What is better - Denon AVR-X3500H vs Marantz NR1609?
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the AVR-X3500H has such a ratio W/Ohm - 105/8 20Hz-20KHz, 135/6 1KHz, while the NR1609 has a power of 50/8 20Hz-20KHz, 70/6 1KHz. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the AVR-X3500H it is 0.05%, but for the NR1609 it is 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the AVR-X3500H received the model AKM 192 KHz/32-bit, but the NR1609 is equipped with 192 KHz/24-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Denon AVR-X3500H and Marantz NR1609 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
These units have the same Wi-Fi modules. 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-X3500H works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, but the Marantz NR1609 works with Deezer, Pandora, TuneIn Radio. 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-X3500H 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-X3500H has 8/3, and the NR1609 has 8/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the AVR-X3500H and the NR1609. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. AVR-X3500H and NR1609 support the standard HDCP 2.2. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
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-X3500H 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 Denon AVR-X3500H is better receiver in this comparison. Check Denon AVR-X3500H price