Review of the Denon AVC-X8500H AV Amplifier by Richard Stevenson

Friday, 25 May 2018 |

The Denon Flagship AVC-X8500H powers the next generation of home theatre with the world’s first 13.2 channel AV Amplifier that supports the latest immersive audio formats, including Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D. Built-in HEOS technology supports Amazon Alexa* and takes music listening to the next level with wireless whole-home audio.

The AVC-X8500H ushers in a leading-edge home theatre experience with13 channels of built-in amplification to enable premium 3D surround sound up to 7.2.6 without external amplification and supports latest 4K Ultra HD picture standards.

Featuring Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless streaming connectivity, the Denon AVC-X8500H is equipped with an advanced dual antenna transceiver system for robust streaming even in congested urban environments. Plus, with Apple's AirPlay compatibility, you can enjoy listening to your favourite audio content wirelessly from your iOS devices such as an iPhone or iPad.

As with all of Denon’s higher-end amplifiers and receivers, the X8500 supports Denon's HEOS multiroom system, which means you can enjoy your favourite music anywhere – and everywhere – around your home. You can share music stored on your home network, via Internet radio or from streaming services with HEOS wireless speakers, or even other HEOS-capable receivers, throughout the house. The system can be controlled using the free HEOS app and supports a wide range of streaming services including TuneIn, Internet Radio, Spotify, Soundcloud, Tidal, Napster and Deezer.

We are excited to share the Home Cinema Choice review below -

Review of the Denon AVC-X8500H AV Amplifier by Richard Stevenson from the new May 2018 issue of HOME CINEMA CHOICE magazine.


“…this Denon is a proper stunner”

“Yeah, but how does it sound? Quite quite amazing in fact. This Denon is clean, punchy and dynamic with a solidity to its imaging that makes even two-channel recordings sound wonderfully three-dimensional.”

“The balance is neutral but lacks nothing in grunt and drive when the volume knob gets turned to the right. That gorgeously crafted power supply, visible throught the casework, supplies all those channels with enough juice not to run out of steam when the going gets tough.”

“Using a 7.2.6 setup with front height channels, the Denon mapped Atmos-encoded material efficiently into every speaker. And those front heights really worked well in filling the void above the screen…Dialogue was improved too…Moreover, the additional front heights deliver a much greater sensation of three-dimensional sound generally…”

“Thanks to the Denon’s cracking processing, mapping more mundane sound formats onto this mighty 13-channel system is equally fun….The genuine Atmos sound wins comfortably, but the AVC-X8500H is a master of upscaling 5.1 platters into something resembling immersive 3D audio.”

“Yet it is with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X material that the Denon really shows its mettle as the class-leading AV amp of the moment. Spin anything and it beguiles. The Atmos track on ‘La La Land’ (UHD Blu-ray) is woefully shy when it comes to height information throughout, yet the AVC-X8500H digs into the soundtrack’s subtleties and nuances with ease. Dialogue is crisp and articulate; the musical numbers are funky and infectious. Some scenes in particular and so successful at evoking the mellow feeling of an LA jazz club that I almost booked myself a flight out there.”

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“After a few weeks it was patently clear that Denon’s new model sets the current benchmark for integrated AV amplifiers and does so at a relatively affordable price. Try to get this level of functionality anywhere else and you’ll face a higher bill and a separate processor/power amp(s) combination to wrestle with.”

“It’s a brilliant addition to Denon’s portfolio…”

WE SAY: “Denon’s feature-packed 13-channel AV Amplifier is complex to set up but delivers the most immersive surround sound yet from a single box.”

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 unit.  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. Decision made!!!!