Summary: One of the best AV receivers I have owned. Paired them with some Paradigm surround speakers. It is nice to plug everything into the back of this unit and only have one HDMI going to the tv. If I were to look at buying this unit again I would go with Marantz but I might consider getting a more powerful unit.
Great design with amazing sound and practical features you will use
Andrew LaMar, Amazon
6 September 2014
Summary: My Polk's were honestly not that expensive, but this unit makes them sound like it! The difference before and after calibration are night and day. I would imagine this would be true of any speakers connected to this. The form factor is amazing. I am not embarrassed to have it visible, as I would be with other units that look like you parked a tank in your cabinet. Lastly, I like the lack of gimmicky sound modes included on this unit.
Summary: The Marantz NR1604 receiver is excellent, incredible surround sound!!! On screen display very user friendly, easy setup and calibration of the surround sound speakers. The only thing Marantz made a mistake with was not adding WI-FI, it has an ethernet port for connecting to the internet.
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: I would like to give this unit 5 stars, but there are at least three things wrong with it.
Pros: Internet radio works well. The iOS app is great, and even the built in web server is good to use (although the GUI is a little primitive). Most features work well (but see Airplay below).
Cons: 1. Airplay does not work very well. In fact I think I have only gotten it to work once. However, I have an AppleTV attached where I can use Airplay so this is not a big deal (for me). 2. On a couple of occasions, the video output has gone completely black. This may have something to do with the attached TiVo that I use (and MGCP). I've had to unplug the unit (hard reboot) to fix this. 3. The speaker binding posts are very close together, which makes it hard to attach ...
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.
Plenty of HDMI Inputs and Enjoying Apple Airplay Much More Than Expected
mjcarrabine "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.