Denon has unveiled the new AVC-X8500H amplifier in China, a premium model that will stand at the top of the range. The peculiarity of this Denon receiver is the presence of HDMI 2.1. For the output, the Denon AVC-X8500H amplifier will be compatible with all specifications of HDMI 2.0b; 4K Ultra HD resolution up to 50 and 60Hz. HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision have already been confirmed.
In 2018, a firmware update will then be available that will enable support for HDMI 2.1 specifications. Obviously, a new generation chipset that manages the X8500H; Denon will use the firmware update to provide support for definitive specifications, not yet announced (the opportunity will almost certainly come to CES 2018).
HDMI 2.1 update will handle 8K resolution (7680 x 4320 pixels) and eARC, a feature that enables advanced control and automatic detection of “object-based” audio formats, namely Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. Denon AVC-X8500H will offer eight inputs; three HDMI outputs and the ability to play Auro-3D, DTS:X and Dolby Atmos formats. The digital-analog conversion is entrusted to DAC AK4490EQ (768kHz / 32-bit). The amplifier can handle 2.8 / 5.6MHz, FLAC, WAV, ALAC and AIFF files.
You can make configurations up to 13.2 channels and 15.2 channels and complement by Ethernet and Wi-Fi dual-band connectivity, Audyssey MultEQ XT32 automatic calibration, and support for the HEOS multi-room music system. The AVC-X8500H is expected to come in spring 2018 with a suggested price around EUR 3000 to 3500.