Marantz NR1609 vs Onkyo TX-SR444

NR1609 vs TX-SR444 comparison chart

Marantz NR1609 vs Onkyo TX-SR444 review

Marantz NR1609
vs
Onkyo TX-SR444

What are the main differences between the Marantz NR1609 vs Onkyo TX-SR444 and which AV receivers is better? The NR1609 has 7.2 channels amplifier and the TX-SR444 7.1 channels. Both receivers have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. DTS:X is supported only by the NR1609. We have evaluated both AV receivers, NR1609 has an overall score of 8.2 out of 10 vs 4.8 out of 10 for TX-SR444.

Advantages Marantz NR1609 over Onkyo TX-SR444

  • Bi-amp connection of front speakers
  • Has an A/B switch for the front speakers
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • AirPlay support
  • Built-in phono (MM) input
  • HDR compatible
  • Dolby Vision compatible
  • Setup assistant

Common strengths

  • Pure direct/Straight decode mode is enabled
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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Product

Marantz NR1609
Onkyo TX-SR444

Model

NR1609
TX-SR444

Brand

Marantz
Onkyo

Reviews

105
65

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
7.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

50/8, 70/6
100/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit
TI Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ
AccuEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audio
Theater-Dimensional, CinemaFILTER

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, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
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
2

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

3
3

Component input/output

2/1
2/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

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

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

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

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, Web Control
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

HEOS App
has not

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/0

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-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround
DTS-ES, DTS Neo:6 Cinema, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

250
420

Standby consumption, W

0.2
0.3

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
53.7 x 26.5 x 41.6/ 20.8 x 10.2 x 16.1

Weight, kg/lbs

14/31.1
10.5/22

Other

Release year

2018
2015
Marantz NR1609
Onkyo TX-SR444
Marantz NR1609
Onkyo TX-SR444

AV receivers CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.2
  • 4.8
  • 8.2Marantz NR1609
  • 4.8Onkyo TX-SR444