What is better - Denon AVR-X8500HSP vs Sony STR-DN1040?
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-X8500HSP has such a ratio W/Ohm - 150/8, 190/6, while the STR-DN1040 has a power of 100/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the AVR-X8500HSP it is 0.05%, but for the STR-DN1040 it is 0.09%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the AVR-X8500HSP received the model AK4490 384 KHz/32-bit, but the STR-DN1040 is equipped with 96 KHz/24-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Denon AVR-X8500HSP and Sony STR-DN1040 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The contenders have differences in the supported services from Apple - AirPlay, AirPlay 2 versus AirPlay respectively. The AVR-X8500HSP has access to the Spotify service.
Support for the HDR function can only boast of the AVR-X8500HSP. 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-X8500HSP and the STR-DN1040. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the AVR-X8500HSP.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the AVR-X8500HSP has 8/3, and the STR-DN1040 has 8/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the AVR-X8500HSP. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. AVR-X8500HSP and STR-DN1040 support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Denon AVR-X8500HSP.
Unlike the AVR-X8500HSP where 3 Multi zones is provided, the STR-DN1040 works with 2 Multi zones. There is an ECO mode in AVR-X8500HSP. The Denon AVR-X8500HSP and the Sony STR-DN1040 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the AVR-X8500HSP. Only in the AVR-X8500HSP realized a DTS:X surround technology.