Marantz NR1200 vs Denon DRA-800H

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Votes 4 4
Rating 3.8 3.8

NR1200 vs DRA-800H comparison chart

Marantz NR1200 vs Denon DRA-800H review

Marantz NR1200
vs
Denon DRA-800H

Let's compare Marantz NR1200 versus Denon DRA-800H for an overview of all their pros and cons. According to the results of our review, Marantz NR1200 received 6.4 points out of 10 possible, and Denon DRA-800H was rated 7 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2019. And as a result of the comparison, DRA-800H seems to be a better option for the role of a home theater center than NR1200.

Main advantages Marantz NR1200 over Denon DRA-800H

  • We do not know advantages

Main advantages Denon DRA-800H over Marantz NR1200

  • 100/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 75/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Thanks to 2 multi-room zones support, DRA-800H bypasses its competitor without multizone support.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 6 and 7, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

NR1200
6
DRA-800H
7

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 2.0-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 DRA-800H this value is 100/8 W/Ohm, and for the NR1200 it is 75/8 W/Ohm.

NR1200 DRA-800H
Channels2.02.0
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm75/8, 100/6100/8, 120/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.08

Audio features

The score for audio features is 6 of 10 for both receivers.

NR1200
6
DRA-800H
6

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. Denon DRA-800H can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.

NR1200 DRA-800H
Digital to analog converter (DAC)192 KHz/32-bit192 KHz/24-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibration
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresHi-Res audioCompressed Audio Restorer, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is equal and was rated 8 out of 10.

NR1200
8
DRA-800H
8

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.

NR1200 DRA-800H
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)11
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.

NR1200 DRA-800H
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn RadioDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud

Extensive connections

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, both receivers got 6 points on our 10-point scale.

NR1200
6
DRA-800H
6

Competitors in our review have 5/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.

NR1200 DRA-800H
HDMI input/output5/15/1
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.3HDCP 2.3
Subwoofer output (LFE)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input12
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input00
Component input/output0/00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, phonesUSB, phones
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

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 rivals in our comparison were rated 6 out of 10.

NR1200
6
DRA-800H
6

NR1200 DRA-800H
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10HDR10
4K signal pass-through4K/60Hz4K/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 featuresHLGHLG, BT.2020

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, both receivers received a score of 10 out of 10.

NR1200
10
DRA-800H
10

NR1200 DRA-800H
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AIAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon KindleiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle
Displaycolour OSDcolour OSD
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USBnetwork, USB
Other additional featuresIP Control, Web ControlIP Control, Web Control

Multi-room

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.

NR1200 DRA-800H
Multi-room zoneshas not2
Zone audio outputhas notpreout
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlhas notHEOS App
RS-23200
Remote control input/output (IR)0/00/0
DC trigger output (12V)00

Multichannel surround

NR1200
false
DRA-800H
false

NR1200 DRA-800H
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)has nothas not
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)has nothas not
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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