Sunday, August 9, 2015

Denon AVR-X4200W and AVR-X3200W Atmos/DTS:X AV Receiver Preview

It's no secret that we've been a fan of Denon X series receivers since they came out a few years back. The X4000 and X5200W received very high marks in our officials reviews, and both the X4000 and X1100 received Audioholics Product of The Year Awards. Needless to say, we were excited to see what Denon had prepared for this year. Well, the wait is over. Read on to learn about the new AVR-X3200 and AVR-X4200.


Following the recent release of the

AVR-X2200W and AVR-X1200W, Denon is rounding out their upper level offerings with the

AVR-X3200W receiver. Its amp features a respectable 105 Watts across all seven

channels. To bring it in line with other offerings in this range, the X3200W

will also feature the Dolby Atmos decoder and Dolby Surround Upmixer to deliver

"multi-dimensional" sound through height speakers or the less preferred Dolby Atmos elevation

speakers. The receiver is also ready for DTS:X and the DTS Neural:X Upmixer which tries to create an immersive sound field around the listener no matter the number of

speakers installed. The DTS functions will require a firmware update later this

year.  Please note the AVR-X3200W is limited to only two height channels for a 5.2.2  system or a standard 7.2 speaker configuration.  If you want four height channels, you will have to step up to the AVR-X4200W model.


Denon AVR-X3200 front panel

The seven amplifier channels can all be dedicated to the main zone, or the surround back channels can be re-purposed to bring the same

or different audio signal to a second zone. Furthermore, the

receiver offers impressive installation flexibility thanks to a 7.2 channel pre-out

section, an RS232 port, and flexible amp assignment options. Denon has also

included the Audyssey Gold package, which includes MultiEQ XT, Dynamic Volume, and Dynamic EQ to help tailor the sound to the

owner's room characteristics and personal taste. 

The video portion of the receiver

includes compatibility with the latest HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 specifications

required for 4K Ultra HD copy protected content. Eight HDMI inputs, of which

one is conveniently located at the front panel, are enough to connect today's

modern HDMI devices. The AVR-X3200W further supports full-rate 4K Ultra HD

video along with 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, HDR and BT.2020 pas through.

This receiver can also upconvert standard definition and high definition video

sources to full rate 4K Ultra HD resolution. Furthermore, the AVR-X3200W has

two HDMI outputs, so users can enjoy a surround movie in the main room and a

separate stereo program with video from a different source in the second room.

Lastly, the AVR-X3200W is certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF)

for video quality, and is equipped with the full suite of ISF CCC advanced video

calibration controls.


Denon AVR-X3200 rear panel

As expected, the AVR-X3200W comes with

built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Apple AirPlay, network attached

storage devices, Internet Radio, Pandora, SiriusXM and Spotify Connect are all

supported and high resolution audio files like FLAC, AIFF and DSD are also



The AVR-X4200W resembles the Denon

reference class A/V Receivers visually by the bigger size chassis, as well as

the control buttons hidden behind the trap door. Sharing all the same features

as the AVR-X3200W, it also comes with even more power at 7x125wpc. Denon claims its Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit High Definition

and unique AL24 Processing Plus add to the 192kHz/32bit D/A conversion to

increase sound refinement. The system also includes Denon Link HD Connection to

reduce jitter from a supported Denon Blu-ray player.


Denon AVR-X4200 front panel


The receiver also includes a third

HDMI output adding more convenience when connecting multiple displays. It

includes nine channel processing capability, eleven speaker terminals, and 13.2

channel pre-out connections for increased multi-room flexibility. Although only nine speakers can be used at any one time in a single room, the extra terminals and pre-outs eliminate the need to swap connections when adjusting which speakers you want to use or a surround codec calls for. Additionally, note that an external amplifier is needed to run anything beyond a  speaker system, such as a big

Dolby Atmos setup with 5.1.4 or 7.1.2 configurations. The receiver can

also be upgraded through a paid offer to the Auro-3D sound processing engine in

order to add another 3D sound experience. In addition to the Audyssey

options of the AVR-X3200W, the AVR-X4200W

includes Denon's Audyssey MultEQ XT32, Sub EQ HT

and LFC (Low Frequency Containment).


Denon AVR-X4200 rear panel

Both the X3200W and X4200W offer

Denon's ECO mode, which reduces power consumption when listening at lower volume

levels. Lastly, they offer Denon's setup assistant in 9 languages and an app

available for iOS and Android devices to control it all.

Denon has definitely piqued our interest

with these two new products. They kept everything we loved about previous models and added all of the cutting-edge features new receivers require to take advantage of the technological advancements being made in the industry. We are eager to see these two receivers in action and will put them

through their paces when we get a test model in the lab.  With the introduction of these new receivers, Denon's premium line up is fully armed and operational to support immersive audio and the latest in HD video too.

Mr CMusic posts on August 07, 2015 10:49

Have any idea when the X4200W goes on sale?

agarwalro posts on August 05, 2015 13:11

Ultra HD features and Composite Video inputs /s.

gene posts on August 05, 2015 11:39

We were able to get an advanced look at the Denon AVR-X3200W and AVR-X4200W Atmos/DTS:X AV receivers, and they look pretty cool. They bring with them flexible multi-room installation options, Audyssey, and HDMI 2.0. These receivers are both 4K Ultra HD ready with upscaling and upconverting. They come out of the box with Dolby Atmos and through an upgrade will both offer DTS:X Immersive Surround Sound, bringing them up to date with current 3D surround technology.

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