Marantz Packs Wi-Fi, Bluetooth into Slim NR1605 Home Theater Receiver

The new AVR also has AirPlay support, 4K upscaling, and eight HDMI inputs.

The surround sound receiver is the most important piece in a home theater system. It can also be one of the largest. Sure, it can’t rival the size of your TV or projection screen. However, some of these AV receivers are built like bricks; they’re big, heavy, and take up a lot of valuable AV cabinet space.

Marantz is making it possible to leave a little breathing room inside of that cabinet, by introducing the NR1605. This super-slim network AVR was made with the design- and space-conscious home entertainment enthusiast in mind. And just because it’s slim doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice any must-have features.

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The NR1605 packs in wireless Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Apple AirPlay. With so many wireless options, you should be able to stream just about anything from your your favorite smartphone, tablet or other compatible device, without the need for wires, dongles or additional boxes. It even has DLNA support and instant access to web radio, as well as streaming music services such as Spotify Connect. That’s a lot a streaming possibilities!

If you want to add in a few AV essentials, the AVR has eight HDMI inputs and decoders for Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Promising 100 watts to each of its seven channels, the NR1605 also has 4K Ultra HD and 3D pass-through, upscaling to 1080p and 4K, and multi-zone features.

Other perks include an FM/AM tuner, one USB port, Marantz’s ECO mode, and the option to control the AVR with the Marantz Remote App for iOS and Android devices. It also boasts a Graphical User Interface (GUI), a Setup Assistant, and Audyssey MultEQ room calibration for an easy setup.

Marantz will start selling the NR1605 at the beginning of July, with an MSRP of $699.

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