Marantz NR1710 vs Pioneer VSX-S520

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NR1710 vs VSX-S520 comparison chart

Marantz NR1710 vs Pioneer VSX-S520 review

Marantz NR1710
vs
Pioneer VSX-S520

To get informed with the specs of the receivers, we suggest you read the Marantz NR1710 and Pioneer VSX-S520 review. According to the results of our review, Marantz NR1710 received 8.3 points out of 10 possible, and Pioneer VSX-S520 was rated 6 points. The release date of NR1710 is 2019, and VSX-S520 is 2016. This review shows us that the NR1710 is a better choice as a home AV receiver than the VSX-S520.

Main advantages Marantz NR1710 over Pioneer VSX-S520

  • More channels, namely 7, makes this receiver more profitable than its 5-channel competitor.
  • Thanks to 2 multi-room zones support, NR1710 bypasses its competitor without multizone support.
  • Include HDMI eARC function.

Main advantages Pioneer VSX-S520 over Marantz NR1710

  • We do not know advantages

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 7 and 5, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

NR1710
7
VSX-S520
5

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Marantz NR1710 supports 7.2-channels sound, but Pioneer VSX-S520 supports a 5.1-channels configuration.

RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced.

NR1710 VSX-S520
Channels7.25.1
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm50/8, 70/650/4
Output impedance, Ohm8, 64
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.09

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the NR1710 9 out of 10, and the VSX-S520 - 6.

NR1710
9
VSX-S520
6

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 only on the NR1710.

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.

NR1710 VSX-S520
Digital to analog converter (DAC)192 KHz/32-bit192 KHz/24-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAudyssey MultEQMCACC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Enhancer, Hi-Res audioAdvanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

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

NR1710
8
VSX-S520
8

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

NR1710 VSX-S520
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.

NR1710 VSX-S520
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn RadioDeezer, TIDAL, 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 NR1710 got 9 points, but Pioneer VSX-S520 received 6 points.

NR1710
9
VSX-S520
6

Marantz NR1710 is equipped with 8/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Pioneer VSX-S520 has 4/1 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 only on Marantz NR1710.

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 NR1710 in the HDCP 2.3 version, and Pioneer VSX-S520 has the HDCP 2.2 version.

NR1710 VSX-S520
HDMI input/output8/14/1
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.3HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE)21
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input11
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input30
Component input/output2/10/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, HDMI, phones, 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 NR1710 were rated 7 out of 10 against the 8 for the VSX-S520.

NR1710
7
VSX-S520
8

NR1710 VSX-S520
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 conversion
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresHLG, BT.2020DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the NR1710 got 10 points, but the VSX-S520 has 7.

NR1710
10
VSX-S520
7

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 NR1710 can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. Only the Marantz NR1710 has the ECO mode.

NR1710 VSX-S520
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon KindleiPhone, 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 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.

NR1710 VSX-S520
Multi-room zones2has not
Zone audio outputspeaker, preouthas not
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlMarantz AVR Remote App, HEOS Apphas not
RS-23200
Remote control input/output (IR)1/00/0
DC trigger output (12V)10

Multichannel surround

Marantz NR1710 got 8 points for the multichannel surround sound and Pioneer VSX-S520 got 7.

NR1710
8
VSX-S520
7

NR1710 VSX-S520
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height VirtualizationDolby Digital Plus
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESSDTS-ES, DTS 96/24
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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