Denon AVR-S650H Review and Specs
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Denon AVR-S650H (UK version)

SCORE:
78

Highlights

  • 5.2 channels
  • 75 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, HEOS
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

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Denon AVR-S650H Overview

Denon AVR-S650H was introduced in 2019. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 78 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

AMPLIFIER
85
VIDEO FEATURES
90
AUDIO FEATURES
66
CONNECTIVITY
85
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
61
RADIO
92
OVERALL
78

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 video signal passthrough and 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...

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Denon AVR-S650H.

PROS
Certified 4 Ω Performance πŸ‘
Dolby TrueHD πŸ‘
Dolby Digital Plus πŸ‘
Dolby Pro Logic πŸ‘
DTS Neo πŸ‘
DTS-HD Master Audio πŸ‘
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio πŸ‘
DTS 96/24 πŸ‘
DTS Express πŸ‘
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network πŸ‘
Gapless Playback πŸ‘
DSD via USB πŸ‘
Dialog Normalization πŸ‘
Compressed Music Enhancer πŸ‘
Audyssey Dynamic EQ πŸ‘
Audyssey Dynamic Volume πŸ‘
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. πŸ‘
Optimized Bass Redirection πŸ‘
HDR10 πŸ‘
BT.2020 color space πŸ‘
Dolby Vision πŸ‘
HLG πŸ‘
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through πŸ‘
3-D Ready πŸ‘
4K or 8K Video Passthrough πŸ‘
HEOS πŸ‘
Works with Amazon Alexa πŸ‘
Google assistant πŸ‘
Apple Siri πŸ‘
Ethernet πŸ‘
Wi-Fi πŸ‘
Bluetooth πŸ‘
Bluetooth Headphone Transmission πŸ‘
eARC πŸ‘
New HDCP Version πŸ‘
USB Input πŸ‘
Phono Input πŸ‘
Composite Video Inputs πŸ‘
Composite Video Outputs πŸ‘
Zones πŸ‘
Detachable Power Cord πŸ‘
Analog Tuner πŸ‘
Spotify πŸ‘
Tidal πŸ‘
Deezer πŸ‘
Napster πŸ‘
CONS
No Front Wide Channel Support πŸ‘Ž
No Bi-amp Capability πŸ‘Ž
Few Channel Processing πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Surround Upmixer πŸ‘Ž
No DTS:X πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Neural:X πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Virtual:X πŸ‘Ž
No IMAX Enhanced πŸ‘Ž
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer πŸ‘Ž
No DSD via HDMI πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Dialog Control πŸ‘Ž
No High-resolution Music Enhancer πŸ‘Ž
No HDR10+ πŸ‘Ž
No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling πŸ‘Ž
No Chromecast Built-In πŸ‘Ž
Does Not Work with SONOS πŸ‘Ž
Few HDMI Outputs πŸ‘Ž
Few Analog Audio Line Inputs πŸ‘Ž
No Component Video Inputs πŸ‘Ž
No Multi-Channel Input πŸ‘Ž
No Analog Pre-Outs πŸ‘Ž
No Pandora πŸ‘Ž
No SiriusXM Internet Radio πŸ‘Ž
Old Bluetooth Version πŸ‘Ž

Major Changes from its predecessor

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-S650H to its predecessor AVR-S640H and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Denon AVR-S650H Denon AVR-S640H
Bluetooth Headphone Transmission βœ” βœ–
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) βœ” βœ–
Newer HDCP Version 2.3 2.2
Analog Tuner βœ” FM/AM with RDS βœ” FM/AM

DOWNGRADES Denon AVR-S650H Denon AVR-S640H
Less Coaxial Inputs/Outputs βœ– / βœ– 1 / βœ–
Pandora βœ– βœ”
SiriusXM Internet Radio βœ– βœ”

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Denon AVR-S650H vs Denon AVR-S640H.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Denon AVR-S650H has 5 channel amplifier and delivers 75 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and also has a stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p. It can bypass HDR10, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

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.


