Mid-range 7.1.2 Dolby Atmos Denon X-Series AV receivers offer more for less

posted on Friday, 31st May 2019 by Steve May

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Denon has added two mid-range Dolby Atmos models to its X-Series AV receiver fleet. The Denon AVR-X2600H (rated at 150W per channel) and AVR-X1600H (145W per channel) are both 7.1.2 amplifiers, compatible with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG content.

In addition to the latest Dolby and DTS 3D audio codecs, they feature eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel), voice control with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri through Apple AirPlay 2, plus HEOS wireless multi-room music streaming support.

To aid installation they will also offer Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, via a future firmware update, which adds virtualized height and surround effects on traditional stereo or surround content, and can create a sensation of sound above and beyond the listener, using only loudspeakers originating at listener-level. This makes them a tempting upgrade for cinemas with standard 5.1 speaker installations.

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The AVR-X1600H (below) has six HDMI inputs and one output, the AVR-X2600H (above) has eight HDMI inputs and two outputs. All HDMI inputs support 4K 4:4:4 colour and the BT.2020 colour space, with HDCP 2.3. A new ALLM mode supports low latency gaming supported on Xbox One and compatible TVs, such as LG’s 2019 OLED models.

The AVR-X2600H also has 4K/30Hz video upscaling.

The cheapest model has to analogue audio inputs of step-up AVR has four. Audio content from the TV can be distributed to the second zone.

Both models incorporate a AK4458 32bit AKM DAC, with hi-res audio support for 24-bit/192-kHz ALAC, FLAC and WAV lossless files as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks.

With HEOS Built-in, all X-Series AVRs can stream music wirelessly across compatible HEOS components from a variety of streaming services, including Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music, TuneIn, SoundCloud and Tidal.

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Custom AV integration features include support for Audio Select functionality or AirPlay OFF so it will not appear on every iOS device throughout the home. Integrators can also assign the same HDMI input source over multiple inputs and choose different audio sources. Both models offer Audyssey MultEQ XT and Dynamic Volume equalisation. There’s also support for Bluetooth headphones.

The new models ship mid June.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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