What is better - Denon AVR-X8500H vs Pioneer VSX-934?
The number of channels for receivers is different - 13.2 versus 7.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the AVR-X8500H has such a ratio W/Ohm - 150/8, 250/6, while the VSX-934 has a power of 80/8, 165/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the AVR-X8500H it is 0.05%, but for the VSX-934 it is 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the AVR-X8500H received the model AK4490EQ 768 KHz/32-bit, but the VSX-934 is equipped with AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Denon AVR-X8500H and Pioneer VSX-934 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-X8500H works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, but the Pioneer VSX-934 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora. The quality of 4K/60Hz 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-X8500H and the VSX-934. 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-X8500H has 8/3, and the VSX-934 has 6/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the AVR-X8500H. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. AVR-X8500H and VSX-934 support the standard HDCP 2.2. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
Unlike the AVR-X8500H where 3 Multi zones is provided, the VSX-934 works with 2 Multi zones. There is an ECO mode in AVR-X8500H. The Denon AVR-X8500H and the Pioneer VSX-934 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.