Denon has high hopes for its X-series of AV receivers, with the new range boasting an unapologetically modernistic feature set and some welcome refinements, including a reworked user interface, clearer front panel display and hand-holding Setup Assistant to demystify installation. The AVR-X is a seven-channel design, but supports nine-channel processing should you want to lace up an additional stereo power amp. Neat design Cosmetically, this receiver is slick without being idiosyncratic. The fascia itself has a neat, brushed finish and lightweight symmetrical control knobs that frame a central trapdoor.

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The manufacturer declared that the complex, intimidating and unattractive AV receiver was a thing of the past. Instead they would replace the traditional black box with something altogether more modern. They said that setup would be easier, the interface more intuitive and the connections simplified. The design would also get a makeover with a less intimidating front facia and a more ergonomic remote control.

Throw in streaming and networking capabilities and a slick remote app and Denon hoped to offer a range of AV receivers fit for the 21st century. Of course sound quality still remains paramount, with seven channels of amplification and host of sound formats. However, the latest receivers have been redesigned with a new generation of users in mind. Denon have a history of releasing great performing receivers at very competitive prices and even at launch the top model in this new range was well positioned.

Since then the cost of AVR-X has halved, making it an even more tempting proposition. So does the latest Denon receiver fulfil its promise or is the X too good to be true? Whilst perhaps not quite succeeding, the results certainly do tick a lot of those boxes.

The basic layout might be classic AV receiver with two large dials, one on either side, and a central display but the front facia is refreshing free of an excess of intimidating controls. In fact apart from the power button there are none, with all the controls and some additional inputs being hidden behind a drop down flap. The central display is large, informative and easy to read from a distance, which is handy as AV receivers often tend to be positioned on the other side of the room.

Whilst the basic layout might not be revolutionary, the brushed metal finish is very attractive and the clean lines and simple styling really make a difference. The build quality is excellent, with a well engineered feel and a very solid construction. The X measures x x mm and weighs The design might not be revolutionary but the brushed metal finish and clean lines are very attractive. This new design ethos also applies to the rear of the X, where Denon has made an effort to simplify matters, removing many of the unnecessary legacy connections.

Instead the emphasis is sensibly on HDMI, with seven inputs in total and three outputs. There is passthrough for 4K content and support for ARC and 3D, whilst the X can run two displays simultaneously whilst also sending video to a second zone and audio to a third. Denon have also sensibly laid the speaker terminal out in a line to make access easier and used colour coding for the different channels.

The remote control follows the same basic design used with previous Denon AV receivers but again the layout has been simplified to make it easier and more intuitive to use. There are controls for navigation and volume, along with buttons for selecting inputs and playback of streaming audio. Denon also offer a remote app that has been developed for use with either iOS or Android, which allows for easy selection of input sources, network content, zone control and more.

The interface is well designed and there are eight customizable home screen shortcut buttons allowing you to tailor the look and function of the Denon Remote App to suit your needs. After connecting the X to your display via HDMI and wiring up your speakers, all you need to do is turn the Denon on and follow the Setup Assistant. First you select the correct language and then follow the simple instructions displayed to set up the speakers, calibrate the speaker system, set up input sources, the remote control and the network.

There X includes Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room correction and Auto Setup, which uses a provided microphone and allows for up to eight measurement points for better accuracy. The Setup Menu offers six basic sub-menus that allow you to fine tune and change your setup after the initial configuration using the Setup Assistant - there are Audio, Video, Inputs, Speakers, Network and General. The Audio and Video sub-menus will be discussed later but the Inputs sub-menu obviously allows you to assign inputs; rename sources; hide them; adjust the playback level; and combine the video of one source with the audio of another.

The Network sub-menu includes options to display the network information; to set the network function; change the name of the receiver shown on your home network; select the settings for a wired LAN and set whether or not to display Last.

Finally, the General sub-menu allows for selecting the language; setting up and renaming the second zone; adjusting the brightness of the front display; and updating the firmware. The X can be configured with either height or width speakers in lieu of the back channels or alternatively, you can run a 9.

The X comes with a host of next-generation lifestyle features clearly geared towards making the receiver easy to integrate into a modern networked home. It is also DLNA 1. This enhanced network capability includes the addition of support for Last.

In addition to the built-in FM tuner, there is a full suite of internet radio stations, which means access to literally thousands of global channels and if you find any good ones, you can save them to your favourites. The Denon includes the capability to add a degree of video processing to connected video devices and within the video sub-menu there are options for Picture Adjust, with controls for adjusting contrast, brightness, saturation colour , hue tint , noise reduction and edge enhancement.

