The Onkyo TX-NR7100 vs Denon AVR-X2500H comparison makes sense because it shows what devices in their segments can offer. According to the results of our review, Onkyo TX-NR7100 received 8.6 points out of 10 possible, and Denon AVR-X2500H was rated 8 points. The release date of TX-NR7100 is 2021, and AVR-X2500H is 2018. TX-NR7100 is more suitable as the heart of home theater system than its opponent - AVR-X2500H.
For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 8 points out of 10.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Onkyo TX-NR7100 supports 9.2-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 TX-NR7100 this value is 100/8 W/Ohm, and for the AVR-X2500H it is 95/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||100/8, 220/6||95/8, 125/6|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8, 6||8, 6|
|THD in stereo, %||0.08||0.08|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the TX-NR7100 9 out of 10, and the 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.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||384 KHz/32-bit||AK4490 384 KHz/32-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✔||✔|
|Auto speaker calibration||AccuEQ||Audyssey MultEQ XT|
|Speaker A/B switching||✔||✔|
|Other audio features||Advanced Music Optimizer, Hi-Res audio, Dynamic Audio Amplification, CinemaFILTER||Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Restorer|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Onkyo TX-NR7100 scored 9, and Denon AVR-X2500H scored 7 out of 10.
Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.
|USB||1 (USB 2.0)||1 (USB 2.0)|
Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.
|Apple Music (AirPlay)||AirPlay, AirPlay 2||AirPlay, AirPlay 2|
|Other streaming services||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud|
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.
Onkyo TX-NR7100 is equipped with 7/2 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 Onkyo TX-NR7100.
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 Onkyo TX-NR7100 in the HDCP 2.3 version, and Denon AVR-X2500H has the HDCP 2.2 version.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✔||✖|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||HDCP 2.3||HDCP 2.2|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||2||2|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||1||2|
|Coaxial digital input||1||1|
|Phono (MM) input||✔||✔|
|Front panel connectors||HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUX||USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic|
|Multi channel preamp output||✔||✖|
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 TX-NR7100 were rated 8 out of 10 against the 6 for the AVR-X2500H.
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 TX-NR7100 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 Onkyo TX-NR7100.
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 Onkyo TX-NR7100.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||HDR10+||HDR10|
|4K signal pass-through||4K/120Hz||4K/60Hz|
|8K signal pass-through||8K/60Hz||✖|
|HDMI signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|3D signal pass-through||✖||✔|
|HDMI pass-through in standby mode||✔||✔|
|Analog to HDMI scaling||✖||✖|
|HDMI to HDMI scaling||✔||✖|
|Other video features||DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSyn, Deep Color||BT.2020, HLG|
In terms of evaluating additional features, both receivers received a score of 10 out of 10.
|Voice control||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI|
|App control||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle|
|Display||colour OSD||colour OSD|
|Tuner||AM, FM||AM, FM|
|Auto power off||✔||✔|
|Graphical user interface (GUI)||✔||✔|
|Firmware update||network, USB||network, USB|
|Other additional features||Web Control, App Control||IP Control, Web Control|
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.
|Zone audio output||lineout||speaker, preout|
|Zone HDMI output||✔||✖|
|Multi-room control||FlareConnect||HEOS App|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||1/0||1/1|
|DC trigger output (12V)||1||0|
Onkyo TX-NR7100 got 8 points for the multichannel surround sound and Denon AVR-X2500H got 7.
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 TX-NR7100 licensed by IMAX.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization||Dolby Digital Plus|
|DTS HD Master||✔||✔|
|DTS (other)||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround|