It’s strongly recommended to compare different receivers if you want to choose the best one: Marantz NR1609 vs Denon AVR-X4800H.
The number of channels for receivers is different - 7.2 versus 9.4, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the NR1609 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 50/8, 70/6, while the AVR-X4800H has a power of 125/8, 165/6. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the NR1609 received the model 192 KHz/24-bit, but the AVR-X4800H is equipped with 192 KHz/32-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Marantz NR1609 and Denon AVR-X4800H 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 Marantz NR1609 works with Deezer, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, but the Denon AVR-X4800H works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the NR1609 and the AVR-X4800H. 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 NR1609 has 8/1, and the AVR-X4800H has 7/3. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the AVR-X4800H. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. The NR1609 has support for the standard HDCP 2.2, compared to the AVR-X4800H, which supports the standard HDCP 2.3. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
Unlike the NR1609 where 2 Multi zones is provided, the AVR-X4800H works with 3 Multi zones. 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 Marantz NR1609 and the Denon AVR-X4800H 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.