The Denon AVR-S950H vs Marantz NR1608 comparison makes sense because it shows what devices in their segments can offer. According to the results of our review, Denon AVR-S950H received 7.3 points out of 10 possible, and Marantz NR1608 was rated 8.3 points. The release date of AVR-S950H is 2019, and NR1608 is 2017. NR1608 is more suitable as the heart of home theater system than its opponent - AVR-S950H.
For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 7 and 6, respectively, on a 10-point scale.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 7.2-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 AVR-S950H this value is 90/8 W/Ohm, and for the NR1608 it is 50/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||90/8, 125/6||50/8, 70/6|
|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-S950H 6 out of 10, and the NR1608 - 10.
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 NR1608.
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 NR1608 can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||AKM 192 KHz/32-bit||AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✔||✔|
|Auto speaker calibration||Audyssey MultEQ||Audyssey MultEQ|
|Speaker A/B switching||✖||✔|
|Other audio features||Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Restorer, Hi-Res audio||Hi-Res audio, Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Denon AVR-S950H scored 7, and Marantz NR1608 scored 8 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, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, Mood Mix||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud|
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 8 points on our 10-point scale.
Denon AVR-S950H is equipped with 8/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Marantz NR1608 has 8/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.
HDMI eARC is the next step in the development of audio return channel technology, which works in conjunction with HDMI 2.1. Using eARC provides the highest sound quality for home audio systems. HDMI eARC is available only on Denon AVR-S950H.
The HDCP encryption protocol is now mandatory for most media devices. This security technology encrypts digital signals from one product to another. HDCP content-encryption protocol is present on Denon AVR-S950H in the HDCP 2.3 version, and Marantz NR1608 has the HDCP 2.2 version.
Connecting a vinyl player or phonograph is possible using a Phono input which is represented by mini-jack or RCA connectors. Only the AVR-S950H has a Phono interface.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✔||✖|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||HDCP 2.3||HDCP 2.2|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||2||2|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||2||1|
|Coaxial digital input||1||1|
|Phono (MM) input||✔||✖|
|Front panel connectors||USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic||USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic|
|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-S950H were rated 8 out of 10 against the 10 for the NR1608.
|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|
|Analog to HDMI scaling||✖||✔|
|HDMI to HDMI scaling||✔||✔|
|Other video features||HLG, BT.2020||HLG, BT.2020|
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, Amazon Kindle||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||IP 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||Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App, HEOS App|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||0/0||1/0|
|DC trigger output (12V)||0||1|
For the ability to create multichannel surround sound, each of the receivers received 7 points out of 10.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization||Dolby Digital Plus|
|DTS HD Master||✔||✔|
|DTS (other)||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS||has not|