Our friends at Denon sent me a very nice new toy to test for review: the flagship AVR-X8500H A/V receiver. Setting this thing up and putting it through its paces is going to take me a while. In the meantime, here are some photos to tantalize you.
With a hefty MSRP of $3,999.00, the AVR-X8500H is Denon’s top-of-the-line model, replacing the AVR-X7200WA released in 2015. To justify that expense, the unit is fully equipped with all the latest bells and whistles, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, as well as the competing Auro3D format out-of-the-box. (Auro was previously a $200 add-on feature.)
Most notably, it’s also the first mass-market A/V receiver to offer 13.1 channel decoding, for a 7.1.6 immersive sound experience. Aside from some exponentially more expensive boutique processors, the X8500H is the only way to get more than 4 height channels in Atmos or DTS:X without an absurdly convoluted jury-rigged solution requiring three or more A/V receivers operating simultaneously.
At 51.6 lbs, it’s also a heavy beast.
This is how the size of the X8500H compares to my existing X5200W.
Getting this installed into my system is going to be a real project, but I’m eager to give it a good run-through.
Update: Here’s the full review.