Denon AVC-X8500H


The Denon Flagship AVC-X8500H powers the next generation of home theater with the amplifer front world’s first 13.2 channel AV Amplifier that supports the latest immersive audio formats, including Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D. Built-in HEOS technology supports Amazon Alexa and takes music listening to the next level with wireless whole-home audio.

The AVC-X8500H ushers in a leading-edge home theatre experience with 13 channelsamplifier back of built-in amplification to enable premium 3D surround sound up to 7.2.6 without external amplification and supports latest 4K Ultra HD picture standards.


Immerse yourself in multi-dimensional audio with Dolby Atmos. Enjoy a 7.1.6 or 9.1.4 surround sound speaker system with as many as 6 overhead speakers or Dolby Atmos elevation speakers for the ultimate home theatre experience.





DTS:X™ immersive audio places sound where it would occur naturally in space, creating a lifelike, multi-dimensional audio experience in the home. The improved immersion and heightened realism draw you into the world of your favourite movies. The included DTS Neural:X™ gives your movies, games and music a realism unmatched by traditional 5.1 surround sound.


All eight HDMI inputs (including one on the front) and three HDMI outputs feature HDCP 2.2 compatibility and the latest HDMI specifications, including 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Colour sub-sampling, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 21:9 video, 3D, and BT.2020 pass-through support. It is even ready for Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) for 3D audio playback through TV apps. The eARC feature will be enabled via a future firmware update.


The AVC-X8500H supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) video format. It is even ready for Dolby Vision and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma). Dolby Vision transforms the viewing experiences with astonishing brightness, contrast, and colour. HLG offers HDR technology over broadcast content.


With the “Denon 2016 AVR Remote” app you can control the receiver’s operation and even control your connected Denon Blu-ray player. Easily control your music and multi-room streaming within the HEOS app, or use your voice for Amazon Alexa Voice Control.



Discover the incredible fidelity of high-resolution audio tracks with the ability to decode up to 24-bit/192-kHz ALAC, FLAC and WAV lossless files as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks (the audiophile format of SACD) via the front panel USB port and network sources. Or, listen to other popular file types such as MP3.


Featuring Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless streaming connectivity, the Denon AVC-X8500H is equipped with an advanced dual antenna transceiver system for robust streaming even in congested urban environments. Plus, with Apple’s AirPlay compatibility, you can enjoy listening to your favourite audio content wirelessly from your iOS devices such as an iPhone or iPad.

Built-in HEOS technology lets you enjoy your favourite music in any room of your home for a wireless, whole-home audio experience. Play the same song in every room, or select a different song for each connected room — the choice is yours. Also works with Amazon Alexa*, providing cutting-edge voice control.


AL32 processing multi-channel provides ultra-high-resolution digital audio filtering and precision for all audio channels, delivering a natural soundstage with enhanced imaging. For content recorded in multi-channel, such as Blu-ray discs, the recorded low frequency effects (LFE) may be out of sync and delayed. Bass Sync technology corrects such a delay of low frequency effects for the perfect audio experience.



For optimum fidelity and the widest dynamic range with lowest distortion, the Denon AVC-X8500H features advanced reference-class 32-bit AKM AK4490EQ stereo D/A converters for all channels. The total number is eight. Enjoy consistent high-fidelity and precise channel matching across all channels for the ultimate listening experience.


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.”


Denon AVC-X8500H

RRP $5,999

Marantz NR1508

Marantz NR1508

NR1508 – AV Receiver

Designed to deliver a thrilling sonic experience, the NR1508 AV Receiver features expanded connectivity including built-in HEOS wireless multi-room audio technology, to enable you to enjoy your favourite music anywhere and everywhere around your home. You can explore and play music from your own music library, from online streaming music services, and from thousands of Internet radio stations using the free HEOS app for smartphones and tablets, with high resolution audio fully supported for incredible fidelity. The NR1508 also features Bluetooth and AirPlay compatibility to stream music directly from any compatible device. For high resolution surround from your favourite movie soundtracks the NR1508 is equipped with advanced 32-bit DSP processing supporting all the major sound formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Its power amplifier section features high current discrete power transistors and identical circuit topology for all 5 channels, and is compatible with low impedance 4 ohm speakers.

The video section features 6 HDMI inputs (including 1 on the front panel), with full compatibility with the latest 4K Ultra HD video specification, including 60 Hz full rate content, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, BT.2020, HDR and Dolby Vision compatibility. It’s also HDCP 2.2 compliant, for 4K Ultra HD copy-protected content. HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) pass-through for future HDR broadcast content will be supported via a firmware update. Like the HEOS app, the “Marantz 2016 AVR Remote” control app is available free for Android and iOS from the Apple app store, Google Play and the Amazon appstore. 

