It makes sense comparing Marantz SR8012 vs Onkyo TX-8020 because they both are able to give some premium features.
A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Marantz SR8012 has 11.2 versus 2.0 for Onkyo TX-8020. Regarding power, then SR8012 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 140/8, 175/6 when TX-8020 has a power of 90/6. The THD is 0.05% for the SR8012 but 0.03% for the TX-8020.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 192 KHz/32-bit for SR8012 and 192 KHz/24-bit for the TX-8020. Only the SR8012 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 SR8012 has Bluetooth support. The Marantz SR8012 has support for AirPlay, AirPlay 2, and its competitor in our comparison - AirPlay. Only the SR8012 supports Spotify.
Only the Marantz SR8012 has support for High dynamic range (HDR). Only the SR8012 provides HDMI signal transmission in standby mode. The SR8012 can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the TX-8020. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the SR8012. Only the SR8012 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). The HDMI eARC is available only on the SR8012. Of the two receivers in our comparison, HDMI CEC is present in only the SR8012. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. An ECO mode is only available for the SR8012. The setup assistant will help you configure Marantz SR8012.
Only the SR8012 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the SR8012.