Denon AVR-X2600H vs Sony STR-DH590 Detailed Comparison

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Here we are comparing Denon AVR-X2600H to Sony STR-DH590 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. The Denon AVR-X2600H has 7 channel and the Sony STR-DH590 has 5 channel amplifiers with Denon AVR-X2600H's being more powerful.

Let us have a look at some highlights of the models.

Denon AVR-X2600H Highlights

Sony STR-DH590 Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 95 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, DLNA, HEOS
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs
  • 5.2 channels
  • 90 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Passthrough
  • Bluetooth

We have evaluated both receivers. Denon AVR-X2600H gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Denon AVR-X2600H

Sony STR-DH590


Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Denon AVR-X2600H over Sony STR-DH590

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X2600H over Sony STR-DH590.

Denon AVR-X2600H has more channels, more power per channel, more channel processing, more zones and bigger power supply. It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Amazon Alexa, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer and Napster. It has bi-amp capability, DTS Dialog Control and phono input. In video department only Denon AVR-X2600H supports HDCP 2.3 copy protection.

Denon AVR-X2600H Sony STR-DH590
More Channels 7.2 5.2
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp capability assignable
More Channel Processing 7.1 5.1
Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Digital EX
DTS:X up to 5.1.2
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
DTS Dialog Control
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 24/25/30p 4:4:4
isf Certified Calibration Control
DLNA 1.5
Works with Amazon Alexa
AirPlay AirPlay 2
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
Newer HDCP Version 2.3 2.2 (4 in / 1 out)
More HDMI Inputs 8 (1 front) 4
More HDMI Outputs 2 (simultaneous) 1
USB Input 1 Front for USB memory
Phono Input
More Optical Inputs 2 1
More Composite Video Inputs 2
More Composite Video Outputs 1
More Component Video Inputs 2
More Component Video Outputs 1
Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB
Speaker A/B assignable
More Zones 2 1
Detachable Power Cord
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM only
More Speaker Terminals 7 5
More Large Speaker Terminals 7 2
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Bigger Power Supply 500 W 200 W
Longer Warranty 3 Years 2 Years
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 125 W (0.7% THD) 105 W (0.9% THD)

Advantage of Sony STR-DH590 over Denon AVR-X2600H

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Sony STR-DH590 over Denon AVR-X2600H.

Sony STR-DH590 has higher signal to noise ratio and higher bluetooth standard. It supports DSD streaming via HDMI.

Denon AVR-X2600H Sony STR-DH590
Dolby Pro Logic PLII
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
USB DC Out Port
More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs / 1 / No
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 100 dB 105 dB (500 mV)
Newer Bluetooth Version 4.1 4.2

Common Strengths of Denon AVR-X2600H and Sony STR-DH590

Denon AVR-X2600H and Sony STR-DH590 share common strengths such as HDR10, Dolby Vision and bluetooth.

Dolby Vision
4K or 8K Video Passthrough up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 up to 4K/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)
Bluetooth SBC SBC, AAC
New HDCP Version 2.3 2.2 (4 in / 1 out)
Zones 2 1
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM only
New Bluetooth Version 4.1 4.2

Common Weaknesses of Denon AVR-X2600H and Sony STR-DH590

Denon AVR-X2600H and Sony STR-DH590 share common weaknesses such as no front wide channel support, no Auro3D support, no MHL input, no ChromeCast, no DTS Play-Fi, no SONOS, no analog multi-channel input, no analog pre-outs, no Pandora and no SiriusXM.

No Front Wide Channel Support
No IMAX Enhanced
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
No Audyssey LFC
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT
No HDR10+
No Dynamic HDR
No MHL Input
No FireConnect
No FlareConnect
No Chromecast Built-In
No DTS Play-Fi
Does Not Work with SONOS
No Multi-Channel Input
No Analog Pre-Outs 0.2 0.2
No Pandora
No SiriusXM Internet Radio

Selected Features


Denon AVR-X2600H has 7 channel and Sony STR-DH590 has 5 channel amplifiers. Denon AVR-X2600H delivers 95 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Sony STR-DH590 delivers 90 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and they both have stable performance at 4 Ω load. Since 2016 all receiver manufacturers have dropped front wide channel support and these models are no exceptions.

Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. Denon AVR-X2600H can do 4K upscaling up to 30p. The receivers support HDR10, Dolby Vision.


High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.

Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and supports up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.

Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Denon AVR-X2600H supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.

Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audio™ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.

DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer

Denon AVR-X2600H supports DTS:X. It can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.

DTS Neural:X is an upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.


Denon AVR-X2600H

Denon AVR-X2600H can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver works with Amazon Alexa and supports AirPlay 2. It has 8 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.3 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver.

Front panel has HDMI and USB inputs.

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Sony STR-DH590

Sony STR-DH590 can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. It has 4 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 (4 in / 1 out) copy protection.

Front panel has no inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Denon AVR-X2600H and here - Sony STR-DH590.

BASICS Denon AVR-X2600H Sony STR-DH590
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
Release Year20192018
Front Wide Channel Support
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability assignable
AUDIO Denon AVR-X2600H Sony STR-DH590
Maximum Channel Processing7.15.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLII
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X up to 5.1.2
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
DTS Dialogue Control
Dialogue Lift
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ XT D.C.A.C.
VIDEO Denon AVR-X2600H Sony STR-DH590
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4up to 4K/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 24/25/30p 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay 2
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet Switch
Bluetooth SBC SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.32.2 (4 in / 1 out)
HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)4
HDMI Outputs2 (simultaneous)1
USB Input1 Front for USB memory
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs44
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs21
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs / 1 / No
Composite Video Inputs2
Composite Video Outputs1
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs2
Component Video Outputs1
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.20.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB
Speaker A/B assignable
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Denon AVR-X2600H Sony STR-DH590
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output0
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 00 / 0
MISC Denon AVR-X2600H Sony STR-DH590
On-Screen Display Advanced Graphic User Interface Graphical User Interface (Only through HDMI)
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Denon AVR-X2600H Sony STR-DH590
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM only
Digital Radio
SiriusXM Internet Radio
Speaker Terminals75
Large Speaker Terminals72
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Denon AVR-X2600H Sony STR-DH590
Power SupplyAC 230 V, 50/60 HzAC 230 V, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption500 W200 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.3 W
GENERAL Denon AVR-X2600H Sony STR-DH590
Dimensions (W x H x D)434 mm x 167 mm x 341 mm (with antenna: 434 mm x 237 mm x 341 mm)
17 1/8" x 6 5/8" x 13 1/2" (with antenna: 17 1/8" x 9 3/8" x 13 1/2")
430 mm x 133 mm x 297 mm
17" x 5-1/4" x 11-3/4"
Weight9.4 kg7.1 kg (15 lbs. 11 oz.)
Warranty3 Years2 Years
SPECS Denon AVR-X2600H Sony STR-DH590
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)125 W (0.7% THD)105 W (0.9% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ500 mV/50 kΩ
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 dB105 dB (500 mV)
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)10 Hz - 100 kHz/+0.5 dB, -2 dB
Bluetooth Version4.14.2
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5V, 1 AType A, Ver. 2.0, 5 V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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