The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Denon AVR-X8500HSP 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-X8500HSP has 13.2 versus 5.1 for Onkyo TX-SR353. Regarding power, then AVR-X8500HSP has such a W/Ohm ratio - 150/8, 190/6 when TX-SR353 has a power of 140/6. The THD is 0.05% for the AVR-X8500HSP but 0.08% for the TX-SR353.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, AK4490 384 KHz/32-bit for AVR-X8500HSP and 192 KHz/24-bit for the TX-SR353. 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. Only the AVR-X8500HSP supports Spotify.
Only the Denon AVR-X8500HSP has support for High dynamic range (HDR). HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. The AVR-X8500HSP can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the TX-SR353. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the AVR-X8500HSP.
The Denon AVR-X8500HSP has 8/3 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-X8500HSP. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. Both models support the standard HDCP 2.2. The AVR-X8500HSP has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. An ECO mode is only available for the AVR-X8500HSP. The setup assistant will help you configure Denon AVR-X8500HSP.
Only the AVR-X8500HSP has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the AVR-X8500HSP.