Originally Posted by emporio
tenizk - how you like it? i am thinking about getting NR1603
I love it. In my setup it replaced a Denon 2808CI. Despite, techincally, 2808 is much more capable device (more power, MultEQ XT vs. just MultEQ, the 32 bit processing, etc.), the sound quality hasn't suffered a bit. NR1602 does the job beautifully. I even took time to do a lot of measurements using the REW in order to confirm what my ears didn't hear.
Plus, with the network streaming and IP control it also eliminated the need to have a separate network audio player for stereo (NR1603 plays hi-resolution stereo FLAC, up to 94/24, so for multichannel network streaming I still use Oppo BDP-93) and the need to either run RS232 cable to the receiver from the control room or have IP to RS232 bridge.
I did have a concern about the power - I have a pair of MartinLogan Vista as the fronts and a MartinLogan Matinee as the center. The fronts have impedance dropping to 2 ohms on high frequencies, so they are power hungry. Just in case, I built amplifiers for the fronts (not really "built" but rather put together using the B&O ICEpower 125ASX2 modules), but in reality I only have maybe a couple of recordings that do require that extra power (some bass-heavy Telarc SACDs). As a result, the amplifiers actually have been collecting the dust because NR1602 handles the speakers just fine.
And to make it even more interesting, I ditched the power subwoofer completely since with my setup - NR1602 + MartinLogan Vistas + the right choice of the listening room - apparently I don't need a subwoofer at all. Again, I took time and made sure that it's not just my ears. According to the low frequency room response taken using REW, my current setup is better off without the sub. Despite the receiver is only 50 watts per channel and despite its power supply can deliver only 250 watts overall.
And, finally, on top of all this it's a slim very slick looking device that fits in my setup better that any larger receiver.