Marantz NR1609 vs Pioneer VSX-S520

NR1609 vs VSX-S520 comparison chart

Marantz NR1609 vs Pioneer VSX-S520 review

Marantz NR1609
vs
Pioneer VSX-S520

An affordable AV receiver is always a good option to consider, so Marantz NR1609 vs Pioneer VSX-S520 comparison definitely makes sense. The NR1609 has 7.2 channels amplifier and the VSX-S520 5.1 channels. 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 6 out of 10 for VSX-S520.

Advantages Marantz NR1609 over Pioneer VSX-S520

  • Bi-amp connection of front speakers
  • Multi-zone

Common strengths

  • Pure direct/Straight decode mode is enabled
  • Phono (MM) input
  • Dolby Vision compatible
Votes 2 2
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 VSX-S520

Dec 20, 2019

Pioneer's compact low-profile S520 AV receiver with six amplification channels can be the best option for building a home theater in a modern living room. With support for network interfaces, a set o...

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Common

Product

Marantz NR1609
Pioneer VSX-S520

Model

NR1609
VSX-S520

Brand

Marantz
Pioneer

Reviews

105
92

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
5.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

50/8, 70/6
50/4

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
4

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.09

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, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audio
Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio

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, TuneIn Radio

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
0

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

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, 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
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

HEOS App
has not

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
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)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround
DTS-ES, DTS 96/24

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
60

Standby consumption, W

0.2
0.2

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 7 x 32.5/17x 2.7 x 12.6

Weight, kg/lbs

14/31.1
4/8.8

Other

Release year

2018
2016
Marantz NR1609
Pioneer VSX-S520
Marantz NR1609
Pioneer VSX-S520

AV receivers CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.2
  • 6
  • 8.2Marantz NR1609
  • 6Pioneer VSX-S520

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