The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Marantz SR7012 vs Onkyo TX-SR353 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.
A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Marantz SR7012 has 11.2 versus 5.1 for Onkyo TX-SR353. Regarding power, then SR7012 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 125/8, 165/6 when TX-SR353 has a power of 140/6. The THD is 0.05% for the SR7012 but 0.08% for the TX-SR353.
Competitors' digital to analog converter (DAC) is identical to 192 KHz/24-bit. Only the SR7012 supports Bi-amping feature. The Marantz SR7012 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the SR7012 supports Spotify.
Only the Marantz SR7012 has support for High dynamic range (HDR). HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. The SR7012 can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the TX-SR353. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the SR7012.
The Marantz SR7012 has 8/3 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 4/1 HDMI connectors of the Onkyo TX-SR353. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. The HDMI eARC is available only on the SR7012. 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. The SR7012 has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. An ECO mode is only available for the SR7012. The setup assistant will help you configure Marantz SR7012.
Only the SR7012 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the SR7012.