It makes sense comparing Sony STR-DH790 vs Marantz CINEMA 60 because they both are able to give some premium features.
Considered AV receivers have the same number of channels 7.2. Regarding power, then STR-DH790 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 90/6 when CINEMA 60 has a power of 100/8, 140/6. The THD is 0.09% for the STR-DH790 but 0.08% for the CINEMA 60.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 192 KHz/24-bit for STR-DH790 and 192 KHz/32-bit for the CINEMA 60. Both the STR-DH790 and the CINEMA 60 support Bi-amping. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the CINEMA 60 supports Spotify.
HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. The CINEMA 60 can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the STR-DH790. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is supported by these receivers.
The Sony STR-DH790 has 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 6/3 HDMI connectors of the Marantz CINEMA 60. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. HDMI eARC is available in each model. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. The STR-DH790 supports the protection of digital content of the standard HDCP 2.2, versus HDCP 2.3 in the CINEMA 60. The CINEMA 60 has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. An ECO mode is only available for the CINEMA 60. Both STR-DH790 and CINEMA 60 can be configured using the Setup assistant.
Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review.