Marantz NR1606 vs Pioneer VSX-531

NR1606 vs VSX-531 comparison chart

Marantz NR1606 vs Pioneer VSX-531 review

Marantz NR1606
vs
Pioneer VSX-531

Here we show you AV receivers comparison of Marantz NR1606 vs Pioneer VSX-531 based on specifications, reviews and ratings. The NR1606 has 7.2 channels amplifier and the VSX-531 5.1 channels. Only the NR1606 has a Dolby Atmos support. DTS:X is supported only by the NR1606. We have evaluated both AV receivers, NR1606 has an overall score of 7.4 out of 10 vs 4.3 out of 10 for VSX-531.

Advantages Marantz NR1606 over Pioneer VSX-531

  • Bi-amp connection of front speakers
  • Has an A/B switch for the front speakers
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • AirPlay support
  • Has a GUI (Graphic User Interface)
  • Setup assistant
  • Multi-zone

Advantages Pioneer VSX-531 over Marantz NR1606

  • Delivers 80W/8Ohm (2 channel driven) vs 50W/8Ohm

Common strengths

  • Pure direct/Straight decode mode is enabled
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Product

Marantz NR1606
Pioneer VSX-531

Model

NR1606
VSX-531

Brand

Marantz
Pioneer

Reviews

50
144

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
5.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

50/8, 70/6
80/8, 140/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
20Hz-20KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit
192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ
MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Advanced Sound Retriever

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, SiriusXM
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/1
4/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
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

Composite input

3
2

Component input/output

2/1
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
USB, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

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

Video conversion

analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

x.v.Color
DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
fluorescent

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
USB

Other additional features

IP Control
has not

Multi-room

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
has not

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

1
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS
DTS 96/24, DTS Neo:6

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF
has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

250
220

Standby consumption, W

0.2
0.45

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.1 x 10.1 x 35.5 /17.3 x 4.1 x 14.8
43.5 x 16.8 x 32/17 x 6.3 x 12.6

Weight, kg/lbs

8.1/18.7
8/17.6

Other

Release year

2016
2016
Marantz NR1606
Pioneer VSX-531
Marantz NR1606
Pioneer VSX-531

AV receivers CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.4
  • 4.3
  • 7.4Marantz NR1606
  • 4.3Pioneer VSX-531

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