Summary: This is my first Marantz receiver. I have one Sony DN1050 receiver and I obviously like the NR1604 more. Especially sound quality is amazing. It's pure, powerful and has lot of details. You barely hear the background noise and can not believe it has only 70W for channel. If you are looking for a decent home theater receiver at this price range, I would recommend it to everyone. Best Buy!
Summary: Airplay is a gem, but ALAC encoded files delivered via PMS (Playstation Media Sever) do not play. Needed to configure PMS to transcode to ALAC files. I contacted Marantz and they said they don't support any specific DLNA servers and they don't know what the Japanese engineers use to test with. I did find another servers for purchase that can interface with this.
Summary: For the price it is worth. The sound quality is very clear and details. I can hear the dialog very clear with this AVR. Playing stereo or surround music through this AVR can bring you great sound especially playing Stereo through Multi channel mode. The only setback is the missing of Wi-Fi.
Summary: I purchased the NR 1604 Network AV receiver last month from Amazon to go with my Polk RTi4 bookshelf speakers (on stands) and Polk DSW PRO 440wi Subwoofer which is part of our home theater system. My main concern was good quality sound as listening to music is what I do mostly with the setup.
Plenty of HDMI Inputs and Enjoying Apple Airplay Much More Than Expected
M. Carrabine "mcarra", Amazon
1 April 2014
Summary: After buying a new 60" Samsung TV recently, I quickly realized that the lack of HDMI switching on my ancient Sony receiver was going to be a problem, so I sent to Best Buy to a high quality receiver with an emphasis on music over movies, but with plenty of HDMI inputs to simplify mounting my TV to the wall. I have had it for a few weeks now, and am very happy with the sound quality and features of the NR1604.
Summary: Pros - Small size - Easy menu system - Auto calibration worked perfectly - Audio sounds great - Lots of HDMI ports Cons - Internet content menus seem dated compared to portable devices we use these days - No Wi-Fi or Bluetooth included I got this amp during the boxing week sales and paired it with a set of Bose Acoustimass 10 speakers to replace my current home theater setup. The setup and calibration was simple and easy.
Summary: The first unit I bought was losing HDMI connection with my PS3 several times a day, so I had to do a complete reset and "reverse handshake" afterwards, as per recommendations of Marantz Customer Service. After I've exchanged it - the new unit worked for a couple of weeks, but then started exhibiting the same behavior, only this time it started losing HDMI connection with all, PS3, PS4 and Mac Mini that I have.
Summary: SUMMARY: Excellent sound with both music and movies, easy to set-up and use, small form factor with high-end design appeal. Well worth the investment! After I upgraded my home theater system with new tower speakers ( EMP Tek E55TiR Tower Speakers ), I decided a new receiver was in order.