MARANTZ NR1200 Stereo Receiver Review. A HOME THEATER with 2 SPEAKERS!

MARANTZ NR1200 Stereo Receiver Review. A HOME THEATER with 2 SPEAKERS!

MARANTZ NR1200 Stereo Receiver Review. A HOME THEATER with 2 SPEAKERS!
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Marantz is well known for their stereo and home theater components. With the debut of the NR1200 slim line stereo receiver, Marantz looks to bridge the two worlds of hi-fi and home cinema. But is it any good?


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  1. sleelakrishnan on December 24, 2020 at 12:07 am

    Thank You Sir 🙏 🙏 🙏

  2. David Rojas on December 24, 2020 at 12:10 am

    Andrew, have you come across anything similar to this product currently in the market? This feels like a unique product.

  3. Richard Rodis on December 24, 2020 at 12:10 am

    How does it perform for watching movies?

  4. Mike Hdez on December 24, 2020 at 12:12 am

    Hi, what do you think of pairing the NR1200 with the B&W 603, would like to buy it but I can’t hear it before

  5. Richard Lapham on December 24, 2020 at 12:15 am

    I just ordered this and matching them up to cerwin Vega sl15. My first system in 15 years. Can’t wait.

  6. S3 Archery on December 24, 2020 at 12:15 am

    Andrew – thinking of picking up some B&W 805 D3 speakers, and the dealers push me towards the Rotel 1592, but it retails for $2,500. I love the idea of getting the HEOS capability for streaming music, and feel like I could upgrade to an EMOTIVA Bass X-300 if I need more power, and still be WELL under the cost of the Rotel. The dealer said it would sound horrible but didn’t have one to demo. What are your thoughts on the Marantz NR1200 for a 2-channel audio setup with the 805s? Would it work great, or should I stick with the recommendation and stick to Rotel? Thanks!

  7. David Jamison on December 24, 2020 at 12:16 am

    Question. Because the NR1200 has 4K HDMI connections (with having to ‘reduce’ surround to 2 channel), does this receiver has to have licensing in order to have these? I was told that the full blown home theater receivers have to have licensing to use the surround modes and visual modes, connections, etc.

  8. jjnewbold on December 24, 2020 at 12:17 am

    Do you have a recommendation for, I guess, a 3.1 system receiver? I plan on getting a center, two towers, and a sub. I want great sound for 4k movies but I don’t want to overpay for tons of features and channels I won’t use. Thanks!

  9. Iain Beddoes on December 24, 2020 at 12:18 am

    I bought the nr1609 so I could have best of both I use the pre outs to my musical fidelity m6si for 2 channel listening. But going 5.1 for the movie side of things

  10. Max Rider on December 24, 2020 at 12:18 am

    Is it better then Marantz pm6006?

  11. Robert Drake on December 24, 2020 at 12:22 am

    what most of us decided near the end of the 70s what that we didn’t need Quad, since we only have two ears. Never been impressed with multi-channel systems since.

  12. Don Matejek on December 24, 2020 at 12:23 am

    Andrew.. I went to Best Buy for an audio system, and ended up with a Sony A/V…STR-DH790. Did I get screwed?

  13. Danilo D'Aponte on December 24, 2020 at 12:24 am

    So if I had to soften up the character of a Cambridge Audio TT Alva turntable this would work best than Denon DRA-800H?

