Denon AVR-X1600H vs Denon AVR-S960H – that is a question.
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the AVR-X1600H has such a ratio W/Ohm - 80/8, 120/6, while the AVR-S960H has a power of 90/8, 125/6. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Denon AVR-X1600H. Both Denon AVR-X1600H and Denon AVR-S960H can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. 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-X1600H works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Mood Mix, but the Denon AVR-S960H works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Qobuz, TuneIn Radio.
The HDR10 function is present in each of the rivals. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the AVR-X1600H and the AVR-S960H. Video scaling is only possible with the AVR-S960H. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the AVR-S960H.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the AVR-X1600H has 6/1, and the AVR-S960H has 6/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the AVR-X1600H and the AVR-S960H. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. AVR-X1600H and AVR-S960H support the standard HDCP 2.3. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
Ability to create 2 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. 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-X1600H and the Denon AVR-S960H 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.