Denon AVR-X6500H vs Yamaha CX-A5200

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AVR-X6500H vs CX-A5200 comparison chart

Denon AVR-X6500H vs Yamaha CX-A5200 review

Denon AVR-X6500H
vs
Yamaha CX-A5200

Along with the growing popularity of custom home theater builds, the comparison of Denon AVR-X6500H and Yamaha CX-A5200 takes place. According to the results of our review, Denon AVR-X6500H received 9.4 points out of 10 possible, and Yamaha CX-A5200 was rated 8.7 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2018. Based on the data on the characteristics and features of both models, we can conclude that AVR-X6500H has better performance than CX-A5200.

Main advantages Denon AVR-X6500H over Yamaha CX-A5200

  • Include HDMI eARC function.

Main advantages Yamaha CX-A5200 over Denon AVR-X6500H

  • We do not know advantages

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 10 and 9, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

AVR-X6500H
10
CX-A5200
9

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 11.2-channels configuration.

RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced.

AVR-X6500H CX-A5200
Channels11.211.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm140/8, 175/6N/A
Output impedance, Ohm8, 6N/A
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.050.06

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the AVR-X6500H 9 out of 10, and the CX-A5200 - 8.

AVR-X6500H
9
CX-A5200
8

Bi-amping is the amplification of one speaker with two amplifiers. This amplification method has a positive effect on sound quality. Bi-amping is possible only on the AVR-X6500H.

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-X6500H can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.

AVR-X6500H CX-A5200
Digital to analog converter (DAC)192 KHz/32-bitESS SABRE PRO (ES9026) 384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAudyssey MultEQ XT32YPAO
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey LFC, Compressed Audio RestorerCINEMA DSP HD3, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is equal and was rated 8 out of 10.

AVR-X6500H
8
CX-A5200
8

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

AVR-X6500H CX-A5200
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.

AVR-X6500H CX-A5200
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, Mood MixDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz

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-X6500H got 10 points, but Yamaha CX-A5200 received 9 points.

AVR-X6500H
10
CX-A5200
9

Denon AVR-X6500H is equipped with 8/3 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Yamaha CX-A5200 has 7/3 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 Denon AVR-X6500H.

AVR-X6500H CX-A5200
HDMI input/output8/37/3
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 input23
Coaxial digital input23
Composite input44
Component input/output2/12/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, HDMI, phones, setup micUSB, phones, setup mic, AUX
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 rivals in our comparison were rated 10 out of 10.

AVR-X6500H
10
CX-A5200
10

AVR-X6500H CX-A5200
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10HDR10
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 HDMIanalog to HDMI
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresHLG, BT.2020HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

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

AVR-X6500H
10
CX-A5200
10

AVR-X6500H CX-A5200
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AIAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
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, USBnetwork, USB
Other additional featuresIP 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-X6500H CX-A5200
Multi-room zones33
Zone audio outputspeaker, preoutspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlHEOS AppMusicCast
RS-23211
Remote control input/output (IR)1/11/1
DC trigger output (12V)22

Multichannel surround

Denon AVR-X6500H got 9 points for the multichannel surround sound and Yamaha CX-A5200 got 7.

AVR-X6500H
9
CX-A5200
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-X6500H 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-X6500H licensed by IMAX.

AVR-X6500H CX-A5200
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-EXPRESSDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround, DTS-Neo:6
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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