When Marantz debuted its slim-line NR receivers way back in 2009, it was reasonable to assume they’d spark a revolution. Why did receivers need to be huge anyway?
That change didn’t quite come, and most receivers are still big and chunky. This year Onkyo and Pioneer did attempt their own slimline units, but neither is as well-built or as powerful as the NR1508 reviewed here.
Marantz is still the original and best, and while little has changed in terms of power or performance, the NR1508 is the most feature-filled example yet. Alongside 4K HDR support on the HDMI ports, it’s also one of the first receivers to include Denon’s HEOS multi-room music system.
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