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Marantz packed big home theater sound into the NR1501, but sized it just right to fit comfortably on a normal-sized shelf or TV stand. This full-featured component measures only half the height of many surround sound receivers, yet it boasts all the clean power you need to drive up to seven speakers, and enough inputs to connect all your A/V gear. Marantz's meticulous attention to detail and construction quality, including carefull isolation of audio and video circuit boards, ensures ultra-high signal purity and performance. The result — rich, enveloping surround sound for all your movies, music, TV shows, and video games.

Simple one-cable hookup to your HDTV
Connect up to four HDMI-equipped components for easy switching. If you've got an HDTV with only one HDMI input, you'll really appreciate this handy feature. Analog-to-HDMI conversion lets you send all your video sources to an HDMI-capable TV using a one-cable digital connection, simplifying hookup and preserving the best possible picture quality for each source.

Auto speaker setup tailors sound to your room
Marantz's auto setup and room calibration system takes the hassle out of speaker configuration. Just plug in the included microphone and place it in your favorite listening seat. The NR1501 then 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.

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    Power and Processing:
    • 50 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD
    • Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD™ Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD™ High Resolution Audio, Dolby® Digital EX, DTS-ES™, Pro Logic® IIx, and DTS Neo:6 decoding
    • MRAC (Marantz Room Acoustic Calibration) auto setup system (microphone included)
    Digital Music Options:
    • iPod® integration (requires optional Marantz IS301)
    Audio Performance Features:
    • Source Direct mode switches off all unused circuitry for the cleanest possible sound
    • independent audio circuit board for improved sound and minimal interference
    • 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels
    • detachable power cord
    • 1080p-compatible HDMI digital audio/video switching (4 in, 1 out)
    • HDMI version 1.3a
    • analog-to-HDMI video conversion
    • component video switching (3 in, 1 out)
    • digital audio inputs: 2 optical, 1 coaxial
    • 3 audio/video inputs with composite video
    • 2 audio-only inputs
    • no phono input
    • 1 front-panel minijack input for connecting a portable music player
    • 1 set of main speaker outputs
    General Features:
    • on-screen display for easier system setup and operation
    • sleep timer
    • multibrand remote
    • 17-3/8"W x 4-1/16"H x 15-5/8"D
    • weight: 19 lbs.
    • warranty: 3 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Marantz NR1501 Reviews

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    10 Reviews

    All of Above (well, below actually)

    Written by: El Yuki PR from Dorado, PR on April 25, 2012

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    All reviews repeat the same over, and over, and over... BUT THEY'RE RIGHT!!! Better price, great sound, and incredible performance. I connect my Bose Acoustimass 12 speakers and BOOM!!! You can hear every tiny detail on it.

    Pros: Price (well right know is discontinued), detailed sound and low profile fit anywhere.

    Cons: Not bypass the sound to the TV when the receiver is OFF. Remote is almost a Keyboard but I handle it with my Universal Harmony Remote Control.

    Alek F.

    Written by: Alek F. from Sunnyvale, CA on March 21, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice receiver at a reasonable price. After a 15 year old unit I expected to have sort of an acceptable result, but after using the Marantz 1501 for ten days I was ecstatic!

    It is a very good unit and sounds great with my Infinity TSS 500 speakers. The sound was very good from get go, but once I performed the speaker equalization with the provided microphone the result was astonishing. Now all of my classical CDs have a new life.

    Highly recommended.

    Also many thanks to Crutchfield's knowledgeable and helpful team for their valuable help.



    Marantz NR1501

    Written by: Gene D from Emory, Va on February 7, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice clear, srisp sound. Awsome.



    Marantz NR1501

    Written by: hg from Long Island, NY on February 3, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice unit, a little on the expensive side, works well and has the advantage of being low



    Marantz NR1501

    Written by: RickG from Temecula, CA on November 12, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product at a great price. Crutchfield is true to their word with customer care and
    product description.



    Great piece of equipment

    Written by: Mark from Central Indiana on October 23, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As the title says, its great! I don't need huge power and just want good quality and I got it. Great channel separation and dynamic range. Plenty of power for me in a room approx. 14 x 22 with cathedral ceilings and hardwood floors.

    When I received it I hooked it up to my new 46" HD Mitsubishi tv and have a center and 4 Klipsch surrounds with a 50 watt Polk sub; Nothing special but the sound is excellent. I put in "Master and Commander" Blu Ray and when the cannon balls started flying and busting thru the boat, it sounded like the room was exploding.

