Marantz NR1403 Slim Line 5.1-Channel Home Theater AV Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Fully discrete power amplifier design for all 5 channels (50 W x 5 channel at 8 ohm) delivers the sound quality the Marantz is known for.
- Low profile chassis. At less than 4 1/2 inches in height, the NR1403 fits into many spaces that other recievers cannot
- Bluetooth wireless connectivity via optional RX-101 adaptor
- 6 x HDMI in/1 x HDMI out Lets you connect your HDMI-equipped devices with a single cable
- Front Panel HDMI Input Provides an easy connection for quick hook-up and playback of your HDMI-equipped portable devices.
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|Connectivity Technology||Bluetooth||Bluetooth||USB Port, SD Memory Card Slot, RCA Selector||Ethernet||HDMI||Network|
|Item Dimensions||17.3 x 14.4 x 4.1 in||17.31 x 11.81 x 4.75 in||7.5 x 15.75 x 19.5 in||17.12 x 12.38 x 6.38 in||13 x 17 x 6.3 in||15.43 x 21.06 x 8.54 in|
|Item Weight||19.8 lbs||10 lbs||16.08 lbs||17.9 lbs||16 lbs||13.23 lbs|
|Output Wattage||150 watts||85 watts||350 watts||80 watts||200 watts||85 watts|
|Additional Features||3D Compatiblity||Integrated Green Edge technology, Bluetooth technology and DLNA 1.5 compliance, Built-in vTuner (Internet radio) streaming, Front-panel USB port, EzSet/EQ III auto-calibration||DC in Jack||5-channel powerful surround sound, Discrete amp configuration, Front panel USB digital connection for ipod, iphone and ipad, Multi-language color OSD, 4K pass-through for next generation super high resolution images||Sleep Timer;3D Compatiblity||Ultra-wide bandwidth amplifier, High-resolution DAC, Subwoofer output, vTuner Internet radio|
|Warranty Description||—||2 years warranty on parts and labor||1 year limited warranty||2 years warranty on parts and labor||—||—|
Delivering optimum sound, the Marantz NR1403 5.1 Home Theater Receiver offers powerful performance in a slim design. The receiver's comprehensive features include easy on-screen setup and support for playback of the latest hi-definition audio formats. The NR1403's advanced technology provides cutting-edge sound for all your movies and music. With a generous supply of 6 HDMI inputs, including 1 on the front which can be used to connect mobile devices such as a camcorder or tablet, the NR1403 delivers all your videos, photos and music with pristine quality.
From the Manufacturer
Enjoy optimum audio and video quality through your home theater system with the NR1403 Slim Line AV Receiver from Marantz. Equipped with six HDMI inputs, including one on the front, this 5.1-channel receiver allows you to play sound and video from a variety of devices, including set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, DVD players, camcorders, and even tablet computers. Audyssey MultEQ technology optimizes the acoustics, while 3D pass-through support makes it great for playing Blu-ray 3D discs. Part of Marantz's Slim Line series, the NR1403 features a sleek design and a small footprint, making it well suited for audiophiles with space constraints.
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I tend to be a little OCD (ok, maybe more than a little) when it comes to researching and purchasing gear, particularly audio/video stuff, so for any kindred spirits out there agonizing over what receiver to buy, hopefully this will be somewhat helpful...
A. WHAT I NEEDED: A simple, no-frills way to run a high-quality 2.1 speaker system with my TV setup, with possible upgrade to full surround later. Baseline requirements:
1. Excellent sound quality (I'm a self-professed audiophile), meaning: clear, accurate surround/LF decoding and mix-down to 2.1; quality amplification with adequate power for medium volume levels in a large room; and clear, precise reproduction of dialog and soundtracks even at low volume levels (we live in an apartment and do a lot of late-night viewing)
2. Compact and lightweight - had to fit in a 16" deep cabinet on a glass shelf that holds 25 lbs max (with a FIOS DVR too).
3. Low power/runs cool - cabinet is enclosed, and though I installed a cooling fan, I didn't want something getting hot and wasting a lot of power.
4. Fast, seamless HDMI switching with decent on-screen display.
5. Low cost! With the rate this stuff changes, it doesn't make much sense to spend $$$ on something that I'll inevitably want to upgrade within a few years.
