Solid, well built, flexible home theater receiver at an attractive price
29 October 2015
Summary: Purchased the NR1603 three years ago to replace an eight year old Onkyo receiver that didn't support HDMI. Set up was plug and play, very easy, took about 90 minutes. It is being used to drive a small Energy 5.1 set of surround speakers with sub-woofer. Perfect for our small TV room.
Summary: I followed the instructions to set it up and it was pretty easy. Since it was set up, every thing has sounded and looked great: regular TV, Blu-ray discs, and Netflix. Very happy! I have it set up with Energy's Take Classic 5.1 speakers.
Summary: I use my NR 1603 with Polk tower speakers, rear speakers, center speaker, and subwoofer. I've also got it connected to a router via Cat-5 Ethernet. HDMI inputs include Samsung Smart Blu-ray player, cable box, and a desktop PC. Output via HDMI is to a Samsung Smart TV.
Summary: Bought this model on closeout, the new 1604 adds 4k upscaling and another HDMI, which weren't worth the price increase to me. The amp sounds great, dont let the "50W" power output fool you, it is plenty for my home theater system.
Summary: I had a Harmon Kardon receiver for several years and loved it, then upgraded to the AVR1610. I had issues with the HDMI switching and couldn't figure it out (I'm pretty tech savvy), so contacted the support desk.