    For the money I don't think it can be beat. My first new Marantz piece in 30 years but I still have a Marantz 2230 stereo receiver I bought new in 1975 (now used in the garage with an old set of JBLs). Classic never goes out of style.

    Very highly recommend for smaller needs. If you want big power, move on up the ladder a notch or two but if you just want excellent sound for Surround TV this will fit the bill. I don't use this for my stereo, just TV. I'd probably get a bit more power if I wanted it for the primary stereo also.



    Marantz NR1501

    Written by: AlexS from Trumbull, CT on October 10, 2010

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    Lots of good things have been said about this receiver and I'll have to say that all of it is true, so I am not going to repeat it.
    Sound quality is great, plenty of power (rated at 50W/ch it is actually louder then my old Sony that is rated at 90W/ch. go figure.).
    Remote is a bit confusing at first but not as bad as some people are saying, it is all personal perception. 90% of the time I am using Harmony remote anyways.
    Automatic setup has failed miserably, kept displaying message that front speakers are not connected, when in fact they are and working just fine. May be the mike was defective? Anyways, I just set it up the old fashion way, using measuring tape, sounds just as good.

    Bottom line - highly recommended! And at the current price it is a steal.



    Marantz NR1501

    Written by: leddedup from Charlottesville, VA on September 10, 2010

    The small form factor is perfect for my particular setup in my small apartment
    where any little bit of space matters. It replaces a not-that-old Denon
    receiver that started acting up about 6 months after I purchased it. At 50W per
    channel, this unit isn't going to be the centerpiece of a real home theater
    setup, but for mine, it's perfect. Great picture via the HDMI output, great
    sound, easy setup.

    A feature that maybe not everyone will appreciate but that I liked: the power
    cable is separate, unlike on my not-that-old Denon where the power cable was
    attached to the unit. This makes rearranging the cables a lot easier.

    The minuses:
    -The remote is AWFUL, can't remember a worse one (although going back to that
    Denon unit, that remote wasn't terribly useful either).
    -Not compatible with my Comcast remote, which can control all of my other devices.
    -You cannot remove inputs from the selection queue, which was a nice feature of
    the Denon; I don't use all of the inputs, so having to scroll through a bunch of
    inputs I will never use is annoying.



    Great performance for the price

    Written by: Lawrence from Texas on August 17, 2010

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    I purchased this receiver to replace an older Sony model that did not support HDMI inputs. This Marantz has great sound and picture quality in a surprisingly small form factor. I have my Sony Blu-ray, Patriot Box Office, PS3 and Motorola DVR unit on HDMI inputs with output to my Samsung LN46A650T. My Polk speakers never sounded this good. Another thing that I like is the ability control and access on/off and all the inputs directly via discrete IR codes from my Harmony 650 remote. I would recommend this unit to anyone looking for a small form factor receiver and has an appreciation for clean sound.



    av receiver in motorhome

    Written by: Anonymous from Ocala Fl on August 29, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Let me say this, my son recently advised me about talking to the Cruthfield people. Size in a 45 ft motor home is a problem for good surround sound gear. Then I found the Marantz unit and wow! Great reciever that has all the latest features for my 40 inch Samsung. The size at only 4 1/8th" tall made this happen. Had problems hooking up for the first time. I could not get osd on lcd. Crutchfield's tech support made me a customer for life. Thanks again to Josh! What a team! The receiver speaker auto set up is very nice and now considering higher end speakers. Thanks guys. Price is not the best, deal service is great. Rick



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    • AV surround receiver
    • 6' AC power cord
    • RC006SR remote control
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • MC101 microphone with attached 16' cord terminated by a male 3.5mm minijack connector
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM wire antenna
    • User Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • USA Warranty Information
    • Canada Warranty Information

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    Audio Features
    Video Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Features

    7Ch Discrete Amplifier: The Marantz NR1501 A/V Surround Receiver features an 50 watts x 7-channel all discrete amplifier. This very efficient seven channel in-line amplifier benefits from voltage feedback for enhanced linearity and employs a massive EI power transformer. This design configuration is capable of a clear and powerful reproduction of the most demanding action movie soundtracks and full range multi-channel music discs. Through its ability to generate very high output voltages, the unit can easily drive the most demanding speaker with optimum results.

    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.

