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Denon AVR-X2000 7.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver

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Pros: Good features for the money, decent setup, network audio can be played with other video

Cons: Power is only adequate for a mid-grade system, no de-interlacing for older 1080i sets

Home theater upgrades are often an adult "Christmas", usually ending up in a lot of time peering over manuals, tweaking settings, and ignoring "eye-rolls" from your spouse wondering what the big deal is. Few upgrades mean as much to videophiles quite like a receiver upgrade since they affect so much of the total system's performance. But like many of us, receiver upgrades are rare due to cost. Recently I sold an entry level Denon receiver from a few years back to a friend, which allowed me an excuse to replace it. But the receiver in my main home theater was the one that really needed an upgrade. That Denon 3805 was an awesome sounding product in its day...the year 2002. Now over a decade old, it had no HDMI, no Blu-Ray audio codecs, and its room audio correction was first generation ancient. The 3805 would make a decent replacement for the receiver I sold, but what about a new receiver for the main theater? An X-4000 seemed like a good pick but it was out of my budget. Could a mid-priced X-2000 fit the bill?

The Gear:
Mitsubishi Diamond 65813 RPTV (1080i, w/DVI&HDCP)
Onix Rocket 750 speakers (4) with the RS200 center channel (6 ohms), 15" sealed subwoofer
Tivo Series 3 PVR
Sony BDP-S550 Blu-Ray player
Apple TV (2nd gen)

The X-2000 comes with a features list attractive to the upgrader looking for a more than just a typical replacement product: 7 HDMI ports (including a front mounted one), networked audio (but not video), Audyssey MultiEQ XT (now known as "Audyssey Silver"), 4K upscaling (for the 4K TV we all own, right?) and a streamlined UI that operated across all video modes. You also still get coax and optical digital inputs (one each). But at this price point, you don't get a phono stage or pre-outs (other than LFE and two-channel Zone 2). I still get 7 channel surround sound with better discreet management than the older 3805, but at only 95 wpc @ 8ohms, its significantly less power than my older unit (120 wpc @ 8 ohms).

Cabling setup was reasonably simple (after ripping out the old component cables and other analog stuff from the previous era). HDMI inputs were well spaced and marked. Speaker terminals were accessible with a single row across the bottom versus the more difficult stacked row of the 3805. Four analog audio inputs and two composite video inputs remain for legacy gear including a single set of component video inputs, which have all but disappeared from lower priced receivers. Powering it on, the user interface is familiar to anyone who has seen a recent Denon receiver. The unit recognized my network (no wireless Ethernet but I have wired Ethernet in my rack) and quickly picked up that it needed a firmware upgrade. After about 20 minutes, the new software was ready to go, and I downloaded the Denon app to my iPhone for good measure.

After naming my inputs and telling the system what speakers I had, I decided to let Audyssey do the rest. The older room management system in my 3805 was never good enough to figure out the nuances of my oddly shaped room, or the fact that my main speakers are all (mostly) full range towers. So I ended up having to get out the old Radio Shack meter and hand tweaking the results a lot. Audyssey Silver isn't their top product, but it's light years away from what I had to deal with a decade ago. After doing a series of sound checks in several spots in the room including biasing for the "sweet spot" position, Audyssey came back with parameters that easily mirrored my setup. But how did it sound?

Well there's good news and bad news on this front. Audyssey Silver indeed does a much better job in figuring out how my room should sound given the reflections it's going to see in a room like mine. Dialogue driven films were clear and understandable. Surround performance was much better than I have experienced in the past, giving my towers some new raison d'être, But clearly the loss of power could not be ignored. I'm sure that in this class of receiver, this kind of 95 wpc sound is pretty good. But it's hard to compete with an outgoing product that has a beefier amp with a 40% higher price point. Good speakers live on great power, and when they aren't given it, they tend to close up.

But it's not that I'm disappointed; I knew this was going to be the compromise at this price. Everything else about this product is meeting or exceeding my expectations. Managing digital video to my ancient Mitsubishu television (one of the first with DVI & HDCP copy protection) works very well with only occasional mis-syncing between sources (not a problem on modern sets). And a decade ago if you wanted good scaling, you had to invest heavily in an expensive add-on product. Now everyone and their sister makes good scalers that have made their way down to the cheapest of products. Still, you recognize a good scaler in a product like this from what it can do and what it is future-proofed to do (like 4K). The only thing I miss is the ability to de-interlace 1080p video into 1080i for my TV. This is only really a problem for media streamers like the Apple TV, which are 1080p only. My Apple TV is the older 2nd generation model that only does 720p anyway, which the Denon X-2000 can scale and de-interlace to 1080i. That solves an old problem for me since this TV cannot accept 720p signals meaning the Apple TV had to fall back to 480p (yuck!).

One more feature I've been using more and more is networked audio. Although it would be really nice if this receiver could play video from a DLNA networked server, the ability to do audio from either DLNA or Airplay is a welcome addition. Even better, I can use the receiver to pass a video source of my choosing to the TV while listening to a network broadcast. Why is this important? For sports fans, sometimes you want to watch the video from the network television broadcast (for example, my Tivo) but still listen to your local radio broadcast of the same game (streamed from the Internet). This works well, except that it's not the easiest to setup or turn off when you are done (this confused my wife to no end). The Denon iOS app is a nice addition and works well if you cannot find your remote, but is not a solution for a full-featured universal remote.

