Marantz NR1710 vs Marantz NR1609 Detailed Comparison
SCORE:
55
SCORE:
54

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Overview

Here we are comparing Marantz Slimline NR1710 to Marantz Slimline NR1609 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 and equally powerful amplifiers.

Let us have a look at some highlights of the models.

Marantz Slimline NR1710 Highlights

Marantz Slimline NR1609 Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 50 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, DLNA, HEOS
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs
  • 7.2 channels
  • 50 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, DLNA, HEOS
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

We have evaluated both receivers. Marantz Slimline NR1710 gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Marantz Slimline NR1710

Marantz Slimline NR1609

AMPLIFIER
46
VIDEO FEATURES
74
AUDIO FEATURES
50
CONNECTIVITY
58
MULTIZONE
44
MISCELLANEOUS
31
RADIO
87
OVERALL
55
AMPLIFIER
46
VIDEO FEATURES
73
AUDIO FEATURES
49
CONNECTIVITY
52
MULTIZONE
44
MISCELLANEOUS
31
RADIO
87
OVERALL
54

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Marantz Slimline NR1710 over Marantz Slimline NR1609

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Marantz Slimline NR1710 over Marantz Slimline NR1609.

Marantz Slimline NR1710 has higher bluetooth standard. In video department only Marantz Slimline NR1710 supports HDCP 2.3 copy protection.

Marantz Slimline NR1710 Marantz Slimline NR1609
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
Domotz Pro Compatible
Remote Monitoring with ihiji
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
Newer HDCP Version 2.3 2.2
Web Control
Newer Bluetooth Version 4.1 3.0 + EDR

Advantage of Marantz Slimline NR1609 over Marantz Slimline NR1710

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Marantz Slimline NR1609 over Marantz Slimline NR1710.

Marantz Slimline NR1710 Marantz Slimline NR1609
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite

Common Strengths of Marantz Slimline NR1710 and Marantz Slimline NR1609

Marantz Slimline NR1710 and Marantz Slimline NR1609 share common strengths such as Dolby Atmos support, DTS:X support, HDR10, Dolby Vision, DLNA 1.5 support, HEOS, Amazon Alexa, ethernet connection, wi-fi, bluetooth, phono input, analog pre-outs, internet radio, Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, Napster and SiriusXM.

STRENGTHS Marantz Slimline NR1710 Marantz Slimline NR1609
Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2 up to 5.1.2
DTS:X up to 5.1.2 up to 5.1.2
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DSD via USB 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
DTS Dialog Control
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
HDR10
Dolby Vision
4K or 8K Video Passthrough up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling up to 4K 30/25/24p 4:4:4 up to 4K 30/25/24p 4:4:4
DLNA 1.5
HEOS
Works with Amazon Alexa
Ethernet
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC SBC
New HDCP Version 2.3 2.2
Many HDMI Inputs 8 (1 front) 8 (1 front)
USB Input 1 (Front) for USB memory 1 (Front) for USB memory
Phono Input
Composite Video Inputs 3 3
Component Video Inputs 2 2
Analog Pre-Outs 2.2 2.2
Zones 2 2
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Internet Radio TuneIn TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio

Common Weaknesses of Marantz Slimline NR1710 and Marantz Slimline NR1609

Marantz Slimline NR1710 and Marantz Slimline NR1609 share common weaknesses such as no front wide channel support, no Auro3D support, no MHL input, no ChromeCast, no DTS Play-Fi, no SONOS, no analog multi-channel input and no toroidal transformer.

WEAKNESSES Marantz Slimline NR1710 Marantz Slimline NR1609
No Front Wide Channel Support
No IMAX Enhanced
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
No DSD via HDMI
No Audyssey LFC
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT
No HDR10+
No Dynamic HDR
No VRR
No QFT
No MHL Input
No FireConnect
No FlareConnect
No Chromecast Built-In
No DTS Play-Fi
Does Not Work with SONOS
Few HDMI Outputs 1 1
Few Analog Audio Line Inputs 3 3
No Multi-Channel Input
No Toroidal Transformer No (EI) No (EI)

Selected Features

Amplifier

Marantz Slimline NR1710 and Marantz Slimline NR1609 have 7 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 50 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and have stable performance at 4 Ω load. Since 2016 all receiver manufacturers have dropped front wide channel support and these models are no exceptions.


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. They both do 4K upscaling up to 30p. The receivers support HDR10, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and supports up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Marantz Slimline NR1710 and Marantz Slimline NR1609 support Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. They can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.

Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audio™ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.


DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer

Marantz Slimline NR1710 and Marantz Slimline NR1609 support DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. Both of them can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.

DTS Neural:X is an upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.


MDAX2

Compressed music enhancement in Marantz Slimline NR1710 and Marantz Slimline NR1609 is done by Marantz’ MDAX2 technology. The use of compressed audio files like MP3, Windows Media™ Audio or AAC is getting more and more popular. The audio quality of these compressed files however is less than the original lossless files that are on a CD, especially lacking the higher frequencies and affecting the lower frequencies which make the audio image less wide and deep. The Marantz Digital Audio Expander 2, also called M-DAX2, recalculates the outputted frequency range. This enables you to get a more detailed and clearer sound.


