Marantz NR1609 vs Harman Kardon AVR 1510 review

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Marantz NR1609
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Marantz NR1609 vs Harman Kardon AVR 1510 comparison definitely makes sense.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Marantz NR1609 has 7.2 versus 5.1 for Harman Kardon AVR 1510. Regarding power, then NR1609 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 50/8 20Hz-20KHz, 70/6 1KHz when AVR 1510 has a power of 75/8 1KHz, 75/6 1KHz. The THD is 0.08% for the NR1609 but 0.09% for the AVR 1510.

Audio features

Competitors' digital to analog converter (DAC) is identical to 192 KHz/24-bit. Only the NR1609 supports Bi-amping feature. The Marantz NR1609 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only the NR1609 has Bluetooth support. Only the NR1609 supports Spotify.

Video features

Only the Marantz NR1609 has support for High dynamic range (HDR). Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K 60p signal when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. The NR1609 can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the AVR 1510. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the NR1609.

Extensive connections

The Marantz NR1609 has 8/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 4/1 HDMI connectors of the Harman Kardon AVR 1510.Marantz NR1609 connectionsHarman Kardon AVR 1510 connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Unfortunately, HDMI eARC is not available on monitored devices. Of the two receivers in our comparison, HDMI CEC is present in only the NR1609. The NR1609 supports the protection of digital content of the standard HDCP 2.2, versus HDCP 1.4 in the AVR 1510. The NR1609 has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. An ECO mode is only available for the NR1609. The setup assistant will help you configure Marantz NR1609.

Multichannel surround

Only the NR1609 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the NR1609.

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Common

Product

Marantz NR1609
Harman Kardon AVR 1510

Model

NR1609
AVR 1510

Brand

Marantz
Harman Kardon

Reviews

56
83

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
5.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

50/8 20Hz-20KHz, 70/6 1KHz
75/8 1KHz, 75/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-130KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.09

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit
192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
has not

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p
4K 60p

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

BT.2020
has not

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
fluorescent

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
network, USB

Other additional features

IP Control, Web Control
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/1
4/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 1.4

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

3
2

Component input/output

2/1
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
USB, phones

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
has not

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
has not

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

HEOS App
has not

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/0

DC trigger output (12V)

1
1

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

250
410

Standby consumption, W

0.2
0.5

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.1 x 17.7 x 40.6/17.3 x 7.3 x 16.2
44 x 12.1 x 30/17.3 x 4.7 x 11.8

Weight, kg/lbs

14/31.1
4.6/10
Marantz NR1609
Harman Kardon AVR 1510
Marantz NR1609
Harman Kardon AVR 1510

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 8.2
  • 4.2
  • 8.2Marantz NR1609
  • 4.2Harman Kardon AVR 1510

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