Based on specs and reviews, the NR1403 seemed to meet the above criteria better than anything else I could find. #1 was a bit of an unknown as all reviews focus on 5.1 performance. I was also unsure of #3, given that Marantz still uses good old fashioned linear amplifiers, rather than Class D switching (often misnamed "digital") amps which are more efficient. But it seems the output devices are biased pretty lightly, so it runs very cool during normal operation, and the digital circuits run cool as well. In my lightly ventilated cabinet with a Motorola FIOS DVR on top, the chassis stays at basically room temperature. I would still advise againt running it in a completely enclosed cabinet (no electronics should be) but it certainly doesn't need an open-air setup.
B. WHAT I DIDN'T NEED:
1. Lots of "connected" (Internet/streaming) functionality - I have an Apple TV for that
2. iPod/iPhone connectivity - again, Apple TV takes care of that via AirPlay
3. More than 5.1 channels - I might eventually try out surround and/or center channel, but for now it's just fronts + subwoofer.
4. Upscaling, crazy image processing, 3D support, etc. etc. - though the NR1403 does handle 3D. The rest I'll leave to my TV.
C. WHAT I ALSO CONSIDERED:
1. The higher-end Marantz models (NR1504, NR1604), but they offer no improvement to the requirements in (A), while having a lot of what I don't need (B). Built-in AirPlay might have been convenient, but the Apple TV probably does a better job of that.
2. Separate processor/amplification, e.g. Outlaw Model 975 or Emotiva UMC-200 + a small switching amplifier. Potentially higher sound quality, but more complexity/space, questionable HDMI functionality (the big-name brands tend to be more reliable for video processing), higher cost.
- Sony 40XBR9 LCD - still going strong, but will probably upgrade soon
- Role Audio Kayak mini-monitor speakers
- REL T-9 subwoofer
- Sources: Motorola FIOS DVR, PS3, Apple TV
- Room: large loft apartment (about 30' x 15' x 12')
My previous setup was an ancient (circa 1998) Denon Dolby 5.1 decoder with a Dayton DTA-100a switching amp, until the Denon flaked out... at which point I was using the RCA variable audio output from my Sony TV, which was a definite downgrade in sound quality from the Denon decoder.
E. SOUND QUALITY
First off, the sound quality is great. It definitely has the Marantz "house" sound - warm and mellow, perhaps to the point of a little murkiness - and out-of-the-box, it sounds a bit muffled and lacking dynamics. With plenty of burn-in, much of this clears up without losing the trademark warmth, and combined with what seems like excellent decoding, the resulting sound is clear and precise while being very easy on the ears. I generally prefer an edgier, more incisive and realistic sound than this - my main hi-fi rig has Merlin TSM-MX speakers which are especially "fast" sounding - but for TV/movie viewing the more laid-back Marantz perspective is likely less fatiguing and better for everyday use. Dialog is clear, present and natural in timbre, while musical scores are appropriately lush and broad, if a tad subdued (again, that Marantz house sound). Steering and mix-down to 2.1 seems excellent as well, and you can always make out the different layers of the soundtrack with ease.
My main sound-quality nit would be that it is a little lacking in dynamics and "edge." Being a low-cost, relatively low-power receiver, it obviously doesn't have the scale, dynamics and sense of ease of higher-end, more powerful separates or receivers. It's not so much that it won't play loud - do not be deceived, this is a VERY clean 50 watts of power that never sounds strained at reasonable levels, and I'd take it over a lower-quality 100 watt receiver any day - but even at lower level volume levels it sounds a little subdued and lacking a little vitality. But for the price I'm certainly not complaining! Though I haven't compared it in my home, I think it is a better-sounding piece than the much more powerful Onkyo TX-NR717 I set up at work.
