Onkyo TX-RZ820 vs Marantz SR-6011 under a magnifying glass
Onkyo TX-RZ820 — quality in every detail
I managed to check up an Onkyo receiver. The Zone 2 functionality grabbed my attention. It couldn’t be directly connected with speakers. The sounding is regulated via the app, what I’m used to. Usually, I limited the volume to 5.2 and it worked perfectly while testing. But when I configured 7.2, the Zone 2 was not available. I blindly chose options in the menu to fix it because it was complicated.
Onkyo TX-RZ820 PROS:
It is convenient to download a digital version and control it via my tablet. Moreover, music selection and playback are built into the app.
I am not an avid FM listener, but I was amazed. Despite stations were distant away, the reception was flawless.
Also, I connected it to Apple TV without problems to watch a couple of shots.
Network audio player pleasantly surprised me.
Onkyo TX-RZ820 CONS:
The Onkyo privacy bothered me. It constantly popped up. ‘Not to Accept’ option didn’t help. It appeared every time when I switched a channel.
Slightly confusing interface. It was not clear what to choose because my speakers are directly connected to the receiver and I’m not used to it.
Straight away I didn’t understand why the sound was so weak. But then I connected one of the speakers to the center speaker output when I used the second amplifier to power the Zone 2 speakers.
Marantz SR-6011 — receiver that works off its cost
Also, I plugged in Marantz SR-6011 in order to test it. Setup and used it intuitively, without instructions. I can say that it has better sound quality. At such a price, about 1 000$, a receiver of superb sounding is expected and Marantz SR-6011 justifies this hope. Except astonishing Dolby Atmos sound also, the Zone 2 works off its price.
Marantz SR-6011 PROS:
I am hooked on its porthole display. You see input and volume on it, but the surrounding ring doesn’t light up.
The Zone 2 is outstanding because it works with Comcast, Xfinity, TV, and Dish. It is possible turned on simultaneously 2 TVs. While checking, I was listening to music in one room and the TV was working in another one.
I am used to controlling receivers via my gadgets, so I instantly downloaded the app on my smartphone. The grayish menu is stylish and with sliding sidebars simple to use.
Marantz SR-6011 CONS:
I didn’t set Dolby Atmos on HDMI out 1, because the second one was in use, even speakers were not hooked up to it.
I didn’t notice right away that it gets hot fast, but it’s possible to install cooling fans.
Also, I should point out that it cannot be remotely controlled by smartphone.
It is pity that it doesn’t have HEOS multiroom support and SoundCloud, thus I couldn’t send music from other speakers around the house.
Onkyo TX-RZ820 vs Marantz SR-6011 verdict
Are my reasons in this receiver comparison convincing enough for you to pay such a high price for Onkyo TX-RZ820 or Marantz SR-6011?
Onkyo has Network audio player in contrast to Marantz. Meanwhile, Marantz is more powerful in comparison to Onkyo (680 versus 600 W, respectively).
The main drawback, which is not shown in a comparison chart, is the Marantz’s Zone 2 nuances. However, Onkyo has tangled interface.
Other differences Marantz SR-6011 vs Onkyo TX-RZ820 are not so important.
Finally, if you hesitate, Marantz SR-6011 or Onkyo TX-RZ820, choose Onkyo if you listen to the radio, its quality is superb or pick Marantz if you need outstanding the Zone 2.