Being able to compare Denon AVR-S960H and Marantz SR8015 gave us an insight into what of them would be better for home theater configuration. According to the results of our review, Denon AVR-S960H received 7.8 points out of 10 possible, and Marantz SR8015 was rated 9.8 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2020. SR8015 is more performable in terms of audio broadcast than the AVR-S960H.
For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 7 and 10, respectively, on a 10-point scale.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Denon AVR-S960H supports 7.2-channels sound, but Marantz SR8015 supports a 11.2-channels configuration.
RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. The differences between the models in terms of RMS power are significant - for the SR8015 this value is 140/8 W/Ohm, and for the AVR-S960H it is 90/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||90/8, 125/6||140/8, 175/6|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8, 6||8, 6|
|THD in stereo, %||0.08||0.05|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the AVR-S960H 6 out of 10, and the SR8015 - 9.
Bi-amping is the amplification of one speaker with two amplifiers. This amplification method has a positive effect on sound quality. Bi-amping is possible on the SR8015.
Most receivers now come with a microphone included. It is with the help of this microphone that the auto-calibration system functions, which adjusts the sound of the receiver to the room.
Speaker A/B switching allows you to change between the main and sub speaker set. Marantz SR8015 can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||N/A||N/A|
|Pure direct (straight)||✔||✔|
|Auto speaker calibration||Audyssey MultEQ||Audyssey MultEQ XT32|
|Speaker A/B switching||✖||✔|
|Other audio features||Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Hi-Res audio||Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey LF, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audio|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is equal and was rated 10 out of 10.
Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.
|USB||1 (USB 2.0)||1 (USB 2.0)|
Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.
|Apple Music (AirPlay)||AirPlay, AirPlay 2||AirPlay, AirPlay 2|
|Other streaming services||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Qobuz, TuneIn Radio||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud|
The presence of many connectors makes the receiver more versatile. But there are also narrowly targeted models, the number of connectors which are limited to a certain area of use. And when choosing their own receiver, users need to consider exactly your goals for using the receiver. For extensive connection, Denon AVR-S960H got 8 points, but Marantz SR8015 received 10 points.
Denon AVR-S960H is equipped with 6/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Marantz SR8015 has 8/3 HDMI inputs and outputs.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||HDCP 2.3||HDCP 2.3|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||2||2|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||2||2|
|Coaxial digital input||1||2|
|Phono (MM) input||✔||✔|
|Front panel connectors||USB, phones, setup mic||USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUX|
|Multi channel preamp output||✔||✔|
The AV receiver is the heart of the home theater. And in this case, support for all current video formats ensures the best user experience, so it is very important to consider this when choosing a device. Video features of the AVR-S960H were rated 8 out of 10 against the 10 for the SR8015.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||HDR10||HDR10|
|4K signal pass-through||4K/120Hz||4K/120Hz|
|8K signal pass-through||8K/60Hz||8K/60Hz|
|HDMI signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|3D signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|HDMI pass-through in standby mode||✔||✔|
|Video conversion||✖||analog to HDMI|
|Analog to HDMI scaling||✖||✔|
|HDMI to HDMI scaling||✔||✔|
|Other video features||HLG, BT.2020||HLG, BT.2020, Dynamic HDR|
In terms of evaluating additional features, both receivers received a score of 10 out of 10.
|Voice control||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI|
|App control||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android|
|Display||colour OSD||colour OSD|
|Tuner||AM, FM||AM, FM|
|Auto power off||✔||✔|
|Graphical user interface (GUI)||✔||✔|
|Firmware update||network, USB||network, USB|
|Other additional features||IP Control, Web Control, RS-232 Control, App Control||IP Control, Web Control, RS-232 Control, App Control|
As the center of a home media system, each multichannel receiver has an additional set of terminals for connecting the second set of speakers to create additional audio space in Zone 2 or even Zone 3 where audio can have the separate source.
|Zone audio output||speaker||speaker, preout|
|Zone HDMI output||✖||✔|
|Multi-room control||HEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote||Marantz 2016 AVR Remote, HEOS App|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||0/0||1/1|
|DC trigger output (12V)||0||2|
Denon AVR-S960H got 7 points for the multichannel surround sound and Marantz SR8015 got 10.
Auro 3D gives a bit more versatility than Dolby Atmos or DTS:X and provides a hemispherical sound and enables a receiver to produce 3D sound stages. Marantz SR8015 has Auro-3D on its feature list.
IMAX Enhanced is a licensing and certification program under which home theater devices deliver crisp 4K HDR pictures and powerful sound as it was designed by the IMAX engineers. The SR8015 licensed by IMAX.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|DTS HD Master||✔||✔|
|DTS (other)||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS||DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS|