Denon AVC-X6500H Atmos AV Receiver Black
"The AVC-X6500H is proof of Denon refusing to rest
on its laurels when it comes to leading the market
in home cinema amplification."
Best Home Cinema Amplifier Over £1500
What Hi-Fi? Awards October 2018
OUR VERDICT - Lets face it, when Denon introduce a new High End AV Receiver such as the 6500H you know you are in for a treat. The AVR X6400H received critical acclaim from the worlds reviewers and home cinema enthusiasts alike however, Denon have taken their new model even further by utilising technologies from the flagship AVC X8500.
Obviously all those channels of power are an excellent feature but its the sound that matters. Denon have used premium audiophile DACs on all channels courtesy of the Asahi Kasei 4458 chips. The AK 4458 uses their proprietary 'Velvet Sound' architecture to focus on the sound and achieve rich musicality with high performance. Using the AK dac means that the AVC-X6500H can decode your favourite Hi-Res audio files up to 24/192 and DSD 5.6 Mhz which can be streamed via the built in Heos function.
To ensure that Denon's 100 years plus of audio expertise is delivered by the 6500H in the best possible way they have included the highly regarded Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room correction system which can be further tailored to your requirements using the Audyssey Editor App. This takes measurements from all speakers at up to eight locations to optimise the listening experience for everyone. Dynamic Volume and Dynamic Equaliser are also featured within this model. These features boost the channel and tone levels dependant on the listening volume to allow you to enjoy all of the action and drama even at lower volume levels making this an AV Receiver for everyday use.
To ensure the 6500H is as future proofed as any AV Receiver can be Denon have included 8 Hdmi inputs and 3 outputs that are all HDCP 2.2 compliant. This means that you can enjoy full fat 4:4:4 colour space as well HDR, Dolby Vision and HLG. This means that not only will your ears be treated, your eyes will too. I could sit here and praise the AVC-X6500H all day but neither you nor me have the time for that so to cut this short I will conclude with my verdict...100%, totally and utterly recommended - I WANT ONEBuilt-in HEOS technology supports Amazon Alexa* and takes music listening to the next level with wireless whole-home audio.
* The Amazon Alexa feature becomes available in Spring 2018. Availability varies by country.
Surround yourself in cinema-grade sound from literally any direction.
Immerse yourself in multi-dimensional audio with Dolby Atmos. Enjoy a 7.1.4 surround sound speaker system with as many as 4 overhead speakers or Dolby Atmos elevation speakers for the ultimate home theatre experience.
DTS:X™ immersive audio places sound where it would occur naturally in space, creating a lifelike, multi-dimensional audio experience in the home. The improved immersion and heightened realism draw you into the world of your favourite movies. The included DTS Neural:X™ gives your movies, games and music a realism unmatched by traditional 5.1 surround sound.
Auro-3D provides an immersive surround sound experience thanks to dedicated height and overhead channels, in addition to traditional channels supporting up to an 11.2 configuration. Formatting identifies sound objects individually and projects them to different spaces in your listening environment, creating an immersing, three-dimensional sound stage.
GEARED UP FOR 4K ULTRA HD
Enjoy ultra-high-definition pictures, even from analog and digital SD sources.
LATEST HDMI SPECS WITH EARC
All eight HDMI inputs (including one on the front) and three HDMI outputs feature HDCP 2.2 compatibility and the latest HDMI specifications, including 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Colour 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 playback through TV apps.
ADVANCED VIDEO SECTION
The AVCX6500 H boasts an advanced video processor to upscale existing lower resolution video from any analog or digital source to true 4K. With three HDMI outputs, you can even connect a TV and a projector in the main room, while playing back different content on a second zone screen.
HDR / DOLBY VISION
The AVC-X6500H supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) video format. It is even ready for Dolby Vision and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma). Dolby Vision transforms the viewing experiences with astonishing brightness, contrast, and colour. HLG offers HDR technology over broadcast content.
SET-UP AND CONNECT WITH EASE
Get your AVC-X6500H up and running in no time, perfectly tailored to suit your needs.
AUDYSSEY MULTEQ XT32
Equipped with the full Audyssey Platinum suite of advanced DSP algorithms, the AVC-X6500H 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 optional available Audyssey MultEQ Editor app lets you view and adjust settings for detailed tuning and customize the sound more precisely to your room and tastes.
UNWIRE YOUR SOUND
Featuring Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless streaming connectivity, the Denon AVC-X6500H 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.
Built-in HEOS technology lets you enjoy your favourite music in any room of your home for a wireless, whole-home audio experience. Play the same song in every room, or select a different song for each connected room — the choice is yours. Also works with Amazon Alexa*, providing cutting-edge voice control.
*This feature becomes available in Spring 2018. Availability varies by country.
DENON + HEOS APP
With the "Denon 2016 AVR Remote" app you can control the receiver's operation and even control your connected Denon Blu-ray player.
Easily control your music and multi-room streaming within the HEOS app, or use your voice for Amazon Alexa Voice Control*.
