What is better - Yamaha RX-V485 vs Marantz NR1609?
The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.1 versus 7.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the RX-V485 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 145/6 1KHz, while the NR1609 has a power of 50/8 20Hz-20KHz, 70/6 1KHz. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the RX-V485 it is 0.09%, but for the NR1609 it is 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the RX-V485 received the model Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit, but the NR1609 is equipped with 192 KHz/24-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Yamaha RX-V485 and Marantz NR1609 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. 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 Yamaha RX-V485 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, but the Marantz NR1609 works with Deezer, Pandora, TuneIn Radio. The quality of 4K 60p 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-V485 and the NR1609. 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 RX-V485 has 4/1, and the NR1609 has 8/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the RX-V485. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. The RX-V485 has support for the standard HDCP 2.3, compared to the NR1609, which supports the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Marantz NR1609.
Ability to create 2 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. For voice control in the RX-V485 is used Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, but in the NR1609 is used Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Yamaha RX-V485 and the Marantz NR1609 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the NR1609. Only in the NR1609 realized a DTS:X surround technology.
The Marantz NR1609 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Marantz NR1609 price