Denon AVR-X6500H Review and Specs

Denon AVR-X6500HWhen we talk about an 11-channel AV receiver, an image of such a giant component is immediately born in the imagination. However, in the new Denon model a very sophisticated electronic filling is hidden behind a standard and very modest facade. Intrigued? Check out Denon AVR-X6500H specs in this Denon AVR-X6500H review.

Denon AVR-X6500H review

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Features

Each of its output amplifiers potentially produces 205 watts (or 140 watts in two-channel mode for a load of 8 ohms) - this is only 5 watts below the "ceiling" of the most powerful top-end AVC-X8500H in the lineup. The Denon AVR-X6500H supports Dolby Atmos, DTS: X, and DTS Virtual: X shipping formats, as well as the latest video technologies such as Dolby Vision, HDR, and HLG scaling and image enhancement.

Design and build

Moreover, the "ends" in the 6500th are built on the same high-current DHCT transistors, which allow engineers to implement a very short path with a minimum number of stages. In addition, these amplifiers are assembled not on a single board, but as separate modules that are attached to radiators so that the transistors are staggered for the best thermal balance. The transformer, of course, is more modest here than the 15-channel flagship, and weighs “only” 5.3 kg, not 8, but it is also protected by a screen, divided into many secondary windings and made under special control, as indicated by the Denon sticker. Electrolytic capacitors are smaller both in capacity and in diameter, but the same flagship series are made to order using a polyolefin dielectric.

Denon AVR-X6500H

Connectivity

All eight HDMI inputs and one HDMI output support HDCP 2.2, allowing you to watch 4K Ultra HD movies and music with brilliant colors and picture brightness thanks to the new technologies Dolby Vision, High Dynamic Range (HDR10), Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG ).

Setup

Control the Denon AVR-X6500H with a Smart TV with HDMI CEC function. Just set “HDMI Control” and “Smart Menu” in the receiver's menu to ON and you can control the AVR-X6500H using the TV remote control. The AVR-X6500H is equipped with the Audyssey MultEQ XT measurement system.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • The sound quality is outstanding (once set up correctly, of course), and the receiver itself just feels so well made
  • The Smart Menu screen provides quick access to source settings and surround modes, as well as the AVR settings menu

Cons

  • The remote isn't as solid feeling as I'd like in a receiver that costs this much, but at least it's a universal remote

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Common features

Product

Denon AVR-X6500H

Model

AVR-X6500H

Brand

Denon

Reviews

167

Amplifier

Channels

11.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

140/8 20Hz-20KHz, 175/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.05

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ XT32

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey LFC, Compressed Audio Restorer

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, Mood Mix

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/3

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2

Coaxial digital input

2

Composite input

4

Component input/output

2/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle

Display

colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB

Other additional features

IP Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3

Zone audio output

speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

HEOS App

RS-232

1

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

750

Standby consumption, W

0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 15.2 x 38/17 x 6.7 x 14.9

Weight, kg/lbs

14.5/32
Denon AVR-X6500H
Denon AVR-X6500H

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