Summary: Like everything else "MADE IN CHINA" Clearly printed on the back. Also a funny side note... Amazon Listed This receiver at $549.99 a couple days before it went on the lightning deals. They gave a discount of $200.99 -- lol. It was listed before and now after back at $399.00 he he... more like a $50.00 But hey it looks good on paper right? The receiver is last years model and very lack-luster features but for now it works.
Summary: I was looking for a low profile receiver and found that there is not much choice other than marantz NR series. When I bought this a couple of months back, amazon had incorrect back panel photo showing two optical inputs. I was disappointed to see it had only one optical input. It doesn't sound great out of the box. The sound quality improves significantly after running audyssey and enabling dynamic volume. The wire connector design (screw in nuts) in the back is archaic.
Summary: Would not have purchased it if I knew what I know now. Unit larger footprint than I thought. And heavy. They do not recommend it for the bookshelf location either (heat). Physically hooking my Bose speakers to it was easy (wire cables polk in and screw the cap)BUT trying to find the right configuration menu item to allow play of 2 sets of speakers (4 speakers) was not intuitive (have to go AMP ASSIGN and select FRONT B then back to speaker select button etc) - autodetect...
Summary: I purchased the NR1602 as a system upgrade when my old 720P business projector conked and needed to switch from a 720P DVI universe to a 1080P HDMI universe. As such, the NR1602 replaces a DVDO IScan HD+, an Outlaw 950 and a 200W/ch Rane commercial amp. Size-wise it's awesome. Tiny little thing. How's it sound? Plenty good enough.