buy higher quality speakers. I'm always amused at surround receiver reviews that only look at how many features are packed into the box and when they mention the sound quality (if they mention it at all!) it's more of an afterthought. This is my fifth surround receiver and I believe it is the best sounding one I have owned to date. Don't let the low power rating fool you. Power ratings are for marketers, used to make their products more appealing to people who don't know better. The features I want are available with add on boxes like Fire TV, Roku, etc. or are already built in to my TV or Blu Ray player. If you are looking for a great sounding receiver in a manageable size box with excellent auto calibration that will not break the bank, look no more. The NR1403 is for you.

    Pros: Great sound (TOP PRIORITY!) Excellent automatic calibration. Small, manageable size with high build quality. Easy to use remote....doesn't have a million buttons where you can't find what you're looking for. Six HDMI inputs.

    Cons: Personally speaking, none.

    Great Quality and Value

    Written By Surround Sound Lover, PCB, FL on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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    This Marantz unit has better sound quality and channel separation than the higher powered receiver that it replaced. I like the dynamic volume and custom mute volume features.

    The online PDF manual file was corrupted, so I copied it from the CD. The explanations are clear, but it was strange that they recommended using bare speaker wire rather than banana plug connectors that easily plug into the receivers speaker posts.

    My two-year-old 60" Samsung TV did not support the receiver's ARC function; so I ran the audio from the TV to receiver through a digital audio cable, which sounds fine.

    I worked slowly and carefully through the Audyssey auto calibration, and it worked great to balance the speakers to my room and produce the best surround sound that I've ever experienced. Even without the ARC function supported on my TV, I simply connected the receiver to the TV through the ARC / HDMI port on the receiver, and the on-screen display came right up.

    I purchased this receiver with a PSB Image C4 center channel speaker, which reveals fine details in the soundtracks that I'd never heard before. The new PSB center channel speaker joins my existing speakers: two older JBL L15 bookshelf speakers (left and right channel); two 6" generic in-ceiling speakers (left and right surround); and an excellent SVS subwoofer to round out the 5.1 system.

    Very happy with the quality and value of my new equipment.

    I've been a Crutchfield customer since 1977! Keep up the good work!

    Pros: Sound quality Audyssey surround calibration

    Cons: The manual is clear but could give better advice.

    Marantz NR1403

    Written By MLM, Cincinnati, Oh on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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    While I have not yet utilized all of this device's capabilities, I found the sound quality excellent for TV.

    Pros: Relatively easy setup that took me awhile to figure out. That's why I am late with this review. Great sound quality.

    Cons: At first, it was not clear how to interface this amplifier with my new Samsung TV. In fact, I almost returned the amplifier because my model Samsung did not support HDMI Arc. I had to purchase an optical cable to connect. In addition, I finally figured out that I had to go from my cable box out to the cable-in HDMI port on the amplifier. Then I connected the HDMI out on the amp to the TV STB input. However, the Samsung APPS are not supported. I knew about this before, I purchased.

    High Quality from Marantz

    Written By Anonymous, Albuquerque, NM on Sunday, April 06, 2014

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    I needed a high-quality, low-profile A/V receiver for a 3.1 setup with a TV. Previously, I was using the built-in sound bar on the TV with a sub. The sound from the previous setup was OK, but I always knew it could be better. I'm now using the Marantz with Polk TL2 L/R fronts, a TL3 center, and a Polk sub. The sound is excellent. Dialog from movies and TV is clearer and the separation of frequencies is much improved. I can hear sounds I never knew were there before. Music sounds 100% better with the Marantz. I can listen to MP3s or Pandora and it sounds like the musicians are in my living room. I didn't bother to install the rear surrounds because it would have required running long lengths of wire over the ceiling. I have a 5.1 setup in an office and I've never been very impressed with the sound that comes from the rear channels anyway. The Marantz is in a small living room and the 3.1 system completely fills the room with sound. Installing the Marantz was very easy. I would recommend getting some banana plugs because they make connecting the speakers a snap. The on-screen HDMI menus are very user friendly and configuration options are plentiful. You can plug in the Audyssey mic and let the receiver configure everything, you can manually configure, or you may use a combination of the two.

