What is better - Onkyo TX-SR383 vs Marantz NR1609?
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the TX-SR383 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 100/8, 135/6, while the NR1609 has a power of 50/8, 70/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the TX-SR383 it is 0.09%, but for the NR1609 it is 0.08%.
Competitive models use the same DAC. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Marantz NR1609. The model NR1609 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The NR1609 has access to the Spotify service.
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-SR383 and the NR1609. Video scaling is only possible with the NR1609. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the NR1609.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the TX-SR383 has 4/1, and the NR1609 has 8/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the TX-SR383 and the NR1609. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. TX-SR383 and NR1609 support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Marantz NR1609.
Ability to create 2 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. There is an ECO mode in NR1609. The Marantz NR1609 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the NR1609. Only in the NR1609 realized a DTS:X surround technology.