Marantz SR5012 vs Sony STRDN1080

Marantz SR5012 vs Sony STRDN1080: middle class receivers comparison

Marantz SR5012 vs Sony STRDN1080

I got two powerful receivers and decided to make comparison Marantz SR5012 vs Sony STRDN1080. These receivers have powerful hardware and wireless support and I will try to explore all features, pros and cons of them.

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Features & Performance

The Sony STRDN1080 is a powerful home receiver that works in 7.1.2 mode with a power of 165 watts/channel. Sony delivers a "warm" sound. Dialogue sounds like original human voices. Low-end bass is deep and tighter. At high and mid frequencies the sound maintains sharpness.

I compare Marantz with Sony STRDN1080 and SR5012 has less power amplifier - 100 watts / channel, but the quality of the sound stays at the same level.

Both receivers have the support of modern video and audio processing technologies, such as Dolby Atmos, DTS: X. When working with video receivers, they cope with 4K video and have the function of increasing the resolution.

Sony STRDN1080 vs Marantz SR5012

Connections & Setup

Many ports, both analog and digital are responsible for connecting of both receivers. Both receivers are equipped with a full set of wireless interfaces - a Bluetooth module and dual-band Wi-Fi. There is support for multi-room playback and playback from streaming services.

In my Sony STRDN1080 vs Marantz SR5012 review, I should notice that SR5012, unlike STRDN1080, is equipped with the Audyssey MultEQ XT, an automatic tuning system supplemented by Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ technologies. The firmware does a full setup of the receiver after the finish of connection with user`s audio system.

Design

Like most receivers, STRDN1080 and SR5012 have a large black case with perforations for cooling components. Sony STRDN1080 has a front panel with a glossy insert under which is the display. Below the display is a number of buttons for customization. 2 controls are located on the right side of the panel. Unlike the STRDN1080, the Marantz SR5012 has a more concise front panel. In the center is a round display, below it is a row of minimalist setting buttons. On the sides of the panel, there are 2 symmetrical regulators.

Marantz SR5012 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • SR5012 supports Alexa and, I think, it is possible to create a multi-room sound system with a full support of the voice control.
  • The application for smartphones Marantz 2016 AVR Remote gives you full access to all receiver functions via my smartphone. It is more convenient than the using remote.

Cons:

  • Streaming services work correctly only with a wired internet connection.
  • Slow switching between inputs, which is accompanied by a black screen.

Sony STRDN1080 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • To control the receiver there is an application Music Center.

Cons:

  • The buzz of the transformer in standby mode creates unpleasant noise in the room.
  • Receiver interface is slow and uncomfortable.

Marantz SR5012
Marantz SR5012 review

Oct 09, 2018

The amazing sound quality should be mentioned in this Marantz SR5012 review first. The device is rammed full of techs for making it crisp and immersive – Dolby Surround, Dolby Atmos, and DTS:X....

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Sony STRDN1080
Sony STRDN1080 review

Sep 28, 2018

There is no need to go for the receiver that costs thousands if you don’t have good acoustics at home or just not too bothered about extra features and multi-zone controls. It actually may be t...

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Common

Product

Marantz SR5012
Sony STRDN1080

Model

SR5012
STRDN1080

Brand

Marantz
Sony

Rating

4.2 of 5
3.7 of 5

Reviews

15
229

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Amplifier class

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
240 W

Standby power consumption

0.15 W
0.4 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

Amplifier

Total output power

700 W
1155 W

Output power per channel

100 W
165 W

Output impedance per channel

4 Ohm
6 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %
0.09 %

Number of channels

7
7

Signal-to-noise ratio

100 dB
108 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

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K
up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

2
1

Optical digital inputs

2
1

Coaxial digital inputs

2
1

HDMI inputs

8
6

HDMI outputs

2
2

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
30

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
24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround
S-FORCE Pro Front Surround Sound

Surround system class

7.2 channel
7.2 channel

Digital sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

10

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
19 x 15 x 8.4 inches

Product weight

22.1 pounds
23 pounds

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