    Pros: high-quality, low profile, HDMI on-screen setup, aesthetics

    Cons: none

    Nice but.....

    Written By BobB, Fort Myers, FL on Friday, February 28, 2014

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    To provide some background I've been an audiophile since my late teens and sold high end audio in the 70's. I bought this receiver along with a pair of PSB 5's, C4, and Infinity PS38 with the Samsung BD-F7600 Blue-Ray. This was for a vacation home and my original intent was to have decent 2-channel stereo for CD's but thought it would be nice to enhance the dialogue on our Panasonic plasma panel for movies and HD broadcast. The Crutchfield rep steered me toward this 3.1 system but in the end I had problems getting the receiver to work with 2 brand new Comcast HD boxes with one being a DVR as neither box worked reliably with the Marantz using HDMI. After a week of technical support calls, changing cables, boxes, etc. I said enough. Part of my discontent also centered with the Marantz Pure-Direct 2-channel performance as CD's from the Samsung Blue-Ray through the Marantz sounded processed and muddy. I don't know if this was the Samsung or the DAC in the Marantz but definitely not audiophile quality. There were also annoying random static sounding clicks or pops in quiet passages that were not evident when the Samsung was connected to the Panasonic panel via HDMI and played through the internal speakers. After using Audissey to set levels my wife and I watched a few movies and several HD content shows and frankly, found the dialogue easier to understand using the Panasonic speakers so it went back. I'll blame Comcast for the connectivity issues - a disfunctional company.

    Pros: Easy to set up, nice form factor, lots of adjustment and functionality for the price.

    Cons: Not for someone looking for good quality 2-channel reproduction from CD's even in "Pure-Direct".

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    Written By dc, Morro Bay on Sunday, February 02, 2014

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    I bought this to replace a 16 year old Yamaha 7.1. It was no longer viable with todays technology. This Marantz exceeded my expectations, could not be happier. I love the lower profile and weight. With HDMI, the setup was too easy. I have it hooked up with DISH, ROKU & Samsung Blu-Ray . The sound & video quality is brillant! This particular unit has exactly what I wanted and for the price, which is a hundred less than what paid for the Yamaha 16 years ago, I cannot say enough about it. Just a note, know that I am no techie, but I did read the instructions, and for me this was very easy.

    Pros: I think the beside the extremely easy set-up, would be the Audyssey Setup. I have a very strange speaker arrangement. But using the setup microphone, I was able to easily manipulate how I wanted the speakers to sound, and it only took a few minutes. Again BRILLANT!!!!!

    Cons: None for me.


    Written By Fox View, Indianapolis, IN on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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    Wonderfully easy to set up and use. Sound quality is great with ample but not overwhelming wattage. The lower height of the Marantz works well in my situation. The control is refreshingly uncomplicated. This unit replaces a Pioneer receiver which lost power in the left channel. The Marantz provides better sound than the Pioneer and my previous Denon. The audyssey feature worked great and set up the Marantz in just a few minutes. It even caught that one speaker was out of phase. I am very pleased with the Marantz.

    Pros: Great sound and ease of use

    Cons: None

    Very happy with my NR1403

    Written By Mr_T, Edmond, OK on Monday, January 20, 2014

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    I replaced an aging, non-HDMI Onkyo AV receiver with the Marantz NR1403. Several things attracted my attention. First, it has plenty of HDMI inputs for my needs which are primarily Dish DVR, Sony Blu-ray, and Roku device. The NR1403 lacks analog inputs for our Wii's RGB, but I knew that going in. HDMI adapters for the Wii are pretty easy to find.

