Marantz CINEMA 50 vs Denon AVR-X2500H

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CINEMA 50 vs AVR-X2500H comparison chart

Marantz CINEMA 50 vs Denon AVR-X2500H review

Marantz CINEMA 50
vs
Denon AVR-X2500H

The Marantz CINEMA 50 vs Denon AVR-X2500H comparison makes sense because it shows what devices in their segments can offer. According to the results of our review, Marantz CINEMA 50 received 8.6 points out of 10 possible, and Denon AVR-X2500H was rated 8 points. The release date of CINEMA 50 is 2022, and AVR-X2500H is 2018. CINEMA 50 is more suitable as the heart of home theater system than its opponent - AVR-X2500H.

Main advantages Marantz CINEMA 50 over Denon AVR-X2500H

  • More channels, namely 9, makes this receiver more profitable than its 7-channel competitor.
  • 110/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 95/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Include HDMI eARC function.
  • 8K/60Hz signal pass-through is available.

Main advantages Denon AVR-X2500H over Marantz CINEMA 50

  • We do not know advantages

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 8 points out of 10.

CINEMA 50
8
AVR-X2500H
8

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Marantz CINEMA 50 supports 9.4-channels sound, but Denon AVR-X2500H supports a 7.2-channels configuration.

RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. The differences between the models in terms of RMS power are significant - for the CINEMA 50 this value is 110/8 W/Ohm, and for the AVR-X2500H it is 95/8 W/Ohm.

CINEMA 50 AVR-X2500H
Channels9.47.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm110/8, 150/695/8, 125/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response5Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.08

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the CINEMA 50 7 out of 10, and the AVR-X2500H - 10.

CINEMA 50
7
AVR-X2500H
10

Most receivers now come with a microphone included. It is with the help of this microphone that the auto-calibration system functions, which adjusts the sound of the receiver to the room.

CINEMA 50 AVR-X2500H
Digital to analog converter (DAC)192 KHz/32-bitAK4490 384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAudyssey MultEQ XTAudyssey MultEQ XT
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey Dynamic LFC, Dirac Live Suppot, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audioAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Restorer

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Marantz CINEMA 50 scored 9, and Denon AVR-X2500H scored 7 out of 10.

CINEMA 50
9
AVR-X2500H
7

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.

DLNA is the perfect way to use your local cloud storage to stream movies and music directly to a TV. You can use the DLNA protocol only with Marantz CINEMA 50.

CINEMA 50 AVR-X2500H
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)11
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.

CINEMA 50 AVR-X2500H
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:MixDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud

Extensive connections

The presence of many connectors makes the receiver more versatile. But there are also narrowly targeted models, the number of connectors which are limited to a certain area of use. And when choosing their own receiver, users need to consider exactly your goals for using the receiver. For extensive connection, both receivers got 8 points on our 10-point scale.

CINEMA 50
8
AVR-X2500H
8

Marantz CINEMA 50 is equipped with 6/3 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Denon AVR-X2500H has 8/2 HDMI inputs and outputs.

HDMI eARC is the next step in the development of audio return channel technology, which works in conjunction with HDMI 2.1. Using eARC provides the highest sound quality for home audio systems. HDMI eARC is available only on Marantz CINEMA 50.

The HDCP encryption protocol is now mandatory for most media devices. This security technology encrypts digital signals from one product to another. HDCP content-encryption protocol is present on Marantz CINEMA 50 in the HDCP 2.3 version, and Denon AVR-X2500H has the HDCP 2.2 version.

CINEMA 50 AVR-X2500H
HDMI input/output6/38/2
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.3HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE)42
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input22
Coaxial digital input21
Composite input02
Component input/output0/02/1
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, phones, setup micUSB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

The AV receiver is the heart of the home theater. And in this case, support for all current video formats ensures the best user experience, so it is very important to consider this when choosing a device. Video features of the CINEMA 50 were rated 8 out of 10 against the 6 for the AVR-X2500H.

CINEMA 50
8
AVR-X2500H
6

With the 4K pass-through feature, the AV receiver sends "native" 4K signals to a 4K TV from a video source without any processing. The CINEMA 50 works with the 4K/120Hz video, and the AVR-X2500H has the 4K/60Hz.

The AV receiver passes "native" 8K signals from a video source to 8K TV without any encoding, with the 8k pass-through features. The 8K path-through is available only on Marantz CINEMA 50.

Most of the AV receivers have a video scaling function, it is the process of reformatting the video signal to a higher resolution without losing the quality of the image. Upscaling the video signal resolution is possible only with Marantz CINEMA 50.

CINEMA 50 AVR-X2500H
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10+HDR10
4K signal pass-through4K/120Hz4K/60Hz
8K signal pass-through8K/60Hz
HDMI signal pass-through
3D signal pass-through
HDMI pass-through in standby mode
Video conversion
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresHLG, BT.2020, Dynamic HDRBT.2020, HLG

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, both receivers received a score of 10 out of 10.

CINEMA 50
10
AVR-X2500H
10

CINEMA 50 AVR-X2500H
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AIAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle
Displayport hole OLEDcolour OSD
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USBnetwork, USB
Other additional featuresIP Control, Web Control, App Control, RS232 ControlIP Control, Web Control

Multi-room

As the center of a home media system, each multichannel receiver has an additional set of terminals for connecting the second set of speakers to create additional audio space in Zone 2 or even Zone 3 where audio can have the separate source.

CINEMA 50 AVR-X2500H
Multi-room zones22
Zone audio outputspeaker, preoutspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlMarantz 2016 AVR Remote, HEOS AppHEOS App
RS-23211
Remote control input/output (IR)1/01/1
DC trigger output (12V)10

Multichannel surround

Marantz CINEMA 50 got 10 points for the multichannel surround sound and Denon AVR-X2500H got 7.

CINEMA 50
10
AVR-X2500H
7

Auro 3D gives a bit more versatility than Dolby Atmos or DTS:X and provides a hemispherical sound and enables a receiver to produce 3D sound stages. Only the Marantz CINEMA 50 has Auro-3D on its feature list.

IMAX Enhanced is a licensing and certification program under which home theater devices deliver crisp 4K HDR pictures and powerful sound as it was designed by the IMAX engineers. Only the CINEMA 50 licensed by IMAX.

CINEMA 50 AVR-X2500H
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height VirtualizationDolby Digital Plus
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESSDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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