Denon’s new AVR-X3500H AV receiver offers 7.2-channel operation, immersive audio, 4K/UHD/HDR passthrough, and Amazon Alexa voice control.
The latest member of Denon’s X-Series of AV receivers is the AVR-X3500H. It’s chock full of the latest features as well as top-notch audio and video capabilities.
Starting on the audio side, the AVR-X3500H offers seven channels of amplification rated at 105 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz, 0.08% THD). It also supports immersive audio in the form of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X in a 5.2.2 speaker configuration as well as DTS Virtual:X, which simulates the effect of height speakers in systems without them, but only with DTS-encoded or PCM content.
Thanks to its AKM 32-bit DAC, the AVR-X3500H can decode ALAC, FLAC, and WAV files at up to 24-bit/192 kHz. The unit is also compatible with 2.8/5.6 MHz DSD files, which can be played from memory devices connected to the front-panel USB port or from network sources. There’s even a phono input for vinyl enthusiasts. Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room compensation includes Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ as well as LFC and Sub EQ HT.
Eight HDMI 2.0 inputs and three HDMI 2.0 outputs support HDCP 2.2. The AVR-X3500H supports video up to 4K/UHD at 60 fps, 4:4:4 color subsampling, high dynamic range (HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision), and BT.2020 color passthrough. It’s even certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and provides a full suite of video-calibration controls along with ISF Day and Night modes.
In addition, the AVR-X3500H will implement two features of HDMI 2.1—eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)—in a future firmware update. eARC supports object-based audio from TV apps, while ALLM ensures Xbox One users have a more responsive and immersive gaming experience when connected to any TV model that also supports ALLM.
Keeping up with the latest trends, the AVR-X3500H includes Denon’s HEOS whole-home audio system, and it will also support Apple AirPlay 2 in a future firmware update. In addition, it has built-in dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. On the control front, the unit is compatible with Amazon Alexa devices using Alexa Smart Home Skill for Entertainment Devices.
According to Yoshinori Yamada, technical category director for audio and video at Sound United, Denon’s parent company, “Denon consumers are on the technological forefront. They turn to us to ensure they have the latest and greatest features in their AVRs to stay in sync with industry trends, formats, and content. The AVR-X3500H does not deter from this path. Our classic discrete power-amplifier design paired with custom-made high-current transistors on all channels, compatibility with nearly every advanced AV format, and the added benefit of Amazon Alexa and Apple AirPlay 2 really drive home our dedication to delivering the best home-theater experience possible.”
The AVR-X3500H is currently available from authorized Denon dealers for a list price of $999.
For more info, visit Denon’s website.