Denon AVR-X8500HSP vs Marantz CINEMA 40 comparison definitely makes sense.
A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Denon AVR-X8500HSP has 13.2 versus 9.2 for Marantz CINEMA 40. Regarding power, then AVR-X8500HSP has such a W/Ohm ratio - 150/8, 190/6 when CINEMA 40 has a power of 125/8, 165/6. The THD is 0.05% for the AVR-X8500HSP but 0.08% for the CINEMA 40.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, AK4490 384 KHz/32-bit for AVR-X8500HSP and 192 KHz/32-bit for the CINEMA 40. Both the AVR-X8500HSP and the CINEMA 40 support Bi-amping. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
WI-FI modules have the same characteristics: 2.4/5GHz. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Apple Music service is implemented on considered devices: AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The AVR-X8500HSP can work with the audio stream from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, and the CINEMA 40 can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. Both rivals can scale the resolution of the incoming HDMI signal. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is supported by these receivers.
The Denon AVR-X8500HSP has 8/3 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 7/3 HDMI connectors of the Marantz CINEMA 40. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. HDMI eARC is available in each model. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. The AVR-X8500HSP supports the protection of digital content of the standard HDCP 2.2, versus HDCP 2.3 in the CINEMA 40. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
Each of the AV receivers from our review supports 3 Multi-room zones. Supported voice control technologies are identical - Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. It is also worth noting that the ECO mode is presented in each of the receivers. Both AVR-X8500HSP and CINEMA 40 can be configured using the Setup assistant.
Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review.