It’s strongly recommended to compare different receivers if you want to choose the best one: Yamaha RX-V481BL 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-V481BL has such a ratio W/Ohm - 80/6, while the NR1506 has a power of 50/8, 60/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the RX-V481BL it is 0.09%, but for the NR1506 it is 0.05%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the RX-V481BL received the model Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit, but the NR1506 is equipped with 192 KHz/24-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Yamaha RX-V481BL. Both Yamaha RX-V481BL and Marantz NR1506 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Wireless Internet access via WIFI is possible on both units. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Both devices can work with such Apple Music services: AirPlay. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Yamaha RX-V481BL works with Pandora, Qobuz, JUKE, but the Marantz NR1506 works with Pandora, SiriusXM.
Support for the HDR function can only boast of each of the AV receivers. 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-V481BL and the NR1506. None of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Review participants do not have the Dolby Vision feature.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the RX-V481BL has 4/1, and the NR1506 has 6/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the RX-V481BL and the NR1506. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. RX-V481BL 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 Yamaha RX-V481BL and 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.