Denon AVR-S650H vs Sony STRZA5000ES

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AVR-S650H vs STRZA5000ES comparison chart

Denon AVR-S650H vs Sony STRZA5000ES review

Denon AVR-S650H
vs
Sony STRZA5000ES

An overview of Denon AVR-S650H and Sony STRZA5000ES will help us understand the many features that the devices are equipped with. According to the results of our review, Denon AVR-S650H received 6.2 points out of 10 possible, and Sony STRZA5000ES was rated 7.3 points. The release date of AVR-S650H is 2019, and STRZA5000ES is 2016. And as a result of the review, it becomes clear that AVR-S650H is inferior in audio processing features to STRZA5000ES.

Main advantages Denon AVR-S650H over Sony STRZA5000ES

  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • Has the Bluetooth protocol.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.
  • Include HDMI eARC function.

Main advantages Sony STRZA5000ES over Denon AVR-S650H

  • More channels, namely 9, makes this receiver more profitable than its 5-channel competitor.
  • 130/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 75/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Thanks to 3 multi-room zones support, STRZA5000ES bypasses its competitor without multizone support.
  • Surround sound ensures the availability of Dolby Atmos.
  • Object-oriented sound ensures the availability of DTS:X.

Amplifiers

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

AVR-S650H
6
STRZA5000ES
8

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Denon AVR-S650H supports 5.2-channels sound, but Sony STRZA5000ES supports a 9.2-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 STRZA5000ES this value is 130/8 W/Ohm, and for the AVR-S650H it is 75/8 W/Ohm.

AVR-S650H STRZA5000ES
Channels5.29.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm75/8, 100/6130/8
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.09

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the AVR-S650H 6 out of 10, and the STRZA5000ES - 7.

AVR-S650H
6
STRZA5000ES
7

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 on the STRZA5000ES.

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-S650H STRZA5000ES
Digital to analog converter (DAC)AKM 192 KHz/32-bitN/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAudyssey MultEQDCAC EX
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Restorer, Hi-Res audiohas not

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Denon AVR-S650H scored 7, and Sony STRZA5000ES scored 6 out of 10.

AVR-S650H
7
STRZA5000ES
6

Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible only on the Denon AVR-S650H.

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting. Of the two receivers reviewed, only Denon AVR-S650H has a built-in Bluetooth.

AVR-S650H STRZA5000ES
Wi-Fi
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-S650H STRZA5000ES
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, Mood Mixhas 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, both receivers got 7 points on our 10-point scale.

AVR-S650H
7
STRZA5000ES
7

Denon AVR-S650H is equipped with 5/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Sony STRZA5000ES has 6/2 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 Denon AVR-S650H.

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 Denon AVR-S650H in the HDCP 2.3 version, and Sony STRZA5000ES has the HDCP 2.2 version.

Connecting a vinyl player or phonograph is possible using a Phono input which is represented by mini-jack or RCA connectors. Only the AVR-S650H has a Phono interface.

AVR-S650H STRZA5000ES
HDMI input/output5/16/2
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.3HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE)22
Headphone output1 x 6.30
Optical digital input22
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input22
Component input/output0/02/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, phones, setup micUSB, HDMI, 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-S650H were rated 6 out of 10 against the 9 for the STRZA5000ES.

AVR-S650H
6
STRZA5000ES
9

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 with Sony STRZA5000ES.

AVR-S650H STRZA5000ES
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 conversion
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-S650H got 10 points, but the STRZA5000ES has 6.

AVR-S650H
10
STRZA5000ES
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-S650H can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. Only the Denon AVR-S650H has the ECO mode.

AVR-S650H STRZA5000ES
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon KindleiPhone, 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 Control, Web ControlIP Control

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-S650H STRZA5000ES
Multi-room zoneshas not3
Zone audio outputhas notspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlhas notMusic Center
RS-23201
Remote control input/output (IR)0/01/2
DC trigger output (12V)03

Multichannel surround

Denon AVR-S650H got 5 points for the multichannel surround sound and Sony STRZA5000ES got 8.

AVR-S650H
5
STRZA5000ES
8

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. Sony STRZA5000ES 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 on the STRZA5000ES.

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. The STRZA5000ES licensed by IMAX.

AVR-S650H STRZA5000ES
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital Plushas not
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
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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