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Denon AVC-X8500H 13.2ch Network AV Amplifier

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Denon AVC-X8500H 13ch 4K Network AV Amplifier With Heos, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth

Enjoy a superb surround sound experience with the Denon AVC-X8500H, which features Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro 3D surround decoding, and 13 channels of amplification built-in. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X feature object-based surround sound with the ability to drive overhead speakers to deliver the ultimate immersive 3D audio experience, and the AVC-X8500H’s unique 13-amplifier design means all this can be delivered without any need for external amplification, even when running four overhead speakers in 9.1.4 configuration.

Full wireless connectivity is provided via both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Apple Airplay is supported for music streaming, and built-in HEOS technology allows the AVC-X8500H to become the heart of a whole-house wireless multi-room music network. HEOS lets you to enjoy your favourite music anywhere and everywhere around your home, meaning you can explore, browse, and play music from your own music library, from online streaming music services, and from thousands of Internet radio stations using "HEOS" app. It’s all controlled from the free “HEOS” app, available for smartphones and tablets, and high resolution audio formats are fully supported for incredible fidelity.

Powerful 13 Channel Discrete Amplifier with ECO Mode

The AVC-X8500H features a monolithic power amplifier design with Denon custom made transistors and identical circuit topology on all 13 channels. All channels are able to safely drive lower impedance speakers (down to 4 ohms). This ultimate build-quality guarantees best-in-class sound quality with minimum interference, astonishing clarity, power, detail, and depth. Moreover, the 13 channel amplification allows for setting up a full 9.1.4 or 7.1.6 3D experience without the need of an external amplifier. If not in use for 3D audio the additional integrated amplifiers can be assigned to drive speakers in two additional audio zones running a different source than the main room. Denon's intelligent ECO mode adjusts power consumption according to signal level, and there's an on-screen Eco Mode display that lets you see in real time how much energy ECO mode is saving.

Advanced Audyssey Room Correction Suite

Equipped with the full Audyssey Platinum suite of advanced DSP algorithms, the AVC-X8500H features Audyssey MultEQ XT32 au­tomatic room acoustic correction. With the supplied measurement microphone, MultEQ XT32 analyses each speaker’s output (includ­ing the subwoofers) at up to eight measurement locations and gen­erates precision digital filters that optimise each channel for the correct frequency and time domain response. Plus, the Audyssey MultEQ Editor app lets you view and adjust settings for detailed tuning and customise the sound more precisely to your room and tastes..

Dolby Atmos Built-In & DTS:X Ready

The AVC-X8500H has Dolby Atmos and DTS:X built-in. These amazing new sound codecs allow sound engineers to create surround sound more lifelike than ever before and with Dolby Digital HD and DTS-HD included you can experience the amazing quality of lossless HD audio. AVC-X8500H features the ability to connect a 9.1 surround sound speaker system and 4 additional overhead speakers or Dolby Atmos-certified elevation speakers for the ultimate home theatre experience.

Next Generation Video Formats

Enjoy the latest in picture quality with Dolby Vision compatibility as well as support for 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 colour resolution, HDR and BT.2020.

Built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and AirPlay

Featuring Bluetooth & Wi-Fi wireless streaming connectivity, the AVC-X8500H is equipped with an advanced dual diversity antenna transceiver system for robust and error-free streaming, even in congested RF environments. Connect to the internet through your home Wi-Fi network (or with a hard-wired connection via the RJ-45 Ethernet LAN port) and enjoy your favourite tracks from streaming music services such as Spotify Connect as well as from thousands of internet radio stations around the world.

AirPlay lets you play your favourite tracks wirelessly from your iPod touch, iPhone or iPad, and via network streaming you can listen to music files stored on your home PC or Mac, or NAS devices.

Latest HDMI 2.0 Connectivity; HDCP 2.2 Compatible; ISF Certified

All eight HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs feature HDCP 2.2 compatibility and the latest HDMI specifications, including 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 21:9 video, 3D, and BT.2020 pass-through support. It is even ready for Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) for 3D audio broadcast over TV.

Powerful DSP Audio Processing

For optimum fidelity and the widest dynamic range with lowest distortion, the Denon AVC-X8500H features advanced reference-class 32-bit AKM AK4490EQ stereo D/A converters for all channels. The total number is eight. Enjoy consistent high-fidelity and precise channel matching across all channels for the ultimate listening experience.

HEOS wireless multi-room music streaming built-in

Thanks to Denon’s HEOS technology, the AVC-X8500H can become part of a HEOS wireless multi-room system, allowing you to enjoy your favourite music anywhere – and everywhere – around your home. Share music stored on your home network, Internet radio or streaming services with HEOS wireless speakers, or even other HEOS-capable receivers, throughout the house. And it's all controlled by the free HEOS app, installed on as many smartphones and tablets as you like! The app gives you instant multi-room audio control, meaning you can command music in every room from any device: play different music from different sources in every room, group several rooms together and play the same song, perfectly synchronized, in party mode!

