Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Marantz NR1608

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      Overview

      Here we are comparing Anthem MRX 740 8K to Marantz NR1608 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. Both receivers have 7 channel amplifiers with Anthem MRX 740 8K's being more powerful.


      Anthem MRX 740 8K Marantz NR1608

      Anthem MRX 740 8K was introduced in 2021. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 11.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz video signal.

      Marantz NR1608 was introduced in 2017. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 50 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 4K/60Hz and upscales up to 4K 30/25/24p 4:4:4 video signal.

      Highlights

      • 7.2 Channels
      • 11.1 Channel Processing
      • 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • HDMI 2.1
      • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
      • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision
      • 8K Passthrough
      • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
      • Phono Input

      Highlights

      • 7.2 Channels
      • 7.1 Channel Processing
      • 50 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
      • HDR10, Dolby Vision
      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/30Hz Upscaling
      • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet

      We evaluated Anthem MRX 740 8K and Marantz NR1608 and gave them scores of 89 and 85 out of 100 recpectively. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

      Marantz NR1608

      Amplifier
      89
      Amplifier
      78
      Audio Features
      89
      Audio Features
      84
      Video Features
      100
      Video Features
      95
      Connectivity
      88
      Connectivity
      83
      Zones
      77
      Zones
      79
      Radio
      73
      Radio
      96
      OVERALL
      89
      OVERALL
      85

      For more details about the ranking please go to    Evaluations page.

      Pros and Cons

      In this section we present pros and cons of Anthem MRX 740 8K and Marantz NR1608.

      PROS

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

      Marantz NR1608

      •   High Power Output - 140 W
      •   11.1 Channel Processing
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   DTS:X
      •   IMAX Enhanced
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   HDR10+
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   HDMI Version
      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
      •   VRR
      •   QFT
      •   8K Passthrough
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Chromecast Built-In
      •   7 HDMI Inputs
      •   4 HDMI Outputs
      •   7 8K Inputs
      •   Phono Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Spotify
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   DTS:X
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Works with Amazon Alexa
      •   HEOS
      •   8 HDMI Inputs
      •   USB Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal

      CONS

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

      Marantz NR1608

      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No DSD via HDMI
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   No USB Input
      •   No Composite Video Inputs
      •   No Digital Radio
      •   No Pandora
      •   No Tidal
      •   Low Power Output - 50 W
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No DSD via HDMI
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No eARC
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   Few RCA Line Inputs
      •   No Phono Input
      •   No Digital Radio
      •   Bluetooth 3․0 + EDR


      And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

      AVERAGE

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

      Marantz NR1608

      •   7.2 Channels
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   2 Zones
      •   7.2 Channels
      •   7.1 Channel Processing
      •   2 Zones

      Advantage of Anthem MRX 740 8K

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Anthem MRX 740 8K over Marantz NR1608.

      Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Marantz NR1608
      Higher Power Output 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 50 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Higher DAC Specs 768 kHz/32 Bit vs []
      More Channel Processing 11.1 vs 7.1
      IMAX Enhanced vs
      HDR10+ vs
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) vs
      Newer HDCP Version 2.3 vs 2.2
      Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through vs
      VRR vs
      QFT vs
      Video Signal Passthrough up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 vs up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
      Chromecast Built-In vs
      More HDMI Outputs 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2) vs 1
      More 8K Inputs 7 vs
      More Optical Inputs 3 vs 1
      More Optical Outputs 1 vs
      More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 2 vs 1
      More RCA Line Inputs 4 vs 3
      More RCA Line Outputs 1 vs
      Phono Input vs
      More RCA Pre-Outs 11.2 vs 2.2
      Zone 2 Outs HDMI, Pre Out vs Pre Out
      RS-232C Interface vs
      +12V Trigger Output 3 vs 1
      Bigger Power Supply 485 W vs 250 W
      Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 170 W (1% THD) on Channels 1-5, 75 W (1% THD) on Remaining Channels vs 70 W (0.7% THD)
      Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 110 dB vs 98 dB

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      Advantage of Marantz NR1608

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Marantz NR1608 over Anthem MRX 740 8K.

      Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Marantz NR1608
      DSD via USB vs 2-ch Input
      Audyssey Dynamic EQ vs
      Audyssey Dynamic Volume vs
      Works with Amazon Alexa vs
      More HDMI Inputs 7 vs 8 (1 front)
      USB Input for factory service vs 1 (Front) for USB memory
      More Composite Video Inputs vs 3
      More Composite Video Outputs vs 1
      More Component Video Inputs vs 2
      More Component Video Outputs vs 1
      Front A/V Inputs vs HDMI, USB
      More Powered Zones vs 2
      Pandora vs
      Tidal vs
      Deezer vs
      Napster vs
      SiriusXM vs

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      Common Strengths and Weaknesses

      We already listed pros and cons of each model. However, you may also find useful to look at their common strengths and weaknesses shown side-by-side.

      STRENGTHS Anthem MRX 740 8K Marantz NR1608
        Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2
        DTS:X up to 5.1.2
        Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis) Audyssey MultEQ
        HDR10
        Dolby Vision
        New HDCP Version2.32.2
        Wi-Fi
        Bluetooth SBC
        Many HDMI Inputs78 (1 front)
        RCA Pre-Outs11.22.2
        Ethernet
        Analog Tuner FM/AM
        Spotify
      WEAKNESSES Anthem MRX 740 8K Marantz NR1608
        No Front Wide Channel Support
        No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        No DSD via HDMI
        No Digital Radio

      Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input on Anthem MRX 740 8K with built-in phono stage for connecting the moving magnet cartridge output of the turntable directly to the receiver.
      • Analog Pre-Outs: Anthem MRX 740 8K has 11.2 and Marantz NR1608 has 2.2 preamplifier outputs which allow you to connect the receivers to the external power amplifiers. You may want to use a high quality external amplifier for certain channels, usually for front L/R and center, and use the receiver to power the rest. Also, Anthem MRX 740 8K has 11 channel processing but has only 7 channel amplifier, so it needs external amplifier connected to the analog pre-outs in order to reach its maximum speaker configuration.
      • Analog Line Inputs and Outputs: There are 4 pair of line inputs on Anthem MRX 740 8K and 3 pair of line inputs on Marantz NR1608 for connecting sources with analog outputs. There is also 1 pair of line outputs on Anthem MRX 740 8K.
      • Digital Inputs and Outputs: 3 optical inputs, 1 optical output and 2 coaxial inputs are available on Anthem MRX 740 8K and 1 optical input and 1 coaxial input are available on Marantz NR1608 for digital audio connections.
      • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel of each receiver.

      Video

      • HDMI:
      • Anthem MRX 740 8K
        Inputs:
        7   Outputs: 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)
        8K Inputs: 7.
      • Marantz NR1608
        Inputs:
        8 (1 front)   Outputs: 1
        8K Inputs: 0.
      • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
      • Anthem MRX 740 8K
        Inputs:
        0   Outputs: 0.
      • Marantz NR1608
        Inputs:
        3   Outputs: 1.
      • Component Video: Component video connection gives you the higher quality video compared to the composite video connection. So in case your old DVD player and other equipment do not have an HDMI output but have Component video output use this connection over the composite one. resolution on Component video connectors. resolution on Component video connectors.
      • Anthem MRX 740 8K
        Inputs:
        0   Outputs: 0.
      • Marantz NR1608
        Inputs:
        2   Outputs: 1.

      Front A/V Inputs

      • Anthem MRX 740 8K: None
      • Marantz NR1608: HDMI, USB

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

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      Marantz NR1608

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