  14. Mr Dice on December 24, 2020 at 12:24 am

    I just purchased the NR1200 and an Emotiva A-300. Unfortunately the NR1200 has NO 12 Trigger out on the back? How do I turn the Emotiva on when the Emotiva doesn’t have auto sense either? The NR1200 has two sets of pre outs yet no 12 volt trigger out. I am wondering if I can use a cord to go from the RCA Remote Out on the NR1200 to the 12 volt trigger in on the Emotiva? Any suggestions ? Thanks

  15. Andrew Robinson on December 24, 2020 at 12:24 am

    ★ *CORRECTION: I mistakenly wrote bi-amp, it should read, bi-wire. You can use the 2nd zone to bi-wire a single pair of loudspeakers via the NR1200.*

  16. Kuldeep Singh on December 24, 2020 at 12:26 am

    Hi Andrew i just wanna know if this amp is builtin bluetooth headfone amp, i just wanna buy this first i wanna know this , That can i connect my bose qc 35 to this amp via bluetooth thanks for…

  17. Rion Lane on December 24, 2020 at 12:26 am

    Can I use this first then send the signal to my amp then to my speakers?

  18. Thomas on December 24, 2020 at 12:28 am

    I’m interested! Do you think I could add a project tube box ds2 preamp with a Technics sl 1800 mk2

  19. Robert Drake on December 24, 2020 at 12:28 am

    Three speakers for me, thank you.

  20. Nicholas Arguijo on December 24, 2020 at 12:29 am

    Very interested. In the same boat myself, I’m more of a 2.1 guy but I love big sound. Think this will pair well with a pair of Klipsch r820fs and a 400w 12” powered sub?

  21. ToxicWastoid on December 24, 2020 at 12:30 am

    Hmmm, very interesting. A stereo HT receiver; I didn’t know they existed. Two months ago I collapsed my system from 5.1 to 2.0 and upgraded all of my gear, including the speakers and cables. Life is much simpler now. All of the money went into those two channels…sweet. But this receiver shows that what I did seems to be a wider trend. Thanks for the review.

  22. Rick B on December 24, 2020 at 12:31 am

    great reviews.. does this have a mode to equalize the sound levels for TV watching?

  23. K on December 24, 2020 at 12:31 am

    After being in the hobby for about 17 years, i’ve gone from Sony AVRS to Yamaha to Denon to Onkyo and then finally discovered the ultimate in Marantz AVRS (although i’m told Integra is equally awesome). So I love your receiver choice, but hate you’ve had to cut back. I sincerely hope things turn around for you so you can get back into real hometheater.

  24. Dennis Francisco on December 24, 2020 at 12:32 am

    Hi Andrew. I have a question for you. Will this be a good match if not perfect to drive KEF LS50s? Im looking at putting together a system. Please advice.

  25. filipcza on December 24, 2020 at 12:33 am

    So does this decode multichannel audio to 2.1?
    If it does then it’s what I’ve been looking for.
    I Don’t need 5.1 or above, for me it’s just waste of money and space to fill the room with speakers. I just want great sounding left and right speakers which produce good enough pfantom center and a sub which handles LFE track. That will give enough home theater experience for the price for my taste.

  26. Pedro Bandeira on December 24, 2020 at 12:33 am

    Hi Andrew, first thank you for another very informative work and I do very much appreciate your deconstructing approach to many audiophile fundamentalism quirks.
    I am thinking of going to a system composed of the Marantz NR1200 and Focal Chora 826. My focus is most definitely on music rather than movies and I was wondering if you could give me some insight on the sonic character match for these.
    This system will be pushing the edge of what I can afford, but at the same time I feel the speakers will allow me to get real value at a later point when possibly adding a power amp. This is going into a 47m2 room.
    Thank you so much and keep up the great work!

  27. kissed61 on December 24, 2020 at 12:35 am

    I need an amp that can drive 4ohm 91db tower speakers

  28. chapulin on December 24, 2020 at 12:35 am

    Hi Andrew! Thanks for this and get well.
    Would you recommend the Marantz for Elac Debut 6.2?

  29. Andrew Cragg on December 24, 2020 at 12:35 am

    I feel ya in the screen dept. Other than that great review definitely gonna invest, maybe with some q acoustics 3020i, what do you think will they be bright enough?

  30. R. Delgado on December 24, 2020 at 12:38 am

    Absolutely fantastic review!

