Denon AVR-X8500HSP vs Onkyo TX-8260 review

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Rating 5 5

AV receivers comparison chart

Overall
Denon AVR-X8500HSP
9.6
Onkyo TX-8260
6
10
7
10
5
9
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9
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Denon AVR-X8500HSP vs Onkyo TX-8260 review

Denon AVR-X8500HSP
vs
Onkyo TX-8260

It makes sense comparing Denon AVR-X8500HSP vs Onkyo TX-8260 because they both are able to give some premium features.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Denon AVR-X8500HSP has 13.2 versus 2.0 for Onkyo TX-8260. Regarding power, then AVR-X8500HSP has such a W/Ohm ratio - 150/8, 190/6 when TX-8260 has a power of 80/8, 160/6. The THD is 0.05% for the AVR-X8500HSP but 0.09% for the TX-8260.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, AK4490 384 KHz/32-bit for AVR-X8500HSP and AK4452 384 KHz/32-bit for the TX-8260. Only the AVR-X8500HSP supports Bi-amping feature. The Denon AVR-X8500HSP can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Denon AVR-X8500HSP has support for AirPlay, AirPlay 2, and its competitor in our comparison - AirPlay. 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 TX-8260 can receive a content from TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio.

Video features

Only the Denon AVR-X8500HSP has support for High dynamic range (HDR). Only the AVR-X8500HSP provides HDMI signal transmission in standby mode. The AVR-X8500HSP can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the TX-8260. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the AVR-X8500HSP. Only the AVR-X8500HSP supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). The HDMI eARC is available only on the AVR-X8500HSP. Of the two receivers in our comparison, HDMI CEC is present in only the AVR-X8500HSP. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

The AVR-X8500HSP supports 3 Multi-room zones, versus 2 for the TX-8260. An ECO mode is only available for the AVR-X8500HSP. The setup assistant will help you configure Denon AVR-X8500HSP.

Multichannel surround

Only the AVR-X8500HSP has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the AVR-X8500HSP.

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General

Item

Denon AVR-X8500HSP
Onkyo TX-8260

Model

AVR-X8500HSP
TX-8260

Brand

Denon
Onkyo

Reviews

6
40

Amplifier

Channels

13.2
2.0

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

150/8, 190/6
80/8, 160/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.05
0.09

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AK4490 384 KHz/32-bit
AK4452 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ XT32

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Restorer, Hi-Res audio
WRAT

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
2 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2
AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud
TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/3
0/0

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
2

Coaxial digital input

2
2

Composite input

4
0

Component input/output

3/1
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
USB, phones

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz

8K signal pass-through

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

BT.2020, HLG
has not

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
fluorescent

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
network, USB

Other additional features

IP Control, Web Control
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

HEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote
Onkyo Controller app

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1
1/0

DC trigger output (12V)

2
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
has not

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround
has not

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

900
230

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 19.5 x 7.8/17 x 7.7 x 18.7
43.5 x 15 x 32.8/ 17 x 6.5 x 13

Weight, kg/lbs

23.1/51.6
8.3/18.3

Other

Release year

2018
2017
Denon AVR-X8500HSP
Onkyo TX-8260
Denon AVR-X8500HSP
Onkyo TX-8260

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 9.6
  • 6
  • 9.6Denon AVR-X8500HSP
  • 6Onkyo TX-8260