All of these controls are found on your display and any adjustments are best done there. If you leave the resolution output on the default auto setting, the X will match the output resolution to the native resolution of your display.

When it came to handling standard and high definition content, the Denon delivered an impressive performance, deinterlacing i, i and i signals and scaling up to p over HDMI. We were pleased to see that the X also had no problems detecting both and cadences, as well as scaling standard definition content without introducing unwanted artefacts or jaggies.

As long as you left the picture adjust controls in their default zero or off positions, then the X could pass-through the video signal without tampering with the image accuracy. The X delivered a detailed and lively surround experience with a side order of bass. Denon have a long history of producing excellent mid-range AV receivers and the X is another great addition to that illustrious list.

The X is best described as lively and full-bodied, with plenty of detail and clarity, not to mention activity in the surrounds. The experience was certainly enjoyable, with a well defined and suitably immersive soundstage. A film like Captain Phillips has a very specific sound design that is intended to place you right inside the lifeboat during the nail-biting last 40 minutes, so there are plenty of surround effects that the X rendered these with ease.

The imaging and panning was also excellent, moving effects seamlessly around the sound field, whilst the localisation and position of instruments within the score was also handled with aplomb. Certainly when it came to film soundtracks the X was a very capable performer. The bass was suitably effective too, with plenty of low end presence, although it could could have been better integrated within the rest of the audio.

There was a tendency for the low-end to dominate rather than subtly add impact and in a bass-heavy movie like Pacific Rim, the result was a feeling of excessive low frequency effects, sometimes swamping dialogue on the centre channel.

This could be mitigated to a degree but the overriding impression was of an AV receiver that was enthusiastic rather than refined. Of course that kind of enthusiasm, combined with plenty of detail to the soundstage is great for movies. When it came to music, the X was still a capable performer but it sounded a bit clinical, thus lacking in the warmth and musicality found on other receivers.

It thus suited electronic music better than lush orchestrations or acoustic recordings in some respects, although rock music definitely benefit from the enthusiastic delivery making it a good match for the Denon.


Einzeltest: Denon AVR-X4000

It has a clean and minimal look with just the two knobs and screen shown. Instead, there is a retractable aluminum cover that reveals all the buttons and connection sockets. Moving on to the back of the receiver, there is a lot to like for home theater enthusiasts. The most noticeable of the connection ports are the speakers because there are dedicated ports for the front wide and front height channels. Even though the AVR-X still counts as a 7. In addition, these ports are color-coded to make installation quick and simple. There is also an organized arrangement of composite ports including some ports for Zone 2 and Zone 3.


Denon AVR-X4000 IN-Command

Enjoy its numerous technological attributes, such as the high-definition radio tuner for clear reception. You can also use it to stream media from the internet or from Apple AirPlay. There are multiple ports to connect the device containing your favorite audio. In this way, the AVR-x allows you to expand the front soundstage of your system, ensuring an incredible surround-sound experience. With its seven-channel output, the Denon x receiver enables you to complete your home theater system.


Denon AVR-X4000 Owner's Manual

After you select a desired language, it lists out the items you will need for setup, namely: the remote, setup mic, speakers and cables. I never saw that in the box. The Setup Assistant accompanies each instruction with still or animated images, making tasks like stripping speaker wire, ensuring proper polarity, and utilizing binding posts simple for even the most novice consumers. When selecting what speakers are in use, most receivers have you choose from a list of predefined options, like 5. With the Setup Assistant, it asks you about each speaker individually. Once speaker setup is done, it asks you to start the Audyssey MultEQ XT32 system, but we cover that later in the review.


Denon AVR X4000 im Test: Tower of Power

Wдhrend der X nicht ganz so voll und eher "klassisch HiFi-lastig" klingt, bringt der X mehr Homogenitдt und etwas wohl dosierte Wдrme ins Spiel. Nicht, dass der X irgendetwas verfдlscht - er schafft eine beinahe ideale Kombination aus Lebendigkeit und akustischer Harmonie. Gleichzeitig kommt auch die Feindynamik nicht zu kurz, der Denon AV-Receiver ist in der Lage, auch die Anschlagdynamik der Tasten des Klaviers tadellos herauszuarbeiten. Die Stimme Dianas wirkt sehr prдzise hinsichtlich der Staffelung, auch das rauchige Charisma arbeitet der X fьr die Preisklasse exzellent heraus.

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