    Although the two digital audio in jacks on the back are labeled CBL/SAT (Coaxial) and TV AUDIO (optical), they are in fact available to map to any of the sources. My TV is too old to support ARC via HDMI, but it does have a coaxial digital audio out. So I used that to return TV audio to the receiver. But we so rarely watch broadcast TV, that I'm not sure why I even bothered.

    The presence of separate DVD and Blu-ray HDMI inputs seemed redundant. You generally have either one or the other, and since Blu-ray plays regular DVDs, I'm not entirely sure why you would want to have both.

    The guided Audyssey MultEQ along with the included mic was mega-cool. The mic has a tripod mount, and I took advantage of that to put the mic at head level at six different listening locations during the setup.

    I wanted simplicity, and the NR1403 delivers with an uncanny example of "less is more". The dead simple remote passes the wife test. I didn't want or need one with a gazillion buttons on it. Being able to make my inputs show up as "DISH" and "DVD" and "ROKU" on the front panel is nice.

    I'm really quite happy with the NR1403!

    Pros: Audyssey MultEQ setup with included mic, assignable digital audio inputs, input labeling, input masking, simple remote, plenty of HDMI including one in front, not obnoxiously tall like most AV receivers, runs only slightly warm to the touch versus scorching with others, discrete amps for each channel, does more with 50 W per channel than my old Onkyo did with twice the power, beveled edges on front panel match exactly the front panel profile of my Dish Hopper with Sling.

    Cons: Doesn't pass 4k which really isn't a big deal to me for many years to come, no network or streaming which is also not a big deal to me because that's why I have the Roku.

    Marantz NR1403

    Written By Anonymous, Tuxedp Park, NY on Wednesday, January 08, 2014

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    Very easy to set up -- the microphone feature to automatically set up the speakers is very helpful -- volume is more than loud enough and sound is very Clean. The remote cant be any easier to use and the compact design lets it fit almost anywhere

    Pros: Microphone set up for Speakers -- ease of over all setup -- clean sound -- plenty of HDMI connection

    Cons: the only one I can think of is that there is not second or ( remote ) set of speaker connection

    Didn't know what I was missing

    Written By Azjimmr, Phoenix, AZ on Monday, January 06, 2014

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    At one point in my life I was really into the audio game but now I want something easy that sounds good and I am very happy with the Marantz NR1403. I had an old Kenwood which I thought was pretty good and the only reason I upgraded was the ability to switch HDMI inputs to a common cable to a new wall-hung flatscreen. But the difference I got in audio was like night and day. I'm using the same Bose speaker set-up that I had before but the sound that I get now is great, so much better than before. The speaker set up was very easy although the result did say that all four speakers were out of phase. I may check into this later although the manual did say that in some cases they would report an out of phase condition when everything was OK. Since I think it sounds great, I may not even worry about it. One thing I noticed was that the volume setting on the Marantz is a lot higher that the old receiver setting as others have commented on. On the old receiver the normal volume setting was just cranked not even a quarter of a turn where on the Marantz the normal setting is between 45% and 60%. Doesn't really make much difference unless you're into blowing out speakers or walls. Very happy with this unit.

    Pros: Great sound, easy speaker set-up with great results.

    Cons: At least in my case, volume setting is quite a bit higher ... but who cares?

    Bad Apple?

    Written By Savas, Toronto on Monday, December 30, 2013

    I bought this receiver to replace my stereo only Yamaha RX-397 driving a pair of Paradigm Atom Monitor V5. I was surprised after reading all the positive reviews re the NR-1403 at how unimpressed I was with my initial listen. Even after running the Audyssey calibration the music was flat and bright. I like everything else about this receiver but I can't accept its lack luster fidelity. Its going back.

    Pros: Form factor Price Easy to use controls

    Cons: flat and bright sound

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    Written By TroyK, USA on Saturday, December 28, 2013

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    The Marantz NR1403 is great for the price. I have not purchased my speakers yet for this unit, therefore I am using my old Cambridge Soundworks DTT3500 5.1 cube speakers temporarily . I cannot believe how much better this receiver makes them sound even though they are 12 years old and not the highest quality. Can't wait to get a good set of speakers for this thing! Also, I am using this unit with my HTPC mainly and have found it to be very compatible. I love the HDMI pass through. This way I can still see my computer screen without the unit being on.