Key Features

  • 5-channel discrete power amplifier, 85 W per channel
  • 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 color resolution, HDR and BT.2020, plus Dolby Vision compatibility and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG; via future firmware update)
  • 6 HDMI inputs (incl. 1 front) with full HDCP 2.2 support
  • Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band support
  • HEOS wireless multiroom integration
  • AirPlay, Bluetooth, Internet Radio, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Deezer, Network Audio Streaming
  • DSD (2.8/5.6MHz), FLAC, ALAC and WAV support
  • Audyssey MultEQ, Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ
  • Colour-coded speaker terminals, Setup Assistant, Advanced GUI, Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App
  • Intelligent ECO mode with off/on/auto setting

Powerful 7 Channel Discrete Amplifier with Eco Mode

The NR1508’s power amp section features discrete high-current output devices for superb sound with both music and movies, with, identical power on all 5 channels for precision sound. Rated at 85 watts per channel, the NR1508 features low-impedance drive capability, for excellent speaker control, and is compatible with 4 ohm speakers too. Meanwhile the Eco mode provides energy savings: it features an on-screen Eco meter, while it’s also possible to use the receiver in power-saving mode, either reducing the maximum output power or adopting low-power strategies at more modest settings – and all without any effect on the superb sound quality.

Latest HDMI Connectivity
HDR, Dolby Vision, HLG, and HDCP 2.2 Compatible

Six HDMI inputs – including one on the front panel for quick connections – feed the NR1508’s advanced video section, supporting the latest HDMI specification, including 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, BT.2020 and HDR pass-through support on every input. Dolby Vision compatibility is now supported, too, with pass-through for new HDR broadcast format HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) to be enabled via a future firmware update.
HDCP 2.2 compatibility on all HDMI inputs, for 4K Ultra HD copy-protected content, ensures the NR1508 is ready for the next generation of Blu-ray disc players, set-top boxes and 4K Ultra HD streams and downloads. The NR1508 also features Audio Return Channel (ARC), which lets you stream audio from your TV via a single HDMI connection (no need for a separate digital audio cable).

Built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and AirPlay

The NR1508 is equipped with an advanced dual antenna system for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi streaming, for a robust connection even in congested urban environments. Apple’s AirPlay lets you listen to your favourite tracks wirelessly from iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads.

HEOS: the Perfect Solution for Wireless Multi-Room Music Streaming

With built-in HEOS technology, the NR1508 becomes a key component of the HEOS wireless multi-room system. Add more HEOS speakers, and enjoy your music anywhere and everywhere around your home, all controlled via the free HEOS app. Play the same song in every room, or a different song in every room.

Multiple streaming services can be played on the NR1508 or any other connected HEOS devices, including Spotify, TuneIn Internet radio, Sound Cloud, Tidal, Napster or Deezer (*). You can also stream music from your phone, USB stick, or local network drives, with favourites and playlist functions supported.
*Availability differs by area, subscription may be required.

Marantz 2016 AVR Remote

The Marantz 2016 AVR Remote app for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets gives you complete control over the latest Marantz network AV Receivers. Along with many new features, the graphics and user interface have been completely overhauled. Control power, volume, input and settings, or switch instantly to the HEOS App to access your music content and streaming services, with full HEOS wireless multi-room control.

Hi-Res Audio

The NR1508 lets you discover the incredible fidelity of high resolution audio tracks via the front panel USB port or network sources, with the ability to decode ALAC, FLAC and WAV lossless files up to 24-bit/192-kHz, as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks (the audiophile format of SACD). You can also listen to other popular file types, such as MP3.

Audyssey MultEQ for simple set-up

Using the measuring microphone and stand supplied, Audyssey MultEQ measures the speakers in your home theatre, including the subwoofer, and then applies multiple high precision DSP room acoustic correction filters, providing the smoothest, most natural tonal balance – regardless of the brand(s) or model(s) of speaker.
Audyssey Dynamic EQ features advanced psycho-acoustic processing to deliver clear dialogue and wide-band response even at reduced volume levels, delivering cinema-level clarity whatever listening level you choose, while Audyssey Dynamic Volume avoids nasty shocks by normalising volume when content switches to commercials or announcements, creating an easier listening experience.
Dual Subwoofer Outputs

A single subwoofer demands optimum placement within the room for the best bass response: depending on its location, the low-frequency response at the main listening position can be uneven with audible peaks and dips. The NR1508 supports two subwoofers: used in different locations, these will even out the low-frequency response for more accurate bass anywhere in the listening area.
Smart TV Connectivity

Via the HDMI CEC (consumer electronics control) functionality on some Smart TVs, it’s possible to control the NR1508 with the TV’s remote handset. With the receiver’s “HDMI control” set to ON, set “Smart Menu” receiver control functions and the TV’s Smart Menu home screen will provide you direct access to source and surround mode selections, the main setup menu, and Smart Select configuration presets.

Simple Smart Select Functions

4 Smart Select function buttons on the front panel and remote control will store your preferred setup – input, volume and Audyssey configuration – for particular sources. The push of just one button has the NR1508 perfectly configured for anything from Blu-ray or your TV set-top box to your favourite Internet radio station.

Easy To Setup,
Easy To Use

For easy installation, the NR1508’s horizontal row of premium loudspeaker terminals is colour coded, with a set of matching cable-labels supplied to ensure correct hook-up. The AVR’s clear graphical on-screen display has an exclusive Setup Assistant, combining with the Quick Start guide to provide guidance and optimise critical settings for the best possible sound quality, whatever your configuration.

