The Pioneer VSX-935 vs Denon AVR-X2500H comparison makes sense because it shows what devices in their segments can offer. According to the results of our review, Pioneer VSX-935 received 7.6 points out of 10 possible, and Denon AVR-X2500H was rated 8 points. The release date of VSX-935 is 2021, and AVR-X2500H is 2018. AVR-X2500H is more suitable as the heart of home theater system than its opponent - VSX-935.
For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 7 and 8, respectively, on a 10-point scale.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 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 AVR-X2500H this value is 95/8 W/Ohm, and for the VSX-935 it is 80/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||80/8, 170/6||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 VSX-935 9 out of 10, and the AVR-X2500H - 10.
Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Denon AVR-X2500H has Pure Direct mode.
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.
Speaker A/B switching allows you to change between the main and sub speaker set. Denon AVR-X2500H can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||192 KHz/24-bit||AK4490 384 KHz/32-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✖||✔|
|Auto speaker calibration||MCACC||Audyssey MultEQ XT|
|Speaker A/B switching||✖||✔|
|Other audio features||Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio||Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Restorer|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Pioneer VSX-935 scored 8, 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||2 (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, Pioneer VSX-935 got 7 points, but Denon AVR-X2500H received 8 points.
Pioneer VSX-935 is equipped with 6/2 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 Pioneer VSX-935.
HDMI-CEC helps gadgets attached to your TV to link back and forth with your TV via HDMI ports. It is become possible to control all linked devices with one remote. The AVR-X2500H features HDMI CEC.
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 Pioneer VSX-935 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||USB, 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 VSX-935 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 VSX-935 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 Pioneer VSX-935.
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 Pioneer VSX-935.
|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, LipSync||BT.2020, HLG|
In terms of evaluating additional features, the VSX-935 got 9 points, but the AVR-X2500H has 10.
Denon AVR-X2500H has the ECO mode.
|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||App Control, Sonos Connect 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||speaker||speaker, preout|
|Zone HDMI output||✔||✖|
|Multi-room control||Pioneer Control App||HEOS App|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||0/0||1/1|
|DC trigger output (12V)||0||0|
For the ability to create multichannel surround sound, each of the receivers received 7 points out of 10.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization||Dolby Digital Plus|
|DTS HD Master||✔||✔|
|DTS (other)||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround|