For us normal consumers, it's hard to separate "how is this gear?" from "how does this gear compare to the thing that it replaced?" I bought the Denon because my TV ran out of HDMI inputs and suddenly I was running the Nintendo Switch HDMI through a 7 year old Sony STR-DA5800ES and it looked bad. Also because surround audio standards have moved forward. Also because room auto-calibration software has moved forward. What can I say about the A110? Plugged it in any everything just worked. The setup was super easy. The Switch looks awesome. ATMOS content is passed along to the Denon rather than replaced with some other format along the way. But it's still rendering down to the same 5.1 speakers and it sounds pretty much the same to me. I'll be upgrading speakers here soon. Will I know if the A110 does better than the 5800ES for better speakers? Nope, it's a receiver, not a hobby for me. The 5800ES is in it's box and won't come back out unless the Denon goes in the shop. So about the price tag: Is the A110 worth $1500 more worth than the X8500H? What you get is pretty clear. 2 years more warranty. 4k/120hz pass through for the PS5 with a buggy chipset and promise to fix for the XBox Series-X. A bunch of 110 labels on the device and packaging. Some marketing speak that I'm sure is true but may or may not yield results in an A110 vs X8500H double blind. For me the warranty, 4k/120hz pass through was worth it. The 110th anniversary was a slight bonus on top of that.
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Easy purchase decision. Sounds superb. I upgraded from Marantz's SR 8012. The A110 is uptuned from Denon's flagship x8500h which tested the highest in bench quality numbers among all current AVRs. I expect this model to match or exceed those numbers when tested. Plus this model lets you shut off its internal amps, by channel individually, using amp assign. (This is in addition to the new preamp mode which "disconnects"all internal channel amps). This further improves SINAD numbers on those chosen channels when using preouts for external amps. Denon also extended the warranty from 3 to 5 years which translates as better expected reliability. Reliability is so important on these complex machines. Regarding the new 8k chip update possibly being flawed for Xbox gamers, it is not an issue because you can use eARC to return atmos etc back to the Denon from apps native to your 4k-8k tvs or hdmi devices connected to your 8k tv. I also toyed with the idea of waiting for Anthem's new AVM90 but it includes no way of streaming hi resolution amazon music hd at 24/192. I would have to buy bluesound's node 2i at $550 to do what Denon's internal HEOS app does superbly already. Anthem's new models will likely be buggy for a few months like their AVM60 was. By the way, the potential SINAD bench numbers on this Denon are likely so good I'm intending on just using this as an 8k capable prepro.
Pros: Uptuned by Denon to be better sounding and more reliable
Cons: If you are a gamer using Xbox the hdmi 2.1 chip may require an upgrade.
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I am highly impressed and satisfied with my new Denon AVR 110.
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