    Pros: Slim,good power, a multitude of sound modes, plenty of HDMI inputs and just plain sounds great.

    Cons: Could have used at least one analog output

    Nice stuff!

    Written By The Dude, Long Beach, CA on Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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    Easy to setup, easy to finetune and easy on the wallet! Great sound from a reliable company.

    Pros: Affordable and easy setup. Nice small footprint that fits most anywhere.

    Cons: None so far.

    Great receiver with minor complaints

    Written By LLevy, Fanwood, NJ on Friday, December 13, 2013

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    Overall, I am very happy with this product. It is smaller than most and was relatively easy to set-up. I enjoy the simplicity. But if you have legacy analogue devices in addition to a full complement of digital, you may run short of inputs. Also, 50w/channel may not be powerful enough depending upon your speaker system.

    Pros: Design and ease of use. Easy set-up.

    Cons: Hooking up older, analogue devices is challenging and requires "workarounds". Also, could be more powerful.

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    Written By Anonymous, river edge nj on Monday, December 09, 2013

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    all good cant beat it for the price

    Pros: great little amp

    Cons: none

    Lots of connection options and controls

    Written By SteveV, Santa Rosa, CA on Tuesday, October 08, 2013

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    Very good quality and intuitive UI. Great sound. Low height compared with competition.

    Pros: Great flexibility for various set ups. Display blanking to eliminate distraction in darker ambient lighting.

    Cons: Changing volume level with remote or knob is slow. Load relay click when turning on or off.

    Very Impressed

    Written By STucker, Port Townsend, WA on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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    Coming from a vintage set-up, Sansui 9090 (110wpc) and Original Advent Loudspeakers, I was skeptical if this Marantz would reach the volume and sound quality I desire. I took a chance on it because of Marantz's stellar reputation and because I wanted to integrate digital sources in to my home stereo/theatre with out spending money on a DAC or external remote or fancy HDMI hubs that would integrate my old Sansui. This NR1403 was cheaper than other less straight forward options.

    The Audio: This little unit has no problems at all driving four very efficient Advent Loudspeakers. They're stacked with the top pair inverted and I listen to music in Multi Channel Stereo, often at very loud volumes and they do not clip. From Vinyl to Cassette to MP3, over all the sound is a little bright, but the NR1403 on-board EQ helps remedy that. I wish I could run all 4 speaker in "Pure Direct" but am unable to do so, at least not on media that was made in Stereo/Mono aka most music (at least the old stuff). I sometimes move the top pair from the front and use as surrounds, sounds great for movies and games! I think I will purchase a vintage power amp to run with this for listening to analog music (pure direct should work with that setup)

    The Video:

    Works perfectly. This is my first AVR but I have no complaints here. Easy to set-up, easy to switch sources, and nice (essential) that it remembers settings for each source.

    Unit is handsome too, looks nice next to vintage Marantz 5220

    Pros: Good Looks, Great Sound, Great Price, no frills AV Receiver where it seems like equal care was put in to Video AND Audio. Upgradable with Pre-Out. Pure Direct is a superb feature.

    Cons: In my experience sound was a little bright at loud volumes and I wish I could run 4 speakers in Pure Direct. Both of these cons though I wouldn't hold against Marantz. Just a couple things lacking for what I want in my listening, I'll need to spend some time and money to correct these cons. And who cares about no phono input, out-board phono pre-amps are far superior. I'd rather have a tape-loop on this thing, but in this day and age it would be a ridiculous expectation.


    Written By AlexA, San Francisco, CA on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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    Great receiver for apartment living, much less ugly and space consuming than competitors but still provides a good number of HDMI ports. The remote is also much less complicated to use than others I have experienced. If you are using all modern hardware, this is all you need, port-wise however there is no phono port despite the resurgent popularity of records but that appears to be an industry-wise issue.

