Marantz NR1609 vs Onkyo TX-8020 review

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Marantz NR1609 vs Onkyo TX-8020 review

Marantz NR1609
vs
Onkyo TX-8020

It makes sense comparing Marantz NR1609 vs Onkyo TX-8020 because they both are able to give some premium features.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Marantz NR1609 has 7.2 versus 2.0 for Onkyo TX-8020. Regarding power, then NR1609 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 50/8, 70/6 when TX-8020 has a power of 90/6. The THD is 0.08% for the NR1609 but 0.03% for the TX-8020.

Audio features

Competitors' digital to analog converter (DAC) is identical to 192 KHz/24-bit. Only the NR1609 supports Bi-amping feature. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only the NR1609 has Bluetooth support. The Marantz NR1609 has support for AirPlay, AirPlay 2, and its competitor in our comparison - AirPlay. Only the NR1609 supports Spotify.

Video features

Only the Marantz NR1609 has support for High dynamic range (HDR). Only the NR1609 provides HDMI signal transmission in standby mode. The NR1609 can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the TX-8020. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the NR1609. Only the NR1609 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Unfortunately, HDMI eARC is not available on monitored devices. Of the two receivers in our comparison, HDMI CEC is present in only the NR1609. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. An ECO mode is only available for the NR1609. The setup assistant will help you configure Marantz NR1609.

Multichannel surround

Only the NR1609 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the NR1609.

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General

Item

Marantz NR1609
Onkyo TX-8020

Model

NR1609
TX-8020

Brand

Marantz
Onkyo

Reviews

65
738

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
2.0

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

50/8, 70/6
90/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.03

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit
192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audio
WRAT

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
0

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2
AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/1
0/0

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
0

Coaxial digital input

1
0

Composite input

3
0

Component input/output

2/1
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
phones

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz

8K signal pass-through

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

BT.2020
has not

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPod

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB

Other additional features

IP Control, Web Control
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
has not

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
has not

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

HEOS App
has not

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/0

DC trigger output (12V)

1
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
has not

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround
has not

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

250
180

Standby consumption, W

0.2
0.15

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.1 x 17.7 x 40.6/17.3 x 7.3 x 16.2
43.5 x 15 x 32.8/ 17 x 6.5 x 13

Weight, kg/lbs

14/31.1
9.6/19.8

Other

Release year

2018
2013
Marantz NR1609
Onkyo TX-8020
Marantz NR1609
Onkyo TX-8020

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 8.2
  • 4.2
  • 8.2Marantz NR1609
  • 4.2Onkyo TX-8020

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