Originally Posted by Noobio2
Problem is, I went about this all wrong, and bought the TV stand before anything else, and now I am really space-limited. The 1403 or 1603 will save my butt because it will slide right into one of the small spaces I've got left. Most of the big standard-sized receivers will not.
I had the exact same issue as you
. I recently moved to a new townhouse, and bought a simple TV stand from Ikea with the intention of going with a soundbar setup, since my family room was very small. After much reading, I convinced myself that a soundbar wouldn't cut it and I had to go with an AV receiver and 5.1 speaker setup. The TV stand left me with just over 4" of clearance, the NR1603 was my only choice. Having previous experience with a Denon 3808, I knew Marantz can be considered as an upscale Denon, so I wasn't compromising too much with this receiver. It's a very simple unit compared to my 3808, but it does everything I need it to.. whereas, I used maybe 40-50% of the functions on the 3808. 50 watts per channel is plenty. I'll turn it up to reference volume (0dB) without clipping. Clean, clear sound. I honestly have no complaints, not even minor issues.
In your situation, one thing you should be aware of is cooling. My TV stand just
clears the receiver with less than an inch to spare. I installed a USB-powered fan to help circulate the air above the receiver. The fan is connected to the TV's USB port, so when I power on the TV, the fan turns on at the same time. It stays quite cool with the fan, and it barely warms up the TV stand. Cooling is a serious consideration and you should plan accordingly, heat is one of the biggest sources of receiver failure/damage.Edited by zone555 - 1/10/13 at 9:24am