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Denon AVC-X8500H A/V Receiver


13.2 Channel Home Theatre Amplifier with Bluetooth, Dolby Atmos & HEOS

Denon AVC-X8500H Home Theatre Amplifier - front view

Denon AVC-X8500H Home Theatre Amplifier - front view

World's First 13.2 Channel AV Amplifier, 150 Watts Per Channel (2 Channels Driven)

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, Multi-Room HEOS Music Streaming Technology Built-In

Audyssey MultiEQ XT32 Acoustic Room Correction

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Delivery: Free Australia Wide Delivery
Your Price $5,999
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Product Description

If you're after a fully immersive movie experience that will almost literally blow your socks off the Denon AVR-X8500H is top of the range in every way and has the smarts and performance to satisfy even the most discerning videophile. Enjoy Dolby Atmos for immaculate audio, Spotify Connect support and DSD streaming. 


One of the big things that will appeal to many who are prepared to dig deep into their pockets for a AVR-X8500H is the fact that it is not only designed in Japan ... but Made In Japan! Whenever we think of that phrase these days, we can't help but be reminded of the 'Doc & Marty' in Back To The Future 2 when they discussed the superiority of products Made In Japan. Obviously Denon (and Japan) experience similar high costs of manufacturing as we do here in the land down-under, but you can be assured the build-quality is as good as it gets and attention to detail is as to be expected, meticulous.

World's First 13.2 Channel AV Amplifier

Anyway, we digress just a little. The Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2 Channel home theatre receiver features a powerful Class A/B power amplifier section equipped with discrete high current power transistors for high quality audio performance. It is rated at a genuine 150 Watts RMS into 8 Ohms, at 20-20kHz driving 2 Channels and a little less when simultaneously driving more than two speakers. It features 13.2 processing, 13 channels of amplification and a 13.2 pre-out stage for maximum versatility should you wish to 'expand' performance. It has plenty of connectivity options, the latest HDMI 2.0 spec, built-in Audyssey Platinum set-up assistant, Apple AirPlay as well as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D.

Built-In Bluetooth, Wi-Fi And AirPlay: With all the various devices we use to play music, the hardest part can be playing them all with ease. The AVR-X8500H makes this process quick and very easy. Many new portable devices are equipped with Bluetooth wireless connectivity and the AVR-X8500H’s built-in Bluetooth wireless technology lets you stream your favourite audio tracks from up to 8 Bluetooth enabled devices, such as smartphones, portable audio players and tablets. With the built-in Wi-Fi wireless technology, the AVR-X8500H connects to the internet through your home network, opening up a world of music from free internet radio stations, as well as streaming subscription services like Spotify via the very latest Spotify Connect scheme.

If you've got your favourite music stored on your portable IOS iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad and you're using iTunes, then Apple’s AirPlay streaming audio system makes it as simple as pressing “Play” to stream songs to the Denon AVR-X8500H. DLNA 1.5 certification lets you connect to your PC or Mac via your home network wirelessly for additional streaming capabilities. The Denon Remote App lets you easily control the AVR-X8500H with your portable device, and is available for Apple and Android devices.

Whole-Home Wireless Audio With HEOS

This is the latest gadget now built-in to this Denon Receiver - Denon HEOS technology - which if you haven't already guessed is what the 'H' stands for. Heos technology allows the AVR-X8500H to be easily integrated into a wireless multi-room audio system. Stream music to HEOS wireless speakers (sold separately) in different rooms, and control each room's speakers independently with the free HEOS app, installed on your Apple iOS (7.0+) or Android OS (2.3+) device. The app gives you instant multiroom audio control, meaning you can command music in every room from any device - play different music from different sources in every room, group several rooms together and play the same song throughout your home, or listen to something different in each room. You can play music from your own personal library, internet radio, and popular streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and Tidal, to name just a few.

