Marantz NR1711 vs Pioneer VSX-LX505 review

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Marantz NR1711 vs Pioneer VSX-LX505 review

Marantz NR1711
Pioneer VSX-LX505

Marantz NR1711 vs Pioneer VSX-LX505 – that is a question.


The number of channels for receivers is different - 7.2 versus 9.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the NR1711 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 50/8, 70/6, while the VSX-LX505 has a power of 120/8. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Marantz NR1711 and Pioneer VSX-LX505 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 NR1711 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, but the Pioneer VSX-LX505 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix.

Video features

The quality of 4K/120Hz 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 NR1711 and the VSX-LX505. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the NR1711 has 6/1, and the VSX-LX505 has 6/2.Marantz NR1711 connectionsPioneer VSX-LX505 connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the NR1711 and the VSX-LX505. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. NR1711 and VSX-LX505 support the standard HDCP 2.3. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

Unlike the NR1711 where 2 Multi zones is provided, the VSX-LX505 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 NR1711 and the Pioneer VSX-LX505 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.

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Marantz NR1711
Pioneer VSX-LX505