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Marantz NR1601

Home theater receiver with 3D-ready HDMI switching

5 Reviews

Item # 642NR1601

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Our take on the Marantz NR1601

It's short — but not short on features
Marantz packed solid home theater sound into the NR1601, but sized it 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 up to seven speakers, and enough inputs to connect all your A/V gear.

It's short — but not short on features
Marantz packed solid home theater sound into the NR1601, but sized it 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 up to seven speakers, and enough inputs to connect all your A/V gear.

Signal switching for the fast track to HD
3D TV Learn more Connect up to four HDMI-equipped components for easy switching through a single cable going to your television. Analog-to-HDMI conversion lets you send all your video sources through that digital connection, simplifying hookup and preserving the best possible picture quality for each source. Marantz takes the extra step of carefully isolating 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.

Time to retire that portable cassette player?
Digital music runs fast and flawless through the NR1601. Connect your iPod®, MP3 player or flash drive through the front USB port. Add Marantz's Bluetooth® receiver and play music wirelessly from your compatible cell phone or PC from up to 30 feet away. Marantz's own M-DAX2™ audio expansion circuitry recognizes tones lost in compressed music and restores them, for better sound. There's even a mini-jack input on the face of the receiver so you can plug in your portable player without having to fish around the back for an opening.

Acoustic engineer built in
Marantz uses Audyssey MultEQ® Auto Calibration to take the hassle out of speaker configuration. Just plug in the included microphone and place it in your favorite listening spot. The NR1601 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.

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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, Pro Logic® IIx
    • Dolby Pro Logic® IIz expands the soundstage's vertical dimension (requires an additional pair of "height" speakers)
    • analog-to-HDMI video conversion for more streamlined video hookup
    • Audyssey MultEQ® Auto Calibration auto setup system (microphone included)
    • M-DAX2™ (Marantz Dynamic Audio eXpander) for better sounding MP3s and other digital music files
    Digital Music Options:
    • USB input for direct playback with an iPod®, iPhone®, MP3 player or portable flash drive
    • wireless Bluetooth® capability with optional Marantz Bluetooth receiver
    Audio Performance Features:
    • 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels
    • back surround speaker channels re-assignable for bi-amping compatible front left and right speakers
    • direct mode switches off unnecessary circuitry to provide cleaner sound
    • detachable power cord
    • 1080p-compatible HDMI digital video switching (4 in, 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
    • analog-to-HDMI video conversion
    • component video switching (3 in, 1 out)
    • digital audio inputs: 2 optical and 1 coaxial
    • 3 audio/video inputs with composite video
    • 2 audio-only inputs
    • 1 front-panel minijack input for connecting a portable music player
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • 2 pairs of main speaker outputs
    General Features:
    • on-screen display for easier system setup and operation
    • sleep timer
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows HDMI switching without powering up receiver
    • 40 AM/FM presets
    • multibrand remote
    • 17-3/8"W x 4-1/16"H x 15-5/8"D
    • warranty: 3 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • AV surround receiver
    • 6' AC power cord
    • RC010SR remote control
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • Audyssey microphone with attached 24' 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

    Marantz NR1601 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (5 Reviews)

    Mighty Little Monster

    Vik from San Jose, CA on 8/7/2011

    This receiver has proved to be a surprise with its clear, warm sound. It powers a pair of Paradigm Reference Studio 20s bi-amped. Sources include Mac Mini, DVD player, Apple TV and DVR. 50 wpc is more than adequate for my speakers running in a 17x14 room. With Dynamic EQ turned on low frequencies are enhanced at lower volumes. Dynamic Volume is turned off. Bass is punchy and music sounds alive. The midrange is clear and full. The iPod-USB input works well too, though initial connection takes a few seconds to establish. I subjectively compared the built-in DAC over optical with an Arcam rDac over USB and a Peachtree iDac over USB and optical with the source being lossless files on the Mac Mini. The built-in DAC sounds as good as the rDAC. The iDac seems marginally better in 3D sound imaging and a slightly wider soundstage. Given that the iDac sells for almost twice the price of this receiver, the Marantz is a steal. My only nit-pick: Speaker A is setup as bi-amped. Speaker B can only be amped normally. When switching from A to B, 2 amps are divert to speaker B while the other 2 remain on speaker A. So, while listening to music on the patio I can hear the tweeters in A. The workaround is to turn off the bi-amp mode. In summary, this receiver handles music really well, while supporting movies just fine. It has tons of power, excellent sound, a well implemented DAC, ample connectivity, iPod integration and bi-amp capability.



