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Denon AVR-X4000 AirPlay AV Receiver Review

by May 27, 2013
Denon AVR-X4000 Receiver Review

Denon AVR-X4000 Receiver Review

  • Product Name: AVR-X4000
  • Manufacturer: Denon
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: May 27, 2013 15:00
  • MSRP: $ 1299
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AVR-X4000 Specifications

General

  • RMS Power (watts): 125wpc x7

  • THD: 0.05%

  • Frequency Bandwidth (stereo): 20-20kHz

  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 17.1” W  x 6.6” H  x 14.92” D

  • Weight (pounds): 27.12lbs

  • Warranty: 3 years         

  • On-Screen Display: Yes

  • Multiple Zones: Yes, 3 zones

  • HDMI Standby Pass-through: Yes

  • Video  Conversion: From Composite/Component to HDMI

  • 3D: Yes

  • 4K: Yes

  • ARC: Yes

  • RS-232: Yes

  • Internet-ready: Yes, Ethernet

  • AirPlay: Yes

  • Bluetooth: No

  • DLNA Certified: Audio and Photo

  • Multibrand Remote Control: Yes (learning done on receiver)

Inputs & Outputs

  • Phono Input: 1

  • Stereo Inputs/Outputs: 6/1

  • Composite Inputs / Outputs: 4/2

  • S-Video Inputs / Outputs: 0/0

  • Component Video Inputs / Outputs: 2/1

  • HDMI Inputs / Outputs: 7/3

  • Optical Inputs/Outputs: 2/0

  • Digital Coaxial Inputs/Outputs: 2/0

  • Preamp Outputs: 11.2 + Zones 2 and 3

  • Subwoofer Outputs: 2, discrete control

  • Headphone Output: Yes

  • IR Inputs/Outputs: 1 in / 1 out

Pros

  • Listen to network audio and HDMI video simultaneously
  • HDMI audio for Zone 2 (And Zone 3 if All Zone Stereo is Used)
  • Audyssey MulEQ XT32 & SubEQ HT
  • Easy to setup and configure

Cons

  • Web Browser control is unrefined

 

Denon AVR-X4000 AV Receiver Introduction

The Denon AVR-X4000 has been given the daunting task of replacing Denon's long standing 3000 series of receivers, the last of which was the AVR-3313CI. Said task is not easy, as the competition in the $1299 receiver price range is fierce, and more often than not brand new receiver lines are a step backwards in quality. However, much to our delight, Denon struck a perfect balance with the AVR-X4000. Some receiver manufacturers go feature happy with their models and forget to make sure each feature actually works well. Other receiver manufacturers can’t seem to keep up with the market and their products are consistently behind the curve. Denon, however, hit the nail on the head with this unit, including some new features not found on any Denon receiver (at any price point) in prior models. The AVR-X4000 packs all of the features expected at this price point (3D, HDMI/4k upscaling, assignable inputs, HDMI standby pass-though, ARC, etc, etc) while at the same time is audio centric enough to appeal to the audiophile, configurable enough for the custom installer, and feature laden enough for the Gen-Xer.

Features

For the Gen-Xer

AirPlay, Spotify, direct iPod connection, control via mobile app or web browser, these are the types of features that 20 or 30 somethings care about. And, the X4000 supports them all. When you hit the “Network” button on the remote you are given a healthy list of streaming sources: Favorites, Internet Radio, SiriusXM, Pandora, Media Server (DLNA), flickr, and Spotify. It also supports AirPlay for people with Apple devices. As for control, Denon has an app for iOS and Android, as well as full control via web browser. On the front of the X4000 is a USB port for flash drives or iDevices. The craziest part, all of these features actually work well! Having all of these features isn’t out of the norm, but each feature (except maybe the web browser control) is polished, snappy, and reliable.

 

Denon AVR-X4000 Front Panel Buttons 

Denon AVR-X4000 Front Panel Buttons

And, for the first time ever on a Denon receiver, or any receiver to my knowledge, you can listen to any network audio source while watching any video source, including HDMI. Yes, this means you can rock out to Audioslave on Spotfiy and PwN nOoBs on Xbox Live AT THE SAME TIME! Or listen to sports radio while watching the mystical Joe Mauer in HD from your cable box. Even more magical is that every network model this year has this capability, including the $500 AVR-X1000. In addition, switching video sources on the fly is easy as well.

One other feature that might actually make all users happy is the inclusion of InstaPreview. InstaPreview brings up a row tiles on the screen that show what’s playing on other HDMI inputs. This is a neat feature if you switch between inputs often, and is starting to creep its way into the receiver marketplace. I’m not sure how useful it really is, but the X4000 adds one more option to make it more enticing. You can choose to show tiles of all of the HDMI inputs, or just one at a time. You can also change the position of the tile on the screen. So, if you set it to show a single tile, then you could use InstaPreview as a sort of picture-in-picture.             

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About the author:

Cliff, like many of us, has always loved home theater equipment. In high school he landed a job at Best Buy that started his path towards actual high quality audio. His first surround sound was a Klipsch 5.1 system. After that he was hooked, moving from Klipsch to Polk to Definitive Technology, and so on. Eventually, Cliff ended up doing custom installation work for Best Buy and then for a "Ma & Pa" shop in Mankato, MN.

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Recent Forum Posts:

YAGI1980 posts on January 12, 2017 03:27
Hello.
I have a Denon AVR X4000 but I don't now how to manually setup speakers impedance to 8 ohms.
Please a little help!
Tnx!
PENG posts on March 05, 2014 06:20
ReUpRo, post: 1021322
In typical Owner Manual style, that's neither here nor there. I'll PM Gene and see if he can get someone from Denon to give an unequivocal response.
True. This is mostly a gimmick since one can buy a dedicated pre-pro for the cost of that AVR.

Thanks in advance. By the way turning off the power amp completely does has some “green” merit and should help the unit run a touch (very little I guess) cooler. Even just disconnecting the input has some green merit but not much at all, just a side note, still nothing to do with SQ. I suppose it also depends on the power supply design, if the prepro section has its own completely independent power supply then in preamp mode I would expect the power amp side power supply to be deenergized, in theory anyway. I do doubt that is the case for the 4311 and 4520 but I am sure Gene could find out if he wants to.
ReUpRo posts on March 04, 2014 22:31
PENG, post: 1021295
I read that before but not sure if it is just internet hearsay or fact. Page 98 of the manual says “When the preamplifier mode is used, the built-in amplifier operation of this unit is stopped, and interference to the preamplifier from the power amplifier can be reduced”.
In typical Owner Manual style, that's neither here nor there. I'll PM Gene and see if he can get someone from Denon to give an unequivocal response.
PENG, post: 1021295
I believe most people won't notice a difference regardless. it is a feature that may make some people happier, but then those people probably don't believe in AVR to begin with.
True. This is mostly a gimmick since one can buy a dedicated pre-pro for the cost of that AVR.
PENG posts on March 04, 2014 18:12
ReUpRo, post: 1021180
The receiver only disconnects the amps from inputs without shutting them off. I wonder why Denon chose to implement it like that?

I read that before but not sure if it is just internet hearsay or fact. Page 98 of the manual says “When the preamplifier mode is used, the built-in amplifier operation of this unit is stopped, and interference to the preamplifier from the power amplifier can be reduced”.

I believe most people won't notice a difference regardless. it is a feature that may make some people happier, but then those people probably don't believe in AVR to begin with.
dwaleke posts on March 04, 2014 12:03
There are a few sites that sell the X4000 for ~$899 shipped new.
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