Marantz brings Heos and Alexa support to slimline NR1609 and NR1509 AV receivers

posted on Wednesday, 23rd May 2018 by Steve May

Dolby Atmos  Amazon Alexa  home cinema  Smart home 

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Marantz has announced the latest iterations of its NR slimline AV receiver line, the Dolby Atmos enabled NR1609 and 5.1 NR1509. Both add Heos integration to wireless and Bluetooth streaming. Also new is Amazon Alexa support, which allows users to ask Alexa to play, pause or stop music, switch inputs, and turn up the volume.

The range-topping NR1609 is a seven channel Dolby Atmos design, rated at 50W per channel (into 8-ohm). The receiver boasts eight HDMI inputs, all of which support HDCP 2.2 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, as well as Dolby Vision, HLG and HDR10. It also plays high-resolution files, with support for FLAC, AIFF and WAV up to 24-bit/192-kHz and DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz.

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The NR1509 is a conventional 5.1 model, with just six HDMI inputs. Both use Audyssey room calibration, actually Audyssey MultEQ, as well as a Phono input for turntables.

Custom install support includes IP control, Control 4 SDDP, Web UI, Works with Domotz Pro and Ihiji Invision for remote room monitoring and management.

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“Marantz has a legacy of providing absolute top-notch audio solutions for consumers who value sound quality, visual clarity, ease-of-use and beauty above all else,” says Emmanuel Millot, global brand director at Marantz. “The latest slimline network receivers continue to embody this tradition of excellence. Putting audio and video quality first, both receivers are packed with power and the latest video technologies. We’ve also added HEOS for multiroom wireless chops and Amazon Alexa support to easily control content with your voice.”

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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