    6 stars if I could!

    Self-proclaimed Audiophile from Nebraska on 8/6/2011

    Phenomenal is all I can say. I had an Onkyo TX-SR806 with DCM speakers (upgrading to Klipsch Quintet SL in a few days!) and this thing straight out of the box (no tuning at all!) brought my speakers to life!! I've always used Onkyo receivers and always recommended them. I bought this on a whim (and a good deal of course) just to try out the Marantz brand I've heard so much about. My speakers sound bright and full like they never have before. I can hear voices and details in movies that makes me feel like I'm right there. I was always having to adjust the volume on my Onkyo between action and dialogue in a movie. My sub (BIC 12") totally came to life, lows are so tight and defined now! I can't even imagine how good it will be once I get everything dialed in! I seriously can't even describe the difference this receiver makes in my home theater, just absolutely amazing! And the small size of this receiver is icing on the cake!! Half the size of my Onkyo and 1/4th the weight! I will continue to buy Marantz the rest of my life, but hopefully this receiver lasts for many years to come! It's easy to use, easy to set up and the Audyssey set-up (just like the Onkyo) is great. This receiver is a mush-have for any entry-level to intermediate home theater. Oh, and don't let the 50 watt/channel rating fool you, beats the crap out of the 105 watt/channel on my Onkyo!



    stylish slimline highend receiver

    zazen from San Jose, CA on 4/12/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This may not be Marantz's highest end receiver, and it's power output may not be rated in the 100W range, but it lives up to the Marantz quality and reputation. I am using it to power a 7.1 speaker system including Definitive Technology tower speakers. The rated 50W is more than enough to fill the room with warm vibrant sound. The Audessey EQ calibration works well and I've never had the audio for the room tuned so well. The sound processing options provide good options for music as well as movies. The physical bulid quality of the unit is sturdy, and does not feel cheap at all. The remote is not stylish but it serves it's purpose. I've actually put my universal remote away after having this remote. If you want top quality sound, with a slimline receiver, this is the best choice. If I had to point out a few shortcomings I'd say the onscreen interface is not pretty but it works. Also, switching surround modes you have to cycle through all the choices sequentially. However, it's great that the receiver remembers your most recent surround settings based on the signal type from the source. Totally worth it and I have no buyers remorse. I'm glad I did not try to save a couple hundred bucks to get a different receiver that has seemingly better specs. This Marantz receiver is top quality and totally worth the full price.



    Perfect sound and technology

    Steve from Ohio on 10/25/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I prefer my electronics to have a warmer sound of old. My stereo equipment is NAD, and for HT this small but powerful A/V receiver has it all. Don't let it's size fool you, as its 50 continous watts, not peak. Setup was easy, the audessey made the Difinitive Tech speaker system sound better than it ever has, so I didn't even try to tweak what it thought was best. The HDMI switching is flawless and even iPod music is reasonable. I have the Marantz BD7004 hooked to this and the image on the plasama screen is sensory eye candy. This is worth a look for it's quality build and solid perfomance in all things A/V. I would purchase this again, without hesitation.



    Great Receiver for Limited Space

    SamW from Kauai, HI on 10/7/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I needed a quality 7.1 receiver that would fit in a cabinet with less than 6" height. They are few and far between! At 4 1/16" height this one fit the bill. As a former dealer in quality audio and video equipment, I was familiar with Marantz reputation for quality design. This unit is solid throughout. I'm using the NR 1601 to drive a Definitive Technologies Mythos speaker system which uses self-powered subwoofers in the front towers. As a result, the 50 watt per channel X 7 output delivered good clean sound, even at very high listening levels. I highly recommend this receiver if you are looking for exceptional sound to fit in tight spaces. Crutchfield delivers great advice, fast delivery and excellent service at a reasonable price.




