Marantz SR7012 vs Yamaha RX-A880 review

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Marantz SR7012
vs
Yamaha RX-A880

Having had an opportunity to test Marantz SR7012 vs Yamaha RX-A880, I’d like to share my impression here to facilitate your choice of a new AV receiver.

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 SR7012 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 125/8 20Hz-20KHz, 165/6 1KHz, while the RX-A880 has a power of 100/8 20Hz-20KHz, 160/4 1KHz. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the SR7012 it is 0.05%, but for the RX-A880 it is 0.06%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the SR7012 received the model 192 KHz/24-bit, but the RX-A880 is equipped with Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Marantz SR7012 and Yamaha RX-A880 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

These units have the same Wi-Fi modules. 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 Marantz SR7012 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, but the Yamaha RX-A880 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz. 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 SR7012 and the RX-A880. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the SR7012 has 8/3, and the RX-A880 has 7/2.Marantz SR7012 connectionsYamaha RX-A880 connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the SR7012 and the RX-A880. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. SR7012 and RX-A880 support the standard HDCP 2.2. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

Unlike the SR7012 where 3 Multi zones is provided, the RX-A880 works with 2 Multi zones. For voice control in the SR7012 is used Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI, but in the RX-A880 is used Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Marantz SR7012 and the Yamaha RX-A880 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

Marantz SR7012
Yamaha RX-A880

Model

SR7012
RX-A880

Brand

Marantz
Yamaha

Reviews

59
74

Amplifier

Channels

11.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

125/8 20Hz-20KHz, 165/6 1KHz
100/8 20Hz-20KHz, 160/4 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 4

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.05
0.06

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit
Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ XT32
YPAO

Speaker A/B switching

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz
2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2
AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

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 scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

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

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle
iPhone, 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
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/3
7/2

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

2
2

Coaxial digital input

2
2

Composite input

3
1

Component input/output

3/1
1/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App, HEOS App
MusicCast

RS-232

1
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/0
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

710
400

Standby consumption, W

0.2
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.1 x 40.6 x 17.7/17.3 x 16.2 x 7.3
43.5 x 17.1 x 38.2/17 x 6.7 x 15

Weight, kg/lbs

14/31.1
11/24.3
Marantz SR7012
Yamaha RX-A880
Marantz SR7012
Yamaha RX-A880

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  • 9.4
  • 8.3
  • 9.4Marantz SR7012
  • 8.3Yamaha RX-A880

The Marantz SR7012 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Marantz SR7012 price