Denon announce new AV Receivers with Dolby Atmos
And two others that aren't Atmos-enabled
The Atmos floodgates are beginning to open, following yesterday’s announcement that Dolby Atmos is set to become an in-home experience and not just the sole reserve of the cinema.
Denon has been quick out of the blocks in announcing two new Atmos enabled AVRs in the shape of the AVR-X5200W and AVR-X4100W which are set for release in September 2014 and priced at £1,499 and £1,699, respectively.
All Dolby Atmos compatible Denon receivers will have the processing power to run a more enveloping, Audyssey MultEQ XT32 calibrated 9 channel Dolby Atmos layout using 5.1.4 or 7.1.2 configurations utilising ceiling mounted, or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers.
A 5.1.4 speaker configuration is based upon a traditional 5.1 speaker layout complemented by 4 overhead or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers. A 7.1.2 configuration is based on a 7.1 speaker layout with 2 overhead, or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers.
The AVR-X5200W will have the processing capability to support a full 11 channel Dolby Atmos setup; taking advantage of 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos configurations. A 7.1.4 speaker configuration is based upon a traditional 7.1 speaker layout complemented by 4 overhead, or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers.
“It is a testament to the unique sound experience Dolby Atmos delivers that some of the world’s leading filmmakers have embraced it as a storytelling tool,” said Yoshinori Yamada, Global Business Team Leader for Denon Audio and Video Products. “Every detail comes alive, making the audience feel as if they are in the middle of the movie action. The experience is unmatched in the home theatre today.”
Denon has also announced some more traditional models, with two new non-atmos-pheric AVRs set for imminent release in June 2014.
Atmos AVRs set for September 2014
The AVR-X2100W and AVR-X1100W deliver the latest Denon surround sound technology plus the latest in connectivity including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth at more affordable price.
The AVR-X1100W 7.2ch Network AV Receiver brings technology from Denon’s top-of-the-range AV models with seven channels of amplification, each providing 145 watts.
The X1100 and X2100 are hardly feature-lightUsers will be able stream their music conveniently from Apple iDevices via AirPlay, or access their music library on DLNA compatible devices like a network attached storage device (NAS). Moreover, you can choose from thousands of Internet Radio stations and enjoy music from Spotify via the latest Spotify Connect scheme (where available; subscriptions required).
For more convenience, a front USB port can be used to connect either USB storage devices or an iDevice to playback music and charge at the same time. To keep control of all those features, there is a Denon Remote App available for iOS and Android devices.
Taking a look at the video section, the AVR-X1100W includes in total 6 (one at the front) HDMI inputs that let you connect multiple HDMI source devices. The Blu-ray and Game inputs support 4K Ultra HD 60 Hz and 4:4:4 Pure Colour video pass-through. The newcomer is of course also fully compatible with 3D content.
The AVR-X2100W features a power amplifier with 150 watts per channel and has a total of 8 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs. The AVR-X2100W also features the ability to scale standard definition and high definition video sources up to 4k Ultra HD resolution.
Discerning consumers will also appreciate the fact that the new receivers feature a full package of Audyssey audio technologies for optimal sound quality. Audyssey Dynamic Volume offers real-time volume adjustment, while Audyssey Dynamic EQ improves a system's surround sound effects at low volume levels. Audyssey MultEQ XT automatically calibrates speakers (including the subwoofer) to suit the room's listening environment and the speaker’s characteristics.
The X1100 and X2100 are priced at £399 and £499 respectivel.
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