Denon AVR-X1500H vs Onkyo TX-NR686

Onkyo TX-NR686 vs Denon AVR-X1500H

Onkyo TX-NR686 review

The power of this unit is 7.2 x 165 W (6 Ohms). The AccuEQ auto-tuning system takes into account the location and type of speakers mounted on the ceiling using the AccuReflex function. The Onkyo TX-NR686 has seven inputs and two HDMI outputs. With the exception of the front panel entrance, they all meet the most modern requirements for terminals of this type. There is support for HDCP2.2, 4: 4: 4 60 Hz, BT.2020, HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision. Onkyo TX-NR686

Denon AVR-X1500H review

The 7.2-channel AV receiver has the power of 80W per channel (8 Ohms). Control the Denon AVR-X1500H using the Smart TV remote control using the HDMI CEC function. Simply set “HDMI Control” and “Smart Menu” in the receiver's menu to ON and you can control the AVR-X1500H using the TV remote control. The Smart Menu screen provides quick access to source settings and surround modes, as well as the AVR settings menu. Discover superb high definition audio quality. The AVR-X1500H plays all modern audio file formats, including ALAC, FLAC and WAV (up to 24 bit / 192 kHz), as well as DSD tracks of 2.8 MHz and 5.6 MHz. Denon AVR-X1500H

Onkyo TX-NR686 pros & cons

Pros

  • The power upgrade was great, and it should fill a small to mid-sized room, it should be more than enough for the average user, and it sounds really great
  • The area 2 output on the NR686 is amplified and works great. I can operate it from the external area and play my Spotify independently, from my cell, while the kids watch cartoons in the living room

Cons

  • Video (4K) is really bad. Keeps fading to black and than back, sometimes it goes to static

Denon AVR-X1500H pros & cons

Pros

  • Sound is crystal clear and has plenty of power
  • Unit does not run hot at all, even in a theater cabinet
  • Build quality is great, it's a heavy unit

Cons

  • The on-screen interface is super ugly. It looks like some sort of retro 90s DOS text interface with huge block letters and no graphics

Votes 3 3
Rating 5 5

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Product

Denon AVR-X1500H
Onkyo TX-NR686

Model

AVR-X1500H
TX-NR686

Brand

Denon
Onkyo

Reviews

23
152

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 120/6 1KHz
165/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/32-bit
VLSC 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ XT
AccuEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Restorer
Advanced Music Optimizer, Theater-Dimensional, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

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

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

6/1
7/2

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
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
2

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

2
2

Component input/output

0/0
2/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10
HDR10

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 scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

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

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
Google Assistant

App control

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

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
network, USB

Other additional features

IP Control, Web Control
IP Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

HEOS App
Onkyo Controller app, FlareConnect

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

1
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 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

has not
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

430
570

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.15

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 15.2 x 33/17 x 6.6 x 13.3
43.5 x 17.3 x 37.9/17 x 6.8 x 15.6

Weight, kg/lbs

8.6/19
10/22.1
Denon AVR-X1500H
Onkyo TX-NR686
Denon AVR-X1500H
Onkyo TX-NR686

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