I'm totally envious
Originally Posted by themovielover
I have now ordered this beauty
!!! Wish I could get a silver model over here in the USofA. My bedroom setup is totally silver, except for the NR1603. I've thought about buying one from the UK just to get the silver outer case, then switch it to my NorthAmerican model - but that is just craziness/anal-retentiveness at its worst -- need to take my meds. Unfortunately, all the major AV brands dc'd all of their silver model US distributions 2-3+ years ago, even in speaker lines. Only the extremely high-end puts out silver finishes anymore.
Anywhose, as far as I've been able to determine, the only differences between the NR1603 and NR1604 models is a Zone 2 pre-out (the 1603 already had Zone 2 capability via high-level speaker outputs, as continued in the 1604), and an additional HDMI input ??? -- really ?!! -- does a slimline receiver need all these HDMI inputs? Kinda crazy for D&M to release a whole new model just for these isolated features, but everyone is always looking for the newest,
latest, & greatest. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of a Zone 2 preout and could actually use it in my setting, but if there was an actual additionally worthwhile upgrade of - say - more power
(from its predecessor's 50W/ch @ 2-chn driven to 90-100W/ch @ 2-chn driven) or an additional auxiliary/Zone 2 HDMI output
instead of the additional input, I'd make the change in an instant, then sell my 1603 on eBay. But have I ever really exceeded or attempted to overdrive my setup past the 50W rating ? -- absolutely not; as I said, this is just a bedroom setup. Don't know why more always seems better ?!? -- but I'd be taken in every time.
I would hope there are other differences than just the Zone 2 pre-outs (don't really think the additional HDMI input will be used by anyone that buys this unit) with the new 1604, maybe in streaming ability/services or something? I still don't think that even the new 1604 can be used with a wireless dongle in its RJ-45 network input to make it connected completely wirelessly. I try to never go wireless (with my home network fixed components), but I think there would be others that would really like this feature. All that being said, I really like my 1603 for being a great, quite versatile and eloquently sleek, low-profile bedroom setup. I don't think that most could go too-far wrong in getting the new 1604.
- da Choge