Denon AVR-X8500H vs Sony STR-DH790

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AVR-X8500H vs STR-DH790 comparison chart

Denon AVR-X8500H vs Sony STR-DH790 review

Denon AVR-X8500H
vs
Sony STR-DH790

Let's make the Denon AVR-X8500H versus Sony STR-DH790 comparison. According to the results of our review, Denon AVR-X8500H received 9.5 points out of 10 possible, and Sony STR-DH790 was rated 5.3 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2018. After comparison, it will become clear that among these two devices, the AVR-X8500H is more suitable for the role of the heart of home theater system.

Main advantages Denon AVR-X8500H over Sony STR-DH790

  • More channels, namely 13, makes this receiver more profitable than its 7-channel competitor.
  • Thanks to 3 multi-room zones support, AVR-X8500H bypasses its competitor without multizone support.
  • There is WI-Fi support.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.

Main advantages Sony STR-DH790 over Denon AVR-X8500H

  • We do not know advantages

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 10 and 7, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

AVR-X8500H
10
STR-DH790
7

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Denon AVR-X8500H supports 13.2-channels sound, but Sony STR-DH790 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 AVR-X8500H this value is 250/6 W/Ohm, and for the STR-DH790 it is 90/6 W/Ohm.

AVR-X8500H STR-DH790
Channels13.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm150/8, 250/690/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 66
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.050.09

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the AVR-X8500H 10 out of 10, and the STR-DH790 - 8.

AVR-X8500H
10
STR-DH790
8

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.

AVR-X8500H STR-DH790
Digital to analog converter (DAC)AK4490EQ 768 KHz/32-bit192 KHz/24-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAudyssey MultEQ XT32DCAC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey LFCHi-Res audio

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Denon AVR-X8500H scored 8, and Sony STR-DH790 scored 6 out of 10.

AVR-X8500H
8
STR-DH790
6

Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible only on the Denon AVR-X8500H.

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

Wired internet connection via RJ45 allows receiver faster connection than wireless or even use NAS storages. Wired connection via RJ45 is possible in the AVR-X8500H only.

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 Denon AVR-X8500H.

AVR-X8500H STR-DH790
Wi-Fi
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)1
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.

AVR-X8500H STR-DH790
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloudhas not

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, Denon AVR-X8500H got 10 points, but Sony STR-DH790 received 7 points.

AVR-X8500H
10
STR-DH790
7

Denon AVR-X8500H is equipped with 8/3 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Sony STR-DH790 has 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.

Connecting a vinyl player or phonograph is possible using a Phono input which is represented by mini-jack or RCA connectors. Only the AVR-X8500H has a Phono interface.

AVR-X8500H STR-DH790
HDMI input/output8/34/1
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.2HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input21
Coaxial digital input21
Composite input40
Component input/output3/10/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, HDMI, phones, setup micphones, 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 AVR-X8500H were rated 9 out of 10 against the 7 for the STR-DH790.

AVR-X8500H
9
STR-DH790
7

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 Denon AVR-X8500H.

AVR-X8500H STR-DH790
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10
4K signal pass-through4K/60Hz4K/60Hz
8K signal pass-through
HDMI signal pass-through
3D signal pass-through
HDMI pass-through in standby mode
Video conversionanalog to HDMI
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresHLG, BT.2020HLG

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the AVR-X8500H got 10 points, but the STR-DH790 has 6.

AVR-X8500H
10
STR-DH790
6

Voice control allows you to control the basic functions of the receiver through a smartphone, smart speaker or using the microphone that comes with the kit. The AVR-X8500H can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. Only the Denon AVR-X8500H has the ECO mode.

AVR-X8500H STR-DH790
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon KindleiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displaycolour OSDcolour OSD
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USBUSB
Other additional featuresIP Control, Web Controlhas not

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.

AVR-X8500H STR-DH790
Multi-room zones3has not
Zone audio outputspeaker, preouthas not
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlHEOS Apphas not
RS-23210
Remote control input/output (IR)1/10/0
DC trigger output (12V)20

Multichannel surround

Denon AVR-X8500H got 10 points for the multichannel surround sound and Sony STR-DH790 got 7.

AVR-X8500H
10
STR-DH790
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 Denon AVR-X8500H 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 AVR-X8500H licensed by IMAX.

AVR-X8500H STR-DH790
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital Plus
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-SurroundDTS-ES, DTS 96/24
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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