If you're concerned about the size of most modern home cinema receivers, then Marantz might just have the product for you with its upcoming pair of style-conscious AVRs. Promising a combination of slim design and uncompromising performance, the models take the form of the 5.1-channel NR1402 and its 7.1-channel big brother, the NR1602 .
Those of you looking for an entry-level 5.1-channel AVR, albeit one that doesn't skimp on performance or quality, will undoubtedly take a shine to the NR1402 (top). Arriving in June, this 5.1-channel AVR has been designed for users who don't have any need for network or USB features. Priced around £350, the NR1402 promises 250W of discrete power and comes with onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoders, four HDMI 1.4 inputs (with 3D pass-through), Audyssey MutEQ, Dynamic Volume, Dynamic EQ, mulitilingual OSD and Setup Wizard.
Arriving a month later in July, the 7.1-channel NR1602 (above), builds on last year's NR1601, and promises 'room-filling, high-quality sound' thanks to 350W of discrete amplification. In addition to the features offered by its baby brother, this slimline powerhouse also offers up four HDMI 1.4 inputs (all supporting 3D pass-through and Audio Return Channel), an onboard Ethernet port for audio streaming from home networks or subscription-based web services, Internet radio and AirPlay functionality, iPod/iPhone playback via the front USB input, and it can even be controlled by from any Apple iDevice via the free Marantz Wizz App. The NR1602 will set you back about £530.