Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2 Channel AV Receiver (Black)

Model #AVR-X8500H

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Wireless Connectivity

Bluetooth Range 98.4' / 30 m
Wireless Security WEP 64, WEP 128, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, AES, TKIP
Wireless Audio Protocols AirPlay
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n); Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP 1.2
Supported Audio Codecs SBC


Upscaling 4K UHD

Tuner Section

Sensitivity AM Effective: 18 µV
FM Effective: 1.2 µV / 12.8 dBf
FM Mono at 50 dB: 2.8 µV / 20.2 dBf
Radio Frequencies AM: 520 to 1710 kHz
FM: 87.5 to 107.9 MHz


Power Consumption Active: 900 W
Standby: 0.1 W
CEC Standby: 0.5 W
Network Standby: 3.5 W
AC Input Power 120 VAC, 60 Hz


Weight 51.4 lb / 23.3 kg
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17.1 x 10.2 x 17.2" / 434.0 x 259.0 x 482.0 mm (Antenna Up)
17.1 x 7.8 x 17.2" / 434.0 x 195.0 x 482.0 mm (Antenna Down)

Packaging Info

Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 22.6 x 21.6 x 13.4"
Package Weight 60.05 lb


Signal to Noise Ratio Line: 102 dB (A-Weighted / Direct Mode)
D/A Output: 102 dB
Phono: 74 dB
Rear A/V Inputs 7 x HDMI
2 x Optical TOSLINK
2 x Digital Coaxial
3 x 3RCA Component
4 x RCA Composite
6 x Stereo RCA
1 x Stereo RCA (Phono) with Ground Screw
1 x 7.1-Channel RCA
Rear A/V Outputs 3 x HDMI
1 x 3RCA Component
2 x RCA Composite
1 x 15-Channel RCA Pre-Out
1 x Stereo RCA Zone 2 Pre-Out
1 x Stereo RCA Zone 3 Pre-Out
2 x RCA Subwoofer Pre-Out
Front I/O 1 x HDMI
1 x USB Type-A
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Setup Mic Input
1 x 1/4" / 6.35 mm Headphone Output
Other Rear I/O 1 x Denon Link HD
2 x Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Antenna Terminal
1 x FM Antenna Terminal
1 x AM Antenna Terminal
1 x RJ45 (Ethernet)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm (IR) Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm (IR) Output
1 x DE-9 (RS-232C) Input
2 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm (12 V Trigger) Output
Speaker Connectors 15 x Binding Post Pairs
Input Sensitivity Line: 130 mV
Phono: 2.5 mV
Rated Output / Impedance Analog: 1.2 V /
D/A Output: 2 V /
Dynamic Range D/A Output: 100 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) D/A Output: 0.008%

Audio Processing

Supported File Formats AAC, Apple Lossless, DSD, FLAC, MP3, WAV, WMA
Auro 3D Support No


Frequency Response 10 Hz to 100 kHz +1/-3 dB (Direct Mode)
Dynamic Power per Channel 170 W at 8 Ohms
280 W at 4 Ohms
Power Output per Channel 2-Channel Driven:
150 W at 8 Ohms / 20 Hz to 20 kHz / 0.05% THD 
190 W at 6 Ohms / 1 kHz / 0.7% THD 
Speaker Impedance 4 to 16 Ohms
Channels 13.2
Expert Reviews
16 October 2018

I don’t know what to say. I can write another ten pages on this AVR and still not do it justice. But it doesn’t take lots of space to say this: I’ve fallen in love with Denon’s AVR-X8500H. Denon’s AVR-X8500H is a beast of a receiver and it puts the world on notice.

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    Pristine sound for reference two channel and multi-channel environments., 13.2 channel processing; 15 assignable amplifier channels; and 15.2 pre-outs for external amplification., Support for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro-3D, and IMAX Enhanced to their maximum speaker configurations.

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    Lack of native Roon support, Nothing else significant

Sound vision.34971143
8 August 2018

Denon’s latest flagship receiver checks off every box on the A/V receiver feature wish list, and it provides plenty of brawn to back up its brains.

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    Clear, punchy sound, Beefy 13 x 150W class-AB power amp, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D decoding up to 7.2.6 or 9.2.4

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    No HD Radio, Flagship price to go with flagship performance

User Reviews
3 weeks ago

After trying units made by Marantz, Pioneer, Onkyo and Integra in the last few years, I made the leap to this unit. It is extremely capable, and provides excellent sound and video performance. Both Atmos and Auro 3D are included, along with several other decoders.

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    Outstanding video and audio performance

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    Heavy and expensive

25 November 2018

Replacing my seven year old Denon AVR-4810CI (my first from that brand), the AVR-X8500H, IMHO, is hands down the best receiver Denon has ever made. Received and installed three days ago, I'm using it in an 11.2 setting and all I can say is it has exceeded my expectations.

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    Processes all the latest DSP formats.Dolby Vision.Future-proof.

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15 July 2018

This is a highly capable, and immensely flexible, audio video receiver. Its sound quality is on a par with some high end equipment that I own, and its array of inputs and outputs make connecting both run-of-the-mill, as well as more esoteric components (in my case, a multichannel outboard...

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    Very pleasing sound quality and connection flexibility.

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6 April 2018

Wonderful A/V, we are still working through the settings.Good sound, an array of features, and nice to look at.I would buy it again.

9 March 2019

This receiver is the beast of all beast that Denon has put out. I've owned about 5 by Denon and this for the 2 flagship rated will not let you down. I am driving some old jamo 7.7 at 4 ohms speakers and its fantastic. Cant hear the phone ring and the dogs barking next door.

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    Love the way you can adjust each speaker for out put.Easy set up but I've been a Denon maniac for a few years. LOLEasy set up with on screen the bypass options.The product operates flawless behind a mesh screen door on my cabinet.

18 November 2018

Best choice I ever made love it!

7 October 2018

WOW!!! purchased this receiver last week & had it up & running in less than an hour. The menus were easy to navigate through. Picture & sound are awesome. I'm running 11.2 with front wides. The sound fields are amazing.

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    picture & sound. set up was A breeze. That's A first for me.

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15 July 2018

I've had this for 3 1/2 weeks and I must say I am totally impressed. I must admit that since being a stout Yamaha amp customer since the early 1990s, I was very hesitant to make the move to Denon's flagship AVR-X8500H.

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    Excellent Sound

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    - Have to use HEOS app to play content off of NAS.- AVR-X8500H does not support multi-channel FLAC or DSD files, you have to play back these files from other device (i.e., Oppo UPD-205 or BDP103D). HEOS shows error does not support format.- HEOS does not support surround channels/speakers (i.e.

Product Highlights
  • Up to 150W per Channel at 8 Ohms
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro-3D Compatible
  • Audyssey Platinum Suite
  • 4K Ultra HD Pass-Through & Upscaling
  • 8x HDMI-Input / 3x HDMI-Output
  • HDR, Dolby Vision, HLG Pass-Through
  • HDMI with 3D and Audio Return Channel
  • Built-In Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri,
  • HEOS Wireless Multi-Room Streaming
Average Expert Score
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In The Box
  • Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver (Black)
  • Remote Control
  • AA Batteries
  • FM Indoor Antenna
  • AM Loop Antenna
  • Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Antennas
  • Sound Calibration Microphone
  • Sound Calibration Microphone Stand
  • Cable Labels
  • Power Cord
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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