What is better - Marantz SR6014 vs Denon HEOS AVR?
The number of channels for receivers is different - 9.2 versus 5.1, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the SR6014 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 110/8, 185/6, while the HEOS AVR has a power of 50/8, 65/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the SR6014 it is 0.08%, but for the HEOS AVR it is 0.05%. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Marantz SR6014. Both Marantz SR6014 and Denon HEOS AVR can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Marantz SR6014 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, but the Denon HEOS AVR 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 SR6014 and the HEOS AVR. Video scaling is only possible with the SR6014. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the SR6014.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the SR6014 has 8/3, and the HEOS AVR has 4/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the SR6014. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. The SR6014 has support for the standard HDCP 2.3, compared to the HEOS AVR, which supports the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Marantz SR6014. For voice control in the SR6014 is used Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI, but in the HEOS AVR is used Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. There is an ECO mode in SR6014. The Marantz SR6014 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the SR6014. Only in the SR6014 realized a DTS:X surround technology.