    Pros: Design, easy setup and calibration using included mic.

    Cons: Lack of phono support- you'll need to add a preamp to play records.

    Marantz NR1403

    Written By Jay, NYC on Monday, July 22, 2013

    Pros Auto speaker calibration 6 HDMI inputs HDMI supports RAC 3D passthrough Cons-w No component in.


    Written By Bob, Carbondale, IL on Saturday, July 20, 2013

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    I have limited space...a Cherry wood Thomasville Entertainment center w/2 side glass drs bookcases...bought almost 20 years ago. The Denon S-102 system( from Crutchfield) bummed out...CD didn't load. The guts of the new system is the Marantz NR 1403 fits nicely into a small space...I can only have a 32" flat screen in the main unit. I added 2 Cambridge Audio Minx 11 w/stands & monster cable with gold connectors...and stands...a little work to get the wires though the stands. Well worth the effort! With this is a Yamaha BDS673 & Infinity PS38, Sub Woofy...all connected with opposed to what? The set up was easy and cable to the sub to the receiver. All are unbelievable in small space...the response is crisp, clear ....the sub adds a nice touch after tweeking the room. The Marantz has easy HDIM hookups...and great FM response! You will be BLOWNED away from the Minx...4" square. The Yamahammer produces great blue-ray...if your into westerns try " The Long Riders." I am an old time MT Banjo Clawhammer musician....this system also produces great Jazz, Classical & rock...try "Rumours" on this....incredible! If you need a awesome system in small space & limited room just found it....if you don't like it, I'll buy it, well, not really , but that it sounds good. Thanks to KRAMER & BOB....and Crutchfield service, it was here in 3 days!

    Pros: Great sound...easy setup! Kramer listened to all my needs!

    Cons: I had to paid for it....


    Written By Sam, Fayetteville, NC on Thursday, July 11, 2013

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    Great unit for small rooms. I replaced a 100 watt Kenwood with this. The sound was much better but not quite as loud.

    Pros: Great sound quality

    Cons: You will need more watts for larger rooms

    Love it!!!

    Written By killerjimbo, Reading, Pa on Thursday, June 06, 2013

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    Just wahat I was looking for...great build quality and small footprint.

    Pros: The overall size fits perfectly in the space I have to work with.

    Cons: None so far

    Just what i wanted

    Written By Russ, Devils Lake, ND on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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    I needed a 2.1 receiver with a small footprint and several HDMI ports. This one fits what I need perfectly. The sound that this unit produces in my admittedly small room is outstanding for my taste in classical music as well as my taste in dialog-rich movies. This is a quality product at a reasonable price.

    Pros: Six HDMI ports. Small size. Sound quality. Reasonable price. Adequate power for small space.

    Cons: None.

    Perfect for my little needs.

    Written By Bill, Orlando, FL on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    Bought this to replace my older Sony receiver. Wow why a huge difference! I wish I would have just purchased this earlier.

    Pros: Size and easy setup.

    Cons: No up scaling.

    Marantz NR1403

    Written By GeneH, Washburn WI on Monday, May 06, 2013

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    Great sound, reasonable price, speedy delivery and a nice looking unit. I also had an issue resolved almost over night.

    Pros: Exceptional product at a great price. I think the customer service is outstanding and that's one of the reasons I keep coming back to Crutchfield.

    Cons: The package arrived missing a part but was quickly resolved.

    Great Product!

