Denon announces AVR-X3600H 9.2 channel AV receiver

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by Andy Bassett Jul 9, 2019 at 8:04 AM

  • Denon’s latest addition to its X-Series of AV receivers manages to pack in just about everything a music, cinema or gaming fan could want for their £999.
    The AVR-X3600H is a 9.2 channel AV receiver that comes equipped with the industry standard 3D object based audio formats, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for full audio immersion and also features the algorithm based versions, DTS Virtual:X and Dolby Atmos Height Virtualisation Technology.

    There’s also support for the most recent 4K UHD video technologies including HDR in the form of HDR10, HLG plus the dynamic Dolby Vision format. The X-3600H carries IMAX Enhanced certification out of the box and also supports eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) to give Xbox One gamers a more responsive experience.

    The X-3600H features 9 channel amplification and the discrete amplifiers deliver up to 180W per channel. When used in conjunction with additional two channel amplification, the X-3600H can be expanded to handle 11.2 channels of audio and can be configured to drive a 7.2.4 surround speaker system in a home cinema setup.

    For music lovers, the AKM 32 bit DACs can handle Hi-Res audio decoding up to 24 bit / 192kHz and are compatible with numerous lossless file types including ALAC, FLAC and WAV as well as 2.8 and 5.6 Mhz DSD files. All these file types can be accessed using the front loading USB port or over a home network.

    As well as regular Dolby Atmos, full audio immersion is possible by using Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization technology which adds virtual height, width and surround effects to stereo or non 3D surround formats but also extends that to a Dolby Atmos content if the setup doesn’t feature a full complement of surround speakers. Therefore 2.1 and 5.1 setups can still enjoy a fully immersive experience if the time isn’t quite right to add extra speakers to the system.

    NOTE: Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization technology will be available via future firmware update.
    The AVR-X3600H features eight HDMI inputs and three outputs that are all compatible with HDCP 2.3, the latest copy protection standard. All the HDMI ports support 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, High Dynamic Range (HDR10), Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) 4:4:4 Pure Colour sub sampling and BT.2020 pass-through.

    Implementation of eARC allows full, uncompressed audio from Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive sound formats to be channelled directly from the TV to the AVR using a single HDMI cable, so it’s easy enough to plug a UHD player into the TV and have the audio pass straight through to the receiver.

    Multi-room audio is possible courtesy of the HEOS streaming protocol which enables communication with other HEOS enabled devices so content from a range of free and premium streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer, TIDAL, Amazon Music, TuneIn and more can be enjoyed through the home. Listeners can enjoy the same music throughout the household or a different track can be played in each room.

    The ability to enjoy separate audio feeds in different areas of the house is further enhanced by setting up different zones on the AVR using the Zone Preouts.

    Apple’s AirPlay 2 protocol is also supported so music and podcasts can be streamed from iPhones, iPads and Macs to the X3600H.

    The AVR-X3600H works with all the major digital assistants so simple voice commands to Google Assistant or Apple’s Siri can skip and pause songs or adjust the volume while Alexa can be used to change the input to select different media players.

    Additional AVR-X3600H Features.
    • True 4K: 4K Ultra HD/60 Hz pass through and upscaling.
    • Phono Input: The included phono input lets users connect turntables.
    • Main zone TV audio sharing: Distribute main zone TV audio to Zone 2 or HEOS enabled speakers wirelessly through the free HEOS app.
    • Remote apps (iOS/Android): Denon AVR remote for basic AVR control and setup.
    • Denon Set Up Assistant: The AVR visually guides users through each step in the setup process, useful for beginners.
    • Room Calibration and Optimized Room Acoustics: Audyssey MultEQ XT32, Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ, LFC and Sub EQ HT: Automatically optimizes audio for users’ unique listening environment, including subwoofer equalization.
    • Audyssey MultEQ Editor: Compatible with the Audyssey MultEQ editor iOS and Android app (£19,99 fee) for further customization of room acoustics.
    • External Control and IP Capabilities: Allows for easy customization and compatibility with third-party integration solutions by offering IP control capability for major third-party control devices, as well as Control4 SDPP (Simple Device Detection Protocol) certification for seamless integration with Control4 home automation equipment.
    • Certified by the Imaging Science Foundation: The AVR features a full suite of video calibration controls (for use by an ISF technician), along with ISF Day and ISF Night video modes.
    The new AVR-X3600H will be available in August 2019 from authorised Denon retailers priced £999.

    If you're looking for an upgrade would this fit the bill? Let us know in the discussion thread if this is ringing all the right bells.

    Source: Press release,
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