Overall the Denon X-2000 is a solid choice in a mid-range than crowded with capable entries from Sony, Yamaha, Onkyo and Harman-Kardon. If you can live with 5 speakers and a shorter warranty, the X-1000 makes more sense for even the more budget conscious. But if you want more power and Zone flexibility, you may want to save a little more coin for the X-3000 or X-4000.

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Pros: Good sound. GUI interface makes setup fast, and is easy to use. 3YR Warranty!

Cons: Plastic front panel. Limited remote control. No multiple calibration settings

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Features
  • 7.1 Channels
  • 7x95 Watts (8 ohms)
  • 1080p/4K passthrough, upscales to 4K
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT (Denon Silver)
  • 7 HDMI inputs (1 in front)
The Denon X2000 is the lowest priced X-series A/V receiver providing 7.1 or more channels. Overall, it is very capable receiver and it delivers where it counts in sound quality. However, those looking for more direct controls and calibration settings may be served better by ohter brands.

Setup
I'm very impressed with the level of attention put to setup. The receiver's GUI guided setup will take you from etting up speakers to calibration. Denon having taking the initiative to do that is admirable. Another plus is the included labels that improves cable management. Speaker connections (all binding post type, and will accept banana plugs) all are situated along a single row, unlike the designs of other manufacturers.

User Interface
The remote is simple and easy to use. The remote lets you quickly select zone, input sources, volume (and mute), and to quickly select surround modes "Movie", "Music", "Game" and "Pure". Adjusting the majority of settings (including calibration) on the is accomplishing by hitting the "Setup" button and using the cursor and enter buttons. The downside of this approach of menu system is that Denon chose not to provide dedciated buttons on the remote for what I would consider some common uses (such as turning on/off Dynamic Volume). The inability to send a single IR command function means that some external remotes (such as Harmony) won't be able to also. One of the most common things I do is change the volume setting, and when I do a nice GUI overlay appears (as if it was integrated with your TV). The remote will not control another device such as your TV.

Performance
This reciever delivers on sound! This is the first time I've used Audussy Multi-Eq, and I would say that the net effect is that the Denon X2000 is much more livelier than the old Pioneer Elite 55txi (MCAAC/Air Studios) that the Denon replaced. I encourage anyone interested in this or any receiver to listen to it first. A feature known as Dynamic Volume (similar to Dolby Volume), is suppose to keep you from having to adjust the volume up/down. While I do think this feature works, I'm not convinced it is natural sounding. I also do wish that Denon allowed you to save multiple calibration settings as my Pioneer MCAAC did. However, not a dela breaker to me.
The front panel readout is blue, I prefer amber. It does have brightness adjustment. Also, some things are so small on the readout - such as the volume, that you wouldn't be able to see it unless you were within a few feet of it.

Posted

Pros: good power, easy setup, simple GUI, smart phone remote app

Cons: None so far

Upgrading from a Denon AVR-2800, I was overdue for an upgrade and glad I waited! Picked this up and had it hooked up in no time. Everything was clearly marked making it simple and it even had an on screen setup for the speakers that walks you through the process. I am using in a 5.1 mode. Clean sound and I really like the up-scaling video and the fact I can route all signals through here now. I got this model to future proof for the 4k video as it can upscale or pass through 4k. I don't like to upgrade frequently which you can tell from my previous receiver which is about 12 years old! This unit is a great value/ feature and is something I won't outgrow in the near future with 4k offered on-board. I chose not to go with the model above it as the 7.1 is plenty and I don't need 7.2 at all. I highly recommend this product!
Denon AVR-X2000 7.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver
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The AVR-X2000 is a powerful high-performance 7.1-channel A/V surround receiver that lets you enjoy 3D movies in remarkably spacious surround sound. This receiver is equipped with advanced video circuitry capable of upscaling video signals to 4K Ultra HD. Video images at this resolution are dazzlingly vibrant and sharp. The easy-to-follow instructions on your HDTV screen help you to quickly and easily set up the ideal acoustic parameters for your listening space. In addition, you can assign 2 channels of the AVR-X2000’s 7-channel amplifier to provide power for stereo speakers located in another room.

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BindingElectronics
BrandDenon
EAN0883795002813
Feature7.1 channel, 95 watts, 7 channel power (8 ohms, 20Hz - 20 kHz, THD 0.08% 185 watts per channel maximum power (6 ohm, 1kHz, THD 10%, 1 channel driven) Networking with AirPlay, Pandora, & Spotify Dolby Pro Logic IIz, 4K Ultra HD scaling and pass through New setup assistant with enhanced GUI
Item Height6.6 inches
Item Length13 inches
Item Width17.1 inches
LabelDenon
ManufacturerDenon
MPNAVR-X2000
Package Height16 inches
Package Length21 inches
Package Weight21 pounds
Package Width16 inches
PackageQuantity1
PartNumberAVR-X2000
ProductGroupReceiver or Amplifier
ProductTypeNameRECEIVER_OR_AMPLIFIER
PublisherDenon
StudioDenon
TitleDenon AVR-X2000 In-command 7.1-Channel 4K Ultra HD Networking Home Theater Receiver with AirPlay (Black)
UPC883795002813
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Item Weight20.94 pounds
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ModelAVR-X2000
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