Denon DRA-800H Review and Specs

Denon DRA-800HIn 2019 Denon announced the release of the first stereo AV receiver for high-quality home audio enthusiasts who need powerful and accurate sound with the ability to connect a TV and stream music from the Internet. See all the Denon DRA-800H specs in this Denon DRA-800H review.

Denon DRA-800H review

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Features

The Denon DRA-800H dual-channel Hi-Fi receiver has developed network functions and is equipped with a high-current discrete amplifier with a capacity of 100 W per channel at 8-ohm load. Leveraging Denon’s award-winning Hi-Fi amplifiers, Denon engineers used the DRA-800H to design audiophile-class circuitry and components to ensure clean, high-quality sound.

Design and build

The amplifier section has a fully symmetrical design for the left and right channels and high-quality Denon capacitors. A powerful oxygen-free copper transformer (OFC) provides high power and ensures reliable operation of the amplifier even with complex acoustics with low impedance. The AKM AK4458's 32-bit digital-to-analog converter supports all modern audio formats, including ALAC, FLAC and WAV, with bit rates up to 24 bit / 196 kHz. It also supports Hi-Res high resolution files in 2.8 / 5.6 MHz DSD format.

Denon DRA-800H

Connectivity

The stereo receiver has 5 HDMI input ports supporting 4K / 60 Hz, the latest HDCP 2.3, and Dolby Vision, HLG and HDR10 video standards with extended dynamic range. The HDMI output supports the ARC audio return channel, which is convenient when connected to a TV. On board there is a full range of linear and digital inputs. There is a Pre Out for a pair of active subwoofers and a separate Pre Out for a second zone. Four pairs of screw terminals are used to connect speakers to the Denon DRA-800H, making it easy to organize a two-wire connection.

Setup

There is support for HEOS - a wireless multiroom ecosystem that provides control of all HEOS components with a single application and makes it possible to send audio from tablets and smartphones, streaming services and local storage to any HEOS device. This guarantees the reproduction of the same track simultaneously in all rooms with perfectly accurate synchronization or the translation of different tracks into different rooms.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Sound quality of Denon DRA-800H is powerful, detailed and sharp with just the right amount of base
  • A really nice feature is the HEOS button on the remote

Cons

  • One minor downside is that the front USB is not compatible with my iPhone direct input

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Common features

Product

Denon DRA-800H

Model

DRA-800H

Brand

Denon

Reviews

13

Amplifier

Channels

2.0

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

100/8 20Hz-20KHz, 120/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Compressed Audio Restorer, Hi-Res audio

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

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

5/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.3

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2

Coaxial digital input

1

Composite input

0

Component input/output

0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones

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 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, Web Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2

Zone audio output

preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

HEOS App

RS-232

0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

has not

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

has not

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

220

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 33/17 x 6 x 13.3

Weight, kg/lbs

8.3/18.3
Denon DRA-800H
Denon DRA-800H

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