Denon AVR-X3500H Review and Specs

Denon AVR-X3500H (USA version)

SCORE:
65

Highlights

  • 105 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

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Denon AVR-X3500H Overview

Denon AVR-X3500H was introduced in 2018. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier and is capable of 7.2 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 65 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
67
VIDEO FEATURES
78
AUDIO FEATURES
59
CONNECTIVITY
62
MULTIZONE
54
MISCELLANEOUS
34
RADIO
87
OVERALL
65

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-X3500H.

PROS
Dolby Atmos πŸ‘
DTS:X πŸ‘
DTS Neural:X πŸ‘
DTS Virtual:X πŸ‘
DSD via HDMI πŸ‘
DSD via USB πŸ‘
DTS Dialog Control πŸ‘
Audyssey Dynamic EQ πŸ‘
Audyssey Dynamic Volume πŸ‘
Audyssey LFC πŸ‘
Audyssey Sub EQ HT πŸ‘
HDR10 πŸ‘
Dolby Vision πŸ‘
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through πŸ‘
4K or 8K Video Passthrough πŸ‘
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling πŸ‘
DLNA 1.5 πŸ‘
HEOS πŸ‘
Works with Amazon Alexa πŸ‘
Ethernet πŸ‘
Wi-Fi πŸ‘
Bluetooth πŸ‘
eARC πŸ‘
New HDCP Version πŸ‘
Many HDMI Inputs πŸ‘
Many HDMI Outputs πŸ‘
USB Input πŸ‘
Phono Input πŸ‘
Composite Video Inputs πŸ‘
Component Video Inputs πŸ‘
Analog Pre-Outs πŸ‘
Zones πŸ‘
Analog Tuner πŸ‘
Internet Radio πŸ‘
Pandora πŸ‘
Spotify πŸ‘
Tidal πŸ‘
Deezer πŸ‘
Napster πŸ‘
SiriusXM Internet Radio πŸ‘
CONS
No Front Wide Channel Support πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization πŸ‘Ž
No IMAX Enhanced πŸ‘Ž
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer πŸ‘Ž
No HDR10+ πŸ‘Ž
No Dynamic HDR πŸ‘Ž
No VRR πŸ‘Ž
No QFT πŸ‘Ž
No MHL Input πŸ‘Ž
No FireConnect πŸ‘Ž
No FlareConnect πŸ‘Ž
No Chromecast Built-In πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Play-Fi πŸ‘Ž
Does Not Work with SONOS πŸ‘Ž
No Multi-Channel Input πŸ‘Ž
Old Bluetooth Version πŸ‘Ž

Major Changes from its predecessor

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-X3500H to its predecessor AVR-X3400H and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Denon AVR-X3500H Denon AVR-X3400H
Phono Input βœ” βœ–

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Denon AVR-X3500H vs Denon AVR-X3400H.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Denon AVR-X3500H has 7 channel amplifier and delivers 105 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 and 4K upscaling 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.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Denon AVR-X3500H 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 Audioβ„’ 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-X3500H supports DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. 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 a new 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.


Audyssey

Denon AVR-X3500H comes with Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey LFC and Audyssey Sub EQ HT.

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.

While high frequencies are easily stopped by walls low frequencies pass right through. After identifying the frequency range that most readily passes through walls Audyssey developed a technique, called Audyssey LFC (Low Frequency Containment) that reduses the volume at those frequencies and applies psychoacoustic processing to restore the perception of low bass for listeners in the room. The result is no more angry neighbors and no loss of enjoyment for listeners.

Placing two subwoofers in the room can cause problems, they can create standing waves or even cancel each other out resulting in even less bass than a single sub can produce. Audyssey Sub EQ HT allows two subwoofers to be properly used in a home theater system. The process is automated and takes only a few minutes. The result is rich, full bass for everyone in the room.


Room Correction

Denon AVR-X3500H comes with Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room correction system and includes the calibration microphone. It also supports Audyssey App.

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-X3500H 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 and HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 7.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI and USB inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Denon AVR-X3500H.

