Denon AVR-X8500H vs Onkyo TX-SR444

Denon AVR-X8500H
vs
Onkyo TX-SR444

What are the main differences between the Denon AVR-X8500H vs Onkyo TX-SR444 and which AV receivers is better? The AVR-X8500H has 13.2 channels amplifier and the TX-SR444 7.1 channels. Both receivers have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. DTS:X is supported only by the AVR-X8500H. We have evaluated both AV receivers, AVR-X8500H has an overall score of 9.5 out of 10 vs 4.8 out of 10 for TX-SR444.

Advantages Denon AVR-X8500H over Onkyo TX-SR444

  • Bi-amp connection of front speakers
  • Has an A/B switch for the front speakers
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • AirPlay support
  • HDMI eARC features compatible
  • Built-in phono (MM) input
  • HDR compatible
  • Dolby Vision compatible
  • Setup assistant
  • IMAX Enhanced certification

Common strengths

  • Pure direct/Straight decode mode is enabled
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Rating 5 5

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Denon AVR-X8500H

Denon AVR-X8500H review

Jan 10, 2020

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Product

Denon AVR-X8500H
Onkyo TX-SR444

Model

AVR-X8500H
TX-SR444

Brand

Denon
Onkyo

Reviews

216
62

Amplifier

Channels

13.2
7.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

150/8 20Hz-20KHz, 250/6 1KHz
100/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.05
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AK4490EQ 768 KHz/32-bit
TI Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ XT32
AccuEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey LFC
Theater-Dimensional, CinemaFILTER

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
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
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/3
4/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
2

Coaxial digital input

2
1

Composite input

4
3

Component input/output

3/1
2/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
phones, setup mic, AUX

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p
4K 60p

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI
analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

HLG, BT.2020
DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle
iPhone, iPad, iPod

Display

colour OSD
fluorescent

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
USB

Other additional features

IP Control, Web Control
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

HEOS App
has not

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1
1/0

DC trigger output (12V)

2
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
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, DTS-Surround
DTS-ES, DTS Neo:6 Cinema, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

900
420

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.3

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 19.5 x 7.8/17 x 7.7 x 18.7
53.7 x 26.5 x 41.6/ 20.8 x 10.2 x 16.1

Weight, kg/lbs

23.1/51.6
10.5/22
Denon AVR-X8500H
Onkyo TX-SR444
Denon AVR-X8500H
Onkyo TX-SR444

AV receivers CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 9.5
  • 4.8
  • 9.5Denon AVR-X8500H
  • 4.8Onkyo TX-SR444

The Denon AVR-X8500H is better receiver in this comparison. Check Denon AVR-X8500H price