Pros / It has AirPlay and DLNA, so you can easily send audio to it over Wi-Fi from any Apple or Android device.
Cons / The amplifier is weak.
Verdict / The Marantz NR1506 isn't loaded with ports or features, but it is a solidly built basic receiver.
The Marantz NR1506 is a 5.2-channel AV receiver with 60 watts of power per channel when using 8-ohm speakers, which is pretty weak for an amp around $500. However, this receiver comes with six HDMI inputs, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay and a variety of legacy inputs, so the connectivity is excellent. It’s also one of the few receivers in our review that has two subwoofer pre-outs. If you love shaking your house off its foundation, then the NR1506 is one of the best AV receivers for you.
The biggest weakness of this surround sound receiver is the amplifier. It only outputs 60 watts per channel to a 6-ohm speaker and 50 watts to an 8-ohm speaker. While this is plenty of power to provide an excellent surround sound experience for a small or midsized room, it lacks the power to be the hub of a home theater. Most receivers in this price range are significantly more powerful.
In addition, the NR1506 only has five channels for your surround sound. While this isn’t that big of an issue right now, because most Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD formats are mixed to a 5.1 audio format, most receivers at this price point have seven channels, and more movies are being formatted for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, which feature two additional overhead channels. However, this receiver has pre-outs for two subwoofers, which is rare. So if bass is your thing, then this is your best bet for a home theater receiver.
The NR1506 is compatible with AirPlay and DLNA – wireless protocols for audio and other data transmissions for Apple and Android devices. It also has Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth, so there’s no shortage of wireless options.
Another strength of this receiver is its wide variety of ports. It has six HDMI inputs, so you can run six input devices into the receiver and then use the receiver's HDMI output to send video to your HDTV. This prevents you from having to switch inputs on your television.
At only 4 inches high, this is one of the slimmest receivers we reviewed, so it'll fit in a small space in an entertainment center. Most receivers are about 6 inches tall, so this can make a significant difference if you need an especially small receiver.
This home theater receiver also has a USB port in front that you can use to charge your smartphone or tablet. You can download an iPhone or Android app to control the settings on the receiver.
Marantz offers a three-year warranty on this receiver, which is well above the industry average. It offers phone, email and live chat support options. Overall, it has the best customer service team of any brand we reviewed.
- Rated Output for 8-ohm Speakers
- Rated Output for 6-ohm Speaker
The Marantz NR1506 is an average AV receiver with only five channels of audio and a weak amplifier compared to other receivers in this price range. However, the slim design and the many connectivity options, both wireless and legacy ports, are an excellent touch, and if you prefer bass, the two subwoofer pre-outs make this a good option for rattling your neighbor’s windows.