BASICS
BrandDenon
ModelAVR-X3500H
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUSA
Release Year2018
AMPLIFIER
Channels7.2
Front Wide Channel Supportβœ–
Discrete Amplificationβœ”
THXβ„’ Certificationβœ–
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedβœ”
Certified 4 Ω Performanceβœ”
Mono Block Power Amplifier Constructionβœ–
Bi-amp Capabilityβœ” assignable
AUDIO
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineFour 300 MHz DSP cores
DACAKM
Maximum Channel Processing7.2
D.D.S.C. HD Digitalβœ–
Alpha Processingβœ–
Air Studios Monitor Certificationβœ–
Dolby Atmosβœ” up to 5.1.2
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationβœ–
Dolby TrueHDβœ”
Dolby Digital Plusβœ”
Dolby Surround Upmixerβœ”
Dolby Pro Logicβœ–
Dolby Digital EXβœ”
Surround EXβœ–
DTS:Xβœ” up to 5.1.2
DTS Neural:Xβœ”
DTS Virtual:Xβœ”
DTS Neoβœ–
DTS-HD Master Audioβœ”
DTS-HD High Resolution Audioβœ”
DTS 96/24βœ”
DTS Expressβœ”
DTS-ESβœ” Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
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” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USBβœ” 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converterβœ–
USB DACβœ–
Jitter Reductionβœ–
DTS Dialogue 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 XT32
Audyssey App Supportβœ”
Optimized Bass Redirectionβœ”
Bass Syncβœ–
VIDEO
Video Signal TypeNTSC/PAL
Video Signal Format (Video Covnersion)NTSC/PAL/SECAM
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 (ALLM)βœ”
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” up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversionβœ” Component**, Composite
Component Video Upscalingβœ–
Analog to Analog Video conversionβœ–
isf Certified Calibration Controlβœ”
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Inputβœ–
DLNA 1.5βœ”
FireConnectβœ–
FlareConnectβœ–
HEOSβœ”
Chromecast Built-Inβœ–
DTS Play-Fiβœ–
Works with Amazon Alexaβœ”
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 Audio Return Channel (eARC)βœ”
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)
USB Input1 Front for USB memory
USB DC Out Portβœ–
Analog Audio Line Inputs5
Analog Audio Line Outputsβœ–
Phono Inputβœ”
Optical Inputs2
Optical Outputsβœ–
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs2 / No
Composite Video Inputs3
Composite Video Outputsβœ–
S-Video Inputsβœ–
S-Video Outputsβœ–
Component Video Inputs2
Component Video Outputs1
PC Inβœ–
Multi-Channel Inputβœ–
Analog Pre-Outs7.2
XLR Inputsβœ–
XLR Pre-outsβœ–
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB
Speaker A/Bβœ” assignable
Headphone Outβœ” 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones2
Powered Zonesβœ” 2
Zone 2 OutsHDMI, Pre Out
RS-232 Interfaceβœ”
+12V Trigger Output1
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1
MISC
On-Screen Displayβœ” Advanced Graphic User Interface
GUI Languages3
Web Controlβœ”
IP Controlβœ”
Control4 SDDPβœ”
FL Displayβœ” 1 line
Remote ControllerRC-1218
Pre-programmed / Learnable / LCD DisplayNo / No / No
Detachable Power Cordβœ”
Denon Link HDβœ–
Setup Assistantβœ”
Quick Select plus / Quick Selectβœ” / No
RADIO
Analog Tunerβœ” FM/AM
Digital Radioβœ–
Internet Radioβœ” TuneIn
Pandoraβœ”
Spotifyβœ”
Tidalβœ”
Deezerβœ”
Napsterβœ”
SiriusXM Internet Radioβœ”
CONSTRUCTION
Front PanelNot Metal
Speaker Terminals7
Large Speaker Terminals7
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsβœ”
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminalsβœ–
High Grade Audio Componentsβœ”
Gold plated RCA terminalsβœ–
POWER
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption600 W
No Sound PowerECO On/Off: 45 W/80 W
Standby Power0.1 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Functionβœ”
Auto Power offβœ”
Dimensions (W x H x D)434 mm x 167 mm x 391 mm (with antenna: 434 mm x 237 mm x 391 mm)
17 1/8" x 6 5/8" x 15 1/2" (with antenna: 17 1/8" x 9 3/8" x 15 1/2")
Weight10.8 kg (23 lbs 13 oz)
Warranty3 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)105 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)135 W (0.7% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)215 W (10% THD)
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)180 W (1% THD)
THD digital0.008% (1 kHz, at 0 dB)
Analog Distortion0.008% (20 Hz-20 kHz, Direct mode)
Phono Distortion0.03% (1 kHz, 3 V)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance1.2 V
Rated Output digital2 V (at 0 dB playback)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)74 dB
S/N Ratio (digital)102 dB
Dynamic Range (digital)100 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 HDMI2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Video Frequency Response5 Hz to 60 MHz, 0 dB/-3 dB (Component)
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 - 107.9 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 Frequency520 kHz - 1710 kHz
AM Effective Sensitivity18 Β΅V

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

Successor

In 2019 Denon AVR-X3500H was replaced by AVR-X3600H. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Denon AVR-X3600H Denon AVR-X3500H
More Channels 9.2 7.2
More Channel Processing 11.2 7.2
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization βœ” βœ–
IMAX Enhanced βœ” βœ–
Bluetooth Headphone Transmission βœ” βœ–
Newer HDCP Version 2.3 2.2
More Analog Pre-Outs 11.2 7.2
Bigger Power Supply 660 W 600 W
Newer Bluetooth Version 4.1 3.0 + EDR

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Denon AVR-X3600H vs Denon AVR-X3500H.

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