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Denon AVR-X5200W and AVR-X4100W AV Receiver Preview

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Meet the Denon AVR-X5200W

Meet the Denon AVR-X5200W

Summary

  • Product Name: AVR-X5200W, AVR-X4100W
  • Manufacturer: Denon
  • Review Date: August 10, 2014 10:00
  • MSRP: $1,999 (X5200), $1,399 (X4100)
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!
  • Buy Now

Denon AVR-X4100W 7.2ch Network A/V Receiver

  • 125 watts per channel (8ohm, 20-20kHz, THD 0.05%)
  • D.D.S.C.-HD with AL24 Processing, 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
  • 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* configuration)
  • Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X 9.1ch processing
  • Wide support for streaming formats including DSD and AIFF streaming
  • AirPlay and DLNA music streaming; Spotify Connect, Pandora and SiriusXM (subscription required)
  • 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
  • 3 source, 3 zones; 9.2ch processing and 13.2ch pre-out
  • Improved Setup Assistant and Graphical User Interface (Hybrid GUI, 9-languages)
  • Available in black
  • Maximum Dimensions (W x H x D): 17.1" x 6.6" x 15.3"
  • Weight: 27.72lbs


Denon AVR-X5200W 9.2ch Network A/V Receiver – Additional Features

  • 140 watts per channel (8ohm, 20-20kHz, THD 0.05%)
  • Monolithic amplifier design with Denon custom made transistors
  • Dolby Atmos (5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.2, 7.1.4*, 9.1.2* configuration)
  • Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X 11.1ch processing
  • 11.2ch processing and 13.2ch pre-out; gold-plated terminals
  • Maximum Dimensions (W x H x D): 17.1" x 6.6" x 15.5"
  • Weight: 31.24lbs

Executive Overview

Update: Check out our Full Denon AVR-X5200W Receiver Review with Bench Tests and Dolby Atmos Listening Tests

About a month ago, we received news from the folks at D&M that they would be rolling out new A/V receivers with Dolby Atmos. Unfortunately at that time, information on these new models was somewhat sparse. Fast forward to today, and the folks at Denon are ready to officially unveil their latest AVR models, the AVR-X4100W and the flagship AVR-X5200W. Priced at $1,399 and $1,999 respectively, both models are expected to be available in October. What are Denon’s latest and greatest receivers bringing to the table? Keep reading to find out!

AVR-X4100W

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Priced $400 above the previously covered Denon AVR-X3100W, the AVR-X4100W packs a heck of a lot of technology within the confines of its chassis. Obviously goodies like integrated wireless antennas and HDMI 2.0 (8 inputs plus three outputs) seen on the lesser X3100 are on board. A host of streaming options is also available, including Airplay, Spotify Connect, Pandora, and SiriusXM. Like its predecessor, the X4100 also boasts Audyssey MultEQ XT32 with SubEQ for the best possible sound. All fine and good you say, but this is nothing unexpected or revolutionary.

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Enter Dolby Atmos. For those who have been living under a rock, Atmos is a new object oriented audio format about to take the A/V world by storm. In the home market, Atmos can be scaled up to 24 speakers on the floor plus 10 overhead speakers to achieve pure audio immersion. Needless to say, receivers taking full advantage of that many speakers are still a ways off. However, the AVR-X4100W is a 7.2 channel receiver (125W/channel, 8 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 0.05% THD, 2ch driven) which is expandable to 9.2 channels via its preamplifier outputs. This opens up three possible Atmos configurations: 5.1.2, 5.1.4, and 7.1.2. These configurations are based on conventional 5.1 and 7.1 surround setups, but add either 2 or 4 in-ceiling/ceiling mounted or Atmos Enabled speakers to the mix.

AVR-X5200

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So what could the AVR-X5200W possibly offer over the X4100? In a word: more. To be specific, the X5200 offers more power, now up to 140W/channel (8 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 0.05% THD, 2ch driven) courtesy of Denon’s monolithic amplifier design and custom high current transistors. You also get more channels of audio, with 9 discrete amplifier channels on board, processing for up to 11.2 channels of audio, and 13.2 channels worth of preamplifier outputs. Relative to the X4100, this opens up two new Atmos configurations: 9.1.2 (utilizing front wide channels) and 7.1.4.

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Analysis & Summary

Relative to its predecessor, the AVR-X4100W costs an additional $100, but it adds some “nice to have” features including integrated wireless and HDMI 2.0. That alone would be worth the price hike in our book. However, the folks at Denon also added in Dolby Atmos processing as well, with the ability to run a 9.2 channel setup. When you consider the cost of adding the DSP power needed to handle Atmos without skimping on room correction, we feel that it makes the X4100’s $1,399 price point even more impressive.

So what about the AVR-X5200W? Ultimately you have a simple question to ask yourself: are two extra channels of processing and amplification worth $600? If your room is large enough to take advantage of a 7.1.4 or 9.1.2 setup, the answer may well be yes. On the other hand, if you’re running a 5.1 setup now, and you don’t see a need for front wide or rear surround channels, you’re probably better served spending your cash elsewhere, i.e. a good quality two (or more) channel amplifier to take full advantage of the X4100’s full 9.2 channel processing ability.

Regardless of which route is right for you, one thing we can say is that both the AVR-X4100W and AVR-X5200W are feature packed, high tech pieces of equipment. With support for Dolby Atmos and HDMI 2.0 in the mix, these receivers are ready for what the future might bring.

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Recent Forum Posts:

nikoli posts on November 13, 2014 11:15
I love the features of the x4100w … only problem (for me) is that I prefer a silver option. Near as I can tell Denon only offers this in black. Does anyone know of a similarly spec'd receiver that has a silver option?
RichB posts on September 21, 2014 11:32
cpp, post: 1052415
Interesting article Everything you know about 4K is wrong thanks to HDCP 2.2 | News | TechRadar

From the article:

Yes I see trouble ahead,“ he confided to me. One complication is backwards compatibility, he says. ”An HDCP 2.2 device would not work in the mix with any (currently available) HDCP 2.1 (and below) TV or sources. Everything has to be 2.2."

This would be a level of stupidity that even the HDCP is above.
AVRs would have to have dedicated HDCP2.2 ports and other.
How is this possible?

- Rich
cpp posts on September 21, 2014 08:02
Cos, post: 1045687
I was reading something a while back related to HDCP 2.2 copy protection for movie content for 4k and that most TVs and AVRs today will not support it, does that mean if they do every come out with 4k Players that use HDCP 2.2 it will not display at all?

Interesting article Everything you know about 4K is wrong thanks to HDCP 2.2 | News | TechRadar
GIEGAR posts on September 21, 2014 07:39
surveyor, post: 1052388
The AVR-X5200W has 24 Bit DACs instead of 32 Bit DACs!

True! The 32 bit architecture is reserved for the big daddy AVR-X7200W. See post 5 for what the X7200W will have and a link to a handy line-step chart.

You're sweet with the 4520CI though.
surveyor posts on September 20, 2014 21:29
The AVR-X5200W has 24 Bit DACs instead of 32 Bit DACs!
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