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Denon DRA-800H Review: A complete receiver in every sense

Denon DRA-800H
Denon DRA-800H
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Denon is a specialist in the creation of receivers, in fact, we have carried out multiple reviews of its main models, which has given us a glimpse of how capable they are to adapt features to the different needs of users. There are many options, from basic models to well-prepared equipment for all kinds of demands.

Today we will talk about a model that is between the middle so to speak. We refer to the Denon DRA-800H that shows adequate performance, although perhaps it is due in some section, therefore, it seems correct to delve a little into its main sections in order to give you a good review of what can or cannot perform considering its price.

Design

Denon DRA-800H: As with most receivers, the design will not be its forte, since it maintains the classic look that we have been seeing for some years now.
Denon DRA-800H: As with most receivers, the design will not be its forte, since it maintains the classic look that we have been seeing for some years now.

The design of the Denon DRA 800H is nothing special, on the contrary, they maintain an aspect more attached to the classic or old, depending on what you want to call it. Very few receivers make changes in terms of appearance, it does not mean that it is the same in all cases, but the similarity is enough. Depending on the tastes of each person, aesthetics may seem good or bad.

We do not have a preference about its appearance, we believe that everything depends on the placement or the environment where it is going to be placed. Mention that it is a somewhat large and heavy device, therefore, we must be careful when moving it, since its 8.6 kg can be a slight difficulty . This is because the construction materials are not so resistant and a fall can be tragic.

Well, we do not believe that there is much to mention about its appearance, through the images you can realize the style it has. As we mentioned, you just have to be careful with its size, since it does require a good space to place it . Surely for most it is not attractive, but that should be in the background when knowing the benefits that its functions offer you.

Connectivity

As is the case with practically all receivers, the number of input and output connectors is extensive and this allows you to connect several devices at the same time and take advantage of each of their inputs. We are not going to delve into all of them, since many are repeated, that is, there are several connectors for the same function, so we are only going to mention the most important ones.

Denon DRA-800H
Denon DRA-800H

For example, the HDMI inputs that are quite valuable for connecting devices and sending or receiving the signal in high definition, but we’ll talk about this later. Obviously, USB ports are also often used a lot because of the ease they give to play content or charge devices. However, what generates the most attraction are the audio connections.

Here we have a digital audio output with an optical input , likewise, it offers a coaxial digital input , but what really catches our attention is the Phono input that has been integrated for more than 50 years in Denon models. This is used for turntables in order to enjoy your vinyl with incredible quality and sound.

Video quality and general functions of the Denon DRA 800H

Via the HDMI inputs the Denon DRA-800H is capable of transmitting 4K Ultra HD resolution at 60Hz , which ensures that images display good detail with decent fluidity. To this we must add the inclusion of technologies to improve the final experience. There will be options like PurColor , HDR10 , HLG , ARC , 3D , and pass-through that provide a better image.

This is because better colors, clarity and exceptional contrast are achieved. Also, don’t forget that it has HDCP 2.3 processing that is available on all HDMI inputs so you can freely play copy-protected content. Another benefit is that it supports compatibility with the most modern devices, therefore, all the improvements are applied.

Denon DRA-800H: This type of device always has interesting features, in fact, they usually combine to offer an experience above other entertainment systems.
Denon DRA-800H: This type of device always has interesting features, in fact, they usually combine to offer an experience above other entertainment systems.

 

Sound quality

The true strength of this receiver is in the sound. For starters, it comes with a high-performance two-channel discrete amplifier to meet our needs. 100W is received for each channel with good stability for most floor and shelf speakers, thus guaranteeing balanced sound with superior quality.

The Denon DRA 800H tries to deliver Hi-Res Audio by offering 32-bit AKM D/A converters for high-resolution audio decoding with various lossless file types. For example, ALAC , FLAC and WAV up to 24 bits/196 kHz, its compatibility is really varied, it even still supports MP3 and WMA which are widely used formats.

We cannot forget that it also offers good compatibility with streaming platforms such as Spotify , Deezer , Tidal , Amazon Music and many other options, we can even explore Internet radio which is also a gem, all thanks to Tuneln that gives access to radios of all the world. Finally, for everything to work correctly, it has integrated HEOS .

Denon DRA-800H
Denon DRA-800H

 

DENON DRA-800H Specifications:

DENON DRA-800H
Make model Denon DRA-800H
Output power per channel (20-20KHz@ 8 ohms) 100W
audio output channels 2.0 channels
receiver type surround
Tickets
  • 1XHDMI
  • 2 X Digital Audio, Optical In
  • 1 X Coaxial digital input
  • 1 X USB
connections
  • ethernet
  • Wifi
  • Bluetooth
internet radio Yeah
Technical details
  • bass adjustment
  • treble adjustment
  • remote control included
  • Volume control
  • Air Play
  • Detachable power cord
  • Multi-room Streaming support
  • aptX audio decoding
  • nfc
Receiver Overall Dimensions (H x W x D) 339 x 434 x 151mm
Receiver total weight 8.6kg

 

Denon DRA-800H: Pros and Cons

PROS:

  • connectivity
  • video quality
  • audio quality
  • enhancement features

CONS:

  • Design
  • Price

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