Marantz SR5013 vs Onkyo TX-NR686

The ultimate comparison of controversial receivers: Marantz SR5013 vs Onkyo TX-NR686

Marantz SR5013 vs Onkyo TX-NR686

I’ve already managed to test two of the most controversial receivers in the market: Onkyo TX-NR686 vs Marantz SR5013. Actually, both flagship models have much in common, but we still have to compare them to see what are the differences.

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Features & Performance

Marantz SR5013 vs Onkyo TX-NR686 back

This part of the Marantz SR5013 vs Onkyo TX-NR686 battle can’t be held without a thorough look at their sound abilities.

Each unit has a surround sound effects - Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround, Surround system class at 7.2 channel and Digital content protection of HDCP 2.2.

The only one differs in sound features lies in the Audio D/A converter where Marantz has 24bit / 192kHz versus Onkyo’s 32bit / 384kHz.

Connections & Setup

Good news, both receivers have all the types of connectivity interfaces: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, IEEE 802.3, and IEEE 802.3u.

As for me, instructions were quite simple to read and understand for each model. However, looking at some reviews, people had troubles with setup. This problem may occur due to their level of receiver ownership (this may be their first unit). It is worth mentioning that instructions are written largely for professional users.

Design

In terms of design and setup configurations, the Onkyo TX-NR686 is an extremely versatile receiver. It’s got plenty of physical inputs and outputs, plus the wireless support helps bring it well into the 21st century. Sure, more streaming services, like Google Play and Apple Music, would be nice – but the Cast, AirPlay, and Bluetooth support at least partially makes up for that.

For easy installation, the horizontal row of speaker terminals on the SR5013 is color-coded, and a set of paired labels are provided for the cables, supplied to ensure proper connection. The crisp graphics on-screen display of the AV receiver has an exclusive Setup Assistant, which, combined with a quick start guide, provides guidance and optimizes critical settings for the best sound quality, regardless of configuration.

Onkyo TX-NR686

Pros:

  • Tons of inputs and outputs.
  • Decent wireless support.
  • Easy to use.

Cons:

  • Needs more streaming support.

Marantz SR5013

Pros:

  • Power enough for your living room to fill it with the renowned Marantz sound.
  • Latest HDMI standard for future compatibility.
  • Advanced connectivity: willingness to work with a TV and projector in parallel.
  • Intelligent ECO mode with off / on / auto mode setting.

Cons:

  • Too pricey for Marantz brand.

Marantz SR5013

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Common

Product

Marantz SR5013
Onkyo TX-NR686

Model

SR5013
TX-NR686

Brand

Marantz
Onkyo

Rating

5.0 of 5
4.2 of 5

Reviews

4
55

Amplifier

Total output power

700 W
800 W

Output power per channel

100 W
160 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm
8 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
106 dB

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS:X

Dolby Atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

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

8
7

Optical digital inputs

2
2

Coaxial digital inputs

2
1

HDMI inputs

8
7

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

40
40

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

Three-zone capability

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Audio D/A converter

24bit / 192kHz
32bit / 384kHz

Surround sound effects

Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround
Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround

Surround system class

7.2 channel
7.2 channel

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

650 W
570 W

Standby power consumption

0.2 W
0.15 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

13.7 x 17.3 x 6.3 inches
14.9 x 17.1 x 6.8 inches

Weight

22.1 pounds
22 pounds
Marantz SR5013
Onkyo TX-NR686
Marantz SR5013
Onkyo TX-NR686

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  • 28.1
  • 23.4
  • 28.1Marantz SR5013
  • 23.4Onkyo TX-NR686

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