Marantz NR1510 vs Pioneer VSX-S520 review

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Marantz NR1510
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Pioneer VSX-S520

An affordable AV receiver is always a good option to consider, so Marantz NR1510 vs Pioneer VSX-S520 comparison definitely makes sense.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Marantz NR1510 has 5.2 versus 5.1 for Pioneer VSX-S520. Regarding power, then NR1510 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 50/8 20Hz-20KHz, 60/6 1KHz when VSX-S520 has a power of 50/4 1KHz. The THD is 0.08% for the NR1510 but 0.09% for the VSX-S520.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 192KHz/32-bit for NR1510 and 192 KHz/24-bit for the VSX-S520. None of the models support Bi-amping. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

WI-FI modules have the same characteristics: 2.4/5GHz. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Marantz NR1510 has support for AirPlay, AirPlay 2, and its competitor in our comparison - AirPlay. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The NR1510 can work with the audio stream from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, and the VSX-S520 can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, TuneIn Radio. Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K 60p signal when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. The VSX-S520 can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the NR1510. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is supported by these receivers.

Extensive connections

The Marantz NR1510 has 8/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 4/1 HDMI connectors of the Pioneer VSX-S520.Marantz NR1510 connectionsPioneer VSX-S520 connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. The HDMI eARC is available only on the NR1510. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. The NR1510 supports the protection of digital content of the standard HDCP 2.3, versus HDCP 2.2 in the VSX-S520. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. An ECO mode is only available for the NR1510. Both NR1510 and VSX-S520 can be configured using the Setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

Only the VSX-S520 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the VSX-S520.

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Common

Product

Marantz NR1510
Pioneer VSX-S520

Model

NR1510
VSX-S520

Brand

Marantz
Pioneer

Reviews

5
65

Amplifier

Channels

5.2
5.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

50/8 20Hz-20KHz, 60/6 1KHz
50/4 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
4

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.09

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192KHz/32-bit
192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ
MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz
2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio
Deezer, TIDAL, TuneIn Radio

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p
4K 60p

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

HLG, BT.2020
DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle
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

IP Control, Web Control
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/1
4/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.3
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

3
0

Component input/output

2/1
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

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
has not

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/0
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

1
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

180
60

Standby consumption, W

0.2
0.2

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 10.1 x 35.5/17 x 4.1 x 14.9
43.5 x 7 x 32.5/17x 2.7 x 12.6

Weight, kg/lbs

8.1/18.1
4/8.8
Marantz NR1510
Pioneer VSX-S520
Marantz NR1510
Pioneer VSX-S520

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  • 7
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  • 7Marantz NR1510
  • 6Pioneer VSX-S520

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