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.
For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 7 and 5, respectively, on a 10-point scale.
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.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||50/8, 70/6||50/4|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8, 6||4|
|THD in stereo, %||0.08||0.09|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the NR1710 9 out of 10, and the 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.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||192 KHz/32-bit||192 KHz/24-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✔||✔|
|Auto speaker calibration||Audyssey MultEQ||MCACC|
|Speaker A/B switching||✔||✔|
|Other audio features||Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Enhancer, Hi-Res audio||Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is equal and was rated 8 out of 10.
Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.
|USB||1 (USB 2.0)||1 (USB 2.0)|
Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.
|Apple Music (AirPlay)||AirPlay, AirPlay 2||AirPlay|
|Other streaming services||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio||Deezer, TIDAL, TuneIn Radio|
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.
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.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✔||✖|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||HDCP 2.3||HDCP 2.2|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||2||1|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||1||1|
|Coaxial digital input||1||1|
|Phono (MM) input||✔||✔|
|Front panel connectors||USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic||USB, phones, setup mic|
|Multi channel preamp output||✔||✖|
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.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||HDR10||✔|
|4K signal pass-through||4K/60Hz||4K/60Hz|
|8K signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|HDMI signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|3D signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|HDMI pass-through in standby mode||✔||✔|
|Analog to HDMI scaling||✖||✔|
|HDMI to HDMI scaling||✔||✔|
|Other video features||HLG, BT.2020||DeepColor, x.v.Color|
In terms of evaluating additional features, the NR1710 got 10 points, but the VSX-S520 has 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.
|Voice control||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI||✖|
|App control||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android|
|Display||colour OSD||colour OSD|
|Tuner||AM, FM||AM, FM|
|Auto power off||✔||✔|
|Graphical user interface (GUI)||✔||✔|
|Firmware update||network, USB||network, USB|
|Other additional features||IP Control, Web Control||has 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.
|Multi-room zones||2||has not|
|Zone audio output||speaker, preout||has not|
|Zone HDMI output||✔||has not|
|Multi-room control||Marantz AVR Remote App, HEOS App||has not|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||1/0||0/0|
|DC trigger output (12V)||1||0|
Marantz NR1710 got 8 points for the multichannel surround sound and Pioneer VSX-S520 got 7.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization||Dolby Digital Plus|
|DTS HD Master||✔||✔|
|DTS (other)||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24|