DENON AVR-X8500HA Integrated Network AV Receiver User Guide


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Before You BeginWelcomeThank you for choosing a Denon AV receiver. This guide provides step-by-step instructions for setting up your AV receiver.

Required for Setup

  • When connecting this unit to a device that is compatible with the Deep Color, 4K, ARC, and ARC functions,  use a “High-Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet” that displays the HDMI logo.
  • When connecting this unit to a  device that is compatible with the 8K and 4K 120Hz video, use an “Ultra High Speed 48 Gbps HDMI cable”  that displays the HDMI logo.
  • These drawings are for illustrative purposes only and may not represent the actual product(s).

What’s In the Box

Quick Start Guide FM indoor antenna 
Safety Instructions AM loop antenna 
Notes on radio  Sound calibration microphone 
Warranty (for North America model   only)  Sound calibration  microphone stand 
Cable labels  Remote control unit (RC-1221)
Receiver  LR6/AA batteries
Power cord  External antennas for Bluetooth / wireless  connectivity 
  • The included sound calibration microphone stand is convenient for use when performing Speaker  Calibration. Using your own tripod or the supplied Sound calibration microphone stand enables settings to be automatically configured to the optimum listening environment, providing exceptionally high performance.

Important: External Antennas

The removable external antennas are required for both Bluetooth and Wireless network connectivity. Please make sure to connect the antennas before attempting to use the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi features of the AVR-X8500HA.

 Connecting the external antennas for Bluetooth / Wireless connectivity For each of the two antennas:

  1. Place the antenna evenly over the antenna terminal located at the upper left or right corner of the rear panel.
  2. Turn the antenna clockwise until it is fully connected. Do not overtighten.

Rotate the antenna upwards for the best possible reception.Setup

There are four steps to the setup process.

  1.  Installing batteries in the remote control unit
  2. Connecting the receiver
  3. Following the On-Screen Setup Assistant
  4. Downloading the Mobile Apps

Installing batteries in the remote control unit

Connecting the receiver

Place the receiver near your TV and connect the power cord

Connect the receiver to your home network

Wired LANConnect an Ethernet cable (not included) between your receiver and your network router.

Wireless LANWhen connecting to wireless LAN (Wi-Fi), follow the instructions in “Connecting the external antennas for Bluetooth / Wireless connectivity” and connect the antennas.

Connect the receiver to your TV with an HDMI cable

ARC (Audio Return Channel) and eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) support:If your TV supports ARC, your TV can send audio back to the AV receiver when you are using your TV’s  built-in video sources (TV tuner, Smart TV streaming services, etc.) ARC requires that you enable HDMI CEC  on your TV. Please refer to your TV’s Owner’s Manual for instructions on how to set up HDMI CEC.  In addition, if your TV supports eARC, it can also send back high bitrate audio formats such as Dolby  TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio, and DTS:X. Please refer to your TV’s Owner’s   Manual for additional information about enabling the eARC function.

Turn on the TV

Select the appropriate HDMI input on your TV

Turn on the receiver

  • Press   to turn on the receiver.

Verify the connection

  • Verify that you can see this screen on your TV.

If this screen is not displayed, please go back and retry the steps again in the recommended sequence.

Following the On-Screen Setup Assistant

Now TV is connected to the receiver. The Setup Assistant will walk you through connecting and confi during your speakers and components to your Denon receiver. Please use the remote control and follow the on-screen instructions.

Downloading the Mobile Apps

Download both the “HEOS” App and the “Denon 2016 AVR Remote” App for the full home entertainment experience. The HEOS App is required to access online music through your AVR.

HEOS The HEOS App allows you to explore, browse, and play music from many online streaming services or from our own music library.

Denon 2016 AVR Remote

Control your new AVR with the latest Denon 2016 AVR Remote App. Volume control, sound mode selection, and advanced settings are always only a tap away.

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Owner’s Manual


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