What is better - Sony STR-DH790 vs Marantz NR1609?
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the STR-DH790 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 90/6, while the NR1609 has a power of 50/8, 70/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the STR-DH790 it is 0.09%, but for the NR1609 it is 0.08%.
Competitive models use the same DAC. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Sony STR-DH790 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-DH790 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-DH790 has 4/1, and the NR1609 has 8/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the STR-DH790. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. STR-DH790 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 Sony STR-DH790 and the Marantz NR1609 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.