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Denon has re­leased its AVC-X8500H 13.2 chan­nel, 150-watt per chan­nel AV Re­ceiver with sup­port for Ama­zon Alexa, Dolby At­mos, DTS:X, and Auro 3D in Aus­tralia.

The AVR-X8500H uses thir­teen cus­tom-made dis­crete mono­lithic am­pli­fiers each rated at 150 watts into 8 , en­abling it to de­liver Dolby At­mos or DTS:X with­out any ex­ter­nal am­pli­fi­ca­tion. The AVR-X8500H also sup­ports Auro 3D sur­round sound de­cod­ing via firmware up­date, up to Auro 13.1 chan­nel, three-lay­ered speaker lay­out in­clud­ing top and height cen­tre chan­nels. It of­fers full wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity via Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth and stream­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties with Ap­ple Air­Play and wire­less multi-room au­dio tech­nol­ogy.

The AVR-X8500H is fully com­pat­i­ble with the lat­est HDMI con­nec­tiv­ity and HDCP 2.2 spec­i­fi­ca­tions on all eight HDMI in­puts and triple HDMI out­puts. The re­ceiver also sup­ports 4K Ul­tra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Colour sub­sam­pling, High Dy­namic Range (HDR), 21:9 video, 3D and BT.2020 pass-through sup­port. As such, the AVR-X8500H is pre­pared for 4K Ul­tra HD Blu-ray disc play­ers, set-top boxes and other 4K Ul­tra HD sources. Ad­di­tion­ally, it can sup­port legacy sys­tems by up­scal­ing stan­dard and high def­i­ni­tion ana­log and dig­i­tal video con­tent to 4K Ul­tra HD. Dolby Vi­sion, eARC (En­hanced Au­dio Re­turn Chan­nel) and HLG (Hy­brid Log Gamma) com­pat­i­bil­ity are also sup­ported. eARC will be en­abled via firmware up­date in 2018.

The AVR-X8500H also comes with the full Audyssey Plat­inum suite of DSP al­go­rithms in­clud­ing MultEQ XT32 au­to­matic room acous­tic cor­rec­tion, which can an­a­lyse each speaker’s out­put at up to eight mea­sure­ment lo­ca­tions and gen­er­ate pre­ci­sion dig­i­tal fil­ters to op­ti­mise each chan­nel for the cor­rect fre­quency and time do­main re­sponse. Also in­cluded is the MultEQ Ed­i­tor App that al­lows users to view and cus­tomise the sound to ad­dress spe­cific prob­lems in the room, and tailor the sound to per­sonal pref­er­ences.

The AVR-X8500H re­ceiver is not be­ing mass-pro­duced, but is in­stead be­ing hand-built in Ja­pan in small batches and is avail­able in Aus­tralia now for $5,999 (RRP). For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Quali on 1800 242 426 or visit the web­site at www.quali

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