Sony STR-DH590 vs Denon AVR-X6500H review

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Sony STR-DH590 vs Denon AVR-X6500H review

Sony STR-DH590
vs
Denon AVR-X6500H

It’s strongly recommended to compare different receivers if you want to choose the best one: Sony STR-DH590 vs Denon AVR-X6500H.

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.2 versus 11.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the STR-DH590 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 145/6, while the AVR-X6500H has a power of 140/8, 175/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the STR-DH590 it is 0.09%, but for the AVR-X6500H it is 0.05%.

Audio features

Competitive models use the same DAC. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Denon AVR-X6500H. Both Sony STR-DH590 and Denon AVR-X6500H can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection via WIFI is only possible with AVR-X6500H. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The AVR-X6500H has access to the Spotify service.

Video features

The HDR10 function is present in each of the rivals. 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 STR-DH590 and the AVR-X6500H. Video scaling is only possible with the AVR-X6500H. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the STR-DH590 has 4/1, and the AVR-X6500H has 8/3.Sony STR-DH590 connectionsDenon AVR-X6500H connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the AVR-X6500H. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. STR-DH590 and AVR-X6500H support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Denon AVR-X6500H. There is an ECO mode in AVR-X6500H. The Denon AVR-X6500H can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the AVR-X6500H. Only in the AVR-X6500H realized a DTS:X surround technology.

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General

Item

Sony STR-DH590
Denon AVR-X6500H

Model

STR-DH590
AVR-X6500H

Brand

Sony
Denon

Reviews

816
54

Amplifier

Channels

5.2
11.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

145/6
140/8, 175/6

Output impedance, Ohm

6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.09
0.05

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/32-bit
192 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

DCAC
Audyssey MultEQ XT32

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

has not
Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey LFC, Compressed Audio Restorer

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, Mood Mix

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
8/3

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
2

Coaxial digital input

1
2

Composite input

0
4

Component input/output

0/0
2/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

phones, setup mic
USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10
HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
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

HLG
HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle

Display

fluorescent
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

USB
network, USB

Other additional features

has not
IP Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
3

Zone audio output

has not
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

has not
HEOS App

RS-232

0
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

0
2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS 96/24
DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS

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

200
750

Standby consumption, W

0.3
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43 x 13.3 x 29.7/ 17 x 5.3 x 11.4
43.5 x 15.2 x 38/17 x 6.7 x 14.9

Weight, kg/lbs

7.1/16.4
14.5/32

Other

Release year

2018
2018
Sony STR-DH590
Denon AVR-X6500H
Sony STR-DH590
Denon AVR-X6500H

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  • 4.2
  • 9.4
  • 4.2Sony STR-DH590
  • 9.4Denon AVR-X6500H