Marantz NR1609 vs Pioneer SC-LX501

NR1609 vs SC-LX501 comparison chart

Marantz NR1609 vs Pioneer SC-LX501 review

Marantz NR1609
vs
Pioneer SC-LX501

Marantz NR1609 vs Pioneer SC-LX501: which would you get for the best home entertainment experience? Both have 7.2 channel amplifiers. Both receivers have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices. We have evaluated both AV receivers, NR1609 has an overall score of 8.2 out of 10 vs 8.1 out of 10 for SC-LX501.

Advantages Pioneer SC-LX501 over Marantz NR1609

  • Delivers 120W/8Ohm (2 channel driven) vs 50W/8Ohm

Common strengths

  • Bi-amp capability
  • Pure direct/Straight decode mode is enabled
  • Phono (MM) input
  • Dolby Vision compatible
Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5
Marantz NR1609

Dec 13, 2019

Compact AV receiver appeared in the Marantz catalog - NR1609. The novelty, despite its small size, has not lost in functionality: it supports Hi-Res audio up to 24 bit / 192 kHz and DSD up to 5.6 MHz...

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Pioneer SC-LX501

Dec 06, 2019

Pioneer & Onkyo Europe introduced the SC-LX501 Network AV Receiver. Concerning Pioneer SC-LX501 specs this is a 7.1-channel device with Multi-Room Audio, which provides the ability to distribute ...

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Common

Product

Marantz NR1609
Pioneer SC-LX501

Model

NR1609
SC-LX501

Brand

Marantz
Pioneer

Reviews

105
97

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

50/8, 70/6
120/8, 180/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 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
AK4458 384 KHz/32-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, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audio
Advanced Sound Retriever

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz
2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2
AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/1
7/2

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
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
2

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

3
2

Component input/output

2/1
1/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

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

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
network, USB

Other additional features

IP Control, Web Control
IP Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

HEOS App
Pioneer Control App, FlareConnect

RS-232

0
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

1
2

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-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround
DTS Neo:X

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

250
250

Standby consumption, W

0.2
0.15

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.1 x 17.7 x 40.6/17.3 x 7.3 x 16.2
43.5 x 18.5 x 39.5/17 x 7 x 15.4

Weight, kg/lbs

14/31.1
11.8/26

Other

Release year

2018
2016
Marantz NR1609
Pioneer SC-LX501
Marantz NR1609
Pioneer SC-LX501

AV receivers CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.2
  • 8.1
  • 8.2Marantz NR1609
  • 8.1Pioneer SC-LX501

The Marantz NR1609 is better receiver in this comparison - check Marantz NR1609 price.