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Denon AVR-X7200WA Conclusion

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Denon AVR-X7200WA

Denon InCommand AVR-X7200WA

In the world of receivers, wait six months, up comes the next best thing that relegates your current model to the role of desktop paperweight.  It’s rare indeed that you’ll see a product—even a company’s flagship—that will attempt to future-proof things as much as the Denon AVR-X7200WA. 

With support for 24-bit processing, UltraHD upscaling, HDMI 2.0a, and HDCP 2.2 there’s nothing to worry about in terms of this receiver’s video chops.  Combine the latest UltraHD/4K video support with streaming audio; internal amplification that can kick it; the ability to add external amplification to any channel; and support for every immersive audio format known on planet earth and you have one heck of a statement product.  

No matter how you cut it, the Denon AVR is a home theater powerhouse.  Its digital entertainment side is just gravy.   I never had any problem streaming any of my content to the Denon and just kicking back and relaxing.

No matter how you cut it, the Denon is a home theater powerhouse.

Without a doubt, Devon’s AVR-X7200WA serves up an intense, immersive-audio thrill ride that you have to hear to believe.  The Denon provided one of the most enjoyable, intense, and enveloping home theater experiences that I’ve ever had in any setup.  While it’s not a flawless product, this is one of the few times I’ll go out on a limb and say that if you’ve been waiting to upgrade your receiver without having to worry too much about what tomorrow brings, then the Denon AVR-X7200WA deserves an immediate, no-brainer audition.  For my part, I know I could live with this unit for some time to come.

Review System:

  • Fronts: SVS Ultra Towers, SVS Ultra Center Channel
  • Surrounds and Rears: SVS Ultra Bookshelf 
  • Subwoofer: SVS PB13-Ultra 
  • In-Ceiling Immersive Audio Speakers: Beale Street Audio IC6-BB (for Dolby Atmos) and Beale Street Audio IC6A-BB (for Auro-3D) discrete setups
  • External Power Amplifier for 7.1.4 and Auro-3D 10.1 configurations: Emotiva Mini-X A-100
  • Blu-ray Player: Samsung BD-J7500/ZA
  • Speaker Cables: BlueJeans Cables (Belden 5000UE 12AWG)
  • The Score Card

    The scoring below is based on each piece of equipment doing the duty it is designed for. The numbers are weighed heavily with respect to the individual cost of each unit, thus giving a rating roughly equal to:

    Performance × Price Factor/Value = Rating

    Audioholics.com note: The ratings indicated below are based on subjective listening and objective testing of the product in question. The rating scale is based on performance/value ratio. If you notice better performing products in future reviews that have lower numbers in certain areas, be aware that the value factor is most likely the culprit. Other Audioholics reviewers may rate products solely based on performance, and each reviewer has his/her own system for ratings.

    Audioholics Rating Scale

    • StarStarStarStarStar — Excellent
    • StarStarStarStar — Very Good
    • StarStarStar — Good
    • StarStar — Fair
    • Star — Poor
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    Video ProcessingStarStarStarStarStar
    Bass ManagementStarStarStarStar
    Build QualityStarStarStarStar
    Fit and FinishStarStarStarStarStar
    Ergonomics & UsabilityStarStarStarStarStar
    Ease of SetupStarStarStarStarStar
    FeaturesStarStarStarStarStar
    Remote ControlStarStarStarStarStar
    PerformanceStarStarStarStarhalf-star
    ValueStarStarStarStarStar
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    Recent Forum Posts:

    AcuDefTechGuy posts on April 28, 2017 12:46
    PENG, post: 1184850, member: 6097
    I agree with TLSG that with so many things jammed in one box will likely affect it's longevity but I am confident if use normally it would last longer than 5 years. I also agree with you that one should not pay full price for such flag ship unit, especially now when the updated model will be out within months. $1,500 is probably my upper limit too.

    The Outlaw won't out perform the Denon but has much better chance to live twice as long.

    I would just wait for Amazon to sell the X4000 series for $799 brand new.
    PENG posts on April 27, 2017 16:01
    AcuDefTechGuy, post: 1184814, member: 26997
    Yeah, I would just get the Denon 7200 without any external amps.

    I agree with TLSG that with so many things jammed in one box will likely affect it's longevity but I am confident if use normally it would last longer than 5 years. I also agree with you that one should not pay full price for such flag ship unit, especially now when the updated model will be out within months. $1,500 is probably my upper limit too.

    The Outlaw won't out perform the Denon but has much better chance to live twice as long.
    AcuDefTechGuy posts on April 27, 2017 13:07
    Yeah, I would just get the Denon 7200 without any external amps.
    lovinthehd posts on April 27, 2017 12:56
    Asif1980, post: 1184678, member: 82490
    How do we compare emotiva XMC-1 vs Denon X7200WA??

    I understand one is pre-processor and other is AV receiver with Immersive audio format support.

    Lets set aside amplifier/immersive audio section in denon and compare both products processing capabilities.

    Will denon+outlaw 7140 power amplifier out perform emotiva XMC-1+outlaw 7140 and which is worth the money spend?

    Denon has more channels of processing so would depend on the speaker set you desire to an extent. Dirac gets good reports, but Audyssey XT32 works very well. If using the same amp then performance should be equal in that respect (and the 7140 is not much different from the onboard amps in the 7200). Cost for the Denon vs XMC1 plus amps would be the better comparo.
    AcuDefTechGuy posts on April 27, 2017 12:51
    That Denon will be sweet if Amazon has their 50% off sale when the new models roll out.

    In Direct Mode (no EQ of any kind), they will sound the same if played at the same exact volume.

    Whether one is better than the other, it depends on what you do with them. The big difference among AVR and processors will be the features and EQ.

    For example, I would unequivocally take the Denon over anything else that does not have Audyssey Dynamic EQ (DEQ).

    AFAIK, the only new products that have Audyssey DEQ include Denon, Marantz, and McIntosh.

    But some people prefer ARC (Anthem) or DIRAC (Emotiva) or other EQ systems.

    So the salient difference is DIRAC vs AUDYSSEY (for me it's the DEQ), not Emotiva vs Denon or Pre-pro vs AVR.

    But you might want to keep an eye on Amazon or Fry's during the late Summer, or Fall & Winter. You might see the Denon 7200 for $1,500 brand new.

    So to answer your question, I would take the Denon over Emotiva.
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