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How to Pair Bluetooth Devices to Marantz NR1608

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Introduction

The Marantz NR1608 Home Theater System is capable of pairing with Bluetooth-enabled devices, which allows you to stream music from them. Bluetooth is the most common type of wireless technology used to connect devices over short distances. This guide will show you how to establish that Bluetooth connection.
Marantz Logo.

1 Range Check

The device needs to be within a reasonable range in order to connect.

  • In general, to pair and use a Bluetooth device (like a speaker, headset or smartwatch), the device needs to be within 10 feet of your computer or other device.
  • Some medium and higher-power devices can be farther, up to about 30 feet, but this tends to be for larger devices that plug in or have very large batteries, such as another computer, media streaming device, or a plug-in speaker system.

Try moving the Bluetooth device closer if you have trouble.

2 Pairing Mode

You can pair up to 8 devices to this system.

  1. Press the Power to turn on the device.
    Remote Control with power button highlighted.
  2. Press and hold the Bluetooth button down for 3 seconds. This will place your device in pairing mode.
    Remote Control with Bluetooth button highlighted

? What type of device are you pairing with your home theater?

  1. Android
  2. iOS
  3. Windows
  4. macOS

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The Marantz NR1608 Home Theater System is capable of pairing with Bluetooth-enabled devices, which allows you to stream music from them. Bluetooth is the most common type of wireless technology used to connect devices over short distances. This guide will show you how to establish that Bluetooth connection.
Marantz Logo.

The device needs to be within a reasonable range in order to connect.

  • In general, to pair and use a Bluetooth device (like a speaker, headset or smartwatch), the device needs to be within 10 feet of your computer or other device.
  • Some medium and higher-power devices can be farther, up to about 30 feet, but this tends to be for larger devices that plug in or have very large batteries, such as another computer, media streaming device, or a plug-in speaker system.

Try moving the Bluetooth device closer if you have trouble.

You can pair up to 8 devices to this system.

  1. Press the Power to turn on the device.
    Remote Control with power button highlighted.
  2. Press and hold the Bluetooth button down for 3 seconds. This will place your device in pairing mode.
    Remote Control with Bluetooth button highlighted

Some Bluetooth accessories are configured with a PIN or a passkey that is often listed in its manual. Check your Bluetooth accessory manual for the correct PIN or passkey.

Depending on what device (Smartphone or Tablet) and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be similar to all Android devices and generations.

Use one of the following connection methods:

  • Method 1 - The Drop Down Menu
  • Method 2 - Settings

Drop down menu

  1. Swipe down from the top of the device screen if it's a phone or up from the bottom of the device screen if it's a tablet to access the menu.
  2. Locate the Bluetooth icon.
    Picture of the Bluetooth B symbol.
  3. Press and hold the Bluetooth icon.
  4. Set the Bluetooth accessory in pairing/discovery mode.

    This process will vary depending on what kind of device you have. Refer to your device's documentation for specifics on how to accomplish this.

  5. Ensure Bluetooth is On and then select your device from the list below.
  6. If you are prompted for a passkey, put it in. If there is no passkey, then your Bluetooth accessory should be paired now.

Android menu settings

  1. Locate and tap the Apps Menu.
    Screenshot of the Android Apps menu.
  2. Locate and tap the Settings icon.
    Screenshot of the settings icon.
  3. Select the Bluetooth. You may need to select Connections first.
  4. Set the Bluetooth accessory in pairing/discovery mode.

    This process will vary depending on what kind of device you have. Refer to your device's documentation for specifics on how to accomplish this.

  5. Ensure Bluetooth is On and then select your device from the list below.
    Screenshot of the Android Bluetooth menu highlighting the on and off switch at the top and a device from the available devices list.
  6. If you are prompted for a passkey, put it in. If there is no passkey, then your Bluetooth accessory should be paired now.

Depending on what device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be the same across all iOS devices and generations.

From any iOS Device

  1. Open Settings.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
    iOS Bluetooth.
  3. Set the Bluetooth accessory in pairing/discovery mode.

