Marantz NR1608 vs Denon AVR-X4700H

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Marantz NR1608 vs Denon AVR-X4700H review

Marantz NR1608
vs
Denon AVR-X4700H

The Marantz NR1608 versus Denon AVR-X4700H comparison makes clear all pros and cons of AV receivers. According to the results of our review, Marantz NR1608 received 8.3 points out of 10 possible, and Denon AVR-X4700H was rated 9.6 points. The release date of NR1608 is 2017, and AVR-X4700H is 2020. Identified advantages have shown that AVR-X4700H is better over NR1608 mainly as a home theater processor.

Main advantages Marantz NR1608 over Denon AVR-X4700H

  • We do not know advantages

Main advantages Denon AVR-X4700H over Marantz NR1608

  • More channels, namely 9, makes this receiver more profitable than its 7-channel competitor.
  • 125/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 50/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Both receivers have a multi-room zone function, but AVR-X4700H has 3 zones vs 2 on its competitor.
  • Include HDMI eARC function.
  • 8K/60Hz signal pass-through is available.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 6 and 9, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

NR1608
6
AVR-X4700H
9

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Marantz NR1608 supports 7.2-channels sound, but Denon AVR-X4700H supports a 9.2-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-X4700H this value is 125/8 W/Ohm, and for the NR1608 it is 50/8 W/Ohm.

NR1608 AVR-X4700H
Channels7.29.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm50/8, 70/6125/8, 165/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.050.05

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the NR1608 10 out of 10, and the AVR-X4700H - 9.

NR1608
10
AVR-X4700H
9

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.

NR1608 AVR-X4700H
Digital to analog converter (DAC)AK4458 384 KHz/32-bitN/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAudyssey MultEQAudyssey MultEQ XT32
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresHi-Res audio, Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey LFC, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Marantz NR1608 scored 8, and Denon AVR-X4700H scored 10 out of 10.

NR1608
8
AVR-X4700H
10

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

DLNA is the perfect way to use your local cloud storage to stream movies and music directly to a TV. You can use the DLNA protocol only with Denon AVR-X4700H.

NR1608 AVR-X4700H
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz2.4/5GHz
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.

NR1608 AVR-X4700H
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound CloudDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Qobuz, TuneIn Radio

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, Marantz NR1608 got 8 points, but Denon AVR-X4700H received 10 points.

NR1608
8
AVR-X4700H
10

Marantz NR1608 is equipped with 8/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Denon AVR-X4700H has 8/3 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 on Denon AVR-X4700H.

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 Marantz NR1608 in the HDCP 2.2 version, and Denon AVR-X4700H has the HDCP 2.3 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-X4700H has a Phono interface.

NR1608 AVR-X4700H
HDMI input/output8/18/3
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.2HDCP 2.3
Subwoofer output (LFE)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input12
Coaxial digital input12
Composite input33
Component input/output2/12/1
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, HDMI, phones, setup micUSB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUX
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 10 out of 10.

NR1608
10
AVR-X4700H
10

With the 4K pass-through feature, the AV receiver sends "native" 4K signals to a 4K TV from a video source without any processing. The NR1608 works with the 4K/60Hz video, and the AVR-X4700H has the 4K/120Hz.

The AV receiver passes "native" 8K signals from a video source to 8K TV without any encoding, with the 8k pass-through features. The 8K path-through is available on Denon AVR-X4700H.

NR1608 AVR-X4700H
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10
4K signal pass-through4K/60Hz4K/120Hz
8K signal pass-through8K/60Hz
HDMI signal pass-through
3D signal pass-through
HDMI pass-through in standby mode
Video conversionanalog to HDMIanalog to HDMI
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresHLG, BT.2020HLG, BT.2020, Dynamic HDR

Additional features

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

NR1608
10
AVR-X4700H
10

NR1608 AVR-X4700H
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AIAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
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 ControlIP Control, Web Control, RS-232 Control, App 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.

NR1608 AVR-X4700H
Multi-room zones23
Zone audio outputspeaker, preoutspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlMarantz 2016 AVR Remote App, HEOS AppHEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote
RS-23201
Remote control input/output (IR)1/01/1
DC trigger output (12V)12

Multichannel surround

Marantz NR1608 got 7 points for the multichannel surround sound and Denon AVR-X4700H got 9.

NR1608
7
AVR-X4700H
9

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. Denon AVR-X4700H 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 AVR-X4700H licensed by IMAX.

NR1608 AVR-X4700H
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)has notDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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