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Re: Denon AVC-X8500H reviews and setup
« Reply #345 on: July 26, 2019, 23:47 »
All the points mentioned about Audyssey are all valid. Thanks for sharing with members here.


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Re: Denon AVC-X8500H reviews and setup
« Reply #346 on: July 27, 2019, 21:29 »
Finally threw in the towel and paid the deposit for the 8500 to replace the current 7200WA unit in the living room setup.  Will pick it up next week as I'm leveraging the current promo by trading in my Denon 2309.  Guess I have to set aside some time to read this whole thread from top to toe again.
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Re: Denon AVC-X8500H reviews and setup
« Reply #347 on: July 27, 2019, 21:46 »
Finally threw in the towel and paid the deposit for the 8500 to replace the current 7200WA unit in the living room setup.  Will pick it up next week as I'm leveraging the current promo by trading in my Denon 2309.  Guess I have to set aside some time to read this whole thread from top to toe again.
Welcome to the club bro..
There's a promo? That's good
Please post instead of sending a pm, so more can learn.

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Re: Denon AVC-X8500H reviews and setup
« Reply #348 on: July 27, 2019, 22:05 »
Finally threw in the towel and paid the deposit for the 8500 to replace the current 7200WA unit in the living room setup.  Will pick it up next week as I'm leveraging the current promo by trading in my Denon 2309.  Guess I have to set aside some time to read this whole thread from top to toe again.

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Re: Denon AVC-X8500H reviews and setup
« Reply #349 on: July 27, 2019, 22:16 »
Anyone here running a unified 15 speaker layout connecting to the 8500 that supports both ATMOS and Auro3D playback seamlessly?
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Re: Denon AVC-X8500H reviews and setup
« Reply #350 on: July 27, 2019, 22:29 »
Anyone here running a unified 15 speaker layout connecting to the 8500 that supports both ATMOS and Auro3D playback seamlessly?

Do take note that although you have 15 speaker binding posts...only 13 will be active at any one point in time. I've not implemented full Auro 3D setup - just 7.2.4 (11.2 channels) at this point.

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Re: Denon AVC-X8500H reviews and setup
« Reply #351 on: July 28, 2019, 10:11 »
Do take note that although you have 15 speaker binding posts...only 13 will be active at any one point in time. I've not implemented full Auro 3D setup - just 7.2.4 (11.2 channels) at this point.


I’m aware that only 13 channels can be processed at one time and have been analysing how my current 7.1.4 setup can expand to 7.1.6 or 9.1.4 with the addition of Centre Height & VOG to experience Auro3D.
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Re: Denon AVC-X8500H reviews and setup
« Reply #352 on: July 28, 2019, 10:15 »
Anyone here running a unified 15 speaker layout connecting to the 8500 that supports both ATMOS and Auro3D playback seamlessly?
I wanted to initially but in the end I left it at 11 channels as I found little benefit
However do try and keep the noise floor low. I’m getting a lot more detail
Maybe it’s the 8500, and I think the lower noise floor helps

Try Riddick the scene where creatures walk on the roof
It’s not Atmos but you wouldn’t know otherwise..
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Re: Denon AVC-X8500H reviews and setup
« Reply #353 on: July 28, 2019, 10:16 »
I’m aware that only 13 channels can be processed at one time and have been analysing how my current 7.1.4 setup can expand to 7.1.6 or 9.1.4 with the addition of Centre Height & VOG to experience Auro3D.

Wow...going full Auro 3D setup with VOG. You'll be happy to learn that X8500H allows you to do that w/o the need to forsake one of the SW Preouts for the VOG to work :)

Do share your experience with us when you implement it :)

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Re: Denon AVC-X8500H reviews and setup
« Reply #354 on: July 28, 2019, 10:17 »
I wanted to initially but in the end I left it at 11 channels as I found little benefit
However do try and keep the noise floor low. I’m getting a lot more detail
Maybe it’s the 8500, and I think the lower noise floor helps

Try Riddick the scene where creatures walk on the roof
It’s not Atmos but you wouldn’t know otherwise..

True...If you listening space is small...cramping too many speakers may not be such a good idea after all. But having say that, if the X8500H allows, go for it and try it out to take advantage of it...if not good, just revert to 7.1.4.

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Re: Denon AVC-X8500H reviews and setup
« Reply #355 on: July 28, 2019, 10:45 »
Wow...going full Auro 3D setup with VOG. You'll be happy to learn that X8500H allows you to do that w/o the need to forsake one of the SW Preouts for the VOG to work :)

Do share your experience with us when you implement it :)


It’ll take a while to slowly implement the holy grail setup that I envision in my living room. A 135 inch display screen with either Laser UST or MicroLED and a speaker setup that allows me to enjoy all immersive audio formats during my retirement years. Just like the MCU, i’ve only at Phase 2 now 🤣.

Phase 1 involved getting the height speakers in place that allowed for pseudo 7.1.4 listening and getting a OLED to temporarily enjoy 4K.  Phase 2 involves putting in floor standers with a competent AVR that can connect everything without dealing with external amps. Phase 3 will be the endgame with a proper TV console and the 135 inch display. Hopefully by then displays of that size will not need me to sell a kidney. LOL!!!
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Re: Denon AVC-X8500H reviews and setup
« Reply #356 on: July 28, 2019, 11:07 »
It’ll take a while to slowly implement the holy grail setup that I envision in my living room. A 135 inch display screen with either Laser UST or MicroLED and a speaker setup that allows me to enjoy all immersive audio formats during my retirement years. Just like the MCU, i’ve only at Phase 2 now 🤣.

Phase 1 involved getting the height speakers in place that allowed for pseudo 7.1.4 listening and getting a OLED to temporarily enjoy 4K.  Phase 2 involves putting in floor standers with a competent AVR that can connect everything without dealing with external amps. Phase 3 will be the endgame with a proper TV console and the 135 inch display. Hopefully by then displays of that size will not need me to sell a kidney. LOL!!!

This part is confirmed. So no worries on that...and if you are going UST route, you won't need to.


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Re: Denon AVC-X8500H reviews and setup
« Reply #357 on: August 03, 2019, 00:21 »
Finally got my x8500 back.


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Denon AVC-X8500H reviews and setup
« Reply #358 on: August 03, 2019, 06:53 »
Finally got my x8500 back.


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Glad to know...what is the diagnostic for the network?


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Re: Denon AVC-X8500H reviews and setup
« Reply #359 on: August 03, 2019, 09:49 »
Glad to know...what is the diagnostic for the network?


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Expected, only network module replaced


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