Denon DRA-800H Review

Denon DRA-800H
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Denon DRA-800H review

Most customers are looking to find an AV receiver with decent equipment, and an improved decoder with strong amplifiers and Denon DRA-800H might be favorite in this question. We estimated the model 7 out of 10, after carefully reviewing. This model went on sale in 2019. A 2.0 channel amplifier is one of the main features of the model.

Denon DRA-800H Pros

  • The receiver has a function of wireless connection to the Internet via Wi-Fi.
  • Bluetooth is now one of the key wireless communication protocols. In AV receivers, it is used for audio signal transmission or remote control. And it is in the model under review that Bluetooth support is implemented.
  • The presence of a USB port allows the receiver to play content from external media.
  • Like any modern receiver, DRA-800H has a Phono (MM) input for connecting a phonograph or turntable.
  • With HDR10 pass-through support, it is possible to transfer data over the DRA-800H with a much wider range of colors.
  • With 4K/60Hz pass-through support, it is possible to pass data through this model without degrading image quality.
  • ARC feature eliminates the need for an additional composite or optical cable when connecting this unit to a TV.
  • The manufacturer claims support for CEC in Denon DRA-800H and therefore you can control any HDMI-connected device using one remote control.
  • This receiver supports the data encryption protocol HDCP 2.3 which allows licensed devices to play high definition audio and video.
  • Can stream audio using the AirPlay protocol.
  • Has access to the Amazon Music network service.
  • Stream music from one of the most popular services Spotify directly on the Denon DRA-800H.
  • The main functions of this model can be controlled using voice control.
  • This receiver consumes less power thanks to ECO mode.
  • The reviewed receiver has a Pure Direct mode, when used it feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
  • When using the DRA-800H, it is possible to switch between the main and additional set of speakers - speaker A/B switching.
  • This AV receiver is able to use 2 zones to send a source signal to speakers or a separate audio system in different locations.

Denon DRA-800H Cons

  • Dolby Atmos technology has not been included.
  • Can not manage the DTS:X surround format.
  • HDMI eARC function not implemented.
  • Bi-amping is not available.
  • The Denon DRA-800H can not use the auto speaker calibration.
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Denon DRA-800H specs and features

Amplifier

Channels 2.0
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm 100/8, 120/6
Output impedance, Ohm 8, 6
Frequency response 10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, % 0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC) 192 KHz/24-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibration
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio features Compressed Audio Restorer, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

Wi-Fi
USB 1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45) 1
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay) AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming services Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output 5/1
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP) HDCP 2.3
Subwoofer output (LFE) 2
Headphone output 1 x 6.3
Optical digital input 2
Coaxial digital input 1
Composite input 0
Component input/output 0/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectors USB, phones
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

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
Video conversion
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video features HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App control iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle
Display colour OSD
Tuner AM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware update network, USB
Other additional features IP Control, Web Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones 2
Zone audio output preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room control HEOS App
RS-232 0
Remote control input/output (IR) 0/0
DC trigger output (12V) 0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other) has not
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other) has not
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3
WMA
AAC
WAV
FLAC
ALAC
Other audio file formats has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W 220
Standby consumption, W 0.1
Removable power cord

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches 43.5 x 15.2 x 33/17 x 6 x 13.3
Weight, kg/lbs 8.3/18.3

Other

Release year 2019

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