Denon Unveils ‘Fully Loaded’ $1,000 AVR

Denon today introduced a “fully-loaded” 7.2-channel AV receiver that supports passthrough of all three high dynamic range (HDR) formats—HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma).

The fifth-generation AVR-X3400H ($999) boasts a discrete amplifier section rated to deliver 7 x 105 watts (8 ohms at 0.08% THD), Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based 5.1.2 surround-sound processing, eight HDMI inputs, including one on the front panel, hi-res music playback via an AKM eight-channel 32-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC), and Audyssey MultEQ XT32 automated setup and optimization.

In addition, the receiver has a 4K Ultra HD video section that provides 4K upscaling and supports HDCP 2.2, BT.2020, wide color gamut, and 4:4:4 color sub-sampling. It is also compatible with Denon’s app-based Heos wireless multiroom streaming protocol and supports streaming via AirPlay and Bluetooth.

Voice control through the Alexa Smart Home Skill is coming with a September firmware update. The update will enable hands-free control of a range of functions, including volume, transport control, mute, next track, and external input switching.

Other highlights include:

• Audyssey MultEQ Editor app support
• Additional Audyssey features including Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ and LFC and SubEQ HT for integrating multiple subwoofers
• Second-zone audio/video via HDMI
• eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) via a future update
• Apps for TuneIn Internet Radio, Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Prime Music, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, SoundCloud, Tidal, Napster, and Deezer
• Support for DSD (2.8/5.6MHz), FLAC, ALAC, and WAV audio files with gapless playback
• Setup Assistant via Denon’s 2016 AVR Remote app
• Custom installation features including IR remote in/out, 12V trigger, 7.2-channel preouts, RS232 control, and Crestron Connected compatibility
• Energy-saving Intelligent ECO mode with off/on/auto setting

HLG high dynamic range support will require a firmware update.

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