What is better - Marantz AV7703 vs Sony STR-DN1040?
The number of channels for receivers is different - 11.2 versus 7.2, respectively, for devices. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the AV7703 it is 0.08%, but for the STR-DN1040 it is 0.09%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the AV7703 received the model 192 KHz/32-bit, but the STR-DN1040 is equipped with 96 KHz/24-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Marantz AV7703 and Sony STR-DN1040 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The contenders have differences in the supported services from Apple - AirPlay, AirPlay 2 versus AirPlay respectively. The AV7703 has access to the Spotify service.
Support for the HDR function can only boast of the AV7703. 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 STR-DN1040. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the AV7703.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the AV7703 has 8/3, and the STR-DN1040 has 8/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the AV7703 and the STR-DN1040. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. AV7703 and STR-DN1040 support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Marantz AV7703.
Unlike the AV7703 where 3 Multi zones is provided, the STR-DN1040 works with 2 Multi zones. There is an ECO mode in AV7703. The Marantz AV7703 and the Sony STR-DN1040 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.