OUR VERDICT - Lets face it, when Denon introduce a new flagship AV Receiver such as the AVCX8500 you know you are in for a treat. The AVR X7200 received critical acclaim from the worlds reviewers and home cinema enthusiasts alike however, Denon have taken their new flagship to an entirely new level. The AVCX 8500 is the only 13.2 channel AVR that I am aware of at present, even the likes of Arcam and Onkyo only go as far as 11.2. The only product similar is the Marantz AV8805 which is just a mere processor.
You may well be asking the same question I did when we were first introduced to this sumptuous piece of AV art, why do I want 13 channels of power ? After much contemplation I believe the question should be, why wouldn't I want all those channels ? We are keen supporters of Dolby Atmos and have been from the start, the AVC-X8500H will give you Dolby Atmos in a whole new way. Until now Atmos has normally been configured with 4 ceiling speakers, this creates a mesmerising 3D experience but as you may have noticed there was a gap in the middle as effects dart between the Top Back and Top Front Speakers. Using the 8500H will enable you to add Top Middle speakers to create a seamless ceiling of overhead effects whilst maintaining your 7 conventional channels at ear height. Take a look at the picture below to get a better understanding.
Obviously all those channels of power are an excellent feature but its the sound that matters. Denon have used premium audiophile DACs on all channels courtesy of the Asahi Kasei 4490 chips. The AK 4490 uses their proprietary 'Velvet Sound' architecture to focus on the sound and achieve rich musicality with high performance. Using the AK dac means that the AVC-X8500H can decode your favourite Hi-Res audio files up to 24/192 and DSD 5.6 Mhz which can be streamed via the built in Heos function.
To ensure that Denon's 100 years plus of audio expertise is delivered by the 8500H in the best possible way they have included the highly regarded Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room correction system which can be further tailored to your requirements using the Audyssey Editor App. This takes measurements from all speakers at up to eight locations to optimise the listening experience for everyone. Dynamic Volume and Dynamic Equaliser are also featured within this flagship. These features boost the channel and tone levels dependant on the listening volume to allow you to enjoy all of the action and drama even at lower volume levels making this an AV Receiver for everyday use.
To ensure the 8500H is as future proofed as any AV Receiver can be Denon have included 8 Hdmi inputs and 3 outputs that are all HDCP 2.2 compliant. This means that you can enjoy full fat 4:4:4 colour space as well HDR, Dolby Vision and HLG. This means that not only will your ears be treated, your eyes will too. I could sit here and praise the flagship AVC-X8500H all day but neither you nor me have the time for that so to cut this short I will conclude with my verdict...100%, totally and utterly recommended - I WANT ONEBLOCKBUSTING 3D-SOUND
Surround yourself in cinema-grade sound from literally any direction. Immerse yourself in multi-dimensional audio with Dolby Atmos. Enjoy a 7.1.6 or 9.1.4 surround sound speaker system with as many as 6 overhead speakers or Dolby Atmos elevation speakers for the ultimate home theatre experience.
DTS:X™ immersive audio places sound where it would occur naturally in space, creating a lifelike, multi-dimensional audio experience in the home. The improved immersion and heightened realism draw you into the world of your favourite movies. The included DTS Neural:X™ gives your movies, games and music a realism unmatched by traditional 5.1 surround sound.
Auro-3D provides an immersive surround sound experience thanks to dedicated height and overhead channels, in addition to traditional channels supporting up to a 13.2 configuration. Formatting identifies sound objects individually and projects them to different spaces in your listening environment, creating an immersing, three-dimensional sound stage. Auro-3D will be enabled via a future firmware update at no additional charge.
LATEST HDMI SPECS WITH EARC
All eight HDMI inputs (including one on the front) and three HDMI outputs feature HDCP 2.2 compatibility and the latest HDMI specifications, including 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Colour sub-sampling, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 21:9 video, 3D, and BT.2020 pass-through support. It is even ready for Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) for 3D audio playback through TV apps. The eARC feature will be enabled via a future firmware update.
ADVANCED VIDEO SECTION
The AVC-X8500H boasts an advanced video processor to upscale existing lower resolution video from any analog or digital source to true 4K. With three HDMI outputs, you can even connect a TV and a projector in the main room, while playing back different content on a second zone screen.
HDR / DOLBY VISION
The AVC-X8500H supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) video format. It is even ready for Dolby Vision and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma). Dolby Vision transforms the viewing experiences with astonishing brightness, contrast, and colour. HLG offers HDR technology over broadcast content.
AUDYSSEY MULTEQ XT32
Equipped with the full Audyssey Platinum suite of advanced DSP algorithms, the AVC-X8500H features Audyssey MultEQ XT32 automatic room acoustic correction. With the supplied measurement microphone, MultEQ XT32 analyses each speaker's output (including the subwoofers) at up to eight measurement locations and generates precision digital filters that optimise each channel for the correct frequency and time domain response. Plus, the optional available Audyssey MultEQ Editor app lets you view and adjust settings for detailed tuning and customize the sound more precisely to your room and tastes.
UNWIRE YOUR SOUND
Featuring Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless streaming connectivity, the Denon AVC-X8500H is equipped with an advanced dual antenna transceiver system for robust streaming even in congested urban environments. Plus, with Apple's AirPlay compatibility, you can enjoy listening to your favourite audio content wirelessly from your iOS devices such as an iPhone or iPad.
