What is better - Marantz AV7703 vs Denon DRA-800H?
The number of channels for receivers is different - 11.2 versus 2.0, respectively, for devices. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the AV7703 received the model 192 KHz/32-bit, but the DRA-800H is equipped with 192 KHz/24-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Marantz AV7703. Both Marantz AV7703 and Denon DRA-800H can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Both devices can work with such Apple Music services: AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Marantz AV7703 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, iHeart Radio, SiriusXM, Sound Cloud, but the Denon DRA-800H works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud. The quality of 4K/60Hz signal remains unchanged when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector via HDMI for both receivers. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the AV7703 and the DRA-800H. Video scaling is only possible with the AV7703. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the AV7703 has 8/3, and the DRA-800H has 5/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the AV7703 and the DRA-800H. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. The AV7703 has support for the standard HDCP 2.2, compared to the DRA-800H, which supports the standard HDCP 2.3. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
Unlike the AV7703 where 3 Multi zones is provided, the DRA-800H works with 2 Multi zones. Voice control is performed using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI in both models. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Marantz AV7703 and the Denon DRA-800H can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the AV7703. Only in the AV7703 realized a DTS:X surround technology.