The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Sony STR-DN1080 vs Marantz NR1510 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.
A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Sony STR-DN1080 has 7.2 versus 5.2 for Marantz NR1510. Regarding power, then STR-DN1080 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 120/6 1KHz when NR1510 has a power of 50/8 20Hz-20KHz, 60/6 1KHz. The THD is 0.09% for the STR-DN1080 but 0.08% for the NR1510.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 96 KHz/24-bit for STR-DN1080 and 192KHz/32-bit for the NR1510. Only the STR-DN1080 supports Bi-amping feature. 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. The Sony STR-DN1080 has support for AirPlay, and its competitor in our comparison - AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The STR-DN1080 can work with the audio stream from TIDAL, Pandora, and the NR1510 can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio. Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K 60p signal when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. Both competitors are not able to scale the HDMI signal. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the NR1510.
The Sony STR-DN1080 has 6/2 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 8/1 HDMI connectors of the Marantz NR1510. 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-DN1080 supports the protection of digital content of the standard HDCP 2.2, versus HDCP 2.3 in the NR1510. The NR1510 has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. The STR-DN1080 supports voice control via Google assistant, and the NR1510 - Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. An ECO mode is only available for the NR1510. Both STR-DN1080 and NR1510 can be configured using the Setup assistant.
Only the STR-DN1080 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the STR-DN1080.
The Sony STR-DN1080 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Sony STR-DN1080 price