Connectivity


Marantz Slimline NR1710

Marantz Slimline NR1710 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver works with Amazon Alexa and supports AirPlay 2. It has 8 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.3 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 2.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI and USB inputs.

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Marantz Slimline NR1609

Marantz Slimline NR1609 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver works with Amazon Alexa and supports AirPlay 2. It has 8 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 2.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI and USB inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Marantz Slimline NR1710 and here - Marantz Slimline NR1609.

BASICS Marantz Slimline NR1710 Marantz Slimline NR1609
BrandMarantzMarantz
SeriesSlimlineSlimline
ModelNR1710NR1609
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUSAUSA
Release Year20192018
AMPLIFIER Marantz Slimline NR1710 Marantz Slimline NR1609
Channels7.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
Current Feedback Topology
Discrete Amplification
HDAM
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability assignable assignable
AUDIO Marantz Slimline NR1710 Marantz Slimline NR1609
Maximum Channel Processing7.17.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2 up to 5.1.2
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X up to 5.1.2 up to 5.1.2
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1 Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSDMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSDApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI
DSD via USB 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction
DTS Dialogue Control
Dialog Enhancement
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Compressed Music Enhancer MDAX2 MDAX2
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Marantz Slimline NR1710 Marantz Slimline NR1609
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ Audyssey MultEQ
Audyssey App Support
Optimized Bass Redirection
Bass Sync
VIDEO Marantz Slimline NR1710 Marantz Slimline NR1609
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 30/25/24p 4:4:4 up to 4K 30/25/24p 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Marantz Slimline NR1710 Marantz Slimline NR1609
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Domotz Pro Compatible
Remote Monitoring with ihiji
OvrC Compatible
HEOS
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay 2 AirPlay 2
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote App Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App for iOS and Android devices Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App for iOS and Android devices
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC SBC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.32.2
HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)8 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs11
USB Input1 (Front) for USB memory1 (Front) for USB memory
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs33
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs11
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs1 / No1 / No
Composite Video Inputs33
Composite Video Outputs11
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs22
Component Video Outputs11
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs2.22.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USBHDMI, USB
Speaker A/B assignable assignable
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Marantz Slimline NR1710 Marantz Slimline NR1609
Zones22
Powered Zones 2 2
Zone 2 OutsPre OutPre Out
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output11
MISC Marantz Slimline NR1710 Marantz Slimline NR1609
On-Screen Display Advanced Graphic User Interface Advanced Graphic User Interface
GUI Languages33
Web Control
IP Control
FL Display 1 line 1 line
Remote ControllerRC035SRRC033SR
Pre-programmed / Learnable / LCD DisplayNo / No / NoNo / No / No
Detachable Power Cord
Flasher In
Remote Control In/Out0 / 00 / 0
Setup Assistant
RADIO Marantz Slimline NR1710 Marantz Slimline NR1609
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Digital Radio
Internet Radio TuneIn TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Marantz Slimline NR1710 Marantz Slimline NR1609
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals77
Large Speaker Terminals77
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
High Grade Audio Components
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Marantz Slimline NR1710 Marantz Slimline NR1609
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Toroidal TransformerNo (EI)No (EI)
Power Consumption250 W250 W
No Sound PowerECO On/Off: 30 W/40 WECO On/Off: 25 W/35 W
Standby Power0.2 W0.2 W
GENERAL Marantz Slimline NR1710 Marantz Slimline NR1609
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Auto Power off
Dimensions (W x H x D)440 mm x 105 mm x 378 mm (with antenna: 440 mm x 175 mm x 378 mm)
17-3/8" x 4-1/4" x 15" (with antenna up: 17-3/8" x 7" x 15")
440 mm x 105 mm x 378 mm (with antenna: 440 mm x 177 mm x 378 mm)
17-3/8" x 4-1/4" x 15" (with antenna up: 17-3/8" x 7" x 15")
Weight8.4 kg (18 lbs 8 oz)8.3 kg (18 lbs 5 oz)
Warranty3 Years3 Years
SPECS Marantz Slimline NR1710 Marantz Slimline NR1609
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)50 W (0.08% THD)50 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)70 W (0.7% THD)70 W (0.7% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)100 W (10% THD)100 W (10% THD)
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)90 W (1% THD)90 W (1% THD)
Phono Distortion0.03% (1 kHz, 3 V)0.03% (1 kHz, 3 V)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)130 mV/47 kΩ130 mV/47 kΩ
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)98 dB98 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)74 dB74 dB
Phono RIAA Deviation±1 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)±1 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)
DSD Sampling Rates via USB5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Video Frequency Response5 Hz - 60 MHz, 0, -3 dB (Component)
5 Hz - 10 MHz, 0, -3 dB (Composite)
5 Hz - 60 MHz, 0, -3 dB (Component)
5 Hz - 10 MHz, 0, -3 dB (Composite)
Ethernet Standard100BASE-TX100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/nIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency5 GHz, 2.4 GHz5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version4.13.0 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5V, 1 AUSB2.0 5V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 2.8 µV (20.2 dBf)Mono: 2.8 µV (20.2 dBf)
FM Effective Sensitivity1.2 µV (12.8 dBf)1.2 µV (12.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dBMono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%
AM Frequency520 kHz - 1710 kHz520 kHz - 1710 kHz
AM Effective Sensitivity18 µV18 µV

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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