Marantz NR1608 vs Pioneer Elite SC-LX704

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NR1608 vs Elite SC-LX704 comparison chart

Marantz NR1608 vs Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 review

Marantz NR1608
vs
Pioneer Elite SC-LX704

Choosing an AV receiver is not an easy task and the Marantz NR1608 versus Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 comparison is meant to help you with this. According to the results of our review, Marantz NR1608 received 8.3 points out of 10 possible, and Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 was rated 8.8 points. The release date of NR1608 is 2017, and Elite SC-LX704 is 2019. As a result, it becomes clear that Elite SC-LX704 is a better option for home theater than NR1608.

Main advantages Marantz NR1608 over Pioneer Elite SC-LX704

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Main advantages Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 over Marantz NR1608

  • More channels, namely 9, makes this receiver more profitable than its 7-channel competitor.
  • 135/8 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 Elite SC-LX704 has 3 zones vs 2 on its competitor.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 6 and 8, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

NR1608
6
Elite SC-LX704
8

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Marantz NR1608 supports 7.2-channels sound, but Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 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 Elite SC-LX704 this value is 135/8 W/Ohm, and for the NR1608 it is 50/8 W/Ohm.

NR1608 Elite SC-LX704
Channels7.29.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm50/8, 70/6135/8
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.050.08

Audio features

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

NR1608
10
Elite SC-LX704
10

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 Elite SC-LX704
Digital to analog converter (DAC)AK4458 384 KHz/32-bitES9026PRO 384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAudyssey MultEQMCACC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresHi-Res audio, Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQAdvanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

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

NR1608
8
Elite SC-LX704
8

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

NR1608 Elite SC-LX704
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.

NR1608 Elite SC-LX704
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

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 8 points on our 10-point scale.

NR1608
8
Elite SC-LX704
8

Marantz NR1608 is equipped with 8/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 has 7/3 HDMI inputs and outputs.

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 Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 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 Elite SC-LX704 has a Phono interface.

NR1608 Elite SC-LX704
HDMI input/output8/17/3
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 input13
Coaxial digital input12
Composite input32
Component input/output2/12/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, HDMI, phones, setup micUSB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
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
Elite SC-LX704
10

NR1608 Elite SC-LX704
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10
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 conversionanalog to HDMIanalog to HDMI
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresHLG, BT.2020x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the NR1608 got 10 points, but the Elite SC-LX704 has 9.

NR1608
10
Elite SC-LX704
9

Only the Marantz NR1608 has the ECO mode.

NR1608 Elite SC-LX704
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AIAmazon Alexa
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 Controlhas not

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 Elite SC-LX704
Multi-room zones23
Zone audio outputspeaker, preoutspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlMarantz 2016 AVR Remote App, HEOS AppPioneer Control App, FlareConnect
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 Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 got 8.

NR1608
7
Elite SC-LX704
8

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 Elite SC-LX704 licensed by IMAX.

NR1608 Elite SC-LX704
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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