Denon AVR-X3500H vs Sony STR-DH590

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AVR-X3500H vs STR-DH590 comparison chart

Denon AVR-X3500H vs Sony STR-DH590 review

Denon AVR-X3500H
vs
Sony STR-DH590

An overview of Denon AVR-X3500H and Sony STR-DH590 will help us understand the many features that the devices are equipped with. According to the results of our review, Denon AVR-X3500H received 8.4 points out of 10 possible, and Sony STR-DH590 was rated 4.2 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2018. And as a result of the review, it becomes clear that STR-DH590 is inferior in audio processing features to AVR-X3500H.

Main advantages Denon AVR-X3500H over Sony STR-DH590

  • More channels, namely 7, makes this receiver more profitable than its 5-channel competitor.
  • Thanks to 2 multi-room zones support, AVR-X3500H bypasses its competitor without multizone support.
  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.
  • Surround sound ensures the availability of Dolby Atmos.
  • Object-oriented sound ensures the availability of DTS:X.

Main advantages Sony STR-DH590 over Denon AVR-X3500H

  • We do not know advantages

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 8 and 6, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

AVR-X3500H
8
STR-DH590
6

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Denon AVR-X3500H supports 7.2-channels sound, but Sony STR-DH590 supports a 5.2-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 STR-DH590 this value is 145/6 W/Ohm, and for the AVR-X3500H it is 135/6 W/Ohm.

AVR-X3500H STR-DH590
Channels7.25.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm105/8, 135/6145/6
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-X3500H 8 out of 10, and the STR-DH590 - 5.

AVR-X3500H
8
STR-DH590
5

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-X3500H.

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-X3500H can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.

AVR-X3500H STR-DH590
Digital to analog converter (DAC)AKM 192 KHz/32-bit192 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAudyssey MultEQ XT32DCAC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey LFC, Compressed Audio Restorerhas not

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Denon AVR-X3500H scored 8, and Sony STR-DH590 scored 5 out of 10.

AVR-X3500H
8
STR-DH590
5

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-X3500H only.

AVR-X3500H STR-DH590
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz
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-X3500H STR-DH590
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radiohas 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-X3500H got 8 points, but Sony STR-DH590 received 6 points.

AVR-X3500H
8
STR-DH590
6

Denon AVR-X3500H is equipped with 8/3 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Sony STR-DH590 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-X3500H has a Phono interface.

AVR-X3500H STR-DH590
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 input20
Component input/output1/10/0
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-X3500H were rated 10 out of 10 against the 6 for the STR-DH590.

AVR-X3500H
10
STR-DH590
6

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-X3500H.

AVR-X3500H STR-DH590
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 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-X3500H got 10 points, but the STR-DH590 has 4.

AVR-X3500H
10
STR-DH590
4

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-X3500H can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. Only the Denon AVR-X3500H has the ECO mode.

AVR-X3500H STR-DH590
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle
Displaycolour OSDfluorescent
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USBUSB
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-X3500H STR-DH590
Multi-room zones2has 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)10

Multichannel surround

Denon AVR-X3500H got 7 points for the multichannel surround sound and Sony STR-DH590 got 5.

AVR-X3500H
7
STR-DH590
5

Dolby Atmos' particularity is that this is the object-oriented sound format, that is, each audio signal object is independently sounded and connected to its spatial position. Denon AVR-X3500H can create 3D sound due to the Dolby Atmos support.

DTS:X is an algorithm used by the processor to create sound scenes, where sounds connected directly to objects rather than channels, and to determine the optimum sound output distribution in space. Surround sound with DTS:X is available only on the AVR-X3500H.

AVR-X3500H STR-DH590
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-SurroundDTS 96/24
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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