It’s strongly recommended to compare different receivers if you want to choose the best one: Yamaha RX-V385 vs Marantz NR1506.
The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.1 versus 5.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the RX-V385 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 70/6, while the NR1506 has a power of 50/8, 60/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the RX-V385 it is 0.09%, but for the NR1506 it is 0.05%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the RX-V385 received the model Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit, but the NR1506 is equipped with 192 KHz/24-bit. None of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Yamaha RX-V385 and Marantz NR1506 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Wireless Internet connection via WIFI is only possible with NR1506. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Both devices can work with such Apple Music services: AirPlay. The NR1506 has access to the Spotify service. 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 RX-V385 and the NR1506. Video scaling is only possible with the RX-V385. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the RX-V385.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the RX-V385 has 4/1, and the NR1506 has 6/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the RX-V385. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. RX-V385 and NR1506 support the standard HDCP 2.2. Unlike most receivers, our models do not have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Marantz NR1506 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
Generally no support for a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A DTS:X surround technology is not supported by devices from our comparison.