Originally Posted by mtrot
Thanks for the tip about the 6200. I wasn't aware that the 6200 was a year newer than the 5200 and fully 4K compliant.
Yup: the 5200 was released in 2014 along with the various ...100w models of Denon receivers. My suspicion has been that they were hoping they'd be able to avoid replacing that model for two years, but that didn't work out.
I thought I would have to go to the 6300. I do not want to go with a 3000 or 4000 series Denon. I just need to make sure that the 6200 has SiriusXM, Pandora, and will play DSD over HDMI for my SACDs that I play from my Oppo.
You might still want to get the AVR-X6300H because it includes HEOS. HEOS provides both a new file streaming interface (which requires a smartphone or tablet) and support for wireless speakers in other Zones.
You can learn some of the 6200's capabilities from its owner's manual, which can be downloaded from https://www.avsforum.com/forum/newre...ply&p=56811570
I write "some" because some of its limitations are not mentioned: when played from USB or DLNA, DSD and FLAC are limited to stereo 2.0. Multichannel 5.1 DSD signals can only be decoded when they're received over HDMI. Multichannel FLAC files have to be translated to PCM over HDMI. These channel-count limitations are still unchanged even in current (2018) ...500H models.
I also need it to play my DVD-Audio titles.
That's a disc format which has to be handled in the disc player. The receiver doesn't care that the audio (and video) signals originate from a DVD-A disc.
And I need it to have the Media Server feature that the 5200 has, so I can stream my flac files over my wi-fi network from my laptop pc.
See my comment about DLNA limitations above. They've been unchanged for a long time, although higher DSD bitrates do seem to be supported by more recent receivers. (and beware that WiFi can have its own bitrate limitations. My experience has been that using the 2.4 GHz frequency range usually results in dropouts when playing a multichannel FLAC, and hardwired ethernet is much more reliable.)
Now, if Denon will just fix the Pandora feature, I'll be happy.
That problem has been eliminated in the models which support HEOS, including the AVR-X6300H, apparently because the security certificate negotiation no longer happens in the receiver itself. Apparently it happens in the smartphone or tablet app used to initiate the audio stream.