Today Denon announced two new AV receivers for its X Series line: The AVR-X2400H ($799) and AVR-X1400H ($599). Both are 7.2-channel designs that pack the latest in audio and video technologies. Plus, they offer extensive wireless and wired connectivity options, including support for Denon’s HEOS hi-res multi-room streaming audio ecosystem..
The AVR-X2400H builds on the capabilities of its predecessor, the AVR-X2300H. It has Audyssey MultEQ calibration that is customizable using the new MultEQ Editor App ($20). Plus, it offers built-in HEOS compatibility that grants it a wide variety of wireless and networked audio capabilities, like using a pair of HEOS speakers as surrounds in a 5.1 system and streaming music from a wide variety of online sources.
Rear view of the AVR-X400H
You get seven fully discrete amplifiers in this package. The power rating is 95 watts per channel into 8 ohms, with 20Hz to 20 kHz response and 0.08% THD. Plus, it decodes the two most popular 3D immersive audio formats, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, with support for speaker configuration ranging from 2.0.2 up to 5.2.2, or you can implement traditional surround-sound with up to 7.2 speakers.
Denon bestowed eight HDMI inputs upon this AVR, including one located on the front panel. These HDMI ports have HDCP 2.2 and are compatible with all the latest video formats including HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma via future firmware). These connections handle BT.2020 color, 4:4:4 chroma and offer 4K upscaling.
Denon X2400H with remote and Audyssey setup mic
With HEOS and its dual-antenna Wi-Fi, the AVR-X2400H offers extensive multi-room streaming capabilities. plus, it supports Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay. Local file playback from network attached storage (NAS) is included as well. It also has an RS-232 port and IR remote out, for integration with home automation systems.
Unsurprisingly, the AVR-X2400H it is highly proficient at decoding high-res audio formats. It offers support for PCM, FLAC, ALAC and even DSD up to 5.6MHz.
The AVR-X1400H costs less and is a bit more modest than the AVR-X2400H. But it’s still a feature-packed 7.2-channel design that shares many features with its sibling including Audyssey MultEQ XT (with Editor App support) and HEOS connectivity.
Power specs are a bit lower, with output rated at 80 watts per channel into 8 ohms, with 20 Hz to 20 kHz response and 0.08% THD. It’s seven channels can be used to power Atmos and DTS:X compatible speaker systems in configurations up to 5.2.2.
This AVR sports six HDMI inputs (with one on the front) that handle all the latest video formats, but eschews the 4K upscaling and home automation-friendly RS-232 and IR out ports. But, in most ways it is about as capable as the step-up AVR-X2400H.
These AVRs include the Denon Setup Assistant, a visual and interactive guide to attaching components to the AVR and making sure they operate as expected. Also, both models sport an ECO mode that cuts power consumption in half at low volume while still offering full power when movie scenes get loud. It has an on-screen display that allows the curious to monitor power use in real time.
These two 5th generation X Series models ship this month, so you won’t have to wait long at all if you want one.