Are you receiving?

Home Cinema Choice|March 2020

Are you receiving?
Fancy the functionality of an AV receiver but don’t want surround channels? Ed Selley thinks Marantz might have what you need
Ed Selley

AT FIRST GLANCE, the Marantz NR1200 looks like another member of the company’s successful range of slim-line AV receivers, and shares the exact same dimensions. It has a few extra knobs spread along its front panel, but half close your eyes and you might think it was the seven-channel NR1710 [see HCC #306].

Those knobs (Treble, Bass and Balance controls) give a clue that all is not quite as it seems; the NR1200 is, in fact, a stereo product. But it still might interest film fans.

Covering off the base specs that integrated stereo amp owners will expect, the NR1200 offers 75W per channel, a selection of analogue phono and digital (coaxial and optical) inputs, and a moving magnet phono stage. As befits a receiver, there’s a DAB/FM radio section, too.

Yet there are three aspects of the specification that are rather more noteworthy. The first is that the NR1200 can be connected to a network and use Sound United's HEOS platform to play material from network drives or streaming services. The second is that it has two dedicated subwoofer outputs, with an adjustable crossover that should make using a sub/sat system – or simply bolstering your existing speakers – rather easy.

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March 2020