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    Features and Specs

    Number Of Channels 7
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 50
    THD in Stereo 0.08 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
    Minimum Impedance L/R 6 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Center 6 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Surround 6 ohms
    General Features
    Internet-ready No
    Bluetooth No
    Apple AirPlay No
    App Remote Control No
    USB port for iPod/iPhone Yes
    FM Sensitivity 12.8 dBf
    HD Radio Tuner No
    On-Screen Display Thru All monitor outs
    Auto Speaker Calibration Audyssey MultEQ
    HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video No
    HDR-compatible No
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    Composite Video Conversion From Composite to HDMI
    Component Video Conversion From Component Video to HDMI
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion No
    DLNA Certified
    MHL-compatible ---
    Multibrand Remote Control Yes
    Learning Remote Yes
    LCD Remote
    Width (inches) 17-5/16
    Height (inches) 4-1/16
    Depth (inches) 15-5/8
    Weight (pounds) 19.8
    Parts Warranty 3 Years
    Labor Warranty 3 Years
    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output No
    Multi-room Video No
    Multi-room HDMI Output No
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital DD, EX, TrueHD, DD+
    Dolby Atmos N/A
    DTS DTS, ES, HD, HDMA, Neo6
    DTS:X No
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input No
    Audio-Video Inputs 4
    Audio-only Inputs 4
    Component Video Inputs 3
    Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
    Optical Digital Inputs 2
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
    Optical Digital Outputs None
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    HDMI Inputs 4
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 1
    Subwoofer Outputs 1
    Multi-Channel Analog Input No
    Multi-channel Preamp Output No
    Main Speaker Output Pairs 2
    Main Speaker Terminals Posts
    Ethernet Port None
    USB Connections None
    Removable Power Cord IEC 2-prong

    Product Research

    Slim-line AV Receiver
    Audio Features
    Video Features
    USB/iPod Connectivity
    Remote/Bluetooth Control

    Slim-line AV Receiver

    Slim Design Chassis: The Marantz NR1601 A/V Surround Receiver features a slim designed chassis which measures only 17.3125" wide x 4.0625" tall x 15.625" deep so it easily fits on a shelf or inside a cabinet.

    Contoured Front Panel: The Marantz NR1601 features a contoured front panel that combines aluminum and glass-reinforced resins for maximum shielding, dimensional stability, and sophisticated styling.

    Audio Features

    7Ch Discrete Amplifier: The Marantz NR1601 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.

    24-Bit, 192 kHz D/A Converters: The NR1601 uses 24-bit/192-kHz Digital-to-Analog converters for all channels. 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.

    Digital Signal Processing (DSP): The Marantz NR1601 is equipped with an advanced SHARC 32-bit Digital Signal Processor (DSP). All elements of the Surround Processor are optimized to the highest standards by the use of selected high performance and discrete components, particularly the A/D and D/A converters and the sophisticated DSP surround decoder. The NR1601 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 IIx, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, and DTS-HD decoders.

