This October Denon’s two new flagship receivers will be unleashed upon the world! The Denon AVR-x4100w and the Denon AVR-x5200w receivers can do everything except make you breakfast in the morning. Perhaps next years X5300w will do that, but in the mean time these two receivers have enough features, including Dolby Atmos, to keep the most finicky audiophile happy.

 

Denon AVR-x4100w 7.2 Channel

Denon AVR-X4100W

Denon AVR-X4100W

The Denon AVR-x4100w ($1,399) boasts 125 watts of power per channel. Thanks to it’s four digital processing engines, it can handle most HD surround formats you throw at it including: Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS Neo:X, Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz. What’s more exciting is that the x4100w is one of the few receivers on the market that can handle Dolby’s new Atmos audio format with 5.1.2, 5.1.4 or 7.1.2 configurations. This basically allows for the inclusion of up to 4 overhead speakers, however there is one caveat. In order to achieve a 9 channel configuration a secondary 2-channel amp is required.

 

As far as connectivity, the Denon AVR-x4100w has 8 HDMI inputs and 3 outputs which allows you to send signals to three separate zones if desired. It’s also DLNA compatible and offers WiFi, Bluetooth and AirPlay support. All of which make it possible for you to stream media easily from most mobile devices. The 4100w also has a nice variety of internet radio options which include Spotify, Pandora, and Sirius XM.

 

Expectations are high for a receiver at this price point and one of the things you expect to see is support for 4K video. Not only does the 4100w allow for 4K-Ultra HD passthrough, but it’s also capable of upscaling video to 4K if necessary. For calibration, the Denon AVR-x4100w uses Audyssey’s top tier MultEQ XT 32 calibration system.

 

Features at a Glance:

  • D.D.S.C.-HD with AL24 Processing, Denon Link HD
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with dual antenna, built in Bluetooth
  • Latest HDMI standard with 4K Ultra HD 50/60 Hz Pass-through
  • and 4:4:4 color resolution
  • Advanced Video Processing with upscaling up to 1080p and 4k Ultra HD 50/60Hz
  • 8 HDMI inputs (incl. 1 front), 3 HDMI outputs (2 main + zone)
  • Dolby Atmos (5.1.2, 5.1.4*, 7.1.2* configuration)
  • Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X 9.1ch processing
  • Wide support for streaming formats including DSD and AIFF streaming
  • AirPlay and DLNA music streaming; Spotify Connect, Pandora and SiriusXM (subscription required)
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT32 / Sub EQ HT / LFC (Pro ready)
  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ
  • RS232 control
  • Phono input
  • 125 watts per channel (8ohm, 20-20kHz, THD 0.05%)
  • 3 source, 3 zones; 9.2ch processing and 13.2ch pre-out

 

Denon AVR-x5200w 9.2 Channel

Denon AVR-x5200w

Denon AVR-x5200w

If the Denon AVR-x4100w isn’t enough for you, then you may want to take a gander at it’s big brother, the Denon AVR-x5200w ($1,999). The 140 watt per channel 5200w basically has the same features as the 4100w except it uses a discrete monolithic amplifier design with custom made DHCT (Denon High Current Transistors).This nine channel amplifier, like it’s little brother, supports Dolby Atmos and is expandable up to 11 channels with the assistance of an external 2-channel amp.

 

Features at a Glance (Additional)

  • Monolithic amplifier design with Denon custom made transistors
  • Dolby Atmos (5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.2, 7.1.4*, 9.1.2* configuration)
  • Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X 11.1ch processing
  • 11.2ch processing and 13.2ch pre-out; gold-plated terminals
  • 140 watts per channel (8ohm, 20-20kHz, THD 0.05%)

 

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