Denon AVR-S650H Review and Specs

Denon AVR-S650H (UK version)

SCORE:
45

Highlights

  • 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 45 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
58
VIDEO FEATURES
60
AUDIO FEATURES
18
CONNECTIVITY
50
MULTIZONE
20
MISCELLANEOUS
27
RADIO
73
OVERALL
45

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
DSD via USB 👍
Audyssey Dynamic EQ 👍
Audyssey Dynamic Volume 👍
HDR10 👍
Dolby Vision 👍
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
HEOS 👍
Works with Amazon Alexa 👍
Google assistant 👍
Apple Siri 👍
Ethernet 👍
Wi-Fi 👍
Bluetooth 👍
eARC 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
USB Input 👍
Phono Input 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Zones 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
Internet Radio 👍
Spotify 👍
Tidal 👍
Deezer 👍
Napster 👍
CONS
No Front Wide Channel Support 👎
Few Channel Processing 👎
No Dolby Atmos 👎
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization 👎
No DTS:X 👎
No DTS Neural:X 👎
No DTS Virtual:X 👎
No IMAX Enhanced 👎
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer 👎
No DSD via HDMI 👎
No DTS Dialog Control 👎
No Audyssey LFC 👎
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No Dynamic HDR 👎
No VRR 👎
No QFT 👎
No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling 👎
No MHL Input 👎
No FireConnect 👎
No FlareConnect 👎
No Chromecast Built-In 👎
No DTS Play-Fi 👎
Does Not Work with SONOS 👎
Few HDMI Outputs 👎
Few Analog Audio Line Inputs 👎
No Component Video Inputs 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Analog Pre-Outs 👎
No Pandora 👎
No SiriusXM Internet Radio 👎
Old Bluetooth Version 👎

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
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
Newer HDCP Version 2.3 2.2
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM

DOWNGRADES Denon AVR-S650H Denon AVR-S640H
Less Coaxial Inputs/Outputs / 1 / No
Pandora
SiriusXM Internet Radio

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 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 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 Support
Discrete Amplification
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Mono Block Power Amplifier Construction
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO
Maximum Channel Processing5.1
D.D.S.C. HD Digital
Alpha Processing
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLII
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction
DTS Dialogue Control
Dialog Enhancement
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Compressed Music Enhancer
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ
Optimized Bass Redirection
Bass Sync
VIDEO
Video Signal TypeNTSC/PAL
HDR10
HDR10+
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 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscaling
Analog To HDMI Upconversion
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Input
FireConnect
FlareConnect
HEOS
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Google assistant
Apple Siri
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay 2
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote App Denon 2016 AVR Remote App for iOS and Android devices and Kindle Fire
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC
Bluetooth Headphone Transmission
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.3
HDMI Inputs5
HDMI Outputs1
USB Input1 Front for USB memory
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs2
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs2
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs /
Composite Video Inputs2
Composite Video Outputs1
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs
Component Video Outputs
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsUSB
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones1
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0
MISC
On-Screen Display Hybrid Graphic User Interface
GUI Languages9
Web Control
IP Control
Control4 SDDP
FL Display 1 line
Remote ControllerRC-1226
Pre-programmed / Learnable / LCD DisplayNo / No / No
Detachable Power Cord
Denon Link HD
Setup Assistant
Quick Select plus / Quick Select / No
RADIO
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS
Digital Radio
Internet Radio TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION
Front PanelNot Metal
Speaker Terminals5
Large Speaker Terminals5
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
High Grade Audio Components
Gold plated RCA terminals
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 Function
Auto Power off
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, 2 channel driven, FTC)75 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)100 W (0.7% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)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 Deviation±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 Impedance 1 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 µV (20.2 dBf)
FM Effective Sensitivity1.2 µV (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 µV

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

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