Denon AVR-X2500H vs Harman Kardon AVR 1610

Budget Alternative: Denon AVRX2500 vs Harman Kardon AVR 1610

Denon AVRX2500 vs Harman Kardon AVR 1610

Harman Kardon AVR 1610 vs Denon AVRX2500 is a budget option to substitute a luxury brand. Compare the price, $200 to roughly $550. Although the features and the options are pretty similar for both. AVRX2500 has been released in 2018 while AVR 1610 in 2013.

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Features & Performance

Denon AVRX2500 vs Harman Kardon AVR 1610 back

Denon AVRX2500 vs Harman Kardon AVR 1610 has a Network audio player as well as Internet radio. Both of the receivers play all the known audio formats, I will not enumerate them here but just trust me if the format exists these two can play it.

Denon can give you decoders like Dolby True HD, Dolby Atmos, DTS neural:X, DTS-HD master audio, DTS:X, Dolby surround. So you have some impressive features to play with. Harman is not too bad either with Dolby digital plus, Dolby surround, Dolby True HD and DTS-HD master audio.

The operational power consumption for Denon is 500 W compare it to 160 W for Harman. The total output power is 670 W versus 425 W correspondingly.

Connections & Setup

AVRX2500 has all the necessary connectivity interfaces, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and IEEE while AVR 1610 only has Bluetooth.

Harman has no AV inputs, at all. It has Coaxial, Optical, HDMI, Subwoofer, USB and Phones inputs and outputs though. Denon has all that plus AV plus 1 extra Subwoofer input for bass freaks.

Both receivers have a smartphone remote control app. Plus they both also have a Dual Zone capability and Apple air-play support. Denon also boasts of AIR Studios monitor certification and Pure direct mode.

Design

Although both of the receivers have a minimalistic finish with black panels and white lettering Denon retains the signature look. Harman has a front glass panel taking over the whole front with tiny buttons on it.

Denon weighs a staggering 20 pounds while Harman only 10.

Harman Kardon AVR 1610

Pros:

  • It is cheap, it is not always a plus though.
  • The power consumption is really low.
  • The volume control turned out to be backlit by white LED, looks pretty.

Cons:

  • The sound quality is ok, that is all, nothing to be impressed with.
  • It is not compatible with Alexa.
  • The warranty is only 1 year for parts and labor.

Denon AVRX2500

Pros:

  • It works with Alexa.
  • The receiver gives you amazing sound, you will be happy.
  • Very easy to set up and to align with your home cinema.

Cons:

  • It is pricey.
  • The warranty is only available upon request and the terms of it are unclear for an average user.
  • It takes a lot of power.

Denon AVR-X2500H

Denon AVR-X2500H review

Dec 07, 2018

Denon AVRX2500 is a very multipurpose receiver. With the addition of AirPlay 2, the HEOS network technology and the input for connecting a vinyl player, it becomes even more multifunctional. As my De...

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Common

Product

Denon AVR-X2500H
Harman Kardon AVR 1610

Model

AVR-X2500H
AVR 1610

Brand

Denon
Harman Kardon

Rating

3.2 of 5
3.6 of 5

Reviews

4
51

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Amplifier class

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

DSD

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS neural:X

DTS-HD master audio

DTS:X

Dolby atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Power device

Operational power consumption

500 W
160 W

Standby power consumption

0.5 W
0.2 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

Amplifier

Total output power

670 W
425 W

Output power per channel

95 W
85 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm
6 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %
0.09 %

Number of channels

7
5

Signal-to-noise ratio

100 dB
96 dB

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

up to 4K

Video conversion/scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

Connector type

AV inputs

8
has not

Optical digital inputs

2
1

Coaxial digital inputs

1
1

HDMI inputs

8
5

HDMI outputs

2
1

Optical digital outputs

has not
has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not
has not

Subwoofer outputs

2
1

USB

1
1

Phones

1
1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital
digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM
AM/FM

Preset station qty

56
30

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

AIR Studios monitor certification

Three-zone capability

X.v.Color

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Deep color

MCACC Pro

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Sound output mode

Surround Sound
Surround Sound

Audio D/A converter

24bit / 192kHz
24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital

Surround system class

7.2 channel
5.1 channel

Digital sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

7

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Dimensions

Shipping size

13.3 x 17.1 x 6.6 inches
11.8 x 17.3 x 4.8 inches

Product weight

20.7 pounds
10 pounds

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  • 25.3
  • 20.6
  • 25.3Denon AVR-X2500H
  • 20.6Harman Kardon AVR 1610

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