One of the annual passages of spring in the consumer electronics industry is the introduction of new A/V receivers. Earlier this spring Denon announced the first wave of its 2016 A/V receivers, and now roughly a month later Denon has announced more receivers with the latest additions to its X Series of networked receivers.
The newly announced AVR-X1300W and AVR-X2300W A/V receivers from Denon are fourth-generation products that provide users with a choice of competitively priced, fully featured home entertainment products that are compatible with today's and tomorrow's formats.
Denon says the $599 AVR-X1300W receiver provides 7 x 80 watts of amplification, as well as object-based surround sound decoding with Dolby Atmos and provisions for DTS:X; and Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X upmixers to create a 3D listening experience from legacy Dolby and DTS content.
Some of the other audio features built into the AVR-X1300W include wireless Bluetooth streaming, built-in Pandora, Internet radio, Spotify Connect and SiriusXM, and Apple AirPlay—which are all enabled via the inclusion of wireless networking technologies—and compatibility with FLAC, AIFF and DSD high-resolution audio files.
On the video side of the entertainment equation, the AVR-X1300W incorporates six HDMI 2.0a inputs that offer full HDCP 2.2 compatibility, which means the receiver supports 4K UltraHD at 60Hz. Augmenting its 4K compatibility Denon points out the receiver also supports 4:4:4 Pure Color sub sampling, high dynamic range (HDR), the BT.2020 color gamut, 21:9 video (2.33:1 aspect ratios) and 3D video.
The step-up $799 AVR-X2300W shares many of the AVR-X1300W's features, but bumps the power up to 95 watts per channel and adds two more HDMI inputs for a total of eight, as well as dual HDMI outputs. Denon also points out the receiver includes Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) ISFcc advanced calibration controls, second-zone preouts and an RS-232 port for integration into control systems.
In addition, the receiver offers dealers features such as its Quick Start Guide, along with Audyssey MultEQ XT room calibration options to enable a quick and easy setup, and advanced room integration capabilities to maximize the receiver's sound potential.
Lastly, Denon notes that users can also control the receiver with its 2016 AVR Remote App, which is available on the iOS, Android and Kindle Fire platforms.