Before I start my Marantz NR1200 review, I’d like to remind you that a brand had an identical SR5023 model that was highly well-received by many people but had already been discontinued. And so, Marantz has released another stereo receiver. The design became more slim and included more controls on the front panel. Add the decade evolution of the technology applied, and we have the improved version – the Marantz NR1200 stereo AV receiver. If you are looking for a full-featured device that is reliable and durable, then this model can be a great choice. I’m sure you’re already curious, so let’s take a look at this model in more detail.
Features and specs
Let’s start with the basics of NR1200 specifications. The unit provides 75 Watts per channel (8 Ohm, 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 0.08% THD), being robust enough for a wide variety of available speakers today. There are also preamp outputs as well as subwoofer outputs, so you can add an outboard amplifier for more power or, in case you want to adjust the sound flavor.
And now, I’ll talk about what no one expects from a stereo receiver. There are all the network features and all the inputs you need to listen to your favorite music, no matter the source. It has 5 HDMI inputs, each supporting 4K HDCP 2.3, and one HDMI output with ARC to support a single cable connection to the TV. HDR is included, supporting HLG and HDR10 passthrough. Vinyl lovers can listen to their favorite records with the built-in phono input.
This 2.1 receiver decodes ALAC, FLAC, and WAV files with lossless compression up to 24-bit/192-kHz – plus DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks. All of these files are played seamlessly, without any interruptions. High-resolution formats can also be played via a USB flash drive or a hard drive that’s attached to the front panel’s USB-A connector. But note if you’re not aware that this model doesn’t support Dolby or DTS surround sound formats.
NR1200 features built-in Wi-Fi with ranges of 2.4GHz/5GHz. Of course, you can stream music from your favorite services: Spotify, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Deezer, and more via Bluetooth 4.1, AirPlay 2, or the built-in HEOS app. But let me warn you, Bluetooth controller only works with the SBC and AAC codecs(which, by the way, is important for real-time audio applications like video conferencing and online gaming). But still, I think it isn’t the optimal choice for getting the finest streaming quality. Additionally, if you want to control the unit via Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri, you may do it.
- Channels: 2.2.
- Power output: 75W/8 Ohm, 100W/6 Ohm.
- HDMI inputs/outputs: 5/1.
- Video functions: 4K/60Hz pass-through.
- Bluetooth/Wi-Fi: yes/yes.
- Streaming services: AirPlay2, TuneIn, Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, Amazon Music HD, TIDAL, Deezer, iHeart Radio, Napster, SoundCloud, Mood Mix.
- Supports: HDMI ARC, HDMI CEC, HDCP2.3, HDR10, HLG.
- Surround sound: has not.
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