Pioneer SC-LX901 vs Marantz NR1606 review

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Pioneer SC-LX901
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Marantz NR1606

It’s strongly recommended to compare different receivers if you want to choose the best one: Pioneer SC-LX901 vs Marantz NR1606.

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 11.2 versus 7.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the SC-LX901 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 140/8 20Hz-20KHz, 200/6 1KHz, while the NR1606 has a power of 50/8 20Hz-20KHz, 70/6 1KHz. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the SC-LX901 received the model ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit, but the NR1606 is equipped with 192 KHz/24-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Pioneer SC-LX901 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-LX901 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, but the Marantz NR1606 works with Pandora, SiriusXM.

Video features

Support for the HDR function can only boast of each of the AV receivers. 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 SC-LX901 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-LX901.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the SC-LX901 has 8/2, and the NR1606 has 8/1.Pioneer SC-LX901 connectionsMarantz NR1606 connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the SC-LX901 and the NR1606. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. SC-LX901 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-LX901.

Additional features

Unlike the SC-LX901 where 3 Multi zones is provided, the NR1606 works with 2 Multi zones. 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-LX901 and the Marantz NR1606 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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Common

Product

Pioneer SC-LX901
Marantz NR1606

Model

SC-LX901
NR1606

Brand

Pioneer
Marantz

Reviews

91
0

Amplifier

Channels

11.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

140/8 20Hz-20KHz, 200/6 1KHz
50/8 20Hz-20KHz, 70/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit
192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC Pro
Audyssey MultEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
Pandora, SiriusXM

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p
4K 60p

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI
analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color, BT.2020
x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
network, USB

Other additional features

IP Control
IP Control

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/2
8/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

3
1

Coaxial digital input

2
1

Composite input

2
3

Component input/output

2/1
2/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

Pioneer Control App, FlareConnect
Marantz AVR Remote App

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

2/1
1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

2
1

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

340
250

Standby consumption, W

0.15
0.2

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 18.5 x 44.1/17 x 7 x 17.3
43.1 x 10.1 x 35.5 /17.3 x 4.1 x 14.8

Weight, kg/lbs

18/39.7
8.1/18.7
Pioneer SC-LX901
Marantz NR1606
Pioneer SC-LX901
Marantz NR1606

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  • 8.6
  • 7.4
  • 8.6Pioneer SC-LX901
  • 7.4Marantz NR1606

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