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
- 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.
- Dolby Digital:
Dolby, Digital EX,
Dolby Digital Plus,
DTS-HD Master Audio,
DTS-HD High Resolution,
DTS Neo: 6
- Dolby Pro Logic:
Dolby Pro Logic II
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
- 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 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
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
- 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
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
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
- 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
- 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
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
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.
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
- Off: The HDMI Standby Pass-Through function is
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
Video Mode: You can select between 3 video processing
- Auto: Processes video automatically based on the HDMI
- Game: Always processes video appropriate for gaming
- Movie: Processes video normally.
Video Select Function: You can switch the video input source
on the receiver while listening to a different audio signal.
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
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.
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.