  31. Pras on December 24, 2020 at 12:38 am

    Great review and great looking unit. Though I wish Marantz included trigger outputs as standard on their slimline receivers. Currently only included on the NR16xx/17xx series. It’s nice to have your external power amps power on/off automatically with the rest of the system.

  32. rabb1t 0x21 on December 24, 2020 at 12:41 am

    I own an NR1200 and disagree about the "click" when powering on or off the unit. I like it very much, the loud click gives it a sort of tactile charm that I find satisfying. To each their own!

  33. FilipV on December 24, 2020 at 12:41 am

    What do u think marantz nr1200 or yamaha rn 602 ?

  34. Mohan Vamsi on December 24, 2020 at 12:44 am

    0:03 its corona virus

  35. nivasyl strongman on December 24, 2020 at 12:45 am

    don’t tell me, show me how the receiver works. worthless review.

  36. Trevor Braden on December 24, 2020 at 12:45 am

    So I’m just looking for a stereo receiver that I can run my Marantz MM 7025 2 channel power amp through….. is this the only option….. can’t seem to find a lot of options…… I’m running 4 speakers…… I want to run the klipsch 280 f through the amp and I have 2 bose 901…… what are the other options…… I like this receiver just not sure if there where better options

  37. Henri de Roode on December 24, 2020 at 12:47 am

    Can anybody tell me what the startup to,e for the nr1200 is out off standby mode?

  38. D Y on December 24, 2020 at 12:48 am

    I love that expression of punch on the chest to describe the dynamics:)…. Anybody has experience Marantz NR 1200 and Rega Breo…If I compare this with Rega Brio…how are the music quality and dynamics? Is there a huge difference or similarity?

  39. Abraham Villegas on December 24, 2020 at 12:49 am

    I wish you can review the Denon DRA-800H

  40. Jayesh Rathore on December 24, 2020 at 12:50 am

    cold or flu is not a thing in 2020 to take for granted

  41. Danilo D'Aponte on December 24, 2020 at 12:50 am

    Who has the best DAC this or Denon DRA-800H

  42. Shazad Irani on December 24, 2020 at 12:50 am

    Hey Andrew thanks for another precise review.
    I do have a question that’s troubling me though,
    Is there any chance I can hook this thing up to a preamplifier and use it purely as a streamer ?
    Thanks in advance.

  43. Double Blind Test on December 24, 2020 at 12:51 am

    How does it compare in terms of sound with your vintage pioneer receiver?

  44. Cory Fehrenbacher on December 24, 2020 at 12:56 am

    Hi Andrew,

    Been enjoying all the reviews.

    I have the wharfdale denton’s and was considering this for my amp. Would that be too much sugar on top of the sugar? Also my tt is the Denon dp400 with the Ortofon blue. Thanks!

  45. tom faro on December 24, 2020 at 12:56 am

    What you think about the Yamaha as801 integrated amp

  46. Ryan Baker on December 24, 2020 at 12:58 am

    Are there really any alternatives in the strictly stereo space, that will have HDMI inputs? I would love something with more power. I have B&W 703 Series 1 speakers that I love, but 75 watts is a little low for them. I have no interest in surround sound now or ever. It seems like this is a severely under exploited market segment, or I am just very weird.

  47. Scott Richardson on December 24, 2020 at 1:00 am

    I have been running the NR1200 for about 6 months now and am super happy with it. Up until a week ago I was temporarily using it to power two Power Sound Audio MTM210 speakers and a huge dual 18" Power Sound Audio Sub which had been borrowed from my home theatre for a while. It sounded great. However I moved those speakers back to the theatre when my brand new Bowers & Wilkins 603 S2 anniversary editions arrived this week and I couldn’t be happier honestly. Even though the B&W’s are a full 10dB less efficient, the 75watts per channel from the NR1200 still seems to be more than enough to drive them with plenty of grunt. The NR1200 has done exactly what it was designed for – a living room hybrid music and TV/Movies controller. Music in our living room is via an AppleTV, with the TV running. We didn’t want to overload the living room with subs and 5+ speakers. We wanted a room that looked beautiful and sounded great, while allowing the family to utilise the TV for shows, movies and gaming. The NR1200 controls it all with aplomb. Highly recommended.

