Denon AVR-X4300H 9.2 Channel AV Receiver Review & Comments

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    1. Steve Withers

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      Excellent review Steve - quick question though if you don't mind. I currently have the Denon AVR-X5200. Its a cracking AVR and I really like it....however its now lacking some key current and future proofing elements, namely HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 compliance and the ability to decode DTS:X. I'm running a full 7.2.4 set up at the moment with a separate power amp, but am keen to know which would be a better match for the 5200 - this or the 6300? I don't need the two extra channels of amplification so I'm erring towards this (especially at that rather marvellous pricepoint), but would I be making a step backwards in terms of overall sound quality? Thanks in advance.
       
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      Cracking review, and matches my experiences. I don't have such demanding speakers, I use mine with Monitor Audio Bronze 5 package, and it is brilliant. I also really like is that unlike most of its competition it actually support HDCP2.2 on ALL HDMI inputs. And not just that, it's on-screen menu is capable of displaying on my 4K OLED screen. Considering the receiver is not that deep, it really allows for a neat and tidy installation.
       
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      Nice review Steve. So the Marantz SR7011 is another £150 over this even though they both share the same specs. Am I right in thinking that its only for music the 7011 is better and they should perform similar for movies? Thanks again
       
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      Thanks Steve, this is the AVR review I have been waiting for this year as it's on my shortened shortlist. You have not disappointed me and my only nagging issue is around hdmi 2.1. I will also be upgrading my display this year ( LG C7 front runner ) and want to make use of any Atmos soundtracks used by Netflix and Amazon Prime. Will 2.0 handle all the data via eARC in this instance? I'm not a gamer so all the other improvements offered by 2.1 do not bother me.
       
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      Fancy writing your own review?
       
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      The main differences are that the Marantz receiver includes HDAM analogue circuitry and has multichannel analogue inputs. Whether the HDAM circuit board makes a difference when compared to more conventional IC op amp boards is debatable, but you'd be hard pushed to distinguish between the AVRX4300 and the SR7011. It has even been suggested that D&M only continues to incorporate HDAM into their Marantz products by way of a marketing gimmick as opposed to it actually offering any benefits? While there may once have been an advantage to utilising HDAM, modern audio IC chips are now typically sonically perfect.
       
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      Sure :)
       
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      I think you've already answered your own question but I'd go for the X4300.
       
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      I think Dante01 has already answered that one for me.
       
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      There's no definitive answer as far as HDMI 2.0 and 2.1 go, it will entirely depend on the chipset that D+M are using as to whether they can implement certain 2.1 features like eARC via HDMI 2.0 connections. I'm seeing D+M at the end of May, so it's something I inter to ask them about. Although it was too late for the review, I also notice that Audyssey app has finally been released for use with the X4300 and X6300.
       
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      Thanks Steve, much appreciated. Now.....who do you know who wants to buy a kidney? :cool:
       
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      Hi, am I right in thinking that the Marantz SR7011 has a little bit more power than the Denon X4300?
       
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      No, it has the exact same rated power output. THey both use the same amplification and PSU.
       
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      The review says the 7011 is better for Music, So whats the difference that provides this advantage?
       
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      The only real thing that differentiates them is the use of proprietary Marantz HDAM chips on the receiver's analogue output board. AS to whether the receiver sounds better, this is a matter of opinion and I'd doubt you'd be able to differentiate between them in a blind test?

      http://www.dutchaudioclassics.nl/?strBrand=Various&strType=Highfidelity&strPage=Info
       
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      I hope you have better luck than me Steve. I downloaded it yesterday (£19.99!) and have been unsuccessfully trying ever since to get it to pair with my Denon X3300W despite it being visible on the same wifi network as my iPad. Grrrrrrrrr
       
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      What do you use to get the extra 2 channels of amplification? I don't want another big box sat next to my receiver. Do these feed back into the Denon and then out via the speaker outputs (as it's got 11 sets) or do you just run the speakers straight from the power amp?
       
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      You'd ideally use a 2 channel power amp. THis uses the receiver's pre outs which output the associated two channels of audio to the power amp to amplify. The 2 associated speakers are connected to the power amp's speaker terminals. A 2 channel power amp is typically the same size as a 2 channel integrated stereo amplifier although you can get models that are smaller or indeed substantially larger than this.
       
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      Excellent review Steve. I've been stuck trying to make a decision for my new cinema room which I'm due to start building shortly. This has been pretty much top of the list with a few others thrown in.

      I'll be using a 7 channel power amp in a 7.2.4 system, the main completion for this receiver has been the x6200 and the marantz 7011, your review has almost confirmed to me what I already knew, the x4300 should be plenty good enough at a bargain price!
       
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      Thanks for the review. Can this accept input through component video and pass it out through the HDMI outputs?
       
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      Yes. All the Denon models above the AVRX2300 have inbuilt analogue to HDMI conversion. You'd not however be able to implement this in relation to output via the dedicated second HDMI zone output and it is only effective if used in relation to the main and the monitor 2 outputs.
       
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      So if you don't use any analogue audio sources there is no difference is that correct?
       
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      The HDAM circuitry is applicable regardless of the source. I believe that the remote for the SR7011 is programmable whilst that of the AVRX4300 isn't?
       
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      Ah sorry I just spotted, the analogue output board, for some reason I read it as inputs....Ta
       
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      The analogue multichannel inputs on the SR7011 would obviously only be of any use if the source was analogue.
       
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      o' …

      and you don't have to look at the display through a porthole on the Denon :)
       
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      This sorta covers everything I'm after, but just got to get a couple of thing clear. Currently 7.1 but would go 5.1.2 with up firing speakers, if that goes well maybe 5.1.4 with extra amplification.

      Now here's my query, if I acquired decent power amp, can I assign that to my front mains to improve power and re assign internal amplification to up firing speakers?
       
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      The AVRX4300 can do 5.1.4 out of the box and without any additional amplification. Its a 9 channel AV receiver. It can potentially do 7.1.4 if you add an additional 2 channels of external amplification.

      Yes, you can reassign the internal front amplification to power the additional Atmos speakers with while using an external 2 channel amp to power the front speakers with.
       
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      Thanks dante01, exactly what I'm after. Cheers:thumbsup:
       

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