Summary: This has been a great receiver so far. Very easy to set up and the sound that it produces has been fantastic. The only knock, and this is probably just personal preference and maybe I didn't do it exactly right, is the back speakers over-power the center speaker after I sued the auto set-up. It was hard to hear much of the conversation is some movies because of this issue. But, it was easy enough to adjust manually and movies and TV sound great through my Polk Speakers.
Compact, Good Surround Sound, Audyssey Not Functional
7 May 2014
Summary: Bought this to replace a Yamaha RX-V465, which failed after a few years of use. Using it to power a 5.0 in-ceiling setup with Polk Audio MC60s. I need to turn the volume up a little higher to get the same sound compared to the Yamaha, but there is no audible distortion even at 80 percent. Also, even running this receiver at 60+% for hours, it does not get hot. As others have mentioned, it is stays remarkably cool.
Summary: Receiver is well-made and easy to use for those bouncing around various "inputs," but for those who remember Marantz from the days of "stereo" with vinyl records, this Marantz cannot be used for vinyl records without a phono preamp.
Summary: This is a great unit for a modest home theater. The sound is excellent, ergonomics are wonderful, it's flexible etc. I use it with my media PC in my study, and it's perfect for that. However, I was surprised and disappointed in the headphone circuit/amp. It's got an unacceptable noise level (hiss). Now I admit most people using a HT receiver won't ever be using headphones, but I do frequently and it's annoying. Even my previous receiver (a junk-status Sony) was better.
Summary: I purchased this product to replace a 12 year old Denon AVR 2700. While it has less watts than the Denon, it isn't a problem. I purchased the Marantz NR 1403 after purchasing a Oppo BDP-105 and realizing my old Denon wouldn't process the digital signal. I'm mostly a music person but wanted to integrate my home theater system into my 2 channel system (VAC Avatar) using the HT by-pass built in to the VAC which I did with the Denon.
Pros: Functionality, size, number of inputs, flexibility, sound quality, price point, pure direct
Cons: Power output (it's not bad just wish it was a little more)
Great sound. Wattage rating belies the real volume available
Dave F, Amazon
13 January 2013
Summary: Was looking for a receiver without all the internet technology as I have an Apple TV to provide that. This fit the bill well. Easy to set up thanks to the excellent Audessey Multi EQ. The surrounds really woke up compared to the Onkyo receiver this replaced. The Onkyo died with the typical (for Onkyo) HDMI board failure. The Marantz 3 year warranty is a plus that I hope will go unused. A minus is the lack of a component level input.
Summary: Overall, I am very happy with this product. It is smaller than most and was relatively easy to set-up. I enjoy the simplicity. But if you have legacy analogue devices in addition to a full complement of digital, you may run short of inputs. Also, 50w/channel may not be powerful enough depending upon your speaker system.
Pros: Design and ease of use. Easy set-up.
Cons: Hooking up older, analogue devices is challenging and requires "workarounds". Also, could be more powerful.