    Written By MOC, Kansas City, MO on Sunday, February 10, 2013

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    I purchased this product to replace a 12 year old Denon AVR 2700. While it has less watts than the Denon, it isn't a problem. I purchased the Marantz NR 1403 after purchasing a Oppo BDP-105 and realizing my old Denon wouldn't process the digital signal. I'm mostly a music person but wanted to integrate my home theater system into my 2 channel system (VAC Avatar) using the HT by-pass built in to the VAC which I did with the Denon. The only thing I drive with the Marantz is the center, rear surrounds and the sub. I had to have something that had a pre-out to drive the front L & R through the VAC. I had a few challenges setting it up but after working with it a while and calling Marantz I was able to set it up. There are several features I like but the main one being I can drive my TV through the Marantz even with it turned off (using as a pass through). Maybe that feature is common but it allows more flexibility. The audio quality, while not up to par with the VAC, does a fantastic job at this price point and has the features I need for my system. It definitely has everything I need and produces a great sound as well. The only reason I give it a 4 instead of a 5 is because of the system I have it in which probably isn't fair however it's hard to give it a 5 given my comparison. It really is a great unit and I couldn't be happier with it. I would definitely recommend the unit!

    Pros: Functionality, size, number of inputs, flexibility, sound quality, price point, pure direct

    Cons: Power output (it's not bad just wish it was a little more)

    Excellent Product

    Written By whskiman, NY on Thursday, February 07, 2013

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    I bought this receiver because of a suggestion by a Crutchfield adviser named Ringo. The very first movie my son and I watched with this receiver he said "it sounds like we are in a movie theater". We have watched 100's of movies with my older Onkyo receiver and he never even once mentioned the sound. After fine tuning the speakers I could not be happier with this product.

    Pros: *Very high quality sound at lower listening levels *Tons of inputs *High quality video out through HDMI *Price is right

    Cons: None so far.


    Written By PDJ, peoria, az on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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    Wow! For such a low profile, I am quite impressed with the sound output of this receiver. I don't have a very large room so the lower power output didn't bother me. If you have a large room, it could be an issue. This system replaced a Yamaha receiver with twice the power output, but you would never guess it. The sound quality of this unit is a step above the Yamaha for sure. very please with the unit.. especially for the price!

    Pros: sound quality, feature packed, and price!!!

    Cons: none really.

    A Beauty

    Written By HJ, Cheshire, Ct on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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    I needed a slim A/V Receiver for my shelf space and this was the slimmest I could find. I can't imagine a better choice. It's slim, sleek and almost sexy with it's curved face. The TV screen setup display and included omni-directional microphone is genius, and idiot-proof. The sound is at least as good as the Denon or Sony I've owned in the past. Hard to imagine why 50 watts per channel isn't enough for some folks. Maybe if you're a closet DJ and need to fill your neighborhood with thumping dance music, this unit might not suffice. The connectivity is naturally geared toward HDMI so if you have a host of older components to hook up you might have to get creative. I'm no techie or audiophile but I know what sounds good to me, and this does. If I could wish for one more feature it would be an A/B speaker switch. HIghly reccomend this unit.

    Pros: Easy to set up. Great looks. Great sound. Great physical dimensions.

    Cons: I would like a second optical audio input and an A/B speaker switch.

    Is there a way to watch TV, but listen to a media player

    Written By TomS, Pittsburgh, PA on Sunday, December 16, 2012

    I absolutely love the sound quality and ease of use. I have the same issue though as DaveT, who made a comment above. Is there a way to watch the TV, but have audio from a different source?

    Pros: Cost, Sound, Ease of use...

    Cons: see review

    Crutchfield response on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Quality Marantz

    Written By Ernie, Denver, CO on Friday, October 12, 2012

    50 watts per channel is more than loud enough if you have good cable from Monster, banana plugs for all connections, good speakers as from Infinity, and a powered sub. To the user who put a con is because there is no connection for the iPod, that is a PLUS. Apple products are garbage. Use a "Y" stereo from your headphone output. thats all you need. The sounds ESPECIALLY in DTS HD MASTER AUDIO is awesome!

    Pros: Excellent sound, quality build for the money and easy setup!

    Cons: NONE


    Written By Rafael, St louis MO on Tuesday, October 09, 2012

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    Great sound but little power. Audissey works well. Replaced my Pioneer, glad i did it, i just got used to it.