Dolby Atmos: It's new and will be a winner because with Dolby Atmos, sound comes alive from all directions, including overhead, to fill your home theatre with astonishing clarity, power, detail and depth of sound. The AVR-X8500H has the processing power to run a more enveloping 7, 9, 11 or 13 channel Dolby Atmos system using 5.2.2, 5.2.4, 7.2.2, 7.2.4, 7.2.6, 9.2.4 or 11.2.2 configurations utilising ceiling mounted, or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers.. Here's how it can be configured.

  • A 5.2.2 or 5.2.4 speaker configuration is based upon a traditional 5.2 speaker layout complemented by 2 or 4 overhead or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers.
  • A 7.2.2, 7.2.4 or 7.2.6 configuration is based on a 7.2 speaker layout with either 2, 4 or 6 overhead or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers.
  • A 9.2.4 configuration is based on a 9.2 speaker layout with 4 overhead speakers.

For more information, see our Dolby Atmos FAQ page.

Audyssey "Platinum" Speaker Calibration: All home theatre receivers have some form of automatic speaker calibration to ensure the best sound for your setup and room. The AVR-X8500H takes this a few steps further with Audyssey's Platinum suite of features which is the most accurate room correction solution with more than ten thousand individual control points. It easily captures and corrects all room problems so you enjoy the best performance. 

In addition to its advanced MultEQ XT32 calibration, you also get DSX capability for use with front wide or height speakers for other options for making the most of all seven of this receiver's channels. Audyssey's Dynamic EQ and Volume features help your system perform better at lower volume levels and minimise large volume fluctuations while watching TV or movies. And if you're connecting two subwoofers, Sub EQ HT can optimise bass response by calibrating each sub independently for balanced low-frequency sound throughout the room where correction is needed the most. Audyssey LFC uses psychoacoustic algorithms to help minimise bass from passing your walls and disturbing your neighbours while at the same time maintaining the bass performance in the listening room. The AVR-X8500H is also Audyssey Pro ready for the most advanced professional room correction.

Maximum Multi-Zone/Multi-Source Playback: Just take a look at the back panel of the AVR-X8500H and you'll discover a virtual wall of inputs and outputs, all supplied so you can customise it to your needs. Those 11 pairs of speaker terminals are there for either the ultimate in surround sound pleasure like "front high", "front wide," or "surround back" speakers to give movie soundtracks even more depth, or for other interesting options.

You can also enjoy music from three different sources in up to three rooms at the same time. Its powerful processing allows you to select from digital or analogue sources for stereo playback across three different zones, including HDMI sources in Zones 1 and 2. The Zone 2 HDMI output is great for watching different content on different TVs at the same time.  Here are some popular options that our customers like.

Option One: Connect a 5.2 surround system in one room that then leaves outputs for stereo sound in a second or third room with no additional amplifier required. There's also a third HDMI output for use in your main zone — ideal for connecting both a TV and a projector. 

Option Two: For better sound, consider bi-amping your front speakers which is especially beneficial when playing 2 Channel music sources. Of course you can always add an additional stereo power amplifier and enjoy the best of everything!

Option Three: Enjoy the same stereo music in three zones simultaneously which is really great for a party with friends.

Simple Set-Up and Easy To Use: Denon's home theatre receivers continue to get easier to set up and control. Their full-colour on-screen display uses lots of graphics so it's easy and fun to navigate. When you first start, you'll have the Setup Assistant/Quick Start Guide to help you through connections and settings, so you can get your system up and running quickly. It will also help you run the built-in Audyssey automatic speaker calibration system, which tailors the receiver's settings to your specific room and speakers. This helps deliver well-balanced surround sound.

Tip: Once you're set up, be sure to download the free Denon Remote app for your Apple or Android smartphone. It's the simplest and most intuitive way to control your receiver via your home Wi-Fi network. Need to know more re this feature? Call us on (03) 9874-8233.

Our Take

Being the Denon flagship and the world's first 13.2 channel AV Amplifier, this is one of the easiest summaries of any product we have auditioned. Basically if you can afford a '8500H then buy it as you won't be disappointed. Not only does it have all the bells and whistles, but it has decent built-in performance that will deliver in 'spades' so to speak. Additionally, there are multiple amplifier re-assign options and of course pre-amplifier outputs if you wish to connect extra power amplifiers. That is something that needs serious consideration depending on (1) how many speakers you intend to connect and (2) their efficiency or SPL. If your speakers are "hungry" or inefficient then you will need to utilise some of the re-assign functionality or buy another power amplifier - a particularly smart move for your front speakers.

