Marantz NR1504 vs Pioneer VSX-LX102 review

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Marantz NR1504 vs Pioneer VSX-LX102 review

Marantz NR1504
vs
Pioneer VSX-LX102

The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Marantz NR1504 vs Pioneer VSX-LX102 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Marantz NR1504 has 5.1 versus 7.2 for Pioneer VSX-LX102. Regarding power, then NR1504 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 50/8, 60/6 when VSX-LX102 has a power of 80/8, 170/6. The THD is the same and is 0.08%.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 192 KHz/24-bit for NR1504 and AK4438 384 KHz/32-bit for the VSX-LX102. Only the VSX-LX102 supports Bi-amping feature. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Apple Music service is implemented on considered devices: AirPlay. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The NR1504 can work with the audio stream from Pandora, SiriusXM, and the VSX-LX102 can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. The VSX-LX102 can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the NR1504. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the VSX-LX102.

Extensive connections

The Marantz NR1504 has 6/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 4/1 HDMI connectors of the Pioneer VSX-LX102.Marantz NR1504 connectionsPioneer VSX-LX102 connections 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. The VSX-LX102 has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. A voice control is not available. An ECO mode is only available for the VSX-LX102. Both NR1504 and VSX-LX102 can be configured using the Setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

Only the VSX-LX102 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the VSX-LX102.

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General

Item

Marantz NR1504
Pioneer VSX-LX102

Model

NR1504
VSX-LX102

Brand

Marantz
Pioneer

Reviews

106
58

Amplifier

Channels

5.1
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

50/8, 60/6
80/8, 170/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit
AK4438 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ
MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Reflex Optimizer, Advanced Sound Retriever

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, SiriusXM
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

6/1
4/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

1
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

3
2

Component input/output

0/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
USB, phones, setup mic, AUX

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz

8K signal pass-through

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color
x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
network, USB

Other additional features

has not
IP Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
has not

Zone audio output

has not
has not

Zone HDMI output

has not
has not

Multi-room control

has not
FlareConnect

RS-232

0
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0
1

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD
DTS-ES, DTS 96/24

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

180
480

Standby consumption, W

0.2
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.1 x 10.1 x 35.5 /17.3 x 4.1 x 14.8
43.5 x 17.3 x 32/17 x 6.8 x 12.6

Weight, kg/lbs

8.1/17.3
8.6/19

Other

Release year

2013
2013
Marantz NR1504
Pioneer VSX-LX102
Marantz NR1504
Pioneer VSX-LX102

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.3
  • 7.1
  • 5.3Marantz NR1504
  • 7.1Pioneer VSX-LX102

The Pioneer VSX-LX102 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Pioneer VSX-LX102 price