It’s strongly recommended to compare different receivers if you want to choose the best one: Denon AVR-S960H vs Denon AVR-X4800H.
The number of channels for receivers is different - 7.2 versus 9.4, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the AVR-S960H has such a ratio W/Ohm - 90/8, 125/6, while the AVR-X4800H has a power of 125/8, 165/6. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Denon AVR-X4800H. Both Denon AVR-S960H and Denon AVR-X4800H can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
These units have the same Wi-Fi modules. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Both devices can work with such Apple Music services: AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Denon AVR-S960H works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Qobuz, TuneIn Radio, but the Denon AVR-X4800H works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix.
The quality of 4K/120Hz signal remains unchanged when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector via HDMI for both receivers. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the AVR-S960H and the AVR-X4800H. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the AVR-S960H has 6/2, and the AVR-X4800H has 7/3. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the AVR-S960H and the AVR-X4800H. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. AVR-S960H and AVR-X4800H support the standard HDCP 2.3. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
Unlike the AVR-S960H where 2 Multi zones is provided, the AVR-X4800H works with 3 Multi zones. Voice control is performed using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI in both models. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Denon AVR-S960H and the Denon AVR-X4800H can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.