Of course the addition of built-in Heos technology - which was developed in Sydney Australia - makes multi-room sound easy with the addition of any of the Heos range of wireless speakers. Yes, you can certainly use other brands but if you haven't made a start with extra speakers then HEOS would be the smart way to go.

  • Design: 13.2 Channel home theatre amplifier
  • Stereo Power Output: 150 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms (20-20kHz) at 0.05% THD; Multi-Channel Output: Not stated, but lower than the above figure
  • Surround Sound: Dolby and DTS surround sound decoding
    • Dolby Atmos Processing: For use with in-ceiling or "height" speakers for more enveloping surround sound; compatible with 7, 9 or 11 Channel setups - 11 Channel systems will requires an external stereo power amplifier
    • DTS:X: Available sometime in the future as a free firmware upgrade 
  • Upconversion: Analogue-to-HDMI video upconversion
  • Upscales standard-definition video signals to HD and Ultra HD (up to 4K)
  • Speaker Calibration: Audyssey "Platinum" speaker calibration and system optimisation
    • MultEQ XT32: This advanced auto setup and room calibration uses high-resolution digital processing filters to deliver balanced, dynamic sound to as many as 8 listening positions. This is expandable to 32 positions by our professional installer
    • DSX (Dynamic Surround Expansion): DSX optimises "front height" or "front width" speakers to create a larger soundstage with more engaging surround effects
    • Dynamic Volume: This anticipates loud sounds to keep volume levels more even
    • Dynamic EQ: Improves dialogue, bass response, and surround channel levels at lower volumes
    • Sub EQ HT: Provides individual calibration for dual subwoofers, for even and better bass response throughout your room
  • Low Frequency Containment: Great feature that reduces the amount of bass that passes through your walls and into other rooms...or even your neighbour's place

Digital and Streaming Music Options

  • Wi-Fi: This built-in feature allows listening to music from a networked PC, free Internet radio and music services
  • Bluetooth: This built-in feature allows for wireless music listening with smartphones, tablets and compatible computers
  • Music Streaming: Includes support for Pandora and free Internet radio streams with vTuner (subscription required for some services)
  • Spotify Connect: This lets you play Spotify's streaming music library through the receiver via your smartphone or tablet (requires Spotify app and a premium subscription)
  • Apple AirPlay: Got iTunes? Perfect for streaming music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or computer running iTunes
  • Music Files: Plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer (PCM up to 192kHz/24-bit resolution; DSD up to 2.8MHz .dsf files)
  • DLNA and Windows® 8 Certified: This feature allows for streaming music with compatible devices and computers
  • Front-Panel USB Input: Connect an iPod, iPhone, or USB memory device easily via the front-panel
  • Better Sound: The direct digital connection for iPod or iPhone bypasses your device's low-quality digital-to-analogue converter for much better sound
  • Compressed Audio Restorer: Denon's Compressed Audio Restorer improves sound quality of MP3s and other digital music files
  • Built-in HEOS technology supports Amazon Alexa* and takes music listening to the next level with wireless whole-home audio. * The Amazon Alexa feature becomes available in Spring 2018. Availability varies by country.

Multi-Room Audio

  • Features: Three-room/three-source output
  • Stereo Playback: Powered stereo outputs for second and third rooms allow simultaneous stereo playback in three rooms
  • Amp Assign: This feature lets you reassign extra surround channels to second and third zones
  • Line-level Outputs: For use with Zones 2 and 3 with additional receiver, amplifier, or powered speakers
  • Dual HDMI Outputs: Features 2 independent HDMI outputs for watching video content from different sources in two zones at the same time
  • Zone 2 & 3 Playback: Supports 2nd/3rd zone playback of digital sources (audio from HDMI sources is limited to Zones 1 and 2)
  • Other: Component and composite video outputs can be assigned to Zone 2