Audyssey

Denon AVR-S650H comes with Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Audyssey Dynamic Volume.

Audyssey Dynamic EQ selects the best possible frequency response and surround volume levels moment-by-moment. This ensures that the bass response, tonal balance and surround impression remain constant despite changes in volume. This is the first technology that carefully combines information from incoming source levels with actual output sound levels in the room, a pre-requisite for delivering a dynamic volume solution.

Your Listening experience can be greatly diminished when there are significant shifts in volume between television programs, commercials and within the program material itself. When this happens you must constantly adjust the volume to maintain your desired listening level. Audyssey Dynamic Volume monitors the volume of program material moment-by-moment and automatically adjusts it, maintaining the desired listening level for all content while optimizing the dynamic range to preserve impact.


Room Correction

Denon AVR-S650H comes with[y] Audyssey MultEQ room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

Audyssey is an acoustic measurement technology which automatically restores the acoustic distortion caused by the acoustic behaviour of a room with only a push on a button. Audyssey equalization provides an clear, accurate, natural sound with voices and dialog that become focused and intelligible, restoring the musical balance. Musical instruments and sound effects become precisely localized and the surround soundstage is made seamless and enveloping.


Connectivity

Denon AVR-S650H 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[y] AirPlay 2. It has 5 HDMI inputs and 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 USB input.

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Denon AVR-S650H.