Free Control App

With the free Denon AVR Remote app for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire you can control the receiver's operation, as well as accessing its set-up menu, from a smartphone or tablet. The app also gives you quick access to the receiver's status display, option menus, Denon Blu-ray player control, and an online owner's manual for your convenience. Inside the app, you can switch instantly to the HEOS App to access an incredible level of control over your music contents and streaming services, blast full HEOS wireless multi-room control.

High Resolution Audio

Discover the incredible fidelity of high-resolution audio tracks with the ability to decode up to 24-bit/192-kHz ALAC, FLAC and WAV lossless files as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks (the audiophile format of SACD) via the front panel USB port and network sources. Or, listen to other popular file types such as MP3.

AL32 Processing

AL32 Processing Multi-channel provides ultra-high-resolution digital audio filtering and precision for all audio channels, to deliver a natural soundstage with enhanced imaging. For contents recorded in multi-channel such as Blu-ray discs, the recorded low frequency effects (LFE) may be out of synch and delayed. Bass Sync technology corrects such a delay of low frequency effects for the perfect audio experience.

32-Bit D/A Conversion For Best Possible Soundstage

For optimum fidelity and the widest dynamic range with lowest distortion, the Denon AVC-X8500H features advanced reference-class 32-bit AKM AK4490EQ stereo D/A converters for all channels. The total number is eight. Enjoy consistent high-fidelity and precise channel matching across all channels for the ultimate listening experience.

Smart TV Connectivity

Via the HDMI CEC (consumer electronics control) functionality in your Smart TV, you may be able to control your Denon AVR with the Smart TV's remote control. With “HDMI control” set to ON on your receiver, you can set “Smart Menu” to ON to start controlling your Denon AVR with your Smart TV's remote. The Smart Menu home screen provides you quick access to source and surround mode selections, the AVR’s setup menu, and 4 Quick Selects.

External Control and IP Control Capabilities

The AVC-X8500H is equipped with feature-rich enhanced control capabilities and compatibility with third-party and custom integration solutions.

The AVC-X8500H features IP control capability for an integration with major third-party control devices and Control4 SDDP (Simple Device Detection Protocol) certification for quick and easy integration with Control4 home automation equipment. For direct connection to external home automation and control equipment, it's also equipped with an RS-232C serial port.

For simpler integrated control set-ups, the AVC-X8500H features an IR (infrared) remote control input on the rear panel, allowing remote control compatibility with other components in your home theatre system.

Dual Subwoofer Outputs

With a single subwoofer, optimum placement within the room for the best bass response isn't always possible. Depending on the location, bass response at the main listening position can be uneven with audible peaks and dips. With 2 subwoofers positioned in different locations, response averaging evens out the low bass range for more accurate bass anywhere in the listening area

Easy To Setup, Easy To Use

Via Denon’s exclusive Setup Assistant along with the Quick Start guide, you can connect and configure the AVC-X8500H quickly and easily. The Setup Assistant guides you through the process via clear on-screen graphics and text, optimising critical system settings for the best possible sound quality with your particular equipment configuration.

Denon AVC-X8500H 13.2ch Network AV Receiver Overview


· 210W x 13ch high quality discrete power amplifier for powerful and detailed sound

· Monolithic amplifier design with Denon custom made transistors

· D.D.S.C.-HD Digital and AL24 Processing Plus; Denon Link HD

· Built-in WiFi with 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band support + built-in Bluetooth

· HEOS wireless mulit-room audio built-in

· Dolby Atmos and DTS-X - Unique 3D sound options with effects from overhead

· High-Res audio streaming (DSD (2.8/5.6MHz), FLAC, ALAC and WAV support)

· Latest HDMI standard with 4K/60Hz full-rate pass-through on all inputs, 4:4:4 resolution, HDR, BT2020

· 8 HDMI inputs (1x front) and 3 HDMI outputs with full HDCP 2.2 support

· Advanced Video Processing with analogue to HDMI conversion 

· 4K UHD Upscaling

· AirPlay and DLNA music streaming; Spotify Connect (where available); Internet Radio

· Audyssey MultEQ XT32 Advanced Room Calibration

· Gold-plated terminals

· Setup Assistant in 9 languages; Easy to setup, easy to use

· Advanced ECO mode with off/on/auto setting

· Available in black and premium silver

AVC-X8500H data sheet (AVC-X8500H.pdf, 1,557 Kb) [Download]

The Denon AVC-X8500H takes multi-channel surround sound and immersive audio to a level previously only available on high-end AV processors and it does so whilst also providing all the amplification necessary in a single box. The fact that Denon have managed to deliver all of this power and processing for just £3,299 is even more impressive and makes the X8500 unique. If you're looking for an AV amplifier that can handle 13.1-channel processing it should obviously be at the top of your list because it's the only one. That alone is enough to make the X8500 a reference point but once you also factor in the performance, features and price, it becomes an easy decision to award a rare reference status badge.
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