What is better - Sony STR-DH590 vs Marantz NR1609?
The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.2 versus 7.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the STR-DH590 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 145/6, while the NR1609 has a power of 50/8, 70/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the STR-DH590 it is 0.09%, but for the NR1609 it is 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the STR-DH590 received the model 192 KHz/32-bit, but the NR1609 is equipped with 192 KHz/24-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Marantz NR1609. Both Sony STR-DH590 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. The NR1609 has access to the Spotify service. 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 STR-DH590 and the NR1609. Video scaling is only possible with the NR1609. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the STR-DH590 has 4/1, and the NR1609 has 8/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the STR-DH590 and the NR1609. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. STR-DH590 and NR1609 support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Marantz NR1609. There is an ECO mode in NR1609. 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.