How to Play Music on a Marantz NR1608 AV Receiver

Introduction

The Marantz NR1608 is a thrilling high-quality AV receiver occupying minimal space. High current discrete power amplifiers on all 7 channels deliver astonishing power and clarity.
Marantz NR1608 AV receiver.

This guide will walk you though the following:

  • How to connect, and stream audio over Bluetooth
  • Streaming audio with your Smart TV
  • Stream audio with HEOS or internet based radio
  • Play audio from connected USB media

1 Input and Navigation

All playback options involve setting the receiver to the correct input, navigating the TV screen if needed, and playing media appropriately for that medium.

To select the input source from the AV receiver itself

  1. Turn the dial Left and Right to select the input.
    Input Selector
  2. The Display will show the currently selected input.
    Input Display

To select the input source using the remote control

  1. Press the Labeled buttons.
    NR1608 Remote Input Buttons
  2. Common navigation controls for your AV receiver:
    Function Buttons
    1. Info - Displays the status information on the TV screen
    2. Option - Displays the option menu on the TV screen
    3. Arrows ▲/▼/►/◄ - Move the focus in the menu screen
    4. Enter - Selects the focused menu / item
    5. Back- Returns to the previous screen
    6. Setup - Displays setup menu screen

To select the input source on your Television

  • Depending on what device you are electing to use with your AV receiver and how your equipment is connected, you may also need to adjust your Television's input settings as well. To adjust your television's input:
    1. Ensure the TV is powered on (1).
    2. Depending on your TV remote's button layout, press the button labeled AV, Input, or Source (2) on the remote to display the input selection menu.
      Television remote control with labeled buttons. Diagram.
    3. Use the Up and Down arrow buttons to highlight the desired input, then press the OK button to select said input.
      Television input menu. Diagram.
    4. This process can be repeated at any time to switch to a different video input on your television. For example, switching from watching Cable television to a DVD player and then back again.

The images above are only a general guide on changing your television's input settings. Your television remote's button layout will vary depending on the manufacturer and model television being used.

? How do you want to play music?

  1. Play from External Device
  2. Listen to Radio
  3. Listen to Internet Radio
  4. Play from USB Device
  5. Play from Network Device
  6. Play over AirPlay
  7. Play music to or from a Bluetooth device

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The Marantz NR1608 is a thrilling high-quality AV receiver occupying minimal space. High current discrete power amplifiers on all 7 channels deliver astonishing power and clarity.
Marantz NR1608 AV receiver.

This guide will walk you though the following:

  • How to connect, and stream audio over Bluetooth
  • Streaming audio with your Smart TV
  • Stream audio with HEOS or internet based radio
  • Play audio from connected USB media
All playback options involve setting the receiver to the correct input, navigating the TV screen if needed, and playing media appropriately for that medium.

To select the input source from the AV receiver itself

  1. Turn the dial Left and Right to select the input.
    Input Selector
  2. The Display will show the currently selected input.
    Input Display

To select the input source using the remote control

  1. Press the Labeled buttons.
    NR1608 Remote Input Buttons
  2. Common navigation controls for your AV receiver:
    Function Buttons
    1. Info - Displays the status information on the TV screen
    2. Option - Displays the option menu on the TV screen
    3. Arrows ▲/▼/►/◄ - Move the focus in the menu screen
    4. Enter - Selects the focused menu / item
    5. Back- Returns to the previous screen
    6. Setup - Displays setup menu screen

To select the input source on your Television

  • Depending on what device you are electing to use with your AV receiver and how your equipment is connected, you may also need to adjust your Television's input settings as well. To adjust your television's input:
    1. Ensure the TV is powered on (1).
    2. Depending on your TV remote's button layout, press the button labeled AV, Input, or Source (2) on the remote to display the input selection menu.
      Television remote control with labeled buttons. Diagram.
    3. Use the Up and Down arrow buttons to highlight the desired input, then press the OK button to select said input.
      Television input menu. Diagram.
    4. This process can be repeated at any time to switch to a different video input on your television. For example, switching from watching Cable television to a DVD player and then back again.

