What is better - Sony STR-DH790 vs Marantz AV8805?
The number of channels for receivers is different - 7.2 versus 13.2, respectively, for devices. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the STR-DH790 it is 0.09%, but for the AV8805 it is 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the STR-DH790 received the model 192 KHz/24-bit, but the AV8805 is equipped with AK4490 384 KHz/32-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Sony STR-DH790 and Marantz AV8805 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Wireless Internet connection via WIFI is only possible with AV8805. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The AV8805 has access to the Spotify service. 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 STR-DH790 and the AV8805. Video scaling is only possible with the AV8805. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the STR-DH790 has 4/1, and the AV8805 has 8/3. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the STR-DH790 and the AV8805. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. STR-DH790 and AV8805 support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Marantz AV8805. There is an ECO mode in AV8805. The Sony STR-DH790 and the Marantz AV8805 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.