Sony STR-DH590 vs Marantz CINEMA 50

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STR-DH590 vs CINEMA 50 comparison chart

Sony STR-DH590 vs Marantz CINEMA 50 review

Sony STR-DH590
vs
Marantz CINEMA 50

Being able to compare Sony STR-DH590 and Marantz CINEMA 50 gave us an insight into what of them would be better for home theater configuration. According to the results of our review, Sony STR-DH590 received 4.2 points out of 10 possible, and Marantz CINEMA 50 was rated 8.6 points. The release date of STR-DH590 is 2018, and CINEMA 50 is 2022. CINEMA 50 is more performable in terms of audio broadcast than the STR-DH590.

Main advantages Sony STR-DH590 over Marantz CINEMA 50

  • We do not know advantages

Main advantages Marantz CINEMA 50 over Sony STR-DH590

  • More channels, namely 9, makes this receiver more profitable than its 5-channel competitor.
  • Thanks to 2 multi-room zones support, CINEMA 50 bypasses its competitor without multizone support.
  • There is WI-Fi support.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.
  • Include HDMI eARC function.
  • 8K/60Hz signal pass-through is available.
  • Surround sound ensures the availability of Dolby Atmos.
  • Object-oriented sound ensures the availability of DTS:X.

Amplifiers

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

STR-DH590
6
CINEMA 50
8

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Sony STR-DH590 supports 5.2-channels sound, but Marantz CINEMA 50 supports a 9.4-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 CINEMA 50 this value is 150/6 W/Ohm, and for the STR-DH590 it is 145/6 W/Ohm.

STR-DH590 CINEMA 50
Channels5.29.4
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm145/6110/8, 150/6
Output impedance, Ohm68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz5Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.090.08

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the STR-DH590 5 out of 10, and the CINEMA 50 - 7.

STR-DH590
5
CINEMA 50
7

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 CINEMA 50.

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 CINEMA 50 can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.

STR-DH590 CINEMA 50
Digital to analog converter (DAC)192 KHz/32-bit192 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationDCACAudyssey MultEQ XT
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featureshas notAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey Dynamic LFC, Dirac Live Suppot, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Sony STR-DH590 scored 5, and Marantz CINEMA 50 scored 9 out of 10.

STR-DH590
5
CINEMA 50
9

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

Wired internet connection via RJ45 allows receiver faster connection than wireless or even use NAS storages. Wired connection via RJ45 is possible in the CINEMA 50 only.

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 Marantz CINEMA 50.

STR-DH590 CINEMA 50
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)1
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.

STR-DH590 CINEMA 50
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas notDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix

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, Sony STR-DH590 got 6 points, but Marantz CINEMA 50 received 8 points.

STR-DH590
6
CINEMA 50
8

Sony STR-DH590 is equipped with 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Marantz CINEMA 50 has 6/3 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 Marantz CINEMA 50.

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 Sony STR-DH590 in the HDCP 2.2 version, and Marantz CINEMA 50 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 CINEMA 50 has a Phono interface.

STR-DH590 CINEMA 50
HDMI input/output4/16/3
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)24
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input12
Coaxial digital input12
Composite input00
Component input/output0/00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsphones, setup micUSB, 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 the STR-DH590 were rated 6 out of 10 against the 8 for the CINEMA 50.

STR-DH590
6
CINEMA 50
8

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 STR-DH590 works with the 4K/60Hz video, and the CINEMA 50 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 Marantz CINEMA 50.

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 with Marantz CINEMA 50.

STR-DH590 CINEMA 50
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10HDR10+
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 conversion
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresHLGHLG, BT.2020, Dynamic HDR

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the STR-DH590 got 4 points, but the CINEMA 50 has 10.

STR-DH590
4
CINEMA 50
10

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 CINEMA 50 can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. Marantz CINEMA 50 has the ECO mode.

STR-DH590 CINEMA 50
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displayfluorescentport hole OLED
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updateUSBnetwork, USB
Other additional featureshas notIP Control, Web Control, App Control, RS232 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.

STR-DH590 CINEMA 50
Multi-room zoneshas not2
Zone audio outputhas notspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlhas notMarantz 2016 AVR Remote, HEOS App
RS-23201
Remote control input/output (IR)0/01/0
DC trigger output (12V)01

Multichannel surround

Sony STR-DH590 got 5 points for the multichannel surround sound and Marantz CINEMA 50 got 10.

STR-DH590
5
CINEMA 50
10

Dolby Atmos' particularity is that this is the object-oriented sound format, that is, each audio signal object is independently sounded and connected to its spatial position. Marantz CINEMA 50 can create 3D sound due to the Dolby Atmos support.

DTS:X is an algorithm used by the processor to create sound scenes, where sounds connected directly to objects rather than channels, and to determine the optimum sound output distribution in space. Surround sound with DTS:X is available on the CINEMA 50.

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. Marantz CINEMA 50 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 CINEMA 50 licensed by IMAX.

STR-DH590 CINEMA 50
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby DigitalDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS 96/24DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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