    PS – as for the ‘coloured’ sound Andrew speaks of. It’s certainly got that ‘Marantz’ smoothness to it, in a similar way to how my Marantz 8805 process does in the theatre. But I wouldn’t say it’s over pronounced. I believe this is the tonal character people refer to when they say ‘Marantz is better for music than Yamaha’ – there’s just a slight smoothness, airiness and weight to the sound that every so gently removes any potential harshness that could lead to fatigue. I’m not sure whether Marantz actively use DSP to notch certain frequencies, or whether it’s purely a side-affect of the components they use – either way it sounds nice to the ear.

  48. vidiansodality on December 24, 2020 at 1:01 am

    Hi Andrew. Thanks for this review. I’m also a 2 channel music and home theater person and I wanted to get a good 2 channel receiver that did video. I’m curious if you thought this Marantz would stack up well against the 2 channel Arcam SR250 (considerably more expensive at around $2500 these days) or the Integra DTM 7. Assuming you have tried them. Oh, my speakers are Mirage OM7 floor standing omnidirectional speakers with a slightly warm sound. Thanks again for this review.

  49. habu7 on December 24, 2020 at 1:03 am

    I managed to buy a Marantz NR1200 for £400 in pristine state. I am extremely happy with it. Setup is a doddle, I bought it from a Polish guy so had to change language first 🙂 Luckliy the setup menu is self-explanatory and really easy to follow. It looks like crap and I have seen many lamenting it but it’s a setup menu, hopefully to be used once rarely to be seen again so what’s the use of having it in 4K?

    Sound quality is mint, streaming Amazon Music HD through the HEOS app works a treat and 24/192 tracks are awesome, I hear details I have never heard before. I play on Pure Direct and I have bi-wired my Wharfedale Pacific EVO 30’s via the A+B speaker terminals, excellent feature! I have a subwoofer for movies and there is no need for it when listening to music. Open soundstage, all the frequencies are addressed perfectly and after my old Yamaha 7.1 receiver the step up in sound quality is a sheer pleasure. I have seen comments about the lack of bass extension and it sounding ‘tinny’. When I play James Blake’s ‘Limit to your Love’ there’s nothing tinny about it, a sheer wall of bass fills the room (again, no subwoofer, just Pure Direct). If you can’t get bass from this unit I don’t know what the problem is but it’s not the NR1200 imho.

    The HEOS app is spartan. I can access Amazon Music HD but I can’t see my own personal playlists. So I decided if I want to play them I would use the Bluetooth function. Bluetooth connection is good but what I find puzzling is that the NR1200 uses the SBC codec instead of aptX which I find weird in a device such as this. So I use my phone which uses aptX and the Amazon Music app to stream to my Tibo Bond 3 streamer (which I thought I could get rid off because the NR1200 has bluetooth) which uses aptX as well connected with an optical cable assigned to the AUX input. So if I want to listen to single albums in the highest quality possible I use HEOS, if I want to listen to my playlists I use Bluetooth. Bit of a niggle but it doesn’t dampen my love for this device.

    I listen to music way more than I watch movies but it’s nice to have all the connectivity via this amp. I have a BluRay player and a Chromecast connected via HDMI so I can use the TV as a monitor. The sound in video is excellent, had to get used to not hearing the bullets fly all over the place in The Matrix but what I lose in the multi-channel department is far outweighed by the gains in my music enjoyment.

    It has all the connectivity I had in my Yamaha but with far superior stereo sound and I am very happy with it.

  50. Jacques on December 24, 2020 at 1:03 am

    Andrew, any opinions on the Marantz pm7000n compared to this bad boy?