Pioneer VSX-LX102 vs Marantz NR1506 review

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Pioneer VSX-LX102 vs Marantz NR1506 review

Pioneer VSX-LX102
vs
Marantz NR1506

It’s strongly recommended to compare different receivers if you want to choose the best one: Pioneer VSX-LX102 vs Marantz NR1506.

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 7.2 versus 5.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the VSX-LX102 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 80/8, 170/6, while the NR1506 has a power of 50/8, 60/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the VSX-LX102 it is 0.08%, but for the NR1506 it is 0.05%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the VSX-LX102 received the model AK4438 384 KHz/32-bit, but the NR1506 is equipped with 192 KHz/24-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Pioneer VSX-LX102. Both Pioneer VSX-LX102 and Marantz NR1506 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Both devices can work with such Apple Music services: AirPlay. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Pioneer VSX-LX102 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, but the Marantz NR1506 works with Pandora, SiriusXM. 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 VSX-LX102 and the NR1506. Video scaling is only possible with the VSX-LX102. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the VSX-LX102.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the VSX-LX102 has 4/1, and the NR1506 has 6/1.Pioneer VSX-LX102 connectionsMarantz NR1506 connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the VSX-LX102 and the NR1506. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. VSX-LX102 and NR1506 support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Pioneer VSX-LX102. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Pioneer VSX-LX102 and the Marantz NR1506 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the VSX-LX102. Only in the VSX-LX102 realized a DTS:X surround technology.

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General

Item

Pioneer VSX-LX102
Marantz NR1506

Model

VSX-LX102
NR1506

Brand

Pioneer
Marantz

Reviews

58
0

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
5.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

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

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.05

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

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

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
Audyssey MultEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Reflex Optimizer, Advanced Sound Retriever
Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2)

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

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
Pandora, SiriusXM

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
6/1

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)

2
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

2
3

Component input/output

0/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
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

x.v.Color
BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control

App control

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

Display

colour OSD
fluorescent

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

IP Control
IP Control, Web 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

FlareConnect
has not

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/0
1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

1
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24
DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround, DTS-Neo:6

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

480
180

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.2

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

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

Weight, kg/lbs

8.6/19
8.2/18.1

Other

Release year

2013
2015
Pioneer VSX-LX102
Marantz NR1506
Pioneer VSX-LX102
Marantz NR1506

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 7.1
  • 6.3
  • 7.1Pioneer VSX-LX102
  • 6.3Marantz NR1506

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