Denon has announced the industry’s first 8K-ready AV receivers. Building on its line of X-Series AVRs, the Denon AVR-X6700H, AVR-X4700H, AVR-X3700H, and AVR-X2700H usher in the next generation of home theater, gaming, and music. According to Denon, which is celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2020, the new X-Series AV receivers deliver the ultimate home theater and gaming experience.
The X-Series AV receivers take advantage of the latest HDMI technologies, and features a dedicated “8K” HDMI input that enables 8K/60 Hz and 4K/120 Hz video pass-through, new HDR format support such as HDR10+ and Dynamic HDR, and a new HDMI feature called Quick Media Switching (QMS), which allows a source to instantly switch the resolution or frame rate to eliminate screen blackout. The latest X-Series models still support HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), and Dolby Vision, as well as 4:4:4 Pure Color subsampling and BT.2020 pass-through.
Several new features give gamers an edge, including razor sharp motion clarity with 4K/120 Hz pass through and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) to reduce frame tearing and improve overall precision. Get a jump on the competition with Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT), each designed to reduce lag and improve stats. See the enemy before they see you with 8K picture quality.
The Denon X-Series can also upscale existing HD and 4K content to 8K ( to compatible 8K-ready TVs) so more people can experience the power of 8K resolution.
The X-Series AVRs continue to support eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel), which delivers uncompressed and object-based audio from the TV to the receiver via a single HDMI cable. TVs play video directly from TV apps at best available picture quality—either 4K or 8K—while the receiver identifies the best available surround format for decoding.
Support for virtually all 3D audio formats is available with the Denon AVR-X6700H and AVR-X4700H, including Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced, and Auro-3D out-of-box. The AVR-X6700H will also support DTS:X Pro, which will allow users to enjoy up to 13 channels of DTS:X decoding with speaker configurations such as 7.2.6 or 9.2.4. Listeners can also enjoy the latest in IMAX Enhanced films in 7.2.6 or 9.2.4 speaker configurations thanks to newly adopted 13.2 channel processing capabilities with external amplification. The DTS:X Pro feature will be delivered via firmware update later this year.
The AVR-X6700H supports 11 channels of amplification with 13.2 channel processing, the AVR-X4700H and the AVR-X3700H support up to 9 channels of amplification and 11.2-channel processing. The AVR-X2700H supports up to 7 channels of amplification. Auro-3D engine is supported by the AVR-X6700H and the AVR-X4700H. IMAX Enhanced decoding is supported by both receivers as well as the AVR-X3700H.
Denon now also supports a new “Pre-Amplifier” mode for the AVR-X3700H, AVR-X4700H and AVR-X6700H, previously only found on Denon’s flagship AVR-X8500H. Pre-Amplifier mode provides a clear signal path and more tolerance in clipping levels by disconnecting internal amplifiers when the receiver is used as an AV processor and all speakers are powered by external amplifiers.
Denon X-Series AVRs are Roon Tested certified so users can get more out of their music libraries through the Roon music interface on their PCs and smart devices. Denon Roon Tested AVRs can be found and setup easily by Roon via AirPlay 2 or hardwired into a Roon Core device. Each receiver features a front-panel USB port that offers convenient audio playback of MP3 and high-resolution audio formats (WAV, FLAC, ALAC and DSD 2.8/5.6 MHz files).
Denon X-Series AVRs work with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Josh.ai, and Apple Siri for voice control. Listeners can use Amazon Alexa for a variety of commands, including switching inputs for different media players, while the Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri can be used to adjust the volume, skip to the next track, and more. Josh.ai offers custom integrators greater control over voice integration into a variety of existing smart home platforms.
With HEOS Built-in, the X-Series AVRs can stream music wirelessly across compatible HEOS components from a variety of free and premium streaming services, including Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music HD, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, SoundCloud, SiriusXM, TIDAL, and more. Consumers can also enjoy their favorite music in any room of the home wirelessly. Play the same song in every room or select a different song for each connected room via a variety of streaming sources. Add Denon Home speakers to more rooms and control it all with the HEOS app. Apart from HEOS, Apple AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth are also supported. Apple Music streaming is supported through AirPlay 2.
The 2020 X-Series models now support the newly adopted Dual Audyssey Preset function which allows users to store and instantly switch between two Audyssey configurations. For example, users can store both the Audyssey calibration result straight from the receiver and a customized MultEQ curve or frequency range made through the Audyssey MultEQ editor app on the receiver simultaneously, allowing users to easily compare differences and select their preference. Listeners can also perform Audyssey measurements for two different speaker settings, including 2.0 for music listening and 5.1.4 for movie surround.
Custom AV integration professionals will appreciate the X-Series receivers’ smart features, including support for Audio Select functionality or AirPlay OFF feature so it will not appear on every iOS device throughout the home. To best tailor system functionality for each client, integrators can now assign the same HDMI input source over multiple inputs and choose different audio sources for each input. Denon calls it a “Sports Bar” mode. With multizone simulcasting, users can also play full quality surround in the main zone while simulcasting stereo to a second zone or HEOS enable devices.
Integrators can also provide their clients with improved service efficiency and reduced downtime by using Domotz Pro or OvrC remote system monitoring and management technology to remotely monitor and troubleshoot X-Series AVRs. HDMI Diagnostics Mode continues to be available for custom integrators to troubleshoot HDMI-related issues with connected devise and HDMI cables on site.
Key Differences Between Models New 2020 8K Models
|Amplifier Channels||7 Channels||9 Channels||9 Channels||11 Channels|
|Processing Channels with Preamp Outputs||—||11.2 Channels||11.2 Channels||13.2 Channels|
|Output Power3||95 watts per channel (8 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, THD: 0.08%, 2 ch driven)||105 watts per channel (8 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, THD: 0.08%, 2 ch driven)||125 watts per channel (8 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, THD: 0.05%, 2 ch driven)||140 watts per channel (8 ohms, 20Hz-20KHz, THD: 0.05%, 2 ch Driven)|
|8K/60 & 4K/120 HDMI Pass Through||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|HDMI In/Out||6 In/ 2 Out||7 In/3 Out||8 In/ 3 Out||8 In/ 3 Out|
|Dual Sub Out||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Audyssey MultEQ XT, Dynamic Volume, Dynamic EQ||✓|
|Audyssey MultEQ XT32, LFC, Sub EQ HT||✓||✓||✓|
The latest X-Series AV receivers will be available at authorized Denon retailers at the below dates. For more information, visit usa.denon.com/us.
- AVR-X2700H ($849) (August 15)
- AVR-X3700H ($1199) (July 15)
- AVR-X4700H ($1699) (June 15)
- AVR-X6700H ($2499) (June 15)