Denon Announces 2020 Line of 8K-Ready AV Receivers

Denon has introduced a new generation of X Series receivers that are designed to be 8K ready.

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Serving the AV needs of today by providing the latest immersive audio technologies, and keeping an eye on the future, Denon has introduced four new 8K-ready AV receivers.

Adding to its X-Series of products, the new Denon AVR-X6700H, AVR- X4700H, AVR-X3700H, and AVR-X2700H, not only provide music, video and gamers with a choice of state-of-the-art receivers, but they also mark the company’s 110th anniversary.

“This is a very big year for Denon. Not only are we introducing the first 8K-ready receivers, but we’re also celebrating our 110th anniversary. This company has been on the forefront of technological advancements throughout its entire existence, and the introduction of 8K is the next exciting chapter in our history of excellence,” states Jake Mendel, product marketing manager for Denon AVR & Hi-Fi components.

“8K certainly is an exciting update and the new X-Series AVRs offer a suite of new features that gamers, home theater enthusiasts and music lovers can implement straight away. If you’re serious about upping your 4K game and getting your home theater ready for 8K, these are the best AV receivers money can buy.”

8K-Ready Receivers up to Challenge of New Formats

Denon says that its latest AV receivers take advantage of new HDMI technologies through the inclusion of a dedicated 8K HDMI input. The 8K input supports 8K at 60Hz and 4K at 120Hz.

Other HDMI technologies the receivers incorporate include video pass-through, support for the HDR10+ and Dynamic HDR formats, and a new HDMI feature called Quick Media Switching (QMS). Denon points out that QMS enables sources to instantly switch the resolution or frame rate to eliminate screen blackout.

The company stresses the 8K-ready receivers also support the HDR10, Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG), Dolby Vision HDR formats, as well as 4:4:4 Pure Color subsampling, and BT.2020 wide color gamut pass through.

Some of the options the receivers provide gamers include 4K at 120Hz pass through and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) that are said to reduce frame tearing.

Additionally, the products also provide gamers with Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT) are designed to reduce lag.

Supporting today’s streaming media users, the AVR-X6700H, AVR- X4700H, AVR-X3700H, and AVR-X2700H receivers offer enhanced Audio Return channel (eARC). The inclusion of eARC delivers object-based surround sound from the TV to the receiver through the use of a single HDMI cable.

Denon notes TVs play 4K or 8K video directly from smart TVs’ apps, while the receivers identify the proper audio format to play.

Addressing the latest immersive audio formats, the AVR-X6700H and AVR-X4700H offer Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced and Auro-3D.

The AVR-X6700H adds DTS:X Pro options to its selection of immersive audio formats, which enable integrators to setup as many as 13 channels of DTS:X decoding with speaker configurations such as 7.2.6 or 9.2.4.

Denon says the DTS:X Pro option will be available later this year through a firmware update.

Other features the receivers offer include a “preamplifier” mode for the AVR-X3700H, AVR-X4700H and AVR-X6700H models, and Roon Tested certification to support the playback of high-resolution audio.

Looking beyond its home theater options, the receivers incorporate voice control capabilities via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Josh.ai and Apple Siri.

The receivers built-in HEOS options allow integrators to setup whole-house audio systems using Denon’s HEOS wireless audio platform, and the receivers also provide built-in Audyssey automatic equalization (EQ).

Denon adds some of the 8K-ready receivers custom install options include AirPlay OFF, Audio Select functions, a sports bar mode, and remote networking functionality via platforms such as OvrC and Domotz Pro.

MSRPs for the 8K-ready AV receivers are as follows:

  • The seven-channel AVR-X2700H is $849
  • The nine-channel (11.2 channels of processing) AVR-X3700H is $1,199
  • The nine-channel (11.2 channels of processing) AVR-X4700H is $1,699
  • The 11-channel (13.2 channels of processing) AVR-X6700H is $2,499

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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