Excerpt: Whether through luck or design, Marantz has created something rather special with the NR1602. Driven by a desire to innovate within the often stultifying constraints of hardcore AV, the company has taken the traditional hefty AVR form factor and chopped it in half. The result is a component with a good deal more va-va-voom than its peers. But there’s more to the NR1602 than downsizing. The brand has also rebalanced feature priorities.
Pros: Rich, melodious character; AirPlay and internet radio; good audio file compatibility; slick design
Cons: Audyssey AutoEQ not always accurate; not a muscle amp