It makes sense comparing Marantz NR1609 vs Onkyo TX-RZ710 because they both are able to give some premium features.
Considered AV receivers have the same number of channels 7.2. Regarding power, then NR1609 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 50/8 20Hz-20KHz, 70/6 1KHz when TX-RZ710 has a power of 175/6 1KHz. The THD is the same and is 0.08%.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 192 KHz/24-bit for NR1609 and AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit for the TX-RZ710. Both the NR1609 and the TX-RZ710 support Bi-amping. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
WI-FI modules have the same characteristics: 2.4/5GHz. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Marantz NR1609 has support for AirPlay, AirPlay 2, and its competitor in our comparison - AirPlay. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The NR1609 can work with the audio stream from Deezer, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, and the TX-RZ710 can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Tunein Radio.
These units support HDR technology. 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 rivals can scale the resolution of the incoming HDMI signal. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the NR1609.
The Marantz NR1609 has 8/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 8/2 HDMI connectors of the Onkyo TX-RZ710. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Unfortunately, HDMI eARC is not available on monitored devices. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. Both models support the standard HDCP 2.2. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
Each of the AV receivers from our review supports 2 Multi-room zones. It is also worth noting that the ECO mode is presented in each of the receivers. The setup assistant will help you configure Marantz NR1609.
Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review.
The Marantz NR1609 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Marantz NR1609 price