The images above are only a general guide on changing your television's input settings. Your television remote's button layout will vary depending on the manufacturer and model television being used.

An external device can be anything connected to this unit: TV, radio tuner, CD / DVD / Blu-ray Disc player, VCR, record player, video game console, etc.

External devices connected to AV Receiver.

  1. Turn on the external device connected to your AV receiver that you would like to use.
  2. Using the AV receiver's remote control, or the front panel controls indicated previously, set your AV receiver and Television to the correct input settings.
  3. You can then begin using your external device.
  1. Connect the supplied FM/AM antennas to the rear of the unit.
    Antenna Connection Diagram
  2. Set your AV receiver to the Tuner input using the remote control or input selection buttons on the front of the receiver.
    Tuner Button
  3. Use the radio controls to tune to the desired station:
    Expanded Function Buttons

    Manual Tune

    1. Press the Tune+ or Tune- to select the station you want to listen to.

    Direct Tune

    1. Press the Option button while on the Tuner input.
    2. Use the ▲/▼ buttons to select Direct Tune and press Enter.
    3. Press the ▲/▼ buttons to select a number and then press the ► button.
    4. Once all numbers are entered press the Enter button to tune to the station.

    RDS Search

    1. Press the Option button while on the Tuner input. Use the ▲/▼ buttons to select RDS Search and press Enter.
    2. Press Enter. The search for RDS Stations begins automatically.

      If you use ►/◄ buttons within 5 seconds after the broadcast station name is shown on the display, you can search for a different station

    PTY Tuning

    1. Press the Option button while on the Tuner input. Use the ▲/▼ buttons to select PTY Search and press Enter.
    2. Press the ▲/▼ buttons to select the desired program type and then press the Enter button. The PTY search begins automatically.

      If you use ►/◄ buttons within 5 seconds after the broadcast station name is shown on the display, you can search for a different station

    TP Search

    1. Press the Option button while on the Tuner input. Use the ▲/▼ buttons to select TP Search and press Enter.
    2. Press Enter. The search for RDS Stations begins automatically.

      If you use ►/◄ buttons within 5 seconds after the broadcast station name is shown on the display, you can search for a different station

    Tuning Mode

    1. Press the Option button while on the Tuner input. Use the ▲/▼ buttons to select Tune Mode and press Enter.
    2. Use the ►/◄ buttons to choose between Auto and Manual tuning.

    Auto Preset Memory

    1. Press the Option button while on the Tuner input. Use the ▲/▼ buttons to select Auto Preset Memory and press Enter.
    2. Press Enter. The unit starts to search for stations and presets them automatically.

      When presetting is completed, Completed is displayed for about 5 seconds and the option menu screen turns off.

    Manual Preset

    1. Tune into the station you want to preset.
    2. Press the Option button.
    3. Use the ▲/▼ buttons to select Preset Memory and press Enter.
    4. Use the ▲/▼ buttons to select the channel you want to preset and press Enter.

    Tuning to a preset station

    1. Use the CH/PAGE ▲/▼ buttons to select desired preset channel.
  1. Press the HEOS button on your AV receiver's remote control until the input is set to Net Radio.
    HEOS Button
  2. Use the ▲/▼ buttons to select TuneIn Internet Radio and press Enter
  3. Select the station you want to play.
    • ► / II - Playback and Pause
    • |◄◄ / ►►| - Skip to previous or next track
    • CHPAGE ▲/▼ - Switch to previous or next page
  1. Locate the USB port on the front of your AV receiver.
    USB Port
  2. Connect your FAT32 formatted USB storage device to the unit.
  3. Press the USB button on the remote control to select it as input source.
    USB Button
  4. Select the name of the USB device.
  5. Browse the music on your USB device and select something to play.
  6. When you select something to play, you will be asked how to queue up your music.
    Play Now Inserts the item into the queue after the currently playing track and plays the selected item immediately
    Play Now & Replace Queue Clears the queue and plays the selected item immediately
    Play Next Inserts the item into the queue after the current song and plays it when the current song ends
    Add to End of Queue Adds the item to the end of the queue
    Play Options
Expanded Function Buttons
Button Function
Play symbol. Starts playback
Pause symbol. Pauses playback
Search symbol. Searches backward and forward. Search speed changes with every button press
Track skip symbol. Skip to the beginning or previous track and to the next track

