The 'Reference Status' is a rare award given only to those
products that offer performance in the core competencies of a reference
standard. An AV Forums Reference product is one that other products will be
referenced against as it offers the highest standards in its given market
sector, and is a product that is an excellent all-round performer in every way.
When discussing the AVC-X8500H
AV Amplifier, AVForums said: "This is the most technically accomplished set of
features that we have ever seen"
"...the X8500 supports all the immersive audio formats but it
offers a level of processing that is unheard of on a AV amplifier or receiver."
"The Setup Assistant makes installation easy and yet the
speaker configurations are very flexible"
"We kicked off testing the X8500 with some two channel music
because whilst that isn't necessarily its main selling point, given all the
music related features that Denon have included, it is an area where an AV
product needs to perform these days. Thankfully all of Denon's efforts in
developing an AV amplifier where the audio performance is as important as the
processing has paid off. The X8500H is a lovely sounding AV amplifier,
delivering a detailed and clear front soundstage using two floor standing
B&W speakers. There was good localisation of instruments within that
soundstage and the mid-range and higher frequencies were well defined, whilst
the bass was nicely extended within the capabilities of speakers themselves."
To read AVForums full review, click here. To experience the
performance of the AVC-X8500H for yourself, visit your local Denon Retailer.