*This feature becomes available in Spring 2018. Availability varies by country.
Store your preferred set-up and sound mode for every source — jump right to them by the push of a button on the front panel or via the remote control.
SMART TV CONNECTIVITY
Control your Denon AVC-X6500H with your Smart TV remote via the HDMI CEC functionality associated with your Smart TV. Simply set “HDMI Control” to ON in your receiver, then set “Smart Menu” to ON and begin controlling the AVC-X6500H with your TV remote. The Smart Menu home screen provides you quick access to source and surround mode selections, the AVR's setup menu and four Smart Selects.
ADVANCED SOUND PROCESSING
Experience extraordinary sound quality from both music and movies.
The AVC X6500 owns a sophisticated DSP audio processing system that incorporates no less than 4 powerful high speed fourth generation SHARC DSP processors, which together have a combined continuous processing capability of 10 GFLOPS (10 billion floating point numerical computations per second).
ENJOY SUPERB AUDIO FIDELITY
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 multi-channel provides ultra-high-resolution digital audio filtering and precision for all audio channels, delivering a natural soundstage with enhanced imaging. For content recorded in multi-channel, such as Blu-ray discs, the recorded low frequency effects (LFE) may be out of sync and delayed. Bass Sync technology corrects such a delay of low frequency effects for the perfect audio experience.
32-BIT D/A/ CONVERSION
For optimum fidelity and the widest dynamic range with lowest distortion, the AVC-X6500H features advanced reference-class 32-bit AKM AK4458VN D/A converters on all channels. This ensures consistent high fidelity and precise channel matching across all channels for the ultimate listening experience.
|Multichannel Surround||DTS HD Master
Max Number of Processing 9Preamp) Channels - 11.2
|Mono Block Power Amp Construction
D.D.S.C HD Digital
High Grade Audio Components
Gold Plated RCA Terminals
Clock Jitter Reducer
Denon Link HD
AudyssteDynamic EQ / Dynamic Volume
Audyssey APP Support
Compressed Audio Restorer
|Alpha Processing||AL32 Processing Multichannel|
|Discrete Power Amplifier||11|
|HEOS Multiroom and Streaming
FLAC HD 192/24
AirPlay Audio Streaming
|DSD Audio Streaming||up to DSD5.6|
|Gapless Playback||FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC, DSD|
|Compatible with Remote APP for Smart Phones||Android / iOS|
|Compatible with Remote APP for Tablets||Android / iOS / Amazon Kindle|
|HDMI Inputs: Back/Front||7/1|
|HDMI Outputs: Main/Zone||2/1|
|Video Conversion Analog->HDMI
HDCP 2.2 support
GUI Overlay on HDMI
HDMI: 3D / 4K / CEC / ARC
Dolby Vision / HLG
4K Signal Pass-through / Scaling / GUI Overlay
HDMI pass-through in standby mode
Picture Adjust / Noise Reduction
DSD Audio Capability
Audio Return Channel
|Analog to HDMI Scaling||480i/576i up to 4K 60/50|
|HDMI to HDMI Scaling||up to 4K 60/50|
|Multiroom / CI|
|HEOS Multiroom Integrated
TV Sound Grouping
Zone Audio Output: Speaker / Preout
Zone HDMI Output from HDMI Source
Zone Audio Source: HDMI (2ch) / Opt, Coax (2ch) / Network, USB / Analog
|DC Trigger Output||2|
|Composite In / Out||4 / 2|
|Component In / Out||2 / 1|
|HDMI In / Out||7+1 / 3|
|Multi-room Video Out: Video / HDMI
Phono (MM) In
Multichannel Preout (11.2)
|Digital In: Optical / Coaxial||2 / 2|
|Multi-room Out: Analog||2|
|Number of Speaker Terminals||11|
|Speaker A/B / bi-amp Drive / Multi-Room Speaker
Multi-Room Speaker Terminal
|Power Consumption||750 W|
|Power Consumption No-Sound (ECO On/Off)||65W / 110W|
|Standby Consumption||0.1 W|
|CEC Standby Consumption||0.1 W|
|Network Control On Consumption||3.7 W|
|Maximum Dimensions (Antenna Horizontal)||434 x389 x 167 mm|
|Maximum Dimensions (Antenna Vertical)||434 x 389 x 235 mm|
Write a review and let shoppers know what you think of this product.
My previous AV Receiver was an Onkyo TX-NR807, which was quite a powerhouse - but more brute than refinement.
The Denon has a lot more poise, clarity at higher volumes, with less bass and more refined sound in comparison.
The setup is super simple, with a setup mic as per usual, and the settings are straightforward and fairly well organised. The App for remote control is useful, and Spotify Connect works great, as does AirPlay2. I really enjoy that Spotify Connect can wake the amplifier up from another device.
One minor complaint would be that it's not simple to see the input video source resolution (only the audio is displayed on the info banner).
|Price Match||Peter Tyson|