Your AV receiver can connect to a DLNA compatible network device, so long as both are connected to the same home network. This could be music shared from a computer or mobile device acting as a "media server." This guide does not cover configuration of media servers. Please consult your device's documentation for further instructions on how to set up a media server in your home.

To access an available media server from your AV receiver

  1. Press the HEOS button on your AV receiver's remote control.
    HEOS Button
  2. Use the ▲/▼ buttons to select Music Servers and press Enter.
    HEOS Menu
  3. Select the name of your networked PC/NAS server.
  4. Browse the music on your PC/NAS and select something to play.
  5. When you select something to play, you will be asked how to queue up your music.
    Play Now Inserts the item into the queue after the currently playing track and plays the selected item immediately
    Play Now & Replace Queue Clears the queue and plays the selected item immediately
    Play Next Inserts the item into the queue after the current song and plays it when the current song ends
    Add to End of Queue Adds the item to the end of the queue
    Play Options

Your AV receiver can connect to an iOS or macOS device using Apple's AirPlay feature, so long as both are connected to the same home network.

  1. Launch iTunes on your macOS based computer or display the playback screen on your iOS device.
    iTunes icon.
  2. If iTunes or the iOS device recognizes the receiver it will show the AirPlay symbol.
    AirPlay symbol showing up in iTunes and iOS device.
  3. Click or tap the AirPlay icon then select the name of the receiver as the output device.
  4. The receiver will automatically select HEOS Music as the input source once you start playback.

This unit can be used as a Bluetooth receiver.

  • When paired as a receiver, audio can be streamed to the unit from a transmitter.
    Unit receiving data over Bluetooth.

Bluetooth technology allows you to stream content wirelessly between devices without having to connect a single cable. With your device connected to your Yamaha receiver via Bluetooth, your home theater system is where your device will output sound rather than its built-in speakers. Playback can take place normally. The following steps are examples of playback options for your devices.
Playing music via bluetooth to AV receiver.

There are multiple apps that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store for the purpose of playing or streaming music and audio on your device.

  1. Open the Google Play Store.
    Play Store.
  2. Within the Google Play Store, tap Categories then Music & Audio.
    Google Play store with path to music apps highlighted.
  3. Browse through the listed music apps and select the one you prefer. You can even check the most popular ones by tapping Top Charts.
    Music apps in Google Play store.

Some popular Apps for streaming or playing music are:

Spotify. Spotify allows you to search for any track, artist or album and listen for free. Make and share playlists. Build your biggest, best ever music collection. Get inspired with personal recommendations, and readymade playlists for just about everything. Listen absolutely free with ads, or get Spotify Premium.
 
Google Play music. Google Play Music gives you millions of songs and thousands of playlists for any situation. Powered by Google, we serve up music based on where you are and why you’re listening, getting smarter and more assistive as we get to know your tastes. Subscribe to create playlists, listen offline, and get ad-free YouTube with YouTube Red (where available).
 
Soundcloud. SoundCloud is the world's largest music and audio streaming platform – 150 million tracks and growing. With a buzzing community of artists and musicians constantly uploading new music, SoundCloud is where you can find the next big artists alongside chart-topping albums, live sets, and mixes for every occasion.

Pandora. Pandora gives you a personalized music experience that continually evolves with your tastes. Create stations from your favorite songs, artists or genres. Or search browse to find recommended stations for your mood or activity.

There are multiple apps that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for the purpose of playing or streaming music and audio on your device.

