PROS / It has AirPlay and DLNA, so you can easily send audio to it over Wi-Fi from any Apple or Android device.
CONS / This receiver won't pass through 4K video.
VERDICT / The Marantz NR1504 isn't loaded with ports or features, but it is a solidly built basic receiver.
The Marantz NR1504 is a five-channel AV receiver with 50 watts of power. It has wireless connections and a variety of ports, though it lacks native Bluetooth and 4K capabilities. It powers up to five speakers and one subwoofer, and it can decode Dolby or DTS formats to play surround sound from a DVD, Blu-ray or streaming media service.
One of the best features of this AV receiver is that it's compatible with AirPlay. AirPlay is Apple's wireless protocol for audio transmission. It allows you to wirelessly play audio over your surround sound system from any Apple device. The NR1504 also supports DLNA, which is Android's AirPlay equivalent. DLNA and AirPlay allow you to select a song on your phone and it will play wirelessly over your surround sound system.
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, 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 on the front of the unit 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.
The biggest weakness of this receiver is its lack of ability to pass through 4K video. This means that you won't be able to send 4k video from your input device through the receiver to your 4k television.
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 that we reviewed.
The Marantz NR1504 is a well-designed AV receiver. It doesn't have native Bluetooth or seven-channel capabilities, but it's a good basic receiver with wireless capabilities and a smartphone app.