Denon introduced Tuesday the 7.2-channel AVR-X1700H AV Receiver (AVR) equipped with three 8K HDMI inputs and HEOS multi-room audio music streaming.

The new X-Series AVR also supports immersive 3D surround formats including 5.1.2-channel Dolby Atmos with Dolby Height Virtualization technology and DTS:X and DTS Virtual:X immersive multi-channel surround.

The AVR-X1700H, which will be available starting in November at a $699 suggested retail price, supports seven channels of amplification at 80-Watts per channel (8 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, THD: 0.08%, 2ch driven).

“The AVR-X1700H is a great starting point for budding enthusiasts looking for a fully-featured AVR at an accessible price. Complete with multiple 8K HDMI inputs, virtualized surround sound and several other technologies usually found in premium home theater systems, this AVR has it all,” said Trip Randall, president of Denon. “At a time when so many people are considering system upgrades to watch their favorite TV and movies in higher quality, this receiver handily delivers the next-gen experience our customers are demanding.”

Both Dolby and DTS 3D surround sound technologies offer the ability to have discrete multi-channel speakers setups with over-head or reflective height elevation effects or using virtualized height and surround sound effects to recreate immersive audio in 7.1, 5.1 or 2.1 speaker arrangements, the company said.

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The virtualized approach expands the soundstage and immersive effects using fewer loudspeakers, when space or budgets are restricted.

To support the latest physically connected source devices, the Denon X7500 features six HDMI inputs and one out, including one input supporting the new eARC/ARC HDMI port spec with greater bandwidth for high bandwidth surround sound formats such as Dolby True HD and DTS:X Master Audio. To ensure the best picture quality possible, the AVR-X1700H offers three 8K inputs supporting 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz video pass-through with up to 40Gbps throughput.

All HDMI inputs support 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG), Dynamic HDR and BT.2020 pass-through for greater flexibility with the latest sound codecs and file profiles. Advanced next-gen gaming features supported by the receiver include: 4K/120Hz pass-through (up to 40Gbps), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Quick Frame Transport (QFT), and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM).

The receiver will upscale video sources to 8K for supported displays, and is compatible with up to the HDCP 2.3 content protection system.

To enjoy streamed multi-room audio, the Denon AVR-X1700H supports parent Sound United’s HEOS wireless music stream standard for use with HEOS-enable smart speakers and system components from Denon or Marantz. Among supported HEOS components compatible with the AVR-X1700H HEOS feature are theDenon Home 150/250/350 wireless speakers, which can be placed almost anywhere in the home to stream music through the AVR. Listeners can play the same song in every room or select a different song for each connected room from the HEOS app.

The AVR and HEOS mobile app are compatible with Apple AirPlay 2 for iPhone users. A front-panel USB port is included to provide easy access and support for playback of Hi-Res Audio file formats from a variety of different USB connected devices carrying music files for WAV, FLAC, ALAC and and DSD 2.8/5.6 MHz.

Wireless connectivity to popular streaming music services like Spotify, Pandora, Tidal and more is also provided via Bluetooth and HEOS built-in technology.

For music purists, the Denon X7500H has a phono input to playback favorite vinyl selections, and dual sub outputs enable multichannel speakers layouts with up to a pair of subwoofers to optimize low frequency dispersion from movies or music.

To assure accurate room balance in multi-speaker surround sound setups, the Denon AVR-X7500H is equipped with the Audyssey MultEQ XT automatic acoustic calibration system to ensure accurate sound experiences in rooms where obstacles and materials present challenges to the listening environment. The system detects the size, type and configuration of the speakers used and measures their response in the room for optimal performance. It works from a simple 2.1-channel setup to a 5.2.2-ch. Dolby Atmos/DTS:X setup, Denon said.

Listeners can further customize settings to their liking via the advanced Audyssey MultEQ Editor app, available for purchase in iOS and Android stores.

Other features include the following:

  • “Dual Speaker Presets” feature, enabling users to store and switch instantly between two different speaker configurations and Audyssey settings.
  • “Dialog Enhancer” adjusts dialog level on the fly.
  • HDMI signal information allows users to confirm if 8K or 4K/120 signals or other HDR formats are passing through the AVR.
  • A Bluetooth Audio Transmitter supports wireless connection to Bluetooth headphones, which can be used either for Bluetooth-only playback, or simultaneous playback with connected speakers.
  • Voice control support using Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri and profiles to control AVR functions.
  • Support for major third-party command protocols including Control 4 Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP).
  • HDMI diagnostics mode.
  • Smart remote management via Domotz or OvrC.

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By Greg Tarr

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