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Denon AVR-X2000 AV receiver has the X factor!

 
Denon AVR-X2000 AV receiver

 

Denon has given its AV receiver range an overhaul and launched the X Series. At £499.99, Denon's AVR-X2000 will be the model under the most spotlight.

It's not just the new product number that's neat; everything about the AVR-X2000 is smart and clear: the fascia, the (dimmable) display, the rear panel, the remote control and the free app (for Android and iOS).

The rear panels of AVR receivers are usually congested arrays of sockets, the vast majority of which aren't used. The AVR-X2000 supports some older technologies but the focus is clearly on quality and newer, more advanced connections. There are 7 HDMI inputs and one HDMI output. 3D is supported, as is 4K pass-through and upscaling of analogue or digital sources to 4K.

And the receiver's Ethernet socket increases the number of sources tremendously, providing access to internet radio and streaming services such as Spotify and Last.fm.

The AVR-X2000's USB socket (conveniently placed on the front panel) is iPod/iPhone friendly but, as the receiver incorporates Apple's AirPlay, those devices can stream wirelessly to the receiver, as can iPads and computers running iTunes.

A nice touch is the sheet of stickers Denon supplies to wrap around speaker cables to keep track of which channel each cable is for. The stickers are colour coded to match the terminals, all of which are decent quality.

The power output of this 7.1 model is a healthy 95 watts per channel into 8 ohms. And the receiver's detail retrieval and effects steering make every movie an absorbing experience. Music listening is also a joy.

Other features include auto calibration, an FM tuner and the ability to have music playing in a second room.

Putting an X in a product code doesn't make a product special but the Denon AVR- X2000 certainly has the X Factor! Something else that's clear: it's going to be a big seller so get yours now from Hi-Fi Stereo.


Date of article:02/07/2013


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