Denon AVR-X1500H vs Onkyo TX-NR686

Onkyo TX-NR686 vs Denon AVRX1500: Why so Difficult to Set Up

Onkyo TX-NR686 vs Denon AVRX1500

Onkyo TX-NR686 vs Denon AVRX1500 is the opposition of the 7-channel receiver versus 13-channel one. Denon AVRX1500 costs more than its competitor, but at that time has less number of connectors. So do we need to overpay?

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Features & Performance

Onkyo TX-NR686 vs Denon AVRX1500 back

First of all, we need to compare Denon AVRX1500 vs Onkyo TX-NR686 features. Onkyo supports 5.2.2-channel Dolby Atmos and DTS: x playback. Chromecast can work with the Google Assistant. Dynamic Audio Ampf delivers thrilling multichannel and stereo performance. DTS Play-Fi multi-room audio with Onkyo Music Control App work without any problems. This unit brings amazing 4K video and impressive sound.

The Denon supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and DTS Virtual:X for three-dimensional audio experience as well. Built-in HEOS wireless multi-room audio technology gives me a chance to listen to music from any room. Denon AVRX1500 develops the excellent sound. It streams music directly from iPhone or iTunes on the PC with iTunes latest version 10 and up with AirPlay2.

Connections & Setup

Onkyo has 7 HDMI inputs (1 front) and 2 outputs (1 main out, 1 sub out), plus 2 composite and 2 component video inputs, besides, 2 optical and 1 coaxial input. As we can see, this device has plenty of HDMI connectors in addition to all the old style video/audio inputs.

Like its opponent, the Denon provides Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless streaming connectivity, as well. In addition, Denon AVR-X1500H is equipped with an advanced dual-antenna transceiver system for robust streaming with the opportunity to stream music via the app. This receiver has only 6 AV inputs and 6 HDMI inputs, but I have no complaint about their work.

Despite that the Onkyo has Quick Setup Guide, after the initial setup I thought I did something wrong or I had a broken device because there was no audio, but after clicking the remote's volume button, the sound appeared at around 20 to 30 on the volume display. The Denon has the same problem because the instructions didn't help. It can´t automatically turn on the TV or switch to the right input when I plug in other devices.

Design

It should be noted that AVRX1500 is smaller and lightweight (18.7 versus 22 pounds) so it will fit any shelf. However, its remote controller feels cheap. Nevertheless, Onkyo TX-NR686 looks stylish.

Onkyo TX-NR686 pros & cons

Pros:

  • Supports all popular music streaming services.
  • Simple remote control.
  • Good receiver for its price.

Cons:

  • Built-in Chromecast is audio only.

Denon AVRX1500 pros & cons

Pros:

  • Remote and app are easy to operate.
  • No voice latency.

Cons:

  • Voice delay to YouTube audio.

Denon AVR-X1500H

Denon AVR-X1500H review

Nov 27, 2018

The Denon AVRX1500 has a 4K/60Hz video pass through and is ready to work with projectors in home theaters. It also has an intelligent ECO mode, which minimizes energy consumption, without reducing th...

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Onkyo TX-NR686

Onkyo TX-NR686 review

Dec 07, 2018

The best about Onkyo TX-NR686 specs is that the receiver supports 4K HDMI and 3D pass-through, has built-in wireless multi-room platforms and allows tuning the system as you want. Let’s speak a...

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Common

Product

Denon AVR-X1500H
Onkyo TX-NR686

Model

AVR-X1500H
TX-NR686

Brand

Denon
Onkyo

Rating

4.2 of 5
4.2 of 5

Reviews

13
55

Amplifier

Total output power

560 W
800 W

Output power per channel

80 W
160 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm
8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %
0.08 %

Number of channels

13
7

Signal-to-noise ratio

98 dB
106 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, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

6
7

Optical digital inputs

2
2

Coaxial digital inputs

1
1

HDMI inputs

6
7

HDMI outputs

1
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
40

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
32bit / 384kHz

Surround sound effects

Dolby Surround
Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround

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

430 W
570 W

Standby power consumption

0.5 W
0.15 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

13.3 x 17.1 x 5.9 inches
14.9 x 17.1 x 6.8 inches

Weight

18.7 pounds
22 pounds
Denon AVR-X1500H
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Onkyo TX-NR686

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