Denon AVR-X4000 AV Receiver Review

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    1. hodg100

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      Denon's latest range of budget to mid-price AV receivers promise easier setup, better performance and competitive pricing. Steve Withers finds out if the company's AVR-X4000 fits that billing.

      Denon AVR-X4000 AV Receiver Review | AVForums
       
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      Hello. Great review!
      But only one question? Marantz SR7008 or this Denon.
      I own Dali IKON speakers and now i have Harman receiver. But it's time to move forward. Does this two (Denon and Marantz) have very similar sound or is it which better?
      Thanks in advance.
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      What price? as I can't see it in the review.

      ah G**gle say £649 and its yours
       
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      The price is at the top of the review, bottom right of the main picture.
       
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      I'd probably go for the SR7008 because I found it to be better with music but it is a bit more expensive.
       
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      Quick couple of questions. Can you turn off all the video processing? I've got a lumagen so would want a direct source.

      Secondly, can you set the 3rd hdmi output as a separate zone (ideally a 3rd zone), just supplying audio and vision to a tv?
       
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      The third HDMI output is solely there to fascilitate a second HDMI zone and both the HDMI audio and video is simply passed on through from HDMI sources via this output.

      You can turn off the video processor and scaler.
       
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      Yeah I thought so on the zones. Glad I can turn off the scaler, the manual isn't too clear on that point.
       
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      From the review:

      Denon AVR-X4000 AV Receiver Review | AVForums
       
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      Thanks, it looks like Dante01 has answered both questions for me.
       
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      Thanks for the review, it's on my list, just need to save some pennies :)

      I guess by clinical you mean that it doesn't add any undue characteristics to the music? Personally I prefer this, if you want to make it warmer etc then just play with the EQ.
       
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      Well the way it's been dropping in price, you may not need to save as many pennies!

      Yes it is very clean, not adding any undue characteristics, which as you say some people prefer.
       
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      I know, I have an old 2805 and I figured the much newer EQ will probably transform my movie experience because it can do it so much better. That and I'll need less cables and also be able to have the EQ applied to lossless formats which currently I can't do will be excellent :)
       
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      I think you'll be very pleased with the upgrade. I've owned a few Denon AVRs over the years and you really can't go wrong with them, great all-rounders.
       
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      Thanks again Steve, hopefully be getting one in the next couple of months which gives me an excuse to rewatch lots of films ;)
       
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      The Denon AVR-X4000 sound great with my Kef T205 setup. From a personal experience with regarding brightness, The X4000 sits in-between the pioneer & marantz. I fined the pioneer far too bright with Kefs because of the metal dome tweeters.

      value for money the Denon wins hands down.:)
       
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      I was looking at the Marantz 7008 as well.Just 200 pounds more,nine channels,better with multichannel and stereo,more Audyssey features,etc.

      But seven channels driven at 8 ohms,clipping at 80 watts!
       
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      And then you'll be looking at the 7008 and see the next model at only "£200 more" and on it goes ;)
       
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      That's true to a point,but i don't see more enticing receivers for 200 more than the Marantz.The Anthem 310 is five channels only,while the Onkyo 1010 is probably not the best choice for the discerning stereo enthusiast;)
      Too bad the Marantz has so little real world power,while Denon have nothing over the X4000 and below the 4520.
       
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      Indeed, my mate went for the 4520 but I just can't afford that. The X4000 dropped in price really quickly over Christmas, it's gone back up again, at one point you could get the black ones for £649.
       
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      The 4520 can be found for 1200 pounds,but that's still almost double the price of the X4000.I guess if you want 9 channels,XT32,power and "finesse" one grand is not enough yet.
       
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      Regarding build quality, I think the Denon is slightly better.
      The plastic ends cheapens the appearance on the Marantz 7008.
       
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      To be honest I've just been watching the amazon marketplace as they all sell on there and it did drop to £649 there but has since gone back to £699 for superfi and Peter Tyson. PT don't have a price on their website either, you have to ring/contact them.

      Well I'd best keep saving the pennies for a couple of months :)
       
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      Ahh, I have NoScript and their shopping cart is on another domain. Amusingly it reckons I have 27 items in my shopping basket!?
       
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      How would this compare to an onkyo 875, more upfront, laid back?, as I thought I try pre / power, but having problems with the processor I got and thought I call it a day and thought of the Denon X4000 as I have the Denon 3313UD player, so I could use Denon link, but just wanted to know really how it would differ to the onkyo 875 as I find it smooth, but some people find it in your face.

      So I think it may be my room as it adds a slight upper bass bloom and it makes dialogue warmer, so the X4000 may fit the bill.:)
       
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      It's interesting that you mention the characteristics of the room because people often forget that they can have more effect on the sound quality than anything. You could spend a hundred grand on kit but because of the room, it could still sound rubbish. If you're finding that the bass in your room is a bit tippy, you might try experimenting with different positions for the sub, assuming you can.

      As far as the Onkyo 875 is concerned I haven't reviewed that model but the ones that I have have been quite forthright in their presentation. The X4000 might be a better option for you and it would definitely make a nice match with your 3313UD because, as you say, you could use Denon Link.
       
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      Thanks a lot Steve.:thumbsup:

      You right about the room being important as when I mention the words Onkyo and 875 most peoples reaction is bright upfront etc…, but to me in my room with my XTZ 99’s its smooth sounding, but wanted something newer with XT32 and the bells and whistles so to speak.

      I did want to use Denon Link and to you if you heard it of course, how much better is the Denon 4520 over the X4000?

      Thank you again.:)
       

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