Summary: The Marantz NR1403 is a slim, handsome AV receiver with excellent sound and plenty of HDMI connectivity, although it lacks built-in networking.
Pros: The Marantz NR1403's is significantly thinner than most AV receivers. It packs in six HDMI inputs, which is the most you'll find at this price level. And despite the compact design, its sound quality is comparable to the best we've heard this year.
Cons: There's no built-in Wi-Fi or Ethernet, so features like smartphone control and integrated streaming are missing. There's also no built-in Bluetooth, so you'll need a separate device for wireless audio streaming.
Conclusion: Having spent years in higher end audio I was excited to spend some time with the NR1403. To get back to the roots of a simple no fuss 5.1 system. I must say I was impressed with what Marantz has packed into their Slim Line chassis. It proved what I have said many times, “contentment comes not from what you have but knowing what you can live without.” While not for everyone, the NR1403 is a solid receiver for those looking to put together an entry level 5.1 system.