What is better - Denon AVR-S930H vs Marantz NR1609?
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the AVR-S930H has such a ratio W/Ohm - 90/8 20Hz-20KHz, 125/6 1KHz, while the NR1609 has a power of 50/8 20Hz-20KHz, 70/6 1KHz. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.
Competitive models use the same DAC. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Marantz NR1609. Both Denon AVR-S930H and Marantz NR1609 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 Denon AVR-S930H works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora,iHeart Radio, Sirius XM, Sound Cloud, Napster, but the Marantz NR1609 works with Deezer, Pandora, TuneIn Radio.
Support for the HDR function can only boast of each of the AV receivers. The quality of 4K 60p 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 AVR-S930H and the NR1609. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the AVR-S930H has 8/2, and the NR1609 has 8/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the AVR-S930H and the NR1609. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. AVR-S930H and NR1609 support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Marantz NR1609.
Ability to create 2 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. 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 Denon AVR-S930H and the Marantz NR1609 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.
The Marantz NR1609 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Marantz NR1609 price