Marantz SR5012 vs Marantz NR1608

Marantz SR5012 vs Marantz NR1608 - 4k receivers with prime design

Marantz SR5012 vs Marantz NR1608

Marantz flagship models review: Marantz SR5012 vs NR1608

In my Marantz NR1608 vs SR5012 review, I would make a comparison of the receivers by Marantz which differ in size and performance, as well as a set of ports.

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Features & Performance

Performance of these receivers is different. First of all, it is a power of the amplifier. Marantz SR5012 has power 100 W/channel and Marantz NR1608 has power 50 W/channel. Both receivers can work in 7.2 channel mode and support video in resolution 4K/60 Hz. Video playback on these devices is possible with support 4:4:4 color resolution, HDR, BT.2020, and Dolby Vision.

Marantz SR5012 vs NR1608

Connections & Setup

Marantz SR 5012 has connectivity ability wider than the Marantz NR1608 due to the extended set of component inputs and the analog outputs for the subwoofer and for the 7.1 system. For the rest, both receivers have similar set of connectors. This is eight HDMI, a complete set of a terminal for speakers, Ethernet, analog video, and audio connectors.

Also, both receivers are equipped with Bluetooth-module, AirPlay function and have dual-band Wi-Fi. And with built-in HEOS technology receivers can be part of a complete wireless multiroom music system. Just add additional HEOS speakers and connect using the HEOS app.

Design

In terms of design, these receivers are opposite. Marantz NR1608 has slim and compact design if compare it with Marantz SR5012 which seems huge and heavy. On the front panel, NR1608 has a wide rectangular display on which everything is readable versus the round display on the NR5012 where only basic information is displayed.

A common feature of these two receivers is a slightly rounded front panel in the typical Marantz style which the front HDMI input and USB port, inputs for the microphone and headphones, add detail.

Marantz SR5012 Pros & Cons

Marantz SR5012 PROS:

  • The NR5012 is equipped with an ECO mode, which automatically saves electricity.
  • Has simple connectivity to iOS devices.

Marantz SR5012 CONS:

  • All network services like Spotify, Airplay, Internet radio stop working after a minute or so and I used wired ethernet.
  • The android application does not work correctly with the latest software.

Marantz NR1608 Pros & Cons

Marantz NR1608 PROS:

  • Marantz AVR Remote app (gives full control over the receiver), and I can transfer music around the house from the network or Internet sources, or even from the phone.
  • Room correction function is pretty good.

Marantz NR1608 CONS:

  • Auto sound tuning is horrible. I spend some time to manually calibrate sound to my room.
  • The auto setup did not give me an option to indicate the type of speakers and volume level.

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Marantz NR1608
Marantz NR1608 review

Sep 27, 2018

If you choose to buy this AV receiver you will definitely have no regrets as this receiver can act like a digital player, network audio player o...

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Common

Model

SR5012
NR1608

Brand

Marantz
Marantz

Rating

4.2 of 5
4.0 of 5

Reviews

15
27

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Amplifier class

D

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

DSD

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS neural:X

DTS-HD master audio

DTS:X

Dolby atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Power device

Operational power consumption

320 W
250 W

Standby power consumption

0.15 W
0.2 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

Amplifier

Total output power

700 W
350 W

Output power per channel

100 W
50 W

Output impedance per channel

4 Ohm
4 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %
0.08 %

Number of channels

7
7

Signal-to-noise ratio

100 dB
98 dB

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

up to 4K
up to 4K

Video conversion/scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion
HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K
up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

2
2

Optical digital inputs

2
1

Coaxial digital inputs

2
1

HDMI inputs

8
8

HDMI outputs

2
1

Optical digital outputs

has not
has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not
has not

Subwoofer outputs

2
2

USB

1
1

Phones

1
1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital
digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM
AM/FM

Preset station qty

40
40

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

AIR Studios monitor certification

Three-zone capability

X.v.Color

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Deep color

MCACC Pro

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Sound output mode

Surround Sound
Surround Sound

Audio D/A converter

24bit / 192kHz
32bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround
Dolby Surround

Surround system class

7.2 channel
7.2 channel

Digital sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

10
4

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Dimensions

Shipping size

13.6 x 17.3 x 6.3 inches
14.8 x 17.3 x 4.1 inches

Product weight

22.1 pounds
18.3 pounds

Marantz SR5012 overview

Marantz NR1608 overview

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