    Pros: Sound quality

    Cons: Not too loud

    Amazing receiver

    Written By Brian, Mountain View, CA on Saturday, October 06, 2012

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    This receiver is amazingly good - I am thrilled with it. If you are considering it, look no further. I replaced a 55 watt per channel HK receiver, and the Marantz 50 watt sound quality blows away the HK. This receiver would easily outperform any mainstream 100 watt per channel+ receiver, so don't let the power rating dissuade you. Even my wife (who is far from an audiophile) is blown away by the sound quality. It looks extremely sharp, including a uniquely slim profile. Set-up takes minutes thanks to an easy step-by-step "wizard" - you don't even have to glance at the manual. Breakthrough Audyssey technology equalizes the sound based on the positions where people will actually sit in the room - now that I have seen how well Audyssey works, I would never consider a receiver without it. Remote control is simple, functional, and nicely designed. I could not be happier with this product.

    Pros: Excellent sound quality/clarity, sharp look, slim profile, easy set-up, Audyssey technology, plentiful HDMI inputs

    Cons: Supports up to 5 speakers but not 7 speakers (only relevant if you have a 7-speaker setup)

    Great Unit Despite Small Size and Modest Price

    Written By Anonymous, Harold in New York on Friday, October 05, 2012

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    From my judgement, this small, modestly priced unit has virtually all of the features and performance to be found in much larger, more expensive units. A great improvement over its predecessor while maintaining its size and price. Very easy to set up by navigating its intuitive menues and sound is excellent, at least to my elderly ears. Front panel display is crisp and bright; remote has all the keys needed. So., why pay more for big clunkier units when most people could not rell the difference watching or listening?

    Pros: Performance, features, size, price.

    Cons: A bit too automated. Would like easier ways to modify settings.

    Mostly happy

    Written By DaveT, Bartlesville,OK on Monday, September 24, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My only disappointment is that it appears that I cannot watch a football game via the HDMI cable from the receiver while at the same time listen to a play-by-play via a digital connection from a DVD recorder.

    Pros: Easy to set up. Compact profile is very nice.

    Cons: See above.

    Love it

    Written By cutz, Carlsbad, CA on Monday, August 06, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this receiver. The slim line fits into our small stereo cabinet, and it is very simple and easy to operate. For sound, it thumps. I see no reason to go with the 1603 which has minimal upgrades.

    Pros: Sound. Ease of use. Size. Clean stylish design.

    Cons: No iPod connection and the accessory adapter is expensive.

    Get everything you’ll need to enjoy your new Marantz NR1403

    Protect your investment from power surges and interference.
    Get digital transfer of the picture and sound with an HDMI cable.
    Add speaker wire with pre-installed connectors for easier speaker hookup.
    Individual spools of speaker wire let you use the exact amount you need to connect to your speakers.

    Replacing your receiver's standard power cord with a higher-quality cable can improve performance.
    Using a high-quality subwoofer cable helps you get great-sounding bass with movies and music.
    Your new receiver doesn't have a phono input, so you'll need a phono preamp, in order to connect a turntable.
    Connect your components that use the composite video connection.
    Maintain optimum sound quality with upgraded audio cables.
    Connect your components that require optical digital connections.
    Transfer digital audio from your components to your new receiver.
    Upgrade your antenna for improved reception.
    Conveniently control your entire A/V system.
    Have your new equipment installed by qualified professionals.
    Panamax M8-AV-PRO

    Panamax M8-AV-PRO

    Power line conditioner and surge protector

    Item #: 299M8AVPRO


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    Panamax M8-AV

    Panamax M8-AV

    Power line conditioner and surge protector

    Item #: 299M8AV


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    Panamax PM8-AV

    Panamax PM8-AV

    Power line conditioner and surge protector

    Item #: 299PM8AV


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    AudioQuest Forest

    AudioQuest Forest

    "High Speed with Ethernet" HDMI cable (1 meter/3.3 feet)

