Denon this week introduced two new network AV receivers to its mid-range X-series line, both of which are ready to connect to the latest cutting-edge 4K Ultra HD/HDR source components and video displays.

Both the new Denon models AVR-X1300W ($599 expected retail) and AVR-X2300W ($799) will be available with leading retailers this month, are compatible with the Dolby Atmos object-based surround sound format, and will be similarly compatible with the rival DTS:X format after a forthcoming firmware update.

Both of the X Series AVR’s offer easy set-up, control, and energy efficiency using the Denon Setup Assistant. Room calibration is made easy using the Audyssey MultEQ XT automatic room acoustic measurement and correction system that matches the installed speakers to the individual room’s acoustics, for an optimal natural tonal balance. Audyssey Dynamic Volume provides real-time volume adjustment, while Audyssey Dynamic EQ improves a system’s surround sound effects at low volume levels.

Both models can be controlled via the Denon 2016 AVR Remote App available on iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices. Also included in both models is a smart ECO mode that automatically saves electricity consumption without diminishing overall performance.

Read more on Denon’s two new X-series AVRs after the jump:

Denon’s X Series AV Receiver models, which are now on the fourth generation, are part of a step-up series offering a range of advanced features for less cost than the company’s premium S series line.

The new AVR-X1300W is a 7.2-channel model featuring seven discrete amplifier channels, each providing 80 watts.

In addition to offering support for Dolby Atmos and later DTS:X object-based surround sound, the AVR-X1300W supports: Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X upmixers (via update) to create 3D sound from both legacy Dolby or DTS material, the company said.

The receiver features wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi home networking and built-in Bluetooth for music streaming from a smartphone or tablet.

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The receiver is outfitted with dual antennas and dual band support for improved connectivity in larger environments. It includes support for Apple AirPlay, Internet Radio, Pandora, Spotify Connect, and SiriusXM. Also supported are high-resolution audio files including: FLAC, AIFF or DSD (even up to 5.6MHz). A front mounted USB port is available to connect either USB storage devices, or an iDevice to playback music and charge at the same time.

The receiver includes six HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 inputs, including one mounted on the front panel, and is ready for new Ultra HD Blu-ray players, game consoles, streaming set-top boxes and streamed 4K Ultra HD content.

The AVR-X2300W (pictured at top) steps up from the AVR-X1300W by including: an upgraded power amplifier with 95 watts per channel (8 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 0.08% THD).; eight HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs. The AVR includes an advanced video processor section that can upscale all HDMI sources like DVDs to 1080p and 4k Ultra HD resolution.

The receiver is certified by the Imaging Science Foundation for video quality, and is equipped with ISFccc advanced video calibration controls. It also adds a more extensive array of inputs, control options, and a second zone pre-outs and an RS232 port for system integration control.

By Greg Tarr


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