Denon has made great strides this year with simplifying their av receiver line. However,  the  simplified approach Denon took with their E-200 and E-300 line of receivers may not appeal to everyone.


The Denon AVR-X1000 allows more customization while still maintaining a simplified approach. The X1000 which is rated at  80 watts per channel, offers plenty of power for most home theaters however, at this price point the inclusion of WiFi and Bluetooth would have been welcomed additions.


Denon AVR-X1000 Appearance

The Denon AVR-X1000 is what you’d expect from an av receiver. Basically it’s just a big metal box. Some may consider it to be a little plain looking, but most av receivers are. On rare occasions an av manufacturer will step outside the box and actually make something that’s aesthetically appealing, Marantz and Harman Kardon come to mind. However, most manufacturers endeavor to maintain the status quo. The front of the Denon X1000, while a little pedestrian, has an uncluttered appearance. The buttons are small an unobtrusive and blend in nicely with the glossy front panel. The included remote is one of the easier to use. Some manufacturers, such as Yamaha, have a deep fondness for little buttons. We like buttons just as much as the next person, but having every square inch of a remote covered in buttons can be a little much. Thankfully, the Denon AVR-X1000 takes the opposite approach and keeps the button clutter to a minimum.



Denon AVR-X1000

The Denon-X1000 continues the industry trend of dropping legacy connections in favor of newer technological trends. The X-1000 incorporates 6 HDMI inputs (including 1 on the front) and 1 HDMI output. It also includes 1 optical and 1 coaxial input. As far as legacy connections go, the Denon AVR-X1000 only has 2 analog audio inputs and 2 composite inputs. This isn’t necessarily a  bad thing. The only time this may come into play is if you have older equipment you need to connect to the X-1000. However, for most home theater users the 6 HDMI inputs will be more than enough. The X-1000 also includes an ethernet connection, but there are a couple of unfortunate omissions. Some competing av receivers at this price point like the Onkyo 626 and the Sony STR-DN 840, include built-in WiFi and Bluetooth. The Denon AVR-X1000 does not incorporate either of these which means you’ll need connect to your network via an ethernet cable or a WiFi Adaptor.


Denon AVR-X1000 Features

As mentioned earlier, Denon’s emphasis this year has been on simplifying the av receiver setup process. The Denon AVR-X1000 continues this trend.  For calibration on the X-1000, Denon uses what they call Audyssey Silver which includes Audyssey MultEQ XT, Audyssey Dynamic Volume, and Audyssey Dynamic EQ. As soon as you boot up the receiver for the first time  your immediately walked through the setup process. This 15-20 minute process begins by asking several questions regarding your configuration such as the number of speakers you have etc. You’re then prompted to plug in the included microphone and run the MultEQ XT calibration. The XT calibration by default will attempt to take measurements from 8 different locations in your room. You don’ t have to do all 8, but it’s recommended that you do so that Audyssey can produce the most accurate results. After running Audyssey we checked the outcome to see how accurate they were. Unfortunately, they were off just a tad. The distance it had prescribed for our subwoofer was off by about 3ft. It also labeled our front and surround speakers as large. We did a brief listening test at the settings Audyssey suggested, they weren’t bad. However, knowing for a fact that our speakers aren’t full range we decided to change our speakers to small and set the crossover to a respectable 80Hz and let the subwoofer do the heavy lifting.


The Denon AVR-X1000 has a short, but nice list of internet radio stations to choose from including Pandora, Spotify and Sirius XM. The X-1000 is AirPlay compatible and it works as expected allowing you to easily push music from your iPod or iTunes to your receiver. Speaking of music, the X-1000 is also capable of decoding a range of audio formats including MP3, WMA, AAC, ALAC, and FLAC. Nowadays there’s an app for everything, the Denon AVR-X1000 is no exception. Denon makes an iOS and Android control app that, while a little limited, gives you control over most of the main features of the receiver. If 2 zone operation is important to you then you’ll be glad to hear that the X-1000 also supports 2nd zone output, but you’ll have to setup a stereo amp in the 2nd zone.



The features listed above are important, but an av receiver’s overall performance is what really counts. In this area the Denon AVR-X1000 does not disappoint. If you have a 3D capable TV the X1000 does allow 3D pass through, but it does not do 4K pass through or upscaling. Personally, we’d rather have 4K pass through over 3D since it appears that 3D is all but dead. Musically, it does a good job. It sounds authoritative and balanced. Soundtracks sound remarkably clear and the X-1000 sounds great for 2 channel stereo use. Vocals are clear and precise. Overall, the Denon AVR-X1000 is more than capable of filling a room with quality sound. For movie tests we used Avatar and Superman – Man of Steel. Again the X-1000 performed well. Both movies are heavy in action so they’re a great test for a receiver’s surround sound prowess. When compared to our Onkyo 809, the Denon AVR-X1000 produced a very similar sound. Although, the X-1000 seemed to put a little more emphasis on the surround channels than we would have liked, it still produced a very convincing sound field. Manually adjusting the speaker levels seemed to balance out the overall sound for us.



The Denon AVR-X1000 is a great sounding receiver. The X-1000 is easy to setup and it has enough features to appease most people. The only concern would be that some of its competitors in this price-range such as the Onkyo 626 and the Sony STR-DN 840 also offer WiFi and Bluetooth. Is this a deal breaker? Probably not, but the other receivers do offer a slightly better value. However, if WiFi and Bluetooth aren’t important to you, then the Denon AVR-X1000 is a good investment for anyone looking for a good sounding av receiver.

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Manufacturer Contact Information

Onkyo (800) 229-1687  Denon (201) 762-6665  Yamaha (800) 4-YAMAHA

Pioneer (800) 421-1404 pioneerelectronics.comHarman Kardon (203) 328-3500 harmankardon.comSamsung 1-800-SAMSUNG

Seiki Digital 1 (855) 697-3454 www.seiki.comSony (877) 865-SONY sony.comSharp USA 1-800-237-4277

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