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Denon AVR-X2500H AVR Now $349

Updated, price is now $349

Patience pays off when shopping for a budget AV receiver. You can now get a Denon AVR-X2500H for only $349 on Amazon. This AVR has what’s needed to upgrade your home theater experience to include Dolby Atmos and support 4K with HDR. Room correction is included and this AV receiver also acts as a streaming device. Tons of capability stuffed into one affordable box!
  • High-power performance at 95 watts per channel (8ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 0.08% THD)
  • Set up Dolby Atmos with a 5.2.2 surround sound speaker system using Dolby Atmos elevation speakers
  • All eight HDMI inputs — and two HDMI outputs — feature HDCP 2.2
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless streaming connectivity
  • Hands-free with Amazon Alexa
  • Features Apple AirPlay, HEOS, Google Assistant, Josh.AI
  • Audyssey MultEQ room correction

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Visited site to ask about a decent way to try atmos at home. Amazon has "free returns". Done and done
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Would this be a good receiver for the Sony Core Series speakers? Specifically, the center and floorstanding in a 3.0 or eventual 3.1 set up in a large great room?

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I have the x2200w and I have been unjustifiably anxious for an upgrade. Is it worth it? Does this unit allow for GUI over 4k video?
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Crutchfield has the same deal. Good people to deal with.

I love this HD stuff!
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I have the x2200w and I have been unjustifiably anxious for an upgrade. Is it worth it? Does this unit allow for GUI over 4k video?
Yes I get a GUI while I'm displaying 4k video.
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Price is now $349, that's a lot of AVR for the money.

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319 on A4Less for a refurb versus 349 on Amazon for new seems like a no brainer to go with Amazon.
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Two points:

-saving for a 9 channel Atmos AVR versus a 7 channel AVR is worth it. I’ve heard a 2 channel ceiling speaker setup and a 4 channel setup and four ceiling speakers make a significant better difference.

-while $350 is a very good price, HDMI 2.1 is right around the corner. I myself will not upgrade any of my video equipment (TV, AVR, projector) until 2.1 hits the market and matures.
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If you're not a gamer I'm not sure what 2.1 buys you at this point. Maybe eARC but I run all my devices thru the AVR anyway.

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319 on A4Less for a refurb versus 349 on Amazon for new seems like a no brainer to go with Amazon.

Never had an issue with A4L....purchased 5 items over the years and they were all as new and never failed. No need to pay more then I have to.
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I just came out of a Denon AVR2809 and moved into an Anthem MRX720, wow, there's no comparison. Denon was a POS in every respect - Audyssey, remote, lack of flexibility and control with WAY too many sonic gimmicks that appeal to sucker bets.

Bass was light, never rich, menus were hard to navigate, hit one wrong button on the remote and it took me forever to figure out what I did wrong.

You get what you pay for, Chinese junk.
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I just came out of a Denon AVR2809 and moved into an Anthem MRX720, wow, there's no comparison. Denon was a POS in every respect - Audyssey, remote, lack of flexibility and control with WAY too many sonic gimmicks that appeal to sucker bets.

Bass was light, never rich, menus were hard to navigate, hit one wrong button on the remote and it took me forever to figure out what I did wrong.

You get what you pay for, Chinese junk.
Huh. Your Denon was made in Japan, not China. Your Anthem was made in Vietnam. Audyssey itself is American. I guess we don't need to take you seriously.
Gotta love Crutchfield, they have hi rez pictures of everything they sell, including the back sides of receivers.

Your Denon was $1200 12 years ago, wasn't top of the line, and didn't have the best version of Audyssey. To be fair, the best version wasn't available yet. Your Anthem is still being sold, lists at $2500, I should hope with a decade of advancements and twice the price that it is better.

Your Denon was actually pretty good at its price point and time.
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For $349 you're not getting much.

I got the Anthem shipped for 18% off from an authorized dealer in Minnesota. It is equal in quality/sound to a $10,000 collection of high end separates. There is no comparison between this Anthem 11.2 AVR and a consumer grade, Best Buy type unit targeted to the masses. Since the 60's I've gone thru many brands - Proton, ADCOM, Onkyo, Marantz, Denon, etc.