Being a "purist" audiophile, I was skeptical of the Audyssey MultiEQ calibration system. But I couldn't get the front/sub balance quite right manually, and I was too lazy to pull out test tones and my SPL meter, so I gave it a shot... and I'm impressed! The setup process is quick and painless, and the resulting sound is far better balanced and much more "theater"-like in quality. Though I'm generally allergic to any sort of signal processing for music, for TV/movies the soundtracks are so heavily processed and encoded that it's not as if there is such thing as a "pure" signal anyway. I'm using the following settings:
- MultiEQ: Audyssey
- Dynamic EQ: On
- Dynamic Volume: Light
These settings makes a HUGE improvement low to moderate volume listening - you can hear everything much better while still sounding relatively natural and balanced - which is key in an apartment environment. I thought I would prefer the "Audyssey Flat" EQ setting given my preferences, but the default EQ is indeed more listenable.
As an aside, the headphone output is decent quality and though I haven't used it much, it might come in handy for some late-night Call of Duty sessions...
F. OTHER IMPRESSIONS
I've already ranted way too much, so I'll keep this part quick:
- The HDMI switching works really well - locks onto signals quickly and smoothly, faster than my TV.
- I was hoping HDMI control would let me slave the receiver's power and volume to my TV, but my Sony's HDMI CEC only works with other Sony gear (boo). Nevertheless I programmed my universal remote turn-on sequence and everything works fine.
- The auto-display-off feature is nice for keeping distractions to a minimum while still giving some feedback.
- Build quality is solid, particularly for the price. Yes, the front panel is plastic, but from a distance you can't tell.
- The on-screen display is pretty ghetto (very pixellated, reminds me of 80's console games) but it gets the job done.
- Little usability touches (setting default input, standby HDMI pass-thru, remembering volume settings per input, etc.) make everyday operation convenient and smooth.
- In 3 weeks of constant use it's been rock-solid reliable - not a single hiccup or glitch. I have heard some grumblings about poor Marantz reliability, including from an installer, but no issues so far here.
The NR1403 has met all my requirements, and exceeded my expectations on a few fronts. Sound quality is probably as good as you're going to get for anywhere near the price - by opting out of a few bells and whistles (you're probably better off getting a separate Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast or similar device anyway) you're getting the most quality for the money - and it has the features that really count in everyday use, such as Audyssey EQ and quality HDMI switching. I couldn't be happier for the price I paid - highly recommended!
I use it in my great room connected to a left, right, and center speaker. Using the Audyssey set up system was a snap and it greatly improved the center speaker's performance for dialogue. Sitting 15 ft away I was blasting TV and music at about 25% on the volume control.
Each channel has its own amp which, I believe, is why the center speaking can be boosted for dialogue with cranking up the other speakers. So if you have a hard time hearing dialogue this should help you. Be sure to use use the Audyssey mic and set up.
Then this NR1403 hit Amazon on sale at $299 and I thought "This is the one."
In the course of heavily reviewing CD players last year (2014) I settled upon the fairly pricy Marantz CD6005. I wanted an excellent player (I still listen to most of my music via CD) and one that I would use and keep for many, many years, and the Marantz pressed all the right buttons. But in some ways it only made it possible to hear the flaws of my Denon (listening directly via the headphone jack on the CD6005 was not good for the Denon). While the Denon has served me well, its overall sound quality was thin, especially in bass and mid-range.
Having really spent time reviewing Marantz products I had come to the conclusion I may look at them for replacing the Denon and when the NR1403 hit $100 off I bought it.
So... am I happy camper? Yes; very much. Set up was quick and easy. Even being a slimline product all the ports and such on the back were easy to access; not cramped at all. It has more than enough HDMI inputs, has a separate input for CD (my Denon did not - had to use Aux, which isn't a big deal, but seemed very weird considering it came out when CD players were still common enough) and a very handy subwoofer out (not all Marantz receivers do.. pity). The Audyssey works perfectly, but I can't help but feel it's a little too heavy-handed for my tastes. Fortunately there are Direct and Pure Direct modes which bypass the Audyssey EQ and give a straight signal path from input to speakers.
Comparing the NR1403 to my Denon... the Marantz is a beast. Very weighty, thus indicating a better power section. The sound quality hits the right marks as well: fuller and tighter bass, more present mid-range (present, but not forward) and more articulate highs. But it should sound better as at regular price it is about double what I paid for the Denon.
Bottom line... if you do not have high-power output needs and want or need a smaller form factor for an A/V receiver I cannot recommend too highly this Marantz. It is every bit as good as the CD6005 and I'm happy to now be firmly in the Marantz family.
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