  1. Open the App Store.
    iOS app store icon.
  2. Within the App Store, tap Apps.
    iOS App store menu showing Apps highlighted.
  3. Scroll down to Categories and tap See All.
    iOS app store top categories menu highlighting see all.
  4. Tap Music.
    iOS app categories menu showing music highlighted.
  5. Select the App you want or tap See All to see more.
    iOS music category highlightning apps and see all.

Some popular Apps for streaming or playing music are:

Spotify. Spotify allows you to search for any track, artist or album and listen for free. Make and share playlists. Build your biggest, best ever music collection. Get inspired with personal recommendations, and readymade playlists for just about everything. Listen absolutely free with ads, or get Spotify Premium.

Apple music. Apple Music gives unlimited access to millions of songs and your entire music library—totally ad-free. Apple Music works seamlessly with your iTunes library to give your personal music collection a major upgrade. Start your trial today, cancel anytime.
 
Google Play music. Google Play Music gives you millions of songs and thousands of playlists for any situation. Powered by Google, we serve up music based on where you are and why you’re listening, getting smarter and more assistive as we get to know your tastes. Subscribe to create playlists, listen offline, and get ad-free YouTube with YouTube Red (where available).
 
Soundcloud. SoundCloud is the world's largest music and audio streaming platform – 150 million tracks and growing. With a buzzing community of artists and musicians constantly uploading new music, SoundCloud is where you can find the next big artists alongside chart-topping albums, live sets, and mixes for every occasion.
 
Pandora. Pandora gives you a personalized music experience that continually evolves with your tastes. Create stations from your favorite songs, artists or genres. Or search browse to find recommended stations for your mood or activity.

Now that your device is outputting its audio via Bluetooth, media playback can take place normally. All audio that is played will now be played through the connected Bluetooth device instead of the built-in speakers. Common playback options can be found below.

  • Groove Music is a music player app that was introduced by Windows 10 and its primary role is playing music stored locally on our devices. The Groove Music app is useful for many: it is one of the best universal Windows apps, and with it, you can play your locally stored mp3 library, or even listen to the songs you have stored in your OneDrive.
    Windows 10 Groove Music app.
  • Windows Media Player 12 is a common media player option built into Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 for playing music and video files. Windows Media Player has the ability to play music, rip music from and copy music to compact discs, burn discs in audio CD format, or as data discs with playlists such as an MP3 CD.
    Windows Media Player.
  • Spotify is like a jukebox you only need to feed once, or a radio that plays what you want in between ads. Spotify’s music library contains everything from mainstream pop hits to obscure death metal classics.
    Spotify windows application interface.
  • iTunes is a media player made by Apple that is used for playing digital music or video files. iTunes is also used to purchase digital music files or subscribe to podcasts through Apple's iTunes Music Store.
    iTunes windows application interface.
  • VLC Media Player is a free and open source media player. VLC is a portable multimedia player, encoder, and streamer supporting many audio and video codecs and file formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
    VLC Media Player windows application interface.

Now that your device is outputting its audio via Bluetooth, media playback can take place normally. All audio that is played will now be played through the connected Bluetooth device instead of the built-in speakers. Common playback options can be found below.

  • iTunes is the default music playback software built into the Apple operating system and is standard on all Apple Mac computers used for playing digital music or video files. iTunes is also used to purchase digital music files or subscribe to podcasts through Apple's iTunes Music Store.
    Apple iTunes for Mac.
  • Spotify is like a jukebox you only need to feed once, or a radio that plays what you want in between ads. Spotify’s music library contains everything from mainstream pop hits to obscure death metal classics.
    Spotify application.
  • VLC Media Player is a free and open source media player. VLC is a portable multimedia player, encoder, and streamer supporting many audio and video codecs and file formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
    VLC Media Player for Mac.
  • Amazon offers free music streaming with Prime, a paid music service for an additional monthly fee, direct MP3 sales, a way to get MP3s when you purchase audio CDs, and a music locker you can upload your own songs to.
    Amazon Music application.
For other types of devices, please refer to their respective documentation for more information on available software and apps for music and audio playback.
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