Denon, specialist among others in home theater amplifiers, presents two novelties. They are the AVR-X1400H and AVR-X2400H receivers, which are at the starting point of their range. Even so, they incorporate most of the functions of their high-end brothers as we will see. Their respective prices are 550 euros and 700 euros and are already available from the Denon dealer network. One of its novelties is the Eco operating mode that adjusts the available power according to the listening volume. They even have an on-screen energy meter to know how much we are saving.
4K HDR images
The new Denon receivers feature up to 8 HDMI inputs and two outputs (6 and one on the X1400H). All of them respond to the most advanced standard. They are compatible with Full 4K Ultra HD, HDCP 2.2, HDR (High Dynamic Range) or BT.2020 resolution. They support and stream all types of HDR, including Dolby Vision and HLG (there will be a firmware update for this).
All video inputs, analog or digital, can be scaled up to 4K UHD resolution on the X2400H. And HDMI connectivity simplifies setup by allowing you to send and receive not just audio and video signals. Also, commands and commands on compatible devices. The ARC function makes it possible to retrieve the TV audio without using a separate cable.
Immersive sound: 7 channels
The two new receivers incorporate seven independent channels of amplification . That is, they can handle systems with up to seven speakers (plus one or two active subwoofer). In the case of the Denon AVR-X2400H, each of the channels is capable of sending up to 150 Watts to its speaker. It uses internal power stages built with discrete components (not integrated circuits). Thus it is able to maintain high current levels if the speakers are not easy to move. It is capable of sounding speakers up to 4 Ohms under conditions. The Denon AVR-X1400H also has seven channels but somewhat less capable (145 W).
In terms of sound processing, the Denons have a quad-core 32-bit DSP. With it they can process the latest surround sound formats : Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. In addition, they manage the automatic correction of the acoustics of the room (Audyssey system). Like the mid- and high-end Denons, these new receivers include Audyssey MultEQ. This system makes installation easy with an included microphone. It will measure what speakers we have, where they are and what acoustics the room has. It will adjust the system accordingly, including the critical subwoofer level. The user will only worry about controlling the volume, and choosing what type of final setting she prefers to her liking. The new Audyssey app makes those post adjustments easy.
All the music
In addition to home theater formats, Denons stand out for their musical sound. And also for being compatible with all formats and servers. This includes Spotify, Deezer, TuneIn, Tidal and of course the HEOS system itself. With HEOS we can send music to any area of the house that has a speaker or HEOS device. Or from them to the receiver, all easily configurable from its dedicated application.
Denons decode any sound format : ALAC, FLAC and WAV up to 24-bit / 196 kHz. Also files in 2.8 / 5.6 MHz DSD formats. Data connectivity is very complete: Ethernet, WiFi and Bluetooth. They are also compatible with AirPlay ... you can send music to them the way you want.