An overview of Denon DRA-800H and Onkyo TX-8260 will help us understand the many features that the devices are equipped with. According to the results of our review, Denon DRA-800H received 7 points out of 10 possible, and Onkyo TX-8260 was rated 6 points. The release date of DRA-800H is 2019, and TX-8260 is 2017. And as a result of the review, it becomes clear that TX-8260 is inferior in audio processing features to DRA-800H.
For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 7 points out of 10.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 2.0-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 DRA-800H this value is 100/8 W/Ohm, and for the TX-8260 it is 80/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||100/8, 120/6||80/8, 160/6|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8, 6||8, 6|
|THD in stereo, %||0.08||0.09|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the DRA-800H 6 out of 10, and the TX-8260 - 7.
Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Denon DRA-800H has Pure Direct mode.
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)||192 KHz/24-bit||AK4452 384 KHz/32-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✔||✖|
|Auto speaker calibration||✖||✖|
|Speaker A/B switching||✔||✔|
|Other audio features||Compressed Audio Restorer, Hi-Res audio||WRAT|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Denon DRA-800H scored 8, and Onkyo TX-8260 scored 7 out of 10.
Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.
|USB||1 (USB 2.0)||2 (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||AirPlay|
|Other streaming services||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud||TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio|
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 DRA-800H got 6 points, but Onkyo TX-8260 received 5 points.
Only Denon DRA-800H has 5/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.
By using the HDMI ARC, we can get rid of additional audio cables for the forefront of high-quality sound, but also thanks to this technology, it becomes possible to use surround sound formats. The DRA-800H has HDMI ARC support.
HDMI-CEC helps gadgets attached to your TV to link back and forth with your TV via HDMI ports. It is become possible to control all linked devices with one remote. The DRA-800H features HDMI CEC.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✔||✖|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✖||✖|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||HDCP 2.3||✖|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||2||1|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||2||2|
|Coaxial digital input||1||2|
|Phono (MM) input||✔||✔|
|Front panel connectors||USB, phones||USB, phones|
|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.
HDR pass-through gives you the possibility to broadcast HDR content directly from source to TV without the processing of the receiver. HDR support is available only on the Denon DRA-800H.
With the 4K pass-through feature, the AV receiver sends "native" 4K signals to a 4K TV from a video source without any processing. Only DRA-800H in our comparison can work with the 4K/60Hz video.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||HDR10||✖|
|4K signal pass-through||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||has not|
In terms of evaluating additional features, the DRA-800H got 10 points, but the TX-8260 has 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 DRA-800H can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. Only the Denon DRA-800H has the ECO mode.
|Voice control||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI||✖|
|App control||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android|
|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||has not|
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.
|Zone audio output||preout||speaker, preout|
|Zone HDMI output||✖||✖|
|Multi-room control||HEOS App||Onkyo Controller app|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||0/0||1/0|
|DC trigger output (12V)||0||0|
|Dolby (other)||has not||has not|
|DTS HD Master||✖||✖|
|DTS (other)||has not||has not|