Marantz NR1609 vs Yamaha R-N803BL review

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Marantz NR1609
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Marantz NR1609 vs Yamaha R-N803BL comparison definitely makes sense.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Marantz NR1609 has 7.2 versus 2.0 for Yamaha R-N803BL. Regarding power, then NR1609 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 50/8 20Hz-20KHz, 70/6 1KHz when R-N803BL has a power of 100/8 20Hz-20KHz, 160/4 1KHz. The THD is 0.08% for the NR1609 but 0.01% for the R-N803BL.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 192 KHz/24-bit for NR1609 and ESS SABRE (9006AS) 192 KHz/24-bit for the R-N803BL. Only the NR1609 supports Bi-amping feature. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Marantz NR1609 has support for AirPlay, AirPlay 2, and its competitor in our comparison - AirPlay. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The NR1609 can work with the audio stream from Deezer, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, and the R-N803BL can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Sirius XM.

Video features

Only the Marantz NR1609 has support for High dynamic range (HDR). Only the NR1609 provides HDMI signal transmission in standby mode. The NR1609 can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the R-N803BL. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the NR1609. Only the NR1609 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Unfortunately, HDMI eARC is not available on monitored devices. Of the two receivers in our comparison, HDMI CEC is present in only the NR1609. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. The NR1609 supports voice control via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI, and the R-N803BL - Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. It is also worth noting that the ECO mode is presented in each of the receivers. 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
Yamaha R-N803BL

Model

NR1609
R-N803BL

Brand

Marantz
Yamaha

Reviews

56
37

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
2.0

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

50/8 20Hz-20KHz, 70/6 1KHz
100/8 20Hz-20KHz, 160/4 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 4

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.01

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit
ESS SABRE (9006AS) 192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ
YPAO

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
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Sirius XM

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

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
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, 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
0/0

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
2

Coaxial digital input

1
2

Composite input

3
0

Component input/output

2/1
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
USB, phones, setup mic

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
MusicCast

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
0/0

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
250

Standby consumption, W

0.2
0.1

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
43.5 x 15.1 x 39.2/17.1 x 5.9 x 15.3

Weight, kg/lbs

14/31.1
11/24.2
Marantz NR1609
Yamaha R-N803BL
Marantz NR1609
Yamaha R-N803BL

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 8.2
  • 6.7
  • 8.2Marantz NR1609
  • 6.7Yamaha R-N803BL

The Marantz NR1609 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Marantz NR1609 price

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