Onkyo TX-RZ820 vs Denon HEOS AVR

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TX-RZ820 vs HEOS AVR comparison chart

Onkyo TX-RZ820 vs Denon HEOS AVR review

Onkyo TX-RZ820
vs
Denon HEOS AVR

Let's compare Onkyo TX-RZ820 versus Denon HEOS AVR for an overview of all their pros and cons. According to the results of our review, Onkyo TX-RZ820 received 7.7 points out of 10 possible, and Denon HEOS AVR was rated 4.8 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2017. And as a result of the comparison, TX-RZ820 seems to be a better option for the role of a home theater center than HEOS AVR.

Main advantages Onkyo TX-RZ820 over Denon HEOS AVR

  • More channels, namely 7, makes this receiver more profitable than its 5-channel competitor.
  • 160/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 50/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Thanks to 2 multi-room zones support, TX-RZ820 bypasses its competitor without multizone support.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.
  • Can process HDR video.
  • Surround sound ensures the availability of Dolby Atmos.
  • Object-oriented sound ensures the availability of DTS:X.

Main advantages Denon HEOS AVR over Onkyo TX-RZ820

  • We do not know advantages

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 9 and 6, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

TX-RZ820
9
HEOS AVR
6

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Onkyo TX-RZ820 supports 7.2-channels sound, but Denon HEOS AVR supports a 5.1-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 TX-RZ820 this value is 160/8 W/Ohm, and for the HEOS AVR it is 50/8 W/Ohm.

TX-RZ820 HEOS AVR
Channels7.25.1
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm160/850/8, 65/6
Output impedance, Ohm88, 6
Frequency response5Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.05

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the TX-RZ820 8 out of 10, and the HEOS AVR - 5.

TX-RZ820
8
HEOS AVR
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 TX-RZ820.

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.

TX-RZ820 HEOS AVR
Digital to analog converter (DAC)AK4458 384 KHz/32-bitN/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAccuEQ
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featureshas nothas not

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Onkyo TX-RZ820 scored 8, and Denon HEOS AVR scored 7 out of 10.

TX-RZ820
8
HEOS AVR
7

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

TX-RZ820 HEOS AVR
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.

TX-RZ820 HEOS AVR
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDALDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud

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, Onkyo TX-RZ820 got 8 points, but Denon HEOS AVR received 5 points.

TX-RZ820
8
HEOS AVR
5

Onkyo TX-RZ820 is equipped with 7/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Denon HEOS AVR 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 TX-RZ820 has a Phono interface.

TX-RZ820 HEOS AVR
HDMI input/output7/24/1
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)21
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input21
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input20
Component input/output2/00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsHDMI, phones, 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 TX-RZ820 were rated 7 out of 10 against the 5 for the HEOS AVR.

TX-RZ820
7
HEOS AVR
5

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 Onkyo TX-RZ820.

TX-RZ820 HEOS AVR
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10
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.2020has not

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the TX-RZ820 got 8 points, but the HEOS AVR has 4.

TX-RZ820
8
HEOS AVR
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 HEOS AVR can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. Only the Onkyo TX-RZ820 has the ECO mode.

TX-RZ820 HEOS AVR
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displayfluorescent
TunerAM, 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.

TX-RZ820 HEOS AVR
Multi-room zones2has not
Zone audio outputspeaker, preouthas not
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlFlareConnectHEOS App
RS-23210
Remote control input/output (IR)1/01/0
DC trigger output (12V)10

Multichannel surround

Onkyo TX-RZ820 got 7 points for the multichannel surround sound and Denon HEOS AVR got 5.

TX-RZ820
7
HEOS AVR
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. Onkyo TX-RZ820 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 TX-RZ820.

TX-RZ820 HEOS AVR
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby Pro Logic
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)has nothas not
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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