Home Theater Systems Marantz NR1403 Slim Line 5.1-Channel AV Receiver

Marantz NR1403 SlimlineThe Home Theater Systems Marantz NR1403 Slim Line 5.1-Channel AV Receiver is a beautiful looking piece of audio equipment that comes with some impressive features. The HDMI outlets give you scope to attach other devices, and the amplifier helps to deliver the sound quality you need. That is perhaps one of the better home theater systems, ideal for anyone who doesn’t mind spending a bit of extra cash to enjoy a higher quality of sound.


AudysseyMultEQ is a feature that’s unique to this particular receiver. It works to ensure that you always have the best balance and most transparent sound possible. This feature works because it is one of the only home theater systems to come with some discrete power amplifiers for every single audio channel. That means that no matter what the source of the sound is, you can be sure that you can enjoy optimum listening.

The 1403 utilizes five discrete power amplifiers for each of its five channels. Each channel of the Marantz NR 1403 is rated at about 50 watts per channel, which doesn’t sound like much, but for most small to mid-sized home theaters, it should provide enough oomph. For calibration, the 1403 makes use of Audyssey’s MultEQ calibration software. Calibrating the Marantz 1403 is simple; once you plug the included microphone into the front jack, the 1403 automatically sets itself to calibration mode. It then sends a series of test tones to your speakers and subwoofer. Once the Marantz 1403 digests the test results, you then move the microphone to another location, and the process begins again. It’s recommended that you measure at least six different locations in your listening area for the best results. Based on the measurements, the Marantz NR 1403 then calibrates itself accordingly.

Surround SoundMarantz av receiver review

If you’ve never experienced surround sound before, you’re missing out. Surround sound can add a special touch to your audio experience, and it can work with wireless speakers to ensure you benefit from being able to hear audio from around the room. Hear bullets fly past your ear, listen to animals roaring behind you, and experience a better quality of sound every time you turn this home theater system on.

Ideal for your family room and just about any room in your home, you can enjoy listening to sound through many different speakers. The 5.1 channel receiver will allow you to experience something new, and make sure that listening to music and watching television is never dull.

Marantz NR1403 Rear view of recieverHDMI Inputs

This Marantz AV receiver comes with six HDMI inputs. This number of inputs means you can easily connect a lot of audio as well as video from a wide variety of different sources. Now you don’t have to watch television or listen to internet radio as there are more options available to you. The good news is that you can find the input at the front of the AV receiver, making it so much easier to use. Whereas some home theater systems have them at the back, you can be sure that you will find it easy to connect a wide variety of devices so you can listen to more music, and even watch more programs and videos if you wish.

Connect to your DVD player, your camcorder, and your tablet. Don’t listen to music through your computer speakers, to enjoy a better quality of sound link your Marantz receiver up to your tablet, your television, and even your Blu-ray.

Like you would expect from any modern AV receiver, the 1403 supports most HD audio formats, including DTS HD Master Audio, HD High Resolution, Neo:6, 96/24, Dolby TrueHD, Digital, Digital Plus, and Pro Logic II. The Marantz NR 1403 also offers 3D pass-through; however, it does not offer 4K pass through. And being that 4K has yet to go mainstream, the lack of 4K support is forgivable. The user interface of the Marantz 1403 is functional if not stylish. It’s not as pretty as the one on Sony’s STRDN 1040 receiver, but it gets the job done. Like many AV receivers, it utilizes a simple text-based interface.

Easy to Set UpMarantz NR1403 controls

Another great feature of this AV receiver is that it’s easy to set up. There are no complicated instructions, and you’re not left guessing. That is all thanks to the setup screen that will guide you through the entire process. The installation is straightforward to follow, and with the help of the remote control, you should be up and running in just about no time at all. Please make sure that you have placed your speakers in the best position possible, as this will allow you to receive the highest quality of sound possible.

Marantz for Quality

Marantz is not as well-known as companies like JVC and other producers of audio equipment, but this does not stop them from delivering high-quality products. This particular system is a little more expensive than some, but that’s because it gives you brighter and crisper sounds, so you no longer have to put up with distortion.

MarantzSophisticated Finish

This model comes with a particularly sophisticated finish that almost represents the quality of the audio. Although it’s not big and bulky like some AV receivers, it still has enough power to give you precisely what you’re looking for. The easy to read display makes selecting different audio options easy, and the buttons beneath it further help you to get what you need.

Lastly, it should be noted that Marantz offers a 3-year warranty on the 1403. While most home theater receiver manufacturers only provide a two year or 1-year warranty, the 3-year warranty from Marantz is one of the best in the industry.

Customer Negatives
Fortunately, most customers have had very few negative experiences with the 1403. Of the few negatives that have popped up is the lack of customization options for the receiver. The Marantz NR 1403 is a basic receiver and us such has minimal options available for customizing. A few hardware failures were also experienced, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Customer Positives
Most of the customer feedback regarding the Marantz 1403 is overwhelmingly positive. The sound quality received high praise from most. Even though it’s only rated at about 50 watts per channel, most felt it had ample power. The fact that it has a small profile was a big plus for most since it offers a lot of flexibility with placement options. Unlike some AV receivers, the 1403 also runs very cool as noted by some customers.

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