Denon AVR-X2500H vs Sony STR-DN1080

Denon AVRX2500 vs Sony STRDN1080 choose the best solution for home theatre

Denon AVRX2500 vs Sony STRDN1080

I had a chance to test and compare Denon AVRX2500 vs Sony STRDN1080. This review will help you to choose the model that meet your needs.

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Features & Performance

Denon AVRX2500 vs Sony STRDN1080 back

Comparing Sony STRDN1080 vs Denon AVRX2500 in terms of the total power output, we will see that Sony has 1155 W, while Denon has 670 W only. STRDN1080 features the eARC technology to play full-resolution sound, and native the DSD playback feature. Denon supports the DTS Virtual:X technology, and it also can be controlled using the Alexa feature. Both models support the 4K video standard with HDR and HLG.

Connections & Setup

These receivers have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules and they are AirPlay compatible. Sony also supports the Chromecast feature and the LDAC technology while Denon supports the HEOS technology.

Both receivers support the zone 2 technology.

Some customers have troubles with STRDN1080 HDMI ports. Sony has 6 in and 2 out ports versus 8 in and 2 out ports that Denon features.

Sony uses the D.C.A.C. EX technology to calibrate speakers to provide you with properly-balanced sound. Denon uses the Audyssey technology to configure speakers. Both technologies are quite precise. Both manufacturers provide you with the microphone. You can still fine-tune your speakers afterward.

Design

Sony has two large knobs on the left side, a power on/off button, a simple LCD display and a row of narrow buttons right under the display. It also has additional ports on the front panel.

Denon has two large knobs on both sides, a power on/off button, an LCD display in the middle with a row of buttons right under the display. It also has extra ports.

STRDN1080 has a modern-looking remote but you may find the label text too small. Overall, both models are easy to control and they look modern.

Denon AVRX2500 pros & cons

Pros:

  • The sound quality is very high – basses are rich and deep, no distortion.
  • Good compatibility with various modern devices.
  • The setup is easy and the calibration is precise – the output sound is well-balanced.

Cons:

  • Has issues with the HDMI ARC technology – it stopped working.
  • You may find the UI outdated.

Sony STRDN1080 pros & cons

Pros:

  • The total power output is extremely high. The sound is clear and rich without any distortion.
  • Many features, like Chromecast and LDAC.

Cons:

  • The remote controller may be useless. The receiver has 6 HDMI ports in, while you can access only 4 using the remote.
  • The menu works slowly.

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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Sony STR-DN1080

Sony STR-DN1080 review

May 10, 2019

The STRDN1080 is a flagship receiver from Sony’s line. However, by requiring under $600 for the product, the company tries to prove that it’s not necessary to break the bank to get everyt...

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Common

Product

Denon AVR-X2500H
Sony STR-DN1080

Model

AVR-X2500H
STR-DN1080

Brand

Denon
Sony

Rating

3.5 of 5
3.8 of 5

Reviews

5
280

Amplifier

Total output power

670 W
1155 W

Output power per channel

95 W
165 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
7

Signal-to-noise ratio

100 dB
108 dB

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS:X

Dolby Atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

up to 4K
up to 4K

Video conversion/scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

8
1

Optical digital inputs

2
1

Coaxial digital inputs

1
1

HDMI inputs

8
6

HDMI outputs

2
2

Optical digital outputs

has not
has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not
has not

Subwoofer outputs

2
2

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

56
30

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

Three-zone capability

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Audio D/A converter

24bit / 192kHz
24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Dolby Surround
S-FORCE Pro Front Surround Sound

Surround system class

7.2 channel
7.2 channel

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

500 W
240 W

Standby power consumption

0.5 W
0.4 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

13.3 x 17.1 x 6.6 inches
19 x 15 x 8.4 inches

Weight

20.7 pounds
23 pounds
Denon AVR-X2500H
Sony STR-DN1080
Denon AVR-X2500H
Sony STR-DN1080

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  • 20.4
  • 22.6Denon AVR-X2500H
  • 20.4Sony STR-DN1080

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