Denon AVC-X8500H 13.2 Channel AV Amplifier Review

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The X8500’s assured performance with both 5.1 and 7.1 soundtracks wasn’t a huge surprise, Denon have been making excellent AV receivers for years but what particularly impressed us was the quality of the amplification. The X8500 had the headroom necessary to give the action scenes in Dunkirk the visceral impact that Christopher Nolan intended, without losing the more subtle elements. As an aside the Dolby Surround upmixing also proved quite effective at opening up the sound field and creating a greater sense of height presence. The soundtrack might not have been mixed with overhead channels but you’d swear it was at times, so effective was the upmixing. We should point out that the Dolby Surround up mixer doesn’t use the extra side speakers in a 13 channel setup, they are only for Dolby Atmos soundtracks. Anyway, that’s enough of the appetisers, let’s get down to the main course and plug in all those other speakers for a full-on immersive audio experience.”





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