Inside Denon

A New Denon Legacy: AVR-X8500H Is the World’s First 13.2 Channel AV Receiver

Denon has a legacy of firsts, and AVR-X8500H continues to champion that mission. From its foundation in 1910 as Japan’s first audio electronics manufacturer, to producing the world’s first commercial CDs, Denon has been on the forefront of cutting-edge technology in the world of audio and home theater. Now, its time for another first with the flagship AVR in the X-Series line — one set to usher in a new era of home theater.

Denon Staff

World’s first 13.2 channel AV receiver

Introducing the Denon AVR-X8500H, the world’s first 13.2 channel AV receiver. The AVR-X8500H supports DTS:X and Dolby Atmos, with up to 7.1.6 or 9.1.4 speaker configurations, and 13.1 channel Auro-3D configuration. Plus, with eight HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs, you have the flexibility to customize your home theater as you see fit.

The most immersive audio experience yet

The Denon AVR-X8500H takes home theater to unprecedented levels of performance with support for the latest object-based audio formats: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D.

Dolby Atmos powers an immersive, multi-dimensional listening experience. Accomplish Dolby Atmos sound with a 7.1.6 or 9.1.4 surround sound speaker system with six additional overhead speakers, or Dolby Atmos height module elevation speakers for the ultimate home theater experience.

DTS:X coding places sound where it naturally occurs in space, creating a lifelike, three-dimensional audio experience. It comes with DTS Neural:X, a format that provides improved height realism and gives your favorite movies, games and music a lifelike authenticity unmatched by traditional 5.1 surround sound.

Thanks to dedicated height and overhead channels, Auro-3D provides an immersive surround sound experience in addition to traditional channels supporting up to a 13.1 or 13.2 configuration. Auro-3D will be enabled via a future firmware update at no additional charge.

Picture quality that matches exceptional sound

The Denon AVR-X8500H supports the latest in picture quality to provide a truly remarkable auditory and visual experience. The AVR-X8500H is Dolby Vision compatible and supports 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 color resolution, HDR and BT.2020.

Stream your music with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or Apple AirPlay

Stream via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for wireless listening with the Denon AVR-X8500H. An advanced dual antenna transceiver system allows for robust streaming even in congested environments, so you can listen to your favorite tracks without a hitch. Plus, the AVR-X8500H features Apple AirPlay compatibility for wireless streaming from your iOS devices such as an iPhone or iPad.

Multi-room streaming and voice control

The Denon AVR-X8500H comes equipped with built-in HEOS technology, letting you enjoy your favorite tracks in any room of your home wirelessly. You can play the same song in every room, or select a different tune for each HEOS-connected room — the choice is yours. And with new Amazon Alexa compatibility, you get cutting-edge voice control. Play a song, switch inputs between your Blu-ray, DVD or other media player, pause or stop a movie and more — just ask.

With 13.2 channels and support of the greatest audio and visual formats, the possibilities for your home theater are limitless. What will you use all those channels for? The choice is yours. Learn more about the Denon AVR-X8500H.

Products featured in this article