Denon announces X1600H and X2600H AV receivers
eARC hits Denon budget AVR range
Denon has updated its line up of X-Series AV receivers with two new models for 2019, the AVR-X1600H and AVR-X2600H, both of which feature eARC implementation along with AirPlay 2 and support for multiple voice assistants.Coming in at £449 for the X1600H and £599 for the X2600H, both models support 7.2 channel surround sound and replace their 2018 counterparts, the X1500H and X2500H.
These earlier models already featured AirPlay 2, Alexa voice control and the HEOS multi-room, Hi-Res streaming platform, and all of these have been ported over to the latest models as expected.
However, the headline addition of eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel) is what makes the 145 watts per channel X1600H, and 150 watts per channel X2600H stand out as it enables full HDCP 2.3 support on all ports. Trickling down from the higher end 2018 Denon AVRs, eARC provides a bandwidth and speed increase to more efficiently allow high quality audio to pass through from TVs to soundbars or other devices. Thus, audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X can be delivered without compression being required.
Additionally, up-mixing technologies such as DTS Virtual:X and Dolby Atmos Height Virtualisation Technology are supported. These both add virtual height and width to give the impression of 3D object based surround sound but with fewer speakers present. The Dolby Virtualisation format will be supported via a future firmware update.
Both new models will support a new Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) which will require a compatible TV and the Xbox One in order for gamers to benefit.
Compatibility with smart voice control systems includes Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri. Josh.ai is also supported, giving custom integrators voice integration options with Creston, Control 4 and other compatible platforms.
Aside from the slight power increase over the X1600H, the X2400H also features 2 more HDMI inputs and 1 extra HDMI outputs plus 2 further analogue inputs and 4K upscaling.
Michael Greco, senior director of global brand management at Sound United, said in a statement, “Denon is committed to bringing the latest technologies to home theatre enthusiasts while offering flexibility so they can grow with their home entertainment systems.” He added, “Listeners can also expect a full suite of technical capabilities, including the latest 4K video technologies, ALLM [auto low latency mode], voice control, Apple AirPlay 2, and Heos wireless multi-room music streaming.”
HEOS is Denon’s proprietary streaming platform and allows listeners to stream music wirelessly from Bluetooth enabled devices, locally stored files and services such as Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeart Radio, SoundCloud, SiriusXM, TIDAL and more.
The AVR-X1600H will be available at an RRP of £449 ($599) and the AVR-2400H at £599 ($799)
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