More than 60 Years of Audiophile Heritage

Founded in 1953, Marantz has a long and rich history of designing audio components embraced by music lovers and critical listeners around the world. Because Music Matters so much in our lives, the NR1508 carries on our long tradition of delivering superlative stereo listening, as well as the ultimate home theatre experience.

Online manual

RRP $999

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos, what is it all about? part 2

… so the more speakers you have, the better and more realistic the 3D sound will be. The information on the blu-ray disc is not in channels anymore but now it is called a “sound object”, so for example a car driving past, a child yelling, wind blowing are all different “sound objects”, and all the objects put together is called a “bed”, each object has height, width and depth information in a 3D field (x, y, z coordinates) built in. But how does the system know what speakers the sound needs to come out of? Well, this is where things get interesting, when all the speakers are installed along with the new amplifier, when running a blu-ray movie, the amplifier will receive each “object” and from the build in x, y, z coordinates, the amplifier will then send that sound to the correct speaker/s and move the sound around to give the 3D sound effect.

There is some good news in regards to equipment. In your current system, all that you’ll need to do is replace your receiver with a Dolby Atmos enabled receiver and purchase the extra speakers, this is also assuming your existing system was installed properly as well. As every installation is different, each existing system will need to be examined so as to only purchase the extra speakers that are needed. Now a lot of people may already have speakers in the ceiling, the only speakers that will need to be purchased are the floor standing speakers (speakers at ear level) or visa versa… Your current Blu-ray player will stay the same, it will pass all the information for Dolby Atmos to work with your new receiver.

Dolby Atmos is scalable, so what this means is you can add as many speakers as you like, and the amplifier will process all the blu-ray information and send it to the correct speakers, regardless of how many speakers you have the amplifier will try to make the same sound at a specific area of the room, and form now on, gone are the days of a movie being in 5.1 or 7.1TrueHD ect ect, 99% of new release blu-ray movies will be in Dolby Atmos so you don’t need to worry about your speaker configuration and older blu-rays that are not in Dolby Atmos as it can be simulated in that format so you will still get some 3D effect from the movie.

Dolby Atmos SpeakersA last note that needs to be made, if you like the idea of purchasing the Dolby Atmos enabled speakers, the system will of course work best on a flat ceiling, if you have a cathedral type ceiling, this won’t work as good, you should purchase the extra speakers and have then installed, it is ok though if the ceiling is pitched in a single direction for example the front low and the back is high but only as long as the pitch is not too steep. Also if the ceiling is too low, again the reflection will not work as good. And with the Atmos enabled speakers there are two sets of speaker terminals so a wire will need to run to each speaker terminals, this basically means doubling up on speaker cable as compared to a regular home theatre system.

More information can be found at

dolby 7.1

Basic speaker layouts and how it is done


A basic 5.1 home theatre system (in 2014) is very straightforward. With the surround (rear) speakers, 99.9% of salespeople and so-called home theatre experts would say the speakers need to be installed up high, in the corners of the room. That’s just doing it all wrong in a home theatre environment, that is just incompetents and/or laziness on their part. The reason it is wrong is that there are standards with speaker placements, and in post-recording of a movie, the sound director will have their speakers placed in this specification. When sitting on the lounge our heads are not at ceiling height, what it means is that the speakers should be at about 300mm – 600mm above the seats, so ideally speakers should be installed at around halfway down the wall and not high up near the ceiling. Only then will the sound immerse you when placed at the correct locations, but we understand that this won’t always work especially if the home theatre system is to be installed in a lounge room and another oddly shaped room. So after you find a place halfway down the wall, the next rule you need to look at is that the rear speaker will need to be more or less 90 to 110 degrees on either side from the optimal setting position.

For the front speakers, and not to confuse you too much, the general rule here is to work in 1/3 (depending on how far back you are sitting from the screen). The appropriate angle to work from with the front speakers is 22 to 30 degrees from the main seat.

So to sum up, depending on what home theatre system equipment is purchased, either a 5.1 or 7.1, right up to an 11.2 surround sound speaker system, speaker placement will differ and is unique for each custom setup.


FACT, there are different sound formats used, the two most important ones are DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD (at the time if writing this blog in 2014), there are others but not to confuse you anymore then needed, we’ll stick with the current ones. The sound formats listed above has a particular specification on where to place speakers, and this is what we follow when installing a home theatre system.

At the other end of the market, there is a format called THX, some movies are designed for THX, and some movie theatre are THX certified, so what does that mean for you? The higher end of the market (but still affordable to most people) are speakers and receivers that are THX certified, so to get the full experience, further work needs to happen to the room to get the full proper effect. Basically, THX is not just another sound format but a set of guideline to meet certain criteria of standards. The extra work to the room would be things like eliminating external sound as well as internal sound from equipment like air conditioner ducts and a projector fans, echoes, audio distortion, unequalised or poor audio as well as picture quality, so calibrating a TV or projector from factory standard will make a big difference. THX is an experience all on its own.

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