What is better - Onkyo TX-NR545 vs Marantz NR1607?
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the TX-NR545 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 100/6, while the NR1607 has a power of 50/8, 70/6. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the TX-NR545 received the model Hi-Grade 384 KHz/32-bit, but the NR1607 is equipped with 192 KHz/24-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Onkyo TX-NR545 and Marantz NR1607 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
These units have the same Wi-Fi modules. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Both devices can work with such Apple Music services: AirPlay. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Onkyo TX-NR545 works with Tunein Radio, but the Marantz NR1607 works with Pandora, Sirius XM.
Support for the HDR function can only boast of each of the AV receivers. 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 TX-NR545 and the NR1607. Video scaling is only possible with the NR1607. Review participants do not have the Dolby Vision feature.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the TX-NR545 has 6/1, and the NR1607 has 8/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the TX-NR545 and the NR1607. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. TX-NR545 and NR1607 support the standard HDCP 2.2. Unlike most receivers, our models do not have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
Ability to create 2 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in NR1607. The Onkyo TX-NR545 and the Marantz NR1607 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. Only in the NR1607 realized a DTS:X surround technology.