It’s strongly recommended to compare different receivers if you want to choose the best one: Pioneer SC-LX501 vs Marantz NR1606.
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the SC-LX501 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 120/8, 180/6, while the NR1606 has a power of 50/8, 70/6. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the SC-LX501 received the model AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit, but the NR1606 is equipped with 192 KHz/24-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Pioneer SC-LX501 and Marantz NR1606 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. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Pioneer SC-LX501 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, but the Marantz NR1606 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 SC-LX501 and the NR1606. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the SC-LX501.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the SC-LX501 has 7/2, and the NR1606 has 8/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the SC-LX501 and the NR1606. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. SC-LX501 and NR1606 support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Pioneer SC-LX501.
Ability to create 2 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in NR1606. The Pioneer SC-LX501 and the Marantz NR1606 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.