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Denon AVR-X3300W A/V Receiver Conclusion

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frontWhen I first took delivery of the Denon AVR-X3300W AV receiver, I was skeptical.  It wasn't as ruggedly built as other units I'm accustomed to seeing from the brand at this price point for prior models. But, that's an industry-wide problem these days due to cramming more features at the expense of diminished power supply and build quality. Despite this, the AVR-X3300W delivered solid performance in every measurable category while also packing in all of the surround processing, music streaming and HD video support one expects in a modern "does everything" AV receiver.  Kudos to Denon for innovating with their App which allows the end user to edit and/or restrict Audyssey room correction via their smartphone. This could prove to be an invaluable tool to consumers and installers alike, one that makes their product line stand out from their competition. If you're looking for an affordable way of getting into immersive surround sound with all of the latest in music streaming, with a solid preamp output section for future expandability, the Denon AVR-X3300W is among the best options in AV receivers at this price point.

Denon AVR-X3300W 7.2CH AV Receiver YouTube Video Review

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Recent Forum Posts:

DigitalD posts on May 01, 2019 15:51
KEW, post: 1313646, member: 41838
I find ECO mode reduces the temp by around 10 degrees F!
As Verdinut implied, it only effects the amplification section, downstream of the pre-outs, so if you run all external amps, it is a no-brainer. Personally, I would not hesitate to use ECO mode with the internal amps (aside from the front three channel).
I did not notice an audible difference between with and without ECO, but figure I won't take the chance on the front 3 since I have external amps available.

I have also started using Eco mode and the Xfinity Fans. Heat is no longer an issue and the sound does not seem affected to my ears! Thanks!
KEW posts on April 28, 2019 17:47
DigitalD, post: 1313326, member: 85490
Great review. Does anyone know if turning ECO mode on affects sound with external amplification? I’d like to have my Denon X4400H run cooler. It gets very hot.
I find ECO mode reduces the temp by around 10 degrees F!
As Verdinut implied, it only effects the amplification section, downstream of the pre-outs, so if you run all external amps, it is a no-brainer. Personally, I would not hesitate to use ECO mode with the internal amps (aside from the front three channel).
I did not notice an audible difference between with and without ECO, but figure I won't take the chance on the front 3 since I have external amps available.
DigitalD posts on April 27, 2019 12:57
Verdinut, post: 1313328, member: 80194
Whether you are using your AVR's internal amps or not, setting it on ECO mode won't affect any external amplifiiers connected to it. The pre-out signal level will not be modified.

For the heat problem, you can get AC Infinity fans from Amazon at very affordable cost. AC Infinity have several fan systems available to cool electronic equipment. I use the Airplate Series 5 system on top of my AVR using three 100mm fans with excellent results.

Thanks! I have ordered a pair of AC Infinity fans to help with cooling as well.
Verdinut posts on April 27, 2019 11:37
DigitalD, post: 1313326, member: 85490
Great review. Does anyone know if turning ECO mode on affects sound with external amplification? I’d like to have my Denon X4400H run cooler. It gets very hot.

Whether you are using your AVR's internal amps or not, setting it on ECO mode won't affect any external amplifiiers connected to it. The pre-out signal level will not be modified.

For the heat problem, you can get AC Infinity fans from Amazon at very affordable cost. AC Infinity have several fan systems available to cool electronic equipment. I use the Airplate Series 5 system on top of my AVR using three 100mm fans with excellent results.
DigitalD posts on April 27, 2019 11:22
Great review. Does anyone know if turning ECO mode on affects sound with external amplification? I’d like to have my Denon X4400H run cooler. It gets very hot.
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