    This process will vary depending on what kind of device you have. Refer to your device's documentation for specifics on how to accomplish this.

  4. Ensure Bluetooth is On then select your device from the list below.
    Bluetooth toggle switch highlighted in iOS settings.

    Some Bluetooth accessories are configured with a PIN or a passkey that is often listed in its information manual. Check your Bluetooth accessory documentation for the correct PIN or passkey.

Some Bluetooth devices are configured with a PIN or a passkey that is often listed in its information manual. Check your Bluetooth device documentation for the correct PIN or passkey.

  1. Set the Bluetooth accessory in pairing/discovery mode.

    This process will vary depending on what kind of device you have. Refer to your device's documentation for specifics on how to accomplish this.

  2. Click the Action Center icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.
    Action Center icon highlighted in Windows system tray.
  3. Tap on the All Settings tile after that.
    All Settings option highlighted in Action Center panel.
  4. Then go to Devices.
    Devices option highlighted in Windows settings.
  5. Select Bluetooth from the left-hand column and ensure the Bluetooth switch is in the On position to the right. Your Windows 10 device will become discoverable and start searching for devices.
    Bluetooth switch highlighted in Windows devices settings.
  6. Once you see the device you want to pair the system with, select it then tap on Pair.
    Pair option highlighted for discovered Bluetooth device.
  7. If asked to compare the passcode showing up on both devices, do so.
    screenshot of a message asking to compair PINs and choose if they match.
  8. After the pairing was successful the device will show the Paired status under its name.
    Paired status pointed out for Bluetooth device.

To set your default playback device:

  1. Right click on your speaker icon in the Notification Area and then click on Playback devices.
    Screenshot of notification area with speaker icon highlighted and then context menu with Playback devices highlighted.
  2. Click on your device you wish to set as the default audio device and click Set Default.
    Screenshot of Playback tab in sound control panel with audio device highlighted and then set default highlighted.
  3. Click OK to save the changes.
    Screenshot of Playback tab in sound control panel with OK highlighted.

To set your default recording device:

  1. Right click on your speaker icon in the Notification Area and then click on Recording devices.
    Screenshot of notification area with speaker icon highlighted and then context menu with Recording devices highlighted.
  2. Click on your device you wish to set as the default audio device and click Set Default.
    Screenshot of Recording tab in sound control panel with audio device highlighted and then set default highlighted.
  3. Click OK to save the changes.
    Screenshot of Recording tab in sound control panel with OK highlighted.
  1. Set your device to pairing mode. The way you do this may be differ from device to device.

    In many cases, you can place your device in pairing mode by having the device off, then pressing and holding the power button to start it up. Usually, after a few moments, it will indicate it is in paring mode (flashing its indicator light, for example), and you can release the power button.

  2. On the menu bar, click the Apple menu (1), then System Preferences (2).
    Screenshot of the Apple menu, with System Preferences selected.
  3. Select Bluetooth.
    System Preferences with Bluetooth highlighted.
  4. Ensure that it says Bluetooth: On. Turn it on with the button if it isn't.
    Screenshot of the Bluetooth properties box. Annotation that shows how to turn the Bluetooth radio on.
  5. Your computer will search for any Bluetooth devices in range.
  6. Once your device is located, click Pair.
    Bluetooth properties box with directions to click the Pair button next to the device you wish to connect to.
  7. Once the pairing process is complete, your Mac will automatically connect to the device whenever it is in range.

To set your default audio playback device:

  1. Click on the speaker icon and click on the device you wish to be your default playback device.
    Screenshot of speaker menu selected with output device highlighted.

To set your default audio recording device:

  1. Click on the speaker icon and click on Sound Preferences.
    Screenshot of speaker menu selected with Sound Preferences highlighted.
  2. Click on the Input tab and then select the device you wish to be your default recording device.
    Screenshot of Sound Preferences window and input tab is selected and then input device is highlighted.