Anthem's ARC program alone will change your life. It has taken a large, live room and tamed it showing off my speakers like never before. The bass management program is unreal with lots to play with.

Since this first run I've added 3 faux tree/arrangements to the room, put the mains back on their original stands, built and installed another rear surround and run ARC a dozen times.
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Is this receiver much better than the S750 ? I bought the S750 from Costco about a month ago, but I can return it and save money too !
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319 on A4Less for a refurb versus 349 on Amazon for new seems like a no brainer to go with Amazon.
EDIT: $30 (about 10%) savings to go from new to refurb is not worth it. Refurb units should be 25% or more off the price.

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For $349 you're not getting much.

I got the Anthem shipped for 18% off from an authorized dealer in Minnesota. It is equal in quality/sound to a $10,000 collection of high end separates. There is no comparison between this Anthem 11.2 AVR and a consumer grade, Best Buy type unit targeted to the masses. Since the 60's I've gone thru many brands - Proton, ADCOM, Onkyo, Marantz, Denon, etc.

Anthem's ARC program alone will change your life. It has taken a large, live room and tamed it showing off my speakers like never before. The bass management program is unreal with lots to play with.

Since this first run I've added 3 faux tree/arrangements to the room, put the mains back on their original stands, built and installed another rear surround and run ARC a dozen times.
Let it go John. You post your first rant and have the illogic and factual inaccuracies pointed out to you, then you double down, ignoring the initial response. 18% off a $2500 item changes nothing about your comparison to a 12yo, half the price item; nor does your perception of the Anthem's value. Which is again irrelevant to a $350 product. You are coming across as a crank. OK Boomer comes to mind.....
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$40 (about 15%) savings to go from new to refurb is not worth it. Refurb units should be 25% or more off the price.
It's $30, but who's counting?
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Looks like the price is $329 at Amazon now.
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Let it go John.
For a whopping $350 the chips have to be first class. Who makes 'em, Frito Lay?

Smile, smile.

Seems like I'm not the only dummy who had trouble with the setup, had trouble getting the sound quality I wanted with a menu that was not at all intuitive. Manual is worthless too.

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The 14 or so other receivers I've pulled out of boxes during my lifetime (Yamaha, Sony, Onkyo, Pioneer) and connected within 5 minutes would say 'no'. But the 5 hours I spent messing around with this unit and getting nothing would say 'yes'. So I guess the jury's out and so was this receiver.

https://www.amazon.com/product-revie...ews-filter-bar

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I test most of my Amazon purchases against Meta. Here's a big red flag for you guys. Anything under a rating of 4.2 is not good enough for me, doesn't matter if it's towel set or $2,000 bar b q smoker.

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Don't be a Denon sucker bet is all I'm saying.
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I test most of my Amazon purchases against Meta. Here's a big red flag for you guys. Anything under a rating of 4.2 is not good enough for me, doesn't matter if it's towel set or $2,000 bar b q smoker.

https://reviewmeta.com/amazon/B07CVKC9MD

Don't be a Denon sucker bet is all I'm saying.
Amazon reviews have nothing to do with why I bought my Denon. Denon is the class of commodity receivers, imo. You're not going to do better for the money. Can you spend more money and get better? Sure, but a lot of us either don't have, or want to spend that kind of money. With a few tools like REW, a UMIK, the Audyssey app and some room treatments, you can get a very good sounding system with Denon. Getting a year old Denon, 3500h and above on clearance, is the most cost effective way to get into high end audio.
Nothing against your Anthem, either, my understanding is they make good equipment.
There's a reason Denon is popular on AVSforums, and it's not that everyone is stupid.

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Getting a year old Denon, 3500h and above on clearance, is the most cost effective way to get into high end audio.

"High end" audio? You can't be serious.

Enjoy your Denon friend.
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"High end" audio? You can't be serious.

Enjoy your Denon friend.
If you really think your Anthem is really any more "Hi End" audio than Denon, keep living the dream.
"Made in Vietnam", just like my Denon. Top of the line Denon and Marantz are still made in Japan.
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Down to 329 on Amazon right now.

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