  • HDMI: Latest 2.0 audio/video switching with 7 x rear-panel inputs and 1 x front-panel input; 3 x rear-panel outputs
    • HDCP 2.2 technology ensures compatibility with 4K Ultra HD sources and TVs (all HDMI inputs and outputs)
    • HDR-compatible for extended picture contrast and brightness with compatible 4K TVs and HDR-encoded content
  • Component Video Switching: 2 x inputs, 1 x output for Zone 2
  • Composite Video Switching: 4 x inputs, 2 x outputs which includes 1 x front-panel input
  • Digital Audio Inputs: 2 x optical and 2 x coaxial
  • Line Level Inputs: 7 x analogue stereo audio inputs which includes 1 pair of front-panel inputs
  • Turntable Input: Yes, but even at this price it is basic. Add optional phono pre-amps to one pair of the L + R audio inputs (not the phono input) for better sound. 
  • Pre-Amp Outputs: 13.2 Channel preamp outputs
  • Includes outputs for 2 powered subwoofers
  • Front-Panel USB Input: Connect an iPod, iPhone, or USB memory device easily via the front-panel
  • Denon Link HD: This creates a jitter-free connection to compatible Denon Blu-ray players; requires HDMI connection and proprietary Denon Link RCA-style cable which is sold separately
  • Ethernet Port: Allows for Internet/Network connection
  • Speaker Outputs: You can connect a total 11 speakers - Front Left/Right, Centre, Surround Left/Right, Surround Back Left/Right, Front Height 1 Left/Right, Front Height 2 Left/Right
    • Note: The '8500H can only power 9 Channels at once. You will need additional power amplifiers for more than 9 Channels 
  • Speaker Wire Binding Posts: Allows use of either bare wire or banana plugs. We don't recommend you use spade or pin connectors.
  • RS-232C: For use with external controllers - home control systems.
  • Headphone Jack:Full-size (6.5mm) headphone jack on front panel
  • Detachable Power Cord: Allows for upgrade to better quality cord for improved performance
  • Coaxial FM Antenna: 1
  • FM Antenna: 1 - T Wire included. (Only useful in strong reception areas). External antenna is best.
  • AM Antenna: 1 - Loop Antenna included. (AM reception is subject to interference)

Other Features

  • Set-Up Assistant: Guides you through the initial connection process and settings
  • Remote App: Free Denon Remote app lets you use your Apple or Android device as a Wi-Fi® remote.
  • Third Party Control Systems: Supports AMX; Control 4; Crestron & RTI
  • Quick Select buttons: 3 - save settings for commonly used sources, like video input and volume level.
  • OSD: Full colour On-Screen Display for easier system setup and operation
  • Remote Control: Multibrand/Learning type - RC1194
  • Power Input: 230 Volt - Beware! There are 220 Volt 'grey imports' on the Internet. These are not designed for the Australian market and are not warrantied or even serviced by the local distributor!
  • Detachable Power Cord: Allows for upgrade to better quality cord for improved performance
  • Power Consumption: 780 Watts.
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 434 x 195 x 472mm - not including allowance for antennas or cables
  • Nett Weight: 23.3kg
  • Warranty: 2 years with additional 1 year option. Details in box

Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Name 13.2 Channel Home Theatre Amplifier with Bluetooth, Dolby Atmos & HEOS
Brand Denon
Colour Black
Power Output Per Channel 71 - 100 Watts RMS
Channels 13 Channels
Other Features Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital/DTS, DTS-X, HDMI Standby Passthrough, DLNA Certified, System Remote
HDMI Video Conversion From HDMI, From Component, From Composite
HDCP 2.2 For 4K Video Yes
Multi-Room Audio/Video Multi-Room HDMI Output, Multi-Room Video, Multi-Room Powered Output, Multi-Room Preamp Audio Output
HDMI Inputs 7
Internet Ready Built-In Wi-Fi/Wired Ethernet
App Control Android, Apple iPad
Apple AirPlay Yes
Supported Streaming Services No
Shipping Weight (kg) 26.0000
Price Range $5,999


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