Marantz NR1200 vs Onkyo TX-8260

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NR1200 vs TX-8260 comparison chart

Marantz NR1200
Onkyo TX-8260

Marantz NR1200 vs Onkyo TX-8260 review

Marantz NR1200
Onkyo TX-8260

An overview of Marantz NR1200 and Onkyo TX-8260 will help us understand the many features that the devices are equipped with. According to the results of our review, Marantz NR1200 received 6.4 points out of 10 possible, and Onkyo TX-8260 was rated 6 points. The release date of NR1200 is 2019, and TX-8260 is 2017. And as a result of the review, it becomes clear that TX-8260 is inferior in audio processing features to NR1200.

Main advantages Marantz NR1200 over Onkyo TX-8260

  • Implemented HDMI ARC support.
  • HDMI CEC is present.
  • Can process HDR video.
  • It is possible to use the 4K/60Hz signal pass-through function.

Main advantages Onkyo TX-8260 over Marantz NR1200

  • 80/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 75/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Thanks to 2 multi-room zones support, TX-8260 bypasses its competitor without multizone support.


For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 6 and 7, respectively, on a 10-point scale.


The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 2.0-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-8260 this value is 80/8 W/Ohm, and for the NR1200 it is 75/8 W/Ohm.

NR1200 TX-8260
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm75/8, 100/680/8, 160/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.09

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the NR1200 6 out of 10, and the TX-8260 - 7.


Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Marantz NR1200 has Pure Direct mode.

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. Onkyo TX-8260 can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.

NR1200 TX-8260
Digital to analog converter (DAC)192 KHz/32-bitAK4452 384 KHz/32-bit
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibration
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresHi-Res audioWRAT


The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Marantz NR1200 scored 8, and Onkyo TX-8260 scored 7 out of 10.


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

NR1200 TX-8260
USB1 (USB 2.0)2 (USB 2.0)
Ethernet (RJ45)11

Streaming services

Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.

NR1200 TX-8260
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2AirPlay
Amazon Music
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn RadioTIDAL, 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 NR1200 got 6 points, but Onkyo TX-8260 received 5 points.


Only Marantz NR1200 has 5/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.

By using the HDMI ARC, we can get rid of additional audio cables for the forefront of high-quality sound, but also thanks to this technology, it becomes possible to use surround sound formats. The NR1200 has HDMI ARC support.

HDMI-CEC helps gadgets attached to your TV to link back and forth with your TV via HDMI ports. It is become possible to control all linked devices with one remote. The NR1200 features HDMI CEC.

NR1200 TX-8260
HDMI input/output5/10/0
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.3
Subwoofer output (LFE)21
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 connectorsUSB, phonesUSB, phones
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.


HDR pass-through gives you the possibility to broadcast HDR content directly from source to TV without the processing of the receiver. HDR support is available only on the Marantz NR1200.

With the 4K pass-through feature, the AV receiver sends "native" 4K signals to a 4K TV from a video source without any processing. Only NR1200 in our comparison can work with the 4K/60Hz video.

NR1200 TX-8260
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10
4K signal pass-through4K/60Hz
8K signal pass-through
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 featuresHLGhas not

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the NR1200 got 10 points, but the TX-8260 has 4.


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 NR1200 can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. Only the Marantz NR1200 has the ECO mode.

NR1200 TX-8260
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon KindleiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displaycolour OSDfluorescent
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USBnetwork, USB
Other additional featuresIP Control, Web Controlhas not


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.

NR1200 TX-8260
Multi-room zoneshas not2
Zone audio outputhas notspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlhas notOnkyo Controller app
Remote control input/output (IR)0/01/0
DC trigger output (12V)00

Multichannel surround


NR1200 TX-8260
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)has nothas not
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)has nothas not
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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