If you have enough coin and want an AV receiver that even Donald Trump would be envious of, then you may want to check out the Denon AVR-X7200W. Denon’s latest flagship receiver on paper is a powerhouse in every sense of the word.

Denon AVR-X7200W

 

Looking at the spec sheet for the 9 channel Denon AVR-X7200W, it’s rated at 150 watts of power per channel, has 8 HDMI inputs and 3 outputs and a plethora of analog and digital inputs/outputs. Built-in to the receiver are both WiFi and Bluetooth. It’s also AirPlay and DLNA compatible, meaning you can stream music from your iPhone, iPod, iPad or any DLNA compatible device on your network. This quick snapshot of features doesn’t tell the whole tale however. Dig a little deeper and you’ll see that the X7200W is hiding all sorts of neat little surprises.

Denon AVR-X7200W

For starters the X7200W uses a left/right-separated, symmetrical monolithic amplifier design who’s aim is to minimize interference which can degrade sound quality. It’s also able to stretch beyond it’s 9 channel design since it supports 11.2 channel processing and 13.2 channel pre-outs. It supports the normal accoutrements of HD audio codecs including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio as well as various audio formats which support both height and width speakers. For calibration, the Denon AVR-X7200W makes use of Audyssey’s top of the line Audyssey MultEQ XT 32 (Pro ready) room calibration with Sub EQ HT and LFC which makes it an ideal receiver for custom installations.

 

Of course, the Denon AVR-X7200W couldn’t be considered a flagship receiver if it didn’t support Dolby’s latest creation Atmos. Atmos is designed to create a 3 dimensional sound stage via the use of additional audio channels. These additional channels usually manifest themselves as ceiling speakers. However, don’t fret if you can’t or won’t install ceiling speakers. Many manufacturers are starting to create Atmos enabled speakers which work by bouncing sound off of the ceiling and down into your listening area. Out of the box, the 7200 supports an Audyssey-calibrated 5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.2, and even a full 11 channel Dolby Atmos setup.

 

The 7200 is also compatible with Auro-3D, which is another competing 3 Dimensional sound format. Enabling Auro-3D requires a firmware upgrade which will be available online some time in December. The one caveat is that in order to grab the upgrade, you will be required to pay an undisclosed fee.

 

In addition to everything mentioned above, the Denon AVR-X7200W supports 4K Ultra HD 50/60 Hz full rate content as well as featuring 4:4:4 Pure Color 4K sub-sampling pass-through. Curiously, the 7200 does not support HDCP2.2 copy protection out of the box. Evidently Denon believes that the current implementation of HDCP2.2 adversely affects image quality and therefore they opted not to include it in the 7200. However, Denon has stated that they will offer a hardware upgrade in the Spring of 2015 that will have full implementation of the HDCP2.2 copy protection protocol.

 

With it’s bevy of features many audiophiles may want to give the Denon AVR-X7200W an audition. However, we still have a few more weeks before it hits store shelves. When it does in January 2015, it’s expected to cost $2,999.

 

 

Denon AVR-X7200W Features at a Glance

  • 150W x 9ch high quality discrete power amplifier
  • Symmetrical monolithic amplifier design
  • D.D.S.C.-HD32 with AL32 Processing Multichannel, 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
  • HDCP2.2 upgradeable (scheduled for spring 2015)
  • 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, 7.1.4*, 9.1.2* configuration)
  • Auro-3D® upgradable (9.1ch, 10.1ch* with VOG (Voice of God) configuration)
  • Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X 11.1ch processing
  • Wide support for streaming formats including DSD and AIFF streaming
  • AirPlay and DLNA music streaming; Spotify Connect
  • Advanced ECO mode with off/on/auto setting
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT32 / Sub EQ HT / LFC (Pro ready)
  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ
  • RS232 control
  • Phono input
  • 11.2ch processing and 13.2ch pre-out; gold-plated terminals
  • 3 source, 3 zones
  • ISF calibration

*With additional power amplifier

 

 

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