Pros Small foot print, Great sounding unit, Universal control, and easy set up sums it all up
Cons Can't think of any
Summary I've been an audiophile for as long as I could remember. I have owned equipment such as McIntosh, NAD, Carver, Onkyo, AR, JBL, Marantz Boston, B&W, and the list goes on....I was looking to set up a small Theater in my living room, nothing big just as to where I can hear the TV better. The new Televisions that are ultra thin have such small speakers that they are useless... The first thing I did was purchase a set of new speakers. Being from Long Island I went with Pinnacle Speakers. They have a nice balanced sound and they ended up fitting well in the room. Next was the search for an AV receiver, but all the receivers were bulky and I wanted something with a small footprint...I tried the new Yamaha GeoHD YMC500 and I did not like the sound. It's upper mid-range and mid-range was muddy and it's high end frequencies were not crisp...The search continued and I came across the Marantz NR1601. I started to read receives on this unit and found that they were favorable. I found a local dealer, Audio Den and called them. They had the unit instock and even gave me a good price. I purchased the unit and installed it. WOW Marantz does it again. The set up was pretty straight forward and once I was done it sounded great. The unit only puts out 50 wpc at 8 ohms, but they are a true 50 watts not peak. You know it's good when even the wife can hear the difference in sound quality...If you are in the market for a small AV receiver or you don't like those big bulky units, this is the way to go
Pros Great sound. Easy to set up. Slim design. More than enough inputs.
Cons Lack of graphic readout.
Summary All and all a good solid receiver that handles all my needs with ease and grace. The sound is fantastic in both theater and music settings. It was a breeze to set up.
Marantz has done a good job of not buying into all the whiz bang gadgetry and just kept it simple and refined.
Pros easy install , easy setup, ipod i/f very usefull called for assistance and spoke to a person that was knowlegable and could communicate well
Cons connectors could b easier to use
Summary A great reciever answers all my needs and looks good . I had a unique situation, called for assistance and spoke to a person that was knowlegable and could communicate well at first level support. Amazing.
Pros Excellent Sound
Ability to Bi-Amp speaker A
Well implemented built-in DAC
Slim form factor
Cons No pre-amp out
Nit Pick on Speaker A vs Speaker B (see details below)
Summary 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 17'x14' room. I have Dynamic EQ turned on which does a really good job of enhancing the low frequencies at lower volumes. Dynamic Volume is turned off. The 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 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 Arcam rDAC. The Peachtree iDac seems marginally better with 3D sound imaging and a slightly wider soundstage. Given that the iDac sells for almost twice the price of this receiver that's 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 directed towards 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.