Denon has unveiled three new models in its latest range of home cinema receivers: the Denon AVR-X1300W, Denon AVR-X2300W and Denon AVR-X3300. These new receivers are the successors to Denon’s AVR-X1200W, AVR-X2200W and AVR-X3200W models. The older models were, however, already very complete: ability to handle multichannel audio formats (Dolby Atmos and DTS-X), a wide variety of connection options to choose from, compatibility with the latest formats (8 HDMI 4K and HDCP 2.2 compatible inputs and 2 similar outputs for the Denon AVR-X2300W), and auto-calibration with Audyssey MultEQ XT. With its latest range of 2016 receivers, the Japanese manufacturer has renewed its quest for perfection by offering a more powerful dual band WiFi controller (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) and a new control app: the Denon 2016 AVR Remote.
Denon’s latest range of home cinema receivers: optimized for connectivity
The 2016 Denon AVR-X series doesn’t offer any additional connection options, as the brand has been offering a comprehensive set of connectivity solutions on its previous range of products. HDMI connections are abundant: 8 inputs and 2 outputs on the Denon AVR-X3300W and Denon AVR-X2300W, and 6 inputs and 1 output on the Denon AVR-X1300W. These connectors are compatible with the latest standards: HDMI is available in version 2.0a, thereby assuring compatibility with the Ultra-High Definition (UHD-4K) standard as well as HDR picture technology (for higher contrast in terms of image display). Furthermore, the copy protection norm HDCP 2.2 is available on all ports.
Other standards designed to enhance the user experience are available: CEC (Consumer Electronic Control) for controlling all compatible devices with a single remote control and ARC (Audio Return Channel) for conveying sound with a single HDMI cable.
These receivers are compatible with the latest multichannel audio formats (Dolby Atmos and DTS-X) and therefore provide a more immersive listening experience. Standard Dolby and DTS formats are also supported.
These home cinema receivers also feature RCA stereo outputs, digital audio outputs, an RJ-45 socket, WiFi, and a USB port as well as composite and component outputs. The Denon AVR-X3300W, for its part, features a set of 7.2 pre-outs.
Denon’s latest range of home cinema receivers: improved network functions
With the new WiFi controller, all models in Denon’s 2016 series load content from your network faster. Normally, WiFi controllers use the 2.4 GHz band, a frequency which can quickly become saturated in cities where a large number of networks operate on it simultaneously. Making the 5 GHz frequency available eliminates this WiFi inconvenience. By avoiding the busy 2.4 GHz frequency, Denon’s AVR-X series provide an optimized data transfer rate.
The AVR-X series also features an updated control app: the Denon 2016 AVR Remote. More responsive and stable than previous versions, this app allows users to control playback (of a CD, internet radio, or content streamed from a DLNA network), create playlists, adjust the equalizer, change the receiver?s settings, etc. This free app is available for Android and iOS.
The network connectivity featured on Denon’s latest range of home cinema receivers allows them to implement several innovative technologies: DLNA (1.5), for reading files stored on a NAS, for example, and Apple AirPlay, for reading files stored on iOS devices. These AV receivers are also compatible with online streaming services, such as Spotify.