    Audio Format Description Maximum # of Channels Connection Type
    Stereo Two-Channel Stereo  2ch stereo playback  2.0/2.1ch HDMI, Coaxial/Optical, RCA
    Multi-Channel Stereo  stereo sound from all speakers 7.1ch
    Direct Playback Source Direct plays back tracks at high sound quality without passing through the sound quality adjustment circuits 7.1ch HDMI, Coaxial/Optical, RCA
    Pure Direct plays back tracks at the closest to the original sound quality 5.1ch Coaxial/Optical, RCA
    Auto detects the type of input digital signal and automatically selects the corresponding mode 7.1ch HDMI, Coaxial/Optical, RCA
    Dolby Pro Logic
    PLIIz 7.1ch surround playback using front-height speakers from a 2ch source 7.1ch HDMI, Coaxial/Optical, RCA
    PLIIx (Movie/Music/Game) 7.1ch or 6.1ch surround playback using surround-back speakers from a 2ch source 6.1/7.1ch
    PLII (Movie/Music/Game) 5.1ch surround playback from a 2ch source 5.1ch
    Neural 7.1ch, 6.1ch or 5.1ch surround playback using surround-back speakers from a 2ch source 5.1/6.1/7.1ch HDMI, Coaxial/Optical, RCA
    Dolby Digital Dolby Digital 5.1 multi-channel digital surround format 5.1ch HDMI, Coaxial/Optical
    Dolby Digital EX 6.1 multi-channel digital surround format 6.1ch
    Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 multi-channel digital surround format (high bit-rate) 7.1ch HDMI
    Dolby TrueHD 7.1 multi-channel digital surround format (bit-for-bit) 7.1ch
    DTS DTS 5.1 multi-channel digital surround sound format 5.1ch HDMI, Coaxial/Optical
    DTS-ES (Discrete/Matrix) Discrete 5.1/6.1-channel discrete digital audio format adding a surround back channel to the DTS digital surround sound 5.1/6.1ch
    DTS NEO:6 (Movie/Music) 7.1ch, 6.1ch, or surround playback using the surround back speakers from a 2-ch source 5.1/6.1/7.1ch HDMI, Coaxial/Optical, RCA
    DTS 96/24 enables high sound quality playback in 5.1-channels with a sampling frequency of 96 kHz and 24 bit quantization of DVD-video 5.1ch HDMI, Coaxial/Optical
    DTS-HD High Resolution compatible with sampling frequencies of 48 or 96 kHz and up to 7.1-channels of discrete digital sound (high data bit-rate) 7.1ch HDMI
    DTS-HD Master Audio lossless audio format compatible with up to 96 kHz and up to 7.1-channels (faithfully reproduces studio master) 7.1ch
    Multi-channel Linear PCM use with PCM multichannel sources up to 7.1ch 7.1ch HDMI
    Dolby Virtual Speaker delivers a full surround sound experience from two stereo speakers 2.0/2.1ch HDMI, Coaxial/Optical, RCA
    Dolby Headphone Dolby Headphone the surround sound field is played through a pair of connected headphones 2.0ch HDMI, Coaxial/Optical, RCA
    Dolby HP Bypass the sound is played in normal stereo mode with headphones 2.0ch
    Dolby HP PLII (Movie/Music) choose either Movie or Music mode 2.0ch

    Auto MultEQ Setup: This Audyssey MultEQ technology adapted by this receiver provides the best listening environment for multiple listeners. The Auto MultEQ Setup feature of the NR1601 measures sound characteristics of your speaker system and room where the receiver is used and automatically optimizes settings. To do this, the Auto Setup feature measures a test tone emitted by each channel in a maximum of 6 listening positions, using the supplied microphone. The measurement results are analyzed using an original algorithm and environmental settings are made to improve the sound characteristics of your listening area.

    Note: If you prefer, you can manually setup up your speaker configurations. You can select the size and presence of each speaker, the distance of each speaker from your normal listening position,  the level of each speaker in your system, and the 9-band EQ (63Hz, 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz, 4kHz, 8kHz, 16kHz) for each channel.

    Audyssey Dynamic EQ: Audyssey Dynamic EQ solves the problem of deteriorating sound quality as volume is decreased by taking into account human perception and room acoustics. Audyssey Dynamic EQ works in tandem with Audyssey MultEQ to provide well-balanced sound for every listener at any volume level.

    Reference Level Offset: Audyssey Dynamic EQ is referenced to the standard film mix level of 85dB SPL for -20 dBFS. Due, to the lack of standard outside the film industry, the film reference level may not be appropriate when listening to other material. Audyssey Dynamic EQ Adjust provides three offsets from the film level reference (5dB, 10dB, or 15dB) that can be selected when the mix level of the content is not within the standard.

    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. Audyssey Dynamic EQ is integrated into Dynamic Volume so that as the playback volume is adjusted automatically, the perceived bass response, tonal balance, surround impression, and dialogue clarity remain the same. The amount of compression can be set to an of the following three levels - Light, Medium, or High.