BASICS
BrandDenon
ModelAVR-S650H
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUK
Release Year2019
AMPLIFIER
Channels5.2
Front Wide Channel Supportβœ–
Discrete Amplificationβœ”
THXβ„’ Certificationβœ–
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedβœ”
Certified 4 Ω Performanceβœ”
Mono Block Power Amplifier Constructionβœ–
Bi-amp Capabilityβœ–
AUDIO
Maximum Channel Processing5.1
D.D.S.C. HD Digitalβœ–
Alpha Processingβœ–
Air Studios Monitor Certificationβœ–
Dolby Atmosβœ–
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationβœ–
Dolby TrueHDβœ”
Dolby Digital Plusβœ”
Dolby Surround Upmixerβœ–
Dolby Pro Logicβœ” PLII
Dolby Digital EXβœ–
Surround EXβœ–
DTS:Xβœ–
DTS Neural:Xβœ–
DTS Virtual:Xβœ–
DTS Neoβœ” Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audioβœ”
DTS-HD High Resolution Audioβœ”
DTS 96/24βœ”
DTS Expressβœ”
DTS-ESβœ–
IMAX Enhancedβœ–
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixerβœ–
PCMβœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Networkβœ” up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USBβœ–
Gapless Playbackβœ”
DSD via HDMIβœ–
DSD via USBβœ” 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converterβœ–
USB DACβœ–
Jitter Reductionβœ–
DTS Dialog Controlβœ–
Dialog Enhancementβœ–
Dialog Level Adjustmentβœ–
Dialog Normalizationβœ”
Dialogue Liftβœ–
Compressed Music Enhancerβœ”
High-resolution Music Enhancerβœ–
Audyssey Dynamic EQβœ”
Audyssey Dynamic Volumeβœ”
Audyssey LFCβœ–
Audyssey Sub EQ HTβœ–
Audyssey DSXβœ–
Direct Modeβœ”
Pure Direct Modeβœ”
Independent Dual Subwoofer Outputβœ–
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.βœ” Audyssey MultEQ
Optimized Bass Redirectionβœ”
Bass Syncβœ–
VIDEO
Video Signal TypeNTSC/PAL
HDR10βœ”
HDR10+βœ–
Dynamic HDRβœ–
BT.2020 color spaceβœ”
Dolby Visionβœ”
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)βœ”
Quick Media Switching (QMS)βœ–
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-throughβœ”
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)βœ–
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)βœ–
3-D Readyβœ”
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscalingβœ–
Analog To HDMI Upconversionβœ–
Component Video Upscalingβœ–
Analog to Analog Video conversionβœ–
isf Certified Calibration Controlβœ–
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Inputβœ–
FireConnectβœ–
FlareConnectβœ–
HEOSβœ”
Chromecast Built-Inβœ–
DTS Play-Fiβœ–
Works with Amazon Alexaβœ”
Google assistantβœ”
Apple Siriβœ”
Works with SONOSβœ–
AirPlayβœ” AirPlay 2
Apple Product Connectionβœ” iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote Appβœ” Denon 2016 AVR Remote App for iOS and Android devices and Kindle Fire
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevueβœ–
Ethernetβœ”
Ethernet Switchβœ–
Wi-Fiβœ”
Bluetoothβœ” SBC
Bluetooth Headphone Transmissionβœ”
HDBaseT Compatibleβœ–
Enhanced ARCβœ”
HDCP Version2.3
HDMI Input5
HDMI Output1
USB Input1 Front for USB memory
USB DC Out Portβœ–
Analog Audio Line Input2
Analog Audio Line Outputβœ–
Phono Inputβœ”
Optical In2
Optical Outβœ–
Coaxial In/Outβœ– / βœ–
Composite Video Input2
Composite Video Output1
S-Video Inputβœ–
S-Video Outputβœ–
Component Video Inputβœ–
Component Video Outputβœ–
PC Inβœ–
Multi-Channel Inputβœ–
Analog Pre-Outs0.2
XLR Inputsβœ–
XLR Pre-outsβœ–
Front A/V InputsUSB
Speaker A/Bβœ–
Headphone Outβœ” 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones1
RS-232βœ–
+12V Trigger Outputβœ–
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0
MISC
On-Screen Displayβœ” Hybrid Graphic User Interface
GUI Languages9
Web Browser Controlβœ”
IP Control for CIβœ”
Control4 SDDPβœ–
FL Displayβœ” 1 line
Remote ControllerRC-1226
Pre-programmed / Learnable / LCD Displayβœ– / βœ– / βœ–
Detachable Power Cordβœ”
Denon Link HDβœ–
Setup Assistantβœ”
Quick Select plus / Quick Selectβœ” / βœ–
RADIO
Analog Tunerβœ” FM/AM with RDS
Digital Radioβœ–
Internet Radioβœ” TuneIn
Pandoraβœ–
Spotifyβœ”
Tidalβœ”
Deezerβœ”
Napsterβœ”
SiriusXM Internet Radioβœ–
CONSTRUCTION
Front Panelnot Metal
Speaker Terminals5
Large Speaker Terminals5
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsβœ”
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminalsβœ–
High Grade Audio Componentsβœ–
Gold plated RCA terminalsβœ–
POWER
Power SupplyAC 230 V, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption340 W
No Sound PowerECO On/Off: 29 W/39 W
Standby Power0.1 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Functionβœ”
Auto Power offβœ”
Dimensions (W x H x D)434 mm x 151 mm x 339 mm (with antenna: 434 mm x 215 mm x 339 mm)
17 1/8" x 6" x 13 3/8" (with antenna: 17 1/8" x 8 1/2" x 13 3/8")
Weight7.8 kg (17 lbs 3 oz)
Warranty3 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 275 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2100 W (0.7% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)150 W (10% THD)
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)135 W (1% THD)
Phono Distortion0.03% (1 kHz, 3 V)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)2.5 mV
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)98 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)74 dB
Phono RIAA DeviationΒ±1 dB (20-20 kHz)
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)
DSD Sampling Rates via USB5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Video Frequency Response5 Hz to 10 MHz, 0 dB/-3 dB (Composite)
Ethernet Standard100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version3.0 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 2.8 Β΅V (20.2 dBf)
FM Effective Sensitivity1.2 Β΅V (12.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%
AM Frequency522 kHz - 1611 kHz
AM Effective Sensitivity18 Β΅V

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

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