What is better - Onkyo TX-SR343 vs Marantz NR1607?
The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.1 versus 7.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the TX-SR343 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-SR343 received the model TI Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit, but the NR1607 is equipped with 192 KHz/24-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Marantz NR1607. The model NR1607 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The NR1607 has access to the Spotify service.
Support for the HDR function can only boast of the NR1607. 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-SR343 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-SR343 has 4/1, and the NR1607 has 8/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the TX-SR343 and the NR1607. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. TX-SR343 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. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in NR1607. The Marantz NR1607 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the NR1607. Only in the NR1607 realized a DTS:X surround technology.