Pioneer VSX-LX303 vs Marantz NR1608

VSX-LX303 vs NR1608 comparison chart

Pioneer VSX-LX303 vs Marantz NR1608 review

Pioneer VSX-LX303
vs
Marantz NR1608

Here we are comparing Pioneer VSX-LX303 vs Marantz NR1608 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses. The VSX-LX303 has 9.2 channels amplifier and the NR1608 7.2 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, VSX-LX303 has an overall score of 8.2 out of 10 vs 8.3 out of 10 for NR1608.

Advantages Pioneer VSX-LX303 over Marantz NR1608

  • Delivers 100W/8Ohm (2 channel driven) vs 50W/8Ohm
  • Built-in phono (MM) input

Advantages Marantz NR1608 over Pioneer VSX-LX303

  • Has an A/B switch for the front speakers

Common strengths

  • Bi-amp capability
  • Pure direct/Straight decode mode is enabled
  • Dolby Vision compatible
Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5
Pioneer VSX-LX303

Dec 06, 2019

When one device allows you to build a home theater Dolby Atmos / DTS: X according to the scheme 7.1.2 with a gain of 170 watts per channel and at the same time it feeds the speakers in two other zone...

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Marantz NR1608

Dec 06, 2019

AV receivers have a reputation for such large and heavy drawers, which take up a lot of space on the shelf, but, in fact, you do not need such a huge device to organize a real home theater at your pla...

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Common

Product

Pioneer VSX-LX303
Marantz NR1608

Model

VSX-LX303
NR1608

Brand

Pioneer
Marantz

Reviews

356
80

Amplifier

Channels

9.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

100/8, 200/6
50/8, 70/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.05

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit
AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
Audyssey MultEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

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

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, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

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

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

7/2
8/1

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
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

2
3

Component input/output

1/0
2/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

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

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

Additional features

Voice control

Google Assistant
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
IP Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

FlareConnect
Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App, HEOS App

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1
1/0

DC trigger output (12V)

2
1

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 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
has not

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

750
250

Standby consumption, W

0.15
0.2

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 17.3 x 37/17 x 6.8 x 14.6
43.1 x 35.5 x 10.1/17.3 x 14.8 x 4.1

Weight, kg/lbs

13.5/29.8
8.1/18.3

Other

Release year

2018
2017
Pioneer VSX-LX303
Marantz NR1608
Pioneer VSX-LX303
Marantz NR1608

AV receivers CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.2
  • 8.3
  • 8.2Pioneer VSX-LX303
  • 8.3Marantz NR1608

The Marantz NR1608 is better receiver in this comparison - check Marantz NR1608 price.