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.
For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 6 and 8, respectively, on a 10-point scale.
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.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||75/8, 100/6||130/8|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8, 6||8|
|THD in stereo, %||0.08||0.09|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the AVR-S650H 6 out of 10, and the 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.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||AKM 192 KHz/32-bit||N/A|
|Pure direct (straight)||✔||✔|
|Auto speaker calibration||Audyssey MultEQ||DCAC EX|
|Speaker A/B switching||✖||✖|
|Other audio features||Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Restorer, Hi-Res audio||has not|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Denon AVR-S650H scored 7, and Sony STRZA5000ES scored 6 out of 10.
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.
|USB||1 (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||✖|
|Other streaming services||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, Mood Mix||has not|
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.
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.
|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||0|
|Optical digital input||2||2|
|Coaxial digital input||1||1|
|Phono (MM) input||✔||✖|
|Front panel connectors||USB, phones, setup mic||USB, HDMI, 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 AVR-S650H were rated 6 out of 10 against the 9 for the STRZA5000ES.
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.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||HDR10||HDR10|
|4K signal pass-through||4K/60Hz||4K/60Hz|
|8K signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|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||HLG, BT.2020||HLG|
In terms of evaluating additional features, the AVR-S650H got 10 points, but the STRZA5000ES has 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.
|Voice control||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI||✖|
|App control||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle||iPhone, iPod, Android|
|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||IP Control, Web Control||IP 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.
|Multi-room zones||has not||3|
|Zone audio output||has not||speaker, preout|
|Zone HDMI output||has not||✔|
|Multi-room control||has not||Music Center|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||0/0||1/2|
|DC trigger output (12V)||0||3|
Denon AVR-S650H got 5 points for the multichannel surround sound and Sony STRZA5000ES got 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.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Digital Plus||has not|
|DTS HD Master||✔||✔|
|DTS (other)||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD|