The Marantz NR1602 gets everything right except that control. It’s a friendly-size smart receiver which supports 3D (by passing the video straight through), it has plenty of power for up to seven speakers in a medium-sized room, its audio circuits sound great. It has internet radio, Last.FM, normal FM, it can stream your music from PC and NAS drive (even a Mac with Twonky), it plays direct from your iPod. And the price is great; it just needs a more ergonomic remote control and touchscreen app to make life even easier.
Jez Ford

Marantz NR1602
AV receiver
Price: $999

A wealth of digital sources
Seven good amp channels
Great price

Needs improved control   

Amps: 7 x 50W (8 ohm, 20-20kHz, 0.08% 2-channel driven)
Radio: AM, FM, internet radio (vTuner), Last.FM
Inputs: 4 x HDMI 1.4a, 2 x component video, 3 x composite video, 3 RCA stereo audio, 1 optical digital, 1 coaxial digital, Ethernet, FM/AM antenna in, USB (front), M-Xport (for RX101 dock, remote
Outputs: 1 x HDMI, 1 component video, 1 composite video, headphone (front), subwoofer out, stereo pre outs, remote out

Dimensions: 440 x 367 x 105mm
Weight: 8.3kg
Warranty: Three years