Denon has announced its first network AV receivers with HEOS streaming and multi-room audio capability built-in. According to the company, these X-Series AVRs—the AVR-X6300H ($2200) and AVR-X4300H ($1500)—are “the most complete home theater centers ever invented by Denon.”
The AVR-X4300H is a 9.2-channel model offering 125 watts per channel (8 ohms, 0.05%THD, 20Hz – 20kHz) on all nine amplified channels. That means it can handle either a 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos/DTS:X-compatible speaker system on its own. Furthermore, with the addition of an external amplifier, it can handle a 7.1.4 setup thanks to 11.2-channel processing. You can even add Auro 3D for an upgrade fee (pricing has yet to be announced).
The new, 9.2-channel AVR-X4300H.
Here’s the back of the AVR-X4300H.
Denon emphasizes the flexibility of the AVR-X4300H by highlighting the inclusion of 32-bit/192kHz D/A Converters, flexible multi-zone configuration options (including three HDMI outputs). Its eight HDMI inputs are of the 2.0a variety with HDCP 2.2, which is needed to handle copy-protected 4K Ultra HD sources. HDR and BT.2020 pass-through is supported.
Integrated HEOS allows the AVR to be a part of a wireless multi-room audio network. Using a dedicated app that is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire, you can stream music from services including Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeart Radio, TIDAL, SiriusXM, Soundcloud, Mood:Mix, Napster, Deezer, and Amazon Music.
With HEOS, you can also play tracks from a music library stored on a local network, and that includes support for hi-res PCM formats and DSD audio files. Additionally, can play music directly from a phone, tablet, or USB drive.
In addition to the HEOS app, you can control the AVR-X4300H using the “Denon 2016 AVR Remote” that’s available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices.
The AVR-X6300H takes all the cool capabilities of the AVR-X4300 (like Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room correction) and builds upon it. Denon says that the AVR-X6300H is an “Ultimate Home Theater Receiver.” It is a very exciting offering because it’s the first AVR from the company to sport 11 amps. What’s more, all of the amps are rated at a healthy 140 W/ch (8 ohms, 0.05%THD, 20Hz – 20kHz).
Denon’s AVR-X6300H “Ultimate Home Theater Receiver.”
Rear view of the AVR-X6300H.
Inside the AVR-X6300H.
With the 11.2-channel AVR-X6300H, you can run a full 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X-compatible speaker system without the need for an external amp. A flagship X-Series Denon AVR with 11 amps has been a long time coming; I look forward to checking it out at CEDIA 2016.
Be sure to check out the hugely-popular “OFFICIAL” 2016 Denon “S-Series” / “X-Series” AVR Owner’s Thread + FAQ” for in-depth discussion of these new models.