    M-DAX (Marantz Dynamic Audio eXpander): This function makes up for lost audio content in MP3, WMA, or AAC sources during playback. Compressed audio formats such as MP3, WAV, WMA, and 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.

    Surround Parameters: You adjust surround sound parameters to customize your audio listening experience.

    • Center Image: You can also adjust the Center Gain to expand the sound image from the center channel in DTS NEO: 6 mode.
    • Center Width: The Center Width feature allows you to gradually spread the center channel sound into the front left and right speakers in Pro Logic IIx mode.
    • Dimension: This feature adjusts the sound-field either towards the front or towards the rear of your system. This can be useful to help achieve a more suitable balance from all the speaker with certain recordings in Pro Logic IIx mode.
    • Panorama: Panorama wraps the sound of the front left and right speakers around you, for an exciting perspective in Pro Logic IIx mode.
    • Height Gain: This feature controls the front height channel volume in Pro Logic IIz mode.
    • LFE Level: This function selects the output level of the LFE signal included in the Dolby Digital signal or the DTS signal. You can select from 0 to -10 dB.

    DRC (Dynamic Range Compression): This features compresses the AV receiver's dynamic range (difference between loud and soft sounds).

    Source Level: This function corrects the playback level (+/-12db) of the selected input source's audio input. Make this setting if there are differences in the input volume levels between the different sources.

    Volume Settings: You can adjust the unit's maximum volume, power on level, and mute level.

    • Volume Limit: Set the receiver's maximum volume level to -20dB, -10dB, 0dB, or None.
    • Power On Level: Define the volume setting (-80 to +18dB) that is active when the power is turned on.
    • Mute Level: Set the amount of attenuation (Full, -40dB, or -20dB) when muting is activated.

    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 A, front B (front-height), center, surround, and 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.

    Bi-Amp Connection: A bi-amp connection is possible with speakers that have two set of inputs by combining the Front A and Surround Back speaker connections. This allows you to drive the treble and bass units with separate channels amps, which enable better sound quality. The surround back channels of the amplifier will need to be turned off to bi-amp your front speakers. This configuration will limit your Home Theater to 5.1- channel.

    Front-Panel Connections: The Marantz NR1601 is equipped with a front-panel auxiliary and headphone output.

    • 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 NR1601 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

    HD Video Connections: The Marantz NR1601 AV receiver is equipped with 7 high-definition video inputs (4 HDMI/3 component) and 2 high-definition video outputs (HDMI/component).

    • HDMI (version 1.4a) Inputs/Output: This unit has 4 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output. The receiver can send digital video and audio signals from DVD, Blu-ray, and other audio/video sources directly to your connected display. HDMI minimizes signal degradation caused by analog conversion so that high quality images can be enjoyed. The NR1601's wide-bandwidth HDMI circuitry supports 3D, Deep Color, xvYCC Color, ARC, Auto Lip Sync, and HDMI control. The unit offers to HDMI audio settings. The 4 HDMI inputs are assignable from the receiver's on-screen menu.
    • Component Video Inputs/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 one 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.

    HDMI Video Conversion: The Marantz NR1601 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.

    Audio Return Channel (ARC): If the connected TV has HDMI version 1.4 and supports ARC, the audio signal can be transferred from the TV (when its internal tuner is used) to the NR1601 through the HDMI (monitor output) cable, so a second cable isn't needed.

    3D-Ready: The Marantz NR1601 will pass a 3D (three-dimensional) signal via HDMI (v.1.4) when connected to a 3D source (3D Blu-ray player, 3D cable box, etc) and a 3D TV.

    x.v.Color: The receiver supports x.v.Color, offering a wider color range than the current broadcast standard. For the x.v.Color feature to be useful, the entire video production chain must be compatible (camera-editing-format-player-display).

