Marantz NR1609 vs Onkyo TX-RZ620

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NR1609 vs TX-RZ620 comparison chart

Marantz NR1609 vs Onkyo TX-RZ620 review

Marantz NR1609
vs
Onkyo TX-RZ620

Let's make the Marantz NR1609 versus Onkyo TX-RZ620 comparison. According to the results of our review, Marantz NR1609 received 8.2 points out of 10 possible, and Onkyo TX-RZ620 was rated 7.1 points. The release date of NR1609 is 2018, and TX-RZ620 is 2017. After comparison, it will become clear that among these two devices, the NR1609 is more suitable for the role of the heart of home theater system.

Main advantages Marantz NR1609 over Onkyo TX-RZ620

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Main advantages Onkyo TX-RZ620 over Marantz NR1609

  • 100/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 50/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 7 points out of 10.

NR1609
7
TX-RZ620
7

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 TX-RZ620 this value is 100/8 W/Ohm, and for the NR1609 it is 50/8 W/Ohm.

NR1609 TX-RZ620
Channels7.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm50/8, 70/6100/8
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.08

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the NR1609 8 out of 10, and the TX-RZ620 - 9.

NR1609
8
TX-RZ620
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.

Speaker A/B switching allows you to change between the main and sub speaker set. Marantz NR1609 can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.

NR1609 TX-RZ620
Digital to analog converter (DAC)192 KHz/24-bit384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAudyssey MultEQAccuEQ
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audioAdvanced Music Optimizer, Theater-Dimensional, Hi-Res audio, Dynamic Audio Amplification

Connectivity

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

NR1609
8
TX-RZ620
8

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

NR1609 TX-RZ620
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.

NR1609 TX-RZ620
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, Pandora, TuneIn RadioDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, 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 NR1609 got 9 points, but Onkyo TX-RZ620 received 7 points.

NR1609
9
TX-RZ620
7

Marantz NR1609 is equipped with 8/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Onkyo TX-RZ620 has 7/2 HDMI inputs and outputs.

NR1609 TX-RZ620
HDMI input/output8/17/2
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.2HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input12
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input32
Component input/output2/12/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, HDMI, phones, setup micHDMI, 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 the NR1609 were rated 9 out of 10 against the 6 for the TX-RZ620.

NR1609
9
TX-RZ620
6

Most of the AV receivers have a video scaling function, it is the process of reformatting the video signal to a higher resolution without losing the quality of the image. Upscaling the video signal resolution is possible only with Marantz NR1609.

NR1609 TX-RZ620
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 HDMI
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresBT.2020DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the NR1609 got 10 points, but the TX-RZ620 has 6.

NR1609
10
TX-RZ620
6

Voice control allows you to control the basic functions of the receiver through a smartphone, smart speaker or using the microphone that comes with the kit. The NR1609 can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. Only the Marantz NR1609 has the ECO mode.

NR1609 TX-RZ620
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displaycolour OSDfluorescent
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 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.

NR1609 TX-RZ620
Multi-room zones22
Zone audio outputspeaker, preoutspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlHEOS AppOnkyo Controller app, FlareConnect
RS-23201
Remote control input/output (IR)0/01/0
DC trigger output (12V)11

Multichannel surround

Marantz NR1609 got 8 points for the multichannel surround sound and Onkyo TX-RZ620 got 7.

NR1609
8
TX-RZ620
7

NR1609 TX-RZ620
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital Plus
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-SurroundDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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