The UK's most influential audio-visual monthly, Home Cinema Choice boasts high praise for the NR1602, both in terms of aesthetics and functionalitly.
In a break from the traditional hefty AVR form, Marantz have created a new slimline component with "a good deal more va-va-voom than its peers." This review also acknowledges that there is more to the NR1602 than downsizing . With the incorportaion of network streaming, internet rdaio and AirPlay "if you were to reboot the home theatre market tomorrow, the NR1602 would be the benchmark."
The article may be summed up "In the maelstrom of mass market AV receivers, it's a slimline oasis of style and substance. Indeed when it comes to networked theatre, it has few peers at the price." With comments like this it is easy to see why the NR1602 receives an incredible 5/5 for overall performance.