    M.R.A.C. (Marantz Room Acoustic Calibration): The Marantz NR1501 is equipped with an auto-setup function that uses a high-performances DSP (digital signal processor) to analyze the data obtained by measuring the characterizes of the connected speakers and the characteristics of your listening room using the supplied wired microphone; and which based on the results of this analysis and arithmetic calculation processing, compensates the frequency characters in such a way that the entire listening room becomes the optimum listening environment.

    Note: You can also manually setup up your speaker configurations. You can select the presence and size of each speaker, the distance of each speaker from your normal listening position, the crossover setting for each speaker, and the level of each speaker in your system.

    Digital Signal Processing (DSP): The Marantz NR1501 incorporates  advanced 32-bit digital signal processing circuitry, along with a 192 kHz/24 bit D/A converter on each of the unit's 7 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.

    Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the A/V receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). To enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the receiver must be connected to your Blu-ray player via HDMI.

    Stereo Modes: The Marantz NR1501 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.

    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.

    Bass & Treble: You can adjust the receiver's Bass and Treble (+/-10db) independently to suit your listening taste or room acoustics.

    Subwoofer Mode: This function allows the low frequencies to be played through the main Front left/right speakers as well as the powered subwoofer, or only through the Front left/right speakers. The subwoofer mode is only effective when your front speakers are set to Full Range and the subwoofer set to Yes.

    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.

    Night Mode: Useful at night or when loud noise is undesirable, this mode compresses the dynamic range, making it easier to hear quieter audio content without increasing the overall volume of your system. Night Mode is only effective for Dolby Digital content.

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

    • Digital Inputs: There are 2 optical digital inputs 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 the front, center, and surround speaker channels; and has spring-clip speaker terminals for the surround-back speaker channels. 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. The spring-clip terminals can accept bare wire and pin-connectors.
    • Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: The receiver features a front-panel minijack (3.5mm) auxiliary input for connecting an external audio source, such as a portable digital audio player.
    • 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 NR1501 features a built-in AM/FM tuner which can automatically or manually store up to 30 AM/FM presets.

    Memory Backup: This unit is equipped with a backup function to prevent memory data such as the preset memory from being erased.

    Sleep Timer: The receiver offers a Sleep Timer which will automatically turn the unit off after 10, 20, 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

    Video Features

    HDMI (version 1.3) Inputs/Output: This unit has 4 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output on its rear-panel which support x.v.color and Deep Color. The receiver can send digital video and audio signals from DVDs and other sources directly to your connected display. HDMI minimizes signal degradation caused by analog conversion so that high quality images can be enjoyed.

    Video Conversion: The Marantz NR1501 is equipped with an up-converter (that converts composite and component signals to HDMI signal) for the video signals using full-digital processing. The built-in video up-converter lets you enjoy your favorite composite and component videos on your flat-screen television through the receiver's HDMI output and your television's HDMI input.

    Note: Analog video signals up-converted to HDMI are output without any processing of the original resolution. HDMI digital video signals cannot be converted to analog video signals.

    Lip Sync: The Lip Sync function delays the audio signals and adjust the difference in their timing from the video signals. The default setting is 0 ms and can be adjusted up to 200 ms.

    Component Video Input2/Output: This unit has 3 component video inputs to obtain the color information (Y, Cb, Cr) directly from the recorded DVD signal or other video component; and 1 component video output to output the video signal directly into the matrix decoder of your television. By sending the pure DVD component video signal directly, the DVD signal forgoes the extra processing that normally would degrade the image. The result is vastly increased image quality, with incredibly life like colors and crisp detail.

    On-Screen Display: The receiver incorporates an on-screen menu system which makes various operations and menu selections visible on your connected television set. To view the on-screen display, you will need to connect the Monitor Out jack of the receiver to the composite, component video, or HDMI  input of your television.

    Input Name: The names of the receiver input functions can be changed as desired. The maximum number of characters that can be registered for the names is 8, including spaces. The function names that you register will appear on the unit's display.

    Dimmer: The unit's front-panel display can be dimmed or turned off completely.

    Remote Control

    Multibrand Remote Control: This multibrand remote control is preset with a total of 10 types of remote codes for Marantz gear, including: Marantz BD (Blu-ray), Game, DVD, VCR , DSS, Tuner, CD, AUX1, AUX2, and Amplifier. The remote control is also preset with remote control codes from AV equipment by other manufacturers. The preset codes are TV, CD, DVD, BD, and DSS. The remote control features glow-key buttons so the remote is easy to see in the dark, while you are watching a movie.

    Remote In/Out: These RCA input/output connectors allow you to connect the NR1501 to a Marantz component equipped with remote control (RC-5) terminals.

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