Summary: I really like this receiver: it does not take much place, has enough power for a small room. I wish it may have deliver a little more current but it is no hifi amp. if you do not use 4k and wifi, it's a perfect unit to enjoy home cinema and music as well. performs quite well with boston acoustics speakers.
Needed Warranty Service Out of the Box; Very Complex
16 June 2014
Summary: This was my first Marantz. I had always wanted to own one albeit this is an entry level unit, but it was defective out of the box. Fortunately it was fixed under guarantee (3 years, which is great), and now it's working fine except for a few bugs. It still does not connect with the ARC input on the TV so I route the TV sound through an optical cable to the receiver and programmed the SAT channel to push sound from that input rather than from the HDMI.
Summary: the airplay feature never really worked, then the video buzzed out. after 3 months at Marantz then finally sent me a new unit. the airplay on the new unit worked intermittently and the video problem reoccured after 2 years it seemed to need to have the mircoprocessor reset regularly which isn't a big deal, however a bit annoying my 12 year old sony ES still rocks, my Marantz is being junked after less than 3 years
Summary: I never realized what a difference a higher end receiver could make! It is very low profile and the sound is outstanding! It runs 4 in-wall speakers and a sub-woofer in one room and 4 in-wall speakers upstairs at the same time equally well. There is even a microphone supplied for placement in the prime listening spot so it can adjust independent speaker volume. (Marantz is the same as Denon on the inside).
Summary: I am very happy with the receiver, works flawlessly it was worth having chosen Marantz instead Onkyos riddled with defects and complaints. The compact size is more elegant and more pleasing to the eye, although its size is solid and quite heavy, has the connectors needed to connect most important devices, plus audio and video independient for Zone 2 that allow playing the same source simultaneously in both areas or different sources in the main zone and 2.
Summary: This receiver is a dream-come-true since the moment I unboxed it. I really love the small size of it, it makes cable management SO MUCH easier. It has all of the features that I want - small form factor (great for cable management, and it's light) 4 HDMI inputs HD audio decoding (finally, I don't need PS3 to downsample the HD audio, yay!
Summary: I had four objectives for this receiver: 1) small in size 2) internet capable 3) sufficient HDMI connections 4) highly configurable. In my opinion, this receiver hits a home run across the board. I'll discuss thoughts below. 1) Size: I needed a receiver that could fit into a smaller-than-usual space and yet have "oomph" and high-quality sound. The NR1602 is physically small, but is solid - you'll see that when you pick it up.
Summary: I was a little skeptical due to the small size and low power. But I am over joyed with this receiver. It might only be 50 watts but it is a clean true 50 watts. I am using this for 5.1 surround and 2 channel music in an 11x17 room with 3 openings to the kitchen, dining room, and hallway. Sound quality is fantastic and the feature set is excellent.
Summary: I bought this after we moved to Europe as a replacement for a Pioneer AV with pre-outs running to an NAD amp for my fronts back in the US. I have it driving all my speakers currently but plan on buying a Marantz amp soon for the fronts. I have Gallo Nucleaus 3.1s as the main fronts with surrounds and front Divas. I also have a pair of Sonus Faber Concerto's as a second set of fronts used for certain music.