Final Thoughts

The Denon AVR-X8500H takes immersive audio to new heights. From timing out harmonious musical scores to being able to feel the searing of wildfire or textural impact of an explosion. It provides a substantial level of enjoyment and insight into your favorite films that aligns with the content creators.

The AVR-X8500H prides itself of transparency, resolution, and precise three-dimensional imaging. Not to mention dynamic headroom. It has it all.

At the time of this review, it is also the only AVR with 13.2 channels of processing and amplification. Otherwise, you’d have to go with processors like the Emotiva RMC-1 or Marantz AV8805 and load up on separates for amplification. From that perspective, the AVR-X8500H starts to look more practical – and affordable. This is especially the case for small to mid-sized rooms.

Denon’s ambitious efforts have paid off with the AVR-X8500H. It still amazes me how they were able to cram 13-channels of amplification in such a small chassis – never mind the comprehensive list of features. As a single-box solution, the AVR-X8500H serves as a full-featured HT cornerstone that’s future proof, smart, and versatile. It will surely win the hearts of many.

If you’re looking to experience just how far immersive audio has gone – give the Denon AVR-X8500H a listen. With this caliber of performance, you probably won’t be paying for those expensive movie tickets anytime soon. You’ll get a much better theatrical experience at home.

Purchasing: Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2-Channel AV Receiver