It’s strongly recommended to compare different receivers if you want to choose the best one: Marantz SR8012 vs Denon AVR-X6500H.
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, the receivers have the same performance - 140/8, 175/6. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.05%.
Competitive models use the same DAC. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Marantz SR8012 and Denon AVR-X6500H 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 Marantz SR8012 works with Deezer, TIDAL, TuneIn Radio, but the Denon AVR-X6500H works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, Mood Mix. 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 SR8012 and the AVR-X6500H. 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 is the same - 8/3. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the SR8012 and the AVR-X6500H. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. SR8012 and AVR-X6500H support the standard HDCP 2.2. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
Ability to create 3 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 Marantz SR8012 and the Denon AVR-X6500H 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.