New Denon 2022 8K AV receivers with DIRAC!

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Denon AVR-X3800H 11.4-Channel AV Receiver: The Ultimate Budget Preamp?

While the summer of 2020 was a time most of us would like to forget, one of the bright spots (at least audio-wise) was Denon’s release of the world’s first 8K-capable AV receivers. We said of the AVR-X6700H: “For $2500 you get (out of the box) 11 channels of amplification (140wpc x 11) and 13 channels of processing, 8K/60Hz or 4K video /120Hz, 8K upscaling and all the latest HDMI functionality. Gamers will love the 120Hz refresh rate along with other features to reduce latency.”

In 2020, Denon hedged its bets that audiophiles would spend more time at home, in front of the TV, and made their receivers visually heavy with the new upgrades. We agreed and figured other AV receiver companies would follow. A little after, Marantz has released its own 8K receivers and we see the trend continue until today with Arcam launches an 8K receiver in August 2022.

Now Denon is ahead of the competition again in 2022, launching SEVEN new 8K AV receivers with enhancements that we believe will define what we see from other audio companies in the near future.

With our new lineup, Denon has an AVR that’s perfect for every consumer and every unique application. Leveraging our brand heritage as a leader in the home theater and hi-fi industry, Denon has achieved a level of performance, build quality and overall value that simply cannot be matched.

–Trip Randall, President of Denon.

The new receivers are “meticulously tuned by a Denon Sound Master” and combine popular 3D formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X-IMAX Enhanced and Auro 3D, as well as Dolby Surround, DTS:X. Most Denon AVRs have built-in HEOS technology to support a multi-room setup, so you can stream your favorite music, podcasts or sports to other HEOS devices.

A series

AVR-A1H rear

The AVR-A1H is Denon’s latest ‘A-series’ receiver, designed to deliver the ultimate home theater experience. With 15 channels of amplification (150wpc x 15), Denon’s most powerful transformer, carefully selected parts, and heavy, high-rigidity construction, the flagship AVR-A1H is designed to deliver “a professional cinema experience in your home cinema”. By the numbers, the AVR-A1H is designed to fill large rooms with 3D sound, but the more intriguing features may be overlooked by a cursory glance at the specs. This receiver seems like a beast tipping the scales at 70 pounds. It’s a good 15 pounds heavier than the previous one AVR-X8500H Where A110 models which had 13 channels of amplification. The AVR-A1H recalls the venerable AVR-5805 100lb (170wpc x 10) monster of yesteryear that Gene DellaSala still has fond memories of being the best AV receiver he’s ever tested or owned. Will the AVR-A1H live up to that standard? We’ll find out in a formal review. Like the AVR-5805, the AVR-A1H is built at their first factory in Shirakawa, Japan. Denon appears to be carrying over a similar Class AB linear amplifier design from the AVR-X8500h as they have yet to dive into Class D amplification for their AVRs as they recently did with sister company Marantz and their new 16 separate channels – the AV 10 and AMP 10.

The biggest new feature released for the first three models (A1H, X4800 and X3800) is the upgrade to Dirac Live room correction. Contributing writer Jacob Green says of Dirac Live, “no software solution I’ve experienced does a better job than Dirac Live.”

Dirac Live works by analyzing measurements made with a microphone at multiple positions clustered around the main listening position. It then finds and corrects problems in the time domain that were common to all measurements. Reflective acoustic energy can be significantly reduced in favor of the direct sound, which can give the final sound much greater clarity and less coloration. Once the decay times are reduced, Dirac Live then works on the frequency response to fix the issues without damaging the time domain corrections. The result is a flatter response in all listening positions with much faster decay times.

–James Larson, Contributing Writer, Audioholics

The top three receivers come in the box with Audyssey room correction installed, and the Dirac Live upgrade will be offered with a future software update.

submarines

The other big upgrade to the top two receivers (A1H and X4800H) is the inclusion of FOUR independent subwoofer outputs. We always preach the more subs the better in a home theater system (especially two to four) for various reasons such as; smoother bass response over a wider listening area and increased dynamic range. Today, Denon has made it easier than ever.

X-Series

AVR-X4800HAVR-X4800H rear

AVR-X4800H: This 9.4 channel AV receiver, powering 125W per channel, to deliver 3D sound and high definition video up to 8K. With nine channels of amplification and up to four independent subwoofers, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X plus IMAX Enhanced and Auro 3D, this device would also be designed for larger rooms for cinema-quality sound. The X4800 will also support Dirac Live upgrade with a future software update.

AVR-X3800H: Powering 105W per channel, the Denon AVR-X3800H is a 9.4 channel 8K AV receiver. The X3800 will also support Dirac Live upgrade with a future software update. This can be the ideal affordable preamp/processor using the preamp disconnect feature you can have up to 11 channels of clean preamp outputs (down to 4 Vrms) and 4 independent outputs for just $1700.

AVR-X2800H: Designed to fill medium-sized rooms with 7.2 channels and 95 W per channel. The Denon AVR-X2800H consists of increased HDMI 2.1 connectivity with three 8K inputs, which helps support higher video resolution and refresh rates.

AVR-X580BT: The Denon AVR-X580BT offers an entry-level AV receiver for those looking to upgrade their home theater setup. This powerful 5.2 channel AVR delivers 70W per channel.

S-series

AVR-S570BT S570BT rear

AVR-S970H: Delivering 90W of power per channel, the Denon AVR-S970H 7.2-channel AV receiver features three 8K inputs, which leads to increased HDMI 2.1 connectivity and offers video resolution support and higher refresh rates.

AVR-S570BT: For movie buffs looking to take the first step in upgrading their home theater experience or those who want higher quality sound in a smaller space, this powerful 5.2 channel AVR, with 70W per channel, is the perfect entry-level accompaniment to any user’s setup. The Denon AVR-S570BT is available in North America only.

What we think…

The inclusion of Dirac Live and four subwoofer outputs in the high end models is certainly a HUGE deal, however, the news that stands out to me are the two lowest Denon receiver models. At $400, the AVR-S570BT and AVR-X580BT are two of the most affordable and advanced receivers available today. With 8K video, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Quick Frame Transport (QFT) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) for smooth, lag-free gaming, the two lowest models are perhaps the most big news from Denon. Best of all, ALL models support HDMI 2.1 with up to 40Gbps on EVERY input, not just one input like the outgoing models.

For more information on the full Denon product line and market availability, visit www.denon.com.

Unless otherwise stated, this is a preview item for the product shown. A formal review may or may not follow in the future.

embarrassed posts on Sep 23, 2022 12:34 a.m.

lovinthehd, ext: 1573844, member: 61636
Gene, curious, is there a difference in new ownership that you can comment on how it has affected this brand?

I don’t see any difference with the new ownership so far. They are launching more new products than ever, which is a good thing. Meeting with the entire Sound United team at CEDIA next week. Looking forward!

love posts on Sep 22, 2022 10:58 PM

gene, message: 1573843, member: 4348
It’s official now. More news to come at CEDIA next weekend:

https://www.audioholics.com/av-receiver-reviews/denon-8k-avrs

Gene, curious, is there a difference in new ownership that you can comment on how it has affected this brand?

love posts on Sep 22, 2022 10:28 PM

ryanosaur ext: 1573841 member: 86393
I think that’s also what I saw on the site.

Kinda makes me wonder what typical Forbes readers might be thinking….

ryanosaurus posts on Sep 22, 2022 10:23 PM

lovinthehd, ext: 1573836, member: 61636
(assumes 8 vs 6 ohms of some sort)

I think that’s also what I saw on the site.

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