The Sony STR-DN1080 vs Marantz NR1200 comparison will be extremely helpful for people who want to get a great, powerful receiver with many functions.
The number of channels for receivers is different - 7.2 versus 2.0, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the STR-DN1080 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 120/6, while the NR1200 has a power of 75/8, 100/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the STR-DN1080 it is 0.09%, but for the NR1200 it is 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the STR-DN1080 received the model 96 KHz/24-bit, but the NR1200 is equipped with 192 KHz/32-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Sony STR-DN1080. Both Sony STR-DN1080 and Marantz NR1200 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The contenders have differences in the supported services from Apple - AirPlay versus AirPlay, AirPlay 2 respectively. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Sony STR-DN1080 works with TIDAL, Pandora, but the Marantz NR1200 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio. 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-DN1080 and the NR1200. None of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Review participants do not have the Dolby Vision feature.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the STR-DN1080 has 6/2, and the NR1200 has 5/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the STR-DN1080. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. The STR-DN1080 has support for the standard HDCP 2.2, compared to the NR1200, which supports the standard HDCP 2.3. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Marantz NR1200. For voice control in the STR-DN1080 is used Google assistant, but in the NR1200 is used Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. There is an ECO mode in NR1200. The Sony STR-DN1080 and the Marantz NR1200 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the STR-DN1080. Only in the STR-DN1080 realized a DTS:X surround technology.