The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Denon AVR-S950H vs Onkyo TX-SR353 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.
A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Denon AVR-S950H has 7.2 versus 5.1 for Onkyo TX-SR353. Regarding power, then AVR-S950H has such a W/Ohm ratio - 90/8, 125/6 when TX-SR353 has a power of 140/6. The THD is the same and is 0.08%.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, AKM 192 KHz/32-bit for AVR-S950H and 192 KHz/24-bit for the TX-SR353. None of the models support Bi-amping. The Denon AVR-S950H can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Only the Denon AVR-S950H can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the AVR-S950H supports Spotify. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. The AVR-S950H can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the TX-SR353. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the AVR-S950H.
The Denon AVR-S950H has 8/2 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 4/1 HDMI connectors of the Onkyo TX-SR353. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. The HDMI eARC is available only on the AVR-S950H. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. The AVR-S950H supports the protection of digital content of the standard HDCP 2.3, versus HDCP 2.2 in the TX-SR353. The AVR-S950H has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. An ECO mode is only available for the AVR-S950H. The setup assistant will help you configure Denon AVR-S950H.
Only the AVR-S950H has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the AVR-S950H.