Originally Posted by Muell67
Unfortunately the Marantz has extra hdmi inputs and they are all hdcp2.2. This is important to me. Is the Yamaha superior in just setup or in everyday use as well?
The Yamaha is not superior over the Marantz by any measure. Both receivers are good units. I have owned 4 Yamaha receiver's and now a Marantz receiver on my last purchase. Both companies have there advantages.
But between the Yamaha RX-S601 and the Marantz NR1607, the Marantz is clearly superior in my eyes.
Don't worry about the power ratings. 10 watts a channel difference will not be noticeable. 50 watts a channel will be more then enough to power efficient speakers to very loud listening levels.
For me, the Marantz's have superior ergonomics over the Yamaha's.
My Marantz is much easier to navigate thru sound modes and settings then my Yamaha's.
I never did like Yamaha's Cinama DSP sound modes! Many people get confused with these.
Audyssey in the Marantz is a big plus over YPAO in my opinion. It made a big difference in setting up my speakers and EQ for much better sound.
The Marantz NR1607 has 7 channels compared to the Yamaha 5 channels. plus 2 subwoofer outs compare to 1 on the Yamaha.
The Marantz NR1607 has video up conversion from anolog and hdmi sources.
The Marantz NR1607 has Dolby Atmos and firmware update for DTS-X for future proofing.
The Marantz NR1607 is HDR compatible for 4K tv's
The Marantz NR1607 has front L/R preamp outputs for connecting a external power amp if you think your speakers need more power.
The Marantz NR1607 remote is more user friendly and the OSD is very easy to use and navigate.
The Marantz NR1607 has a 3 year warranty compared to Yamaha's 2 year. But both are very reliable units. I have never had a issue with either one of them!
The Yamaha has a few advantages.
It does have Music cast. Many people like this feature.
Yamaha's AV controller app. is nice for your apple or android device.
Looks like it cost $100.00 less.
To me the Marantz NR1607 has a lot going for it for a slim line receiver! Much more then the Yamaha RX-S601 does.