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A Review On: Denon AVR-X2000 7.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver

Denon AVR-X2000 7.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver

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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

  • 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.

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.

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.


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