“Let our rigorous testing and reviews be your guidelines to A/V equipment – not marketing slogans”
Facebook Youtube Twitter instagram pinterest

Denon AVR-X3300W A/V Receiver Listening Tests

By

For the listening tests, we installed the AVR-X3300W receiver at my cousin’s house who has a pair MC-6CT towers, MC-414 center, Emotiva ERD surround speakers and an RBH TS-10a subwoofer. He did not have an Atmos speaker configuration setup and was using the extra two amplifiers to power some Axiom M3 bookshelf speakers in a second room.  This is simply a standard 5.1 speaker configuration and his focus was mainly on music, especially for hosting loud family parties.

DVD: Steve Wilson – Drive Home

Steve Wilson is primarily known as the lead singer/guitarist of Progressive Rock/Metal band Porcupine Tree.  steve wilsonHe has also been known to collaborate with bands such as Blackfield, and Opeth and Marillion.  He has since gone out on his own, assembling some of the finest musicians in progressive rock today to help him reach his vision.  Although this is only a DVD, Wilson is meticulous about doing all of his surround mixes in excellent fidelity and this disc is no exception, since it was mastered in DTS 96/24.  The title track "Drive Home" has an accompanying animated video that is so emotional and compelling you almost forget how incredible the music is. The AVR-X3300W was able to drive the speaker system well, despite the fact we had the Denon set to large for the RBH MC-6CT towers.  I found the system greatly benefited having the towers help out with bass duties to support the small single 10" RBH subwoofer, especially in the large living room where it was installed.  "The Watchmaker" is such a musical masterpiece that if this disc only had this one live performance, it would be worth it.  It starts out with Mr. Wilson's lovely acoustical guitar accompanying his eloquent singing.  Then the bass kicks in to wake up the sub along with flutes reminiscent of the days of Jethro Tull and Peter Gabriel fronted Genesis.  The song just builds until you're right in the middle of a progressive instrumental musical masterpiece that few bands today could pull off, let alone actually produce.  The Denon didn't disappoint and I loved seeing the smile on my cousin’s face knowing he was really going to appreciate his new AV receiver and how it was a significant step up from his entry level Yamaha Dolby Digital receiver it replaced.transformers

Blu-ray: Transformers III - Dark of the Moon

The acting is sometimes cheesy, the storyline weak and often unbelievable, but you gotta love giant metal-crunching robots slugging it out, peppered with plenty of LFE effects rattling your spine, to place you in the middle of the action.  That is just what the all of Michael Bay’s Transformers movies do. The AVR-X3300W's Allspark provided sufficient energy to power this mostly RBH speaker system to satisfying listening levels that again put a smile on my cousin’s and wife's faces. They later told me they found themselves watching movies they really had no prior interest in just to be dazzled by the sound effects that the Denon was able to convey at a level of liveliness and realism unachievable before in their home theater room.

 

 

 

Confused about what AV Gear to buy or how to set it up? Join our Exclusive Audioholics E-Book Membership Program!

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.
Post Reply