Marantz NR1608 vs Pioneer VSX-531

NR1608 vs VSX-531 comparison chart

Marantz NR1608 vs Pioneer VSX-531 review

Marantz NR1608
vs
Pioneer VSX-531

Here we show you AV receivers comparison of Marantz NR1608 vs Pioneer VSX-531 based on specifications, reviews and ratings. The NR1608 has 7.2 channels amplifier and the VSX-531 5.1 channels. Only the NR1608 has a Dolby Atmos support. DTS:X is supported only by the NR1608. We have evaluated both AV receivers, NR1608 has an overall score of 8.3 out of 10 vs 4.3 out of 10 for VSX-531.

Advantages Marantz NR1608 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
  • Dolby Vision compatible
  • Has a GUI (Graphic User Interface)
  • Setup assistant
  • Multi-zone

Advantages Pioneer VSX-531 over Marantz NR1608

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

Common strengths

  • Pure direct/Straight decode mode is enabled
Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5
Marantz NR1608

Dec 06, 2019

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Common

Product

Marantz NR1608
Pioneer VSX-531

Model

NR1608
VSX-531

Brand

Marantz
Pioneer

Reviews

80
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, %

0.05
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit
192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ
MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Hi-Res audio, Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Advanced Sound Retriever

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud
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

HLG, BT.2020
DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

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 2016 AVR Remote App, HEOS App
has not

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/0
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)

has not
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 35.5 x 10.1/17.3 x 14.8 x 4.1
43.5 x 16.8 x 32/17 x 6.3 x 12.6

Weight, kg/lbs

8.1/18.3
8/17.6

Other

Release year

2017
2016
Marantz NR1608
Pioneer VSX-531
Marantz NR1608
Pioneer VSX-531

AV receivers CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.3
  • 4.3
  • 8.3Marantz NR1608
  • 4.3Pioneer VSX-531

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