    Deep Color: The Marantz receiver also supports Deep Color which allows increased color depth of video signals passing through HDMI. Without Deep Color, the number of colors expressed by 1 pixel is 24 bits (16,777,216 colors). Using Deep Color, the number of colors expressed by 1 pixel is 36 bits. Since the gradation of the depth of a color can be expressed more finely with more bits, continuous color changes can be more smoothly displayed. For the Deep Color feature to be useful, the entire video production chain must be compatible (camera-editing-format-player-display).

    Note: x.v. Color and Deep Color technology are supported only when source product, HDMI cable, media and HDTV all support those features.

    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.

    HDMI Standby Pass Through: The HDMI Standby Pass-Through feature allows you to choose which HDMI input remains accessible when the receiver is powered off, so you can view back an HDMI source on your TV even when the receiver is in standby mode.

    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 HDMI, component video, or composite monitor output jack of the receiver to the matching input on 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.

    USB/iPod Connectivity

    USB Port: The Marantz NR1601 is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port for easy, direct connection of a USB mass storage class (MSC) device. The front-panel USB port supports playback of MP3 (32-320 kbps), WMA (48-192 kbps), AAC (16-320 kbps) audio files recorded in FAT 16 or FAT 32 onto a USB mass storage class (MSC) device. The unit can recognize up to 255 folders and 255 files per folder. When a USB device is connected, playback will start automatically. You can control basic operations (Play, Pause, Stop, Fast Forward, Rewind, Repeat, and Random) of your connected USB device. The unit also supports ID3-Tag (ver.2) information so title, artist and album names can be displayed.

    Note: USB memory devices will not work via a USB hub. It is not possible to connect and use a computer via the unit's USB port using a USB cable.

    iPod Direct: The unit's front-panel USB (type-A) port can also be used to directly connect your Apple iPod or iPhone. You can listen to music files from your iPod/iPhone by simply connecting the iPod/iPhone to the NR1601's front-panel USB port using the USB/Dock cable that came with your Apple iPod/iPhone. The Marantz NR1601 supports audio playback, music navigation, information display (on TV), and charging of select iPod/iPhones. The USB connection features digital audio signal handling, which routes the digital signal to the NR1601's 24 bit/192 kHz audiophile quality D/A converters for optimum fidelity. You can choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone from the NR1601's remote control or from your iPod/iPhone's click-wheel/touch-screen. The Marantz NR1601 is "Made for iPod/iPhone compatible" and support the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of July 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Display Charge
    Audio Video Out Remote Control iPod Song Info Track Info
    dock-connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    click-wheel or color-display 4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
    video 5th Y N Y N TV TV Y
     classic 80GB Y N Y Y TV TV Y
    120GB Y N Y Y TV TV Y
    160GB Y N Y Y TV TV Y
    nano 1st Y N Y N TV TV Y
    2nd Y N Y Y TV TV Y
    3rd Y N Y Y TV TV Y
    4th Y N Y Y TV TV Y
    5th Y N Y Y TV TV Y
     touch 1st Y N Y Y TV TV Y
    2nd Y N Y Y TV TV Y
    3rd Y N Y Y TV TV Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y Y TV TV Y
    3G Y N Y Y TV TV Y
    3GS Y N Y Y TV TV Y
    4G Y N Y Y TV TV Y

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality.


    Remote/Bluetooth Control

    Multibrand Remote Control: The provided IR wireless remote control is a universal learning remote control. The remote control is preset with a total of 10 types of remote codes for Marantz gear, including: BD, DVD, SAT, Game, Aux, USB, TV, CD, Tuner, and M-XPort. The remote control is also preset with remote control codes from AV equipment by other manufacturers. The preset codes are BD, DVD, TV, SAT, and CD. In addition, the remote control is capable of learning and storing codes used by other remote controls. The remote control's buttons are backlit with a press of a button.

    HDMI Control: When you make an HDMI connection between the NR1601 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 In/Out: These RCA input/output connectors allow you to connect the NR1601 to a Marantz component equipped with remote control (RC-5) terminals.

    Bluetooth Ready: Through its proprietary M-Xport, the NR1601 offers Bluetooth capability.  Simply add the optional RX101 Bluetooth adaptor (642RX101, sold separately) to the NR1601 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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