    Item #: 703FOR1M


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    Planet Waves

    Planet Waves "E" Series HDMI Cable

    "High Speed with Ethernet" HDMI cable (0.3 meter/1 foot)

    Item #: 705HDMI01E


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    AudioQuest Pearl

    AudioQuest Pearl

    "High Speed with Ethernet" HDMI cable (1 meter/3.3 feet)

    Item #: 703PEARL1M


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    AudioQuest Chocolate

    AudioQuest Chocolate

    "High Speed with Ethernet" HDMI cable (1 meter/3.3 feet)

    Item #: 703CHOC1M


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    AudioQuest Cinnamon

    AudioQuest Cinnamon

    "High Speed with Ethernet" HDMI cable (1 meter/3.3 feet)

    Item #: 703CINN1M


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    CableTruth 303H

    CableTruth 303H

    "High Speed with Ethernet" HDMI cable (15 feet)

    Item #: 865HDMI15F


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    Monster ISF® 750HD

    Monster ISF® 750HD

    "High Speed with Ethernet" HDMI cable (12 feet)

    Item #: 11975HD12F

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    Monster THX® 900

    Monster THX® 900

    "High Speed" HDMI cable (4 feet)

    Item #: 119THX9004

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    Original Monster Cable

    Original Monster Cable

    With gold pin connectors (15-foot pair)

    Item #: 119OMC1515


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    Monster Cable SuperFlat™ Mini

    Monster Cable SuperFlat™ Mini

    Decor-friendly speaker cable with gold pin connectors (50-foot spool)

    Item #: 119SFLM50


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    AudioQuest X2 Speaker Cable

    AudioQuest X2 Speaker Cable

    14-gauge cable, connectors optional (30 feet, Gray)

    Item #: 703X230G


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    AudioQuest G2 Speaker Cable

    AudioQuest G2 Speaker Cable

    16-gauge cable, connectors optional (30 feet, Gray)

    Item #: 703G230G


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    Monster XPHP™ MKII

    Monster XPHP™ MKII

    Speaker cable with clear jacket (100 feet)

    Item #: 119XPHP100


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    Monster XP®

    Monster XP®

    Speaker cable with clear jacket, connectors optional (100 feet)

    Item #: 119XPMS1H


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    Monster XP® Navajo White MkII

    Monster XP® Navajo White MkII

    Speaker cable (50 feet)

    Item #: 119XPNWS50


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    Arista 16-Gauge Speaker Wire

    Arista 16-Gauge Speaker Wire

    50 feet

    Item #: 043185882


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    AudioQuest NRG-2

    AudioQuest NRG-2

    High-quality replacement AC power cable (3 ft.)

    Item #: 703NRG23F


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    AudioQuest Black Lab

    AudioQuest Black Lab

    Subwoofer cable (16 meters/52.5 feet)

    Item #: 703BLAB16M


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    Monster Cable® 400sw2

    Monster Cable® 400sw2

    Subwoofer cable (12 feet)

    Item #: 119140711


    After $10.00 Price Break
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    CableTruth 303S

    CableTruth 303S

    Subwoofer cable (9 ft.)

    Item #: 865SBCBL9F


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    AudioQuest Irish Red

    AudioQuest Irish Red

    Subwoofer cable (12 meters/39.4 feet)

    Item #: 703IRED12M


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    AudioQuest Boxer

    AudioQuest Boxer

    Subwoofer cable (2 meters/6.6 feet)

    Item #: 703BXER2M

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    NAD PP 2e

    NAD PP 2e

    Phono preamplifier

    Item #: 745PP2E


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    Pro-Ject Phono Box DC

    Pro-Ject Phono Box DC

    Phono preamplifier (Black)

    Item #: 252PBDCB


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    Pro-Ject Phono Box MM

    Pro-Ject Phono Box MM

    Phono preamplifier for moving magnet cartridges

    Item #: 252PBMMB


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    Pro-Ject Phono Box S

    Pro-Ject Phono Box S

    Phono preamplifier (Black)

    Item #: 252PBSB