Built-in HEOS technology lets you enjoy your favourite music in any room of your home for a wireless, whole-home audio experience. Play the same song in every room, or select a different song for each connected room — the choice is yours. Also works with Amazon Alexa*, providing cutting-edge voice control.
DENON + HEOS APP
With the "Denon 2016 AVR Remote" app you can control the receiver's operation and even control your connected Denon Blu-ray player.
Easily control your music and multi-room streaming within the HEOS app, or use your voice for Amazon Alexa Voice Control*.
Store your preferred set-up and sound mode for every source — jump right to them by the push of a button on the front panel or via the remote control.
SMART TV CONNECTIVITY
Control your Denon AVC-X8500H with your Smart TV remote via the HDMI CEC functionality associated with your Smart TV. Simply set “HDMI Control” to ON in your receiver, then set “Smart Menu” to ON and begin controlling the AVC-X8500H with your TV remote. The Smart Menu home screen provides you quick access to source and surround mode selections, the AVR's setup menu and four Smart Selects.
ADVANCED SOUND PROCESSING
Experience extraordinary sound quality from both music and movies.
The AVC-X8500H owns a sophisticated DSP audio processing system that incorporates two latest generation high performance dual core SHARC DSP Griffin Lite.
ENJOY SUPERB AUDIO FIDELITY
Discover the incredible fidelity of high-resolution audio tracks with the ability to decode up to 24-bit/192-kHz ALAC, FLAC and WAV lossless files as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks (the audiophile format of SACD) via the front panel USB port and network sources. Or, listen to other popular file types such as MP3.
AL32 processing multi-channel provides ultra-high-resolution digital audio filtering and precision for all audio channels, delivering a natural soundstage with enhanced imaging. For content recorded in multi-channel, such as Blu-ray discs, the recorded low frequency effects (LFE) may be out of sync and delayed. Bass Sync technology corrects such a delay of low frequency effects for the perfect audio experience.
32-BIT D/A/ CONVERSION
For optimum fidelity and the widest dynamic range with lowest distortion, the Denon AVC-X8500H features advanced reference-class 32-bit AKM AK4490EQ stereo D/A converters for all channels. The total number is eight. Enjoy consistent high-fidelity and precise channel matching across all channels for the ultimate listening experience.
|Denon AVC-X8500H Specifications|
Dolby TrueHD / Dolby Atmos
DTS HD Master
|Max Number of Processing (Preamp) Channels||13.2|
|HEOS Multiroom and Streaming||Yes|
|DSD Audio Streaming||up to DSD5.6|
|FLAC HD 192/24||Yes|
|Gapless Playback||FLAC, WAV, ALAC, DSD|
|AirPlay Audio Streaming||Yes|
|Compatible with Remote APP for Smart Phones||Android / iOS|
|Compatible with Remote APP for Tablets||Android / iOS / Amazon Kindle|
|Spotify Connect / Tidal / Deezer / Others||Yes|
|Lossless Formats||FLAC HD 192/24
|HDMI Inputs: Back / Front||7 / 1|
|HDMI Outputs: Main / Zone||2 / 1|
|HDCP 2.2 Support||Yes|
|Analog to HDMI Scaling||up to 4K 60/50|
|HDMI to HDMI Scaling||up to 4K 60/50|
|MULTIROOM / CI|
|Zone Audio Source||HDMI (2ch)
Opt, Coax (2ch)
|Zone Audio Output||Speaker / Preout|
|Zone HDMI Output from HDMI Source||Yes|
|IP Control / RS232 Control / App Control||Yes|
|DC Trigger Output||2|
|HEOS Multiroom Integrated||Yes|
|TV Sound Grouping||Yes|
|INPUTS / OUTPUTS|
|Composite In / Out||4 / 2|
|Component In / Out||3 / 1|
|HDMI In / Out||7+1 / 3|
|Multi-room Video Out||Video / HDMI|
|Phono (MM) In||Yes|
|Digital In: Optical / Coaxial||2 / 2|
|Subwoofer Out||2 (independent)|
|7.1 Multichannel Input||Yes|
|Speaker Terminal||Gold Plated Screw|
|Number of Speaker Terminals||15|
|Speaker A/B / Bi-Amp Drive / Multi-Room Speaker||Assignable|
|Front Inputs||HDMI / USB|
|USB Audio / Made for iPod / Made for iPhone||Yes / AirPlay / AirPlay|
|Number of Poweramps||13|
|Power Output (8 ohm, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 0.05% 2ch Drive)||150 W|
|Power Output (6 ohm, 1 kHz, 0.7% 2ch Drive)||190 W|
|Power Output (6 ohm, 1 kHz, 1% 1ch Drive)||210 W|
|Metal Front Panel||Yes|
|System Remote Control||RC-1221|
|Pre-programmed / Learnable / LCD Display||Yes|
|Power Consumption||900 W|
|Power Consumption No-Sound (ECO On / Off)||70 W / 125 W|
|Standby Consumption||0.1 W|
|CEC Standby Consumption||0.5 W|
|Maximum Dimensions - Antenna Horizontal (W x D x H)||434 mm x 482 mm x 195 mm|
|Maximum Dimensions - Antenna Vertical (W x D x H)||424 mm x 482 mm x 259 mm|
|Maximum Dimensions - Without Antenna (W x D x H)||434 mm x 472 mm x 195 mm|
|Network Control On Consumption||3.7 W|
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Denon’s feature-packed 13-channel AV amplifier is complex to set up but delivers the most immersive surround sound yet from a single box.
|Price Match||Peter Tyson|