For those home cinema fans wanting more power for a larger room , multi-room capability, streaming of music from NAS or Spotify and superb 4K video scaling, the new AVR-X2000 is a serious contender. Additional connectivity over the AVR-X1000 includes a component video input and six HDMI inputs.
Discretely constructed 7 channel amplifier delivering 150 W per channel for your entertainment, the sound quality improvement of using discrete transistor output stage over a chip solution often encountered at this price level has to be heard to be believed. The newly developed and carefully sound tuned power amp lets you enjoy surround sound in a new dimension. A comprehensive network feature range including AirPlay and Spotify plus a 4k and 3D video capability on board are only some of the reasons which make it the perfect solution to enjoy every sound, every source, every moment. The extended feature set makes this unit the center piece of your home entertainment system and all can be controlled nicely by the Denon Remote app for iOS or Android devices. The supplied optimised remote control is even easier to operate than previously, as all frequently used functions are now grouped together, and more common labelling helps identify the function of each button.
Of course an easy to use remote comes with the unit and the advanced, high resolution Graphical User Interface (GUI) makes daily operation an easy task. The AVR-X2000 is even equipped with the multi-room audio function that provides pre-outs for a second zone or lets you assign 2 of the amplifier’s 7 channels to another room.
Fully discrete, identical quality and power for all 7 channels (150w per channel)
To faithfully reproduce the original surround sound, each of the AVR-X2000’s 7 channels is equipped with the same power amp of equal power. Since these power amps also use discrete circuits configured with parts strictly selected for their contribution to high sound quality, rather than with low-cost integrated circuits (ICs), the surround sound playback is of impeccably high quality. The “simple and straight” design concept has been thoroughly implemented in the signal paths to contribute to immaculately clean audio playback. Signal paths are as short as possible to keep signal degradation in the audio circuitry to an absolute minimum.
Network, AirPlay, Spotify and Denon Remote App
When connected to a network, the AVR-X2000 can play audio files that are stored on your computer. You can also listen to internet radio and a host of other online music sources that use network technology. The AVR-X2000 also supports AirPlay that lets you stream your music library from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or iTunes. You can directly access all the playlists and music from your Spotify Premium account by simply entering your account data into your AVR. The Denon Remote App available for free on iTunes or Google Play App store transfers your smartphone or tablet in a nice remote control supporting the key features of the AVR. But it doesn’t stop here as you can control the network audio streaming from your PC and internet radio function supported by cover art. That’s ease of use, that’s fun.
Easy operation with Setup Assistant and Advanced Graphical User Interface (GUI)
The new Setup Assistant in 9 languages incl. English, French and German will guide you through the full setup of the unit including speaker wiring, Audyssey speaker calibration, source selection and network setup all supported by graphics showing what to do and where to find the right connector. The GUI will let you keep the full overview even while watching a movie. Just check your settings or get the volume and surround mode indication overlayed on the film you watch. Don’t miss any scene.
Multiroom / Multisource
The AVR-X2000 lets you enjoy a program source in the Main Zone (the room where the AVR-X2000 is located) and in Zone 2 (another room). The source can be the same for both zones, or you can enjoy different sources in those zones if you prefer. You can either connect another power amp to the zone preout or just
need to assign 2 of the 7 built in amplifiers for the second room.
Number of power amps 7 Preamplifier section
Input sensitivity/impedance 200 mV / 47 kohms
Power output 150 watts per channel Frequency response 10 Hz - 100 kHz — +1, –3 dB
(6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1%, 1ch driven) (DIRECT mode)
S/N Ratio 100 dB (IHF-A weighted, DIRECT mode)
125 watts per channel
(6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 0.7%, 2ch driven) FM section
Tuning frequency range 87.5 - 108 MHz
95 watts per channel
(8 ohms, 20Hz - 20 kHz, THD 0.08%, 2ch driven) General
Power supply AC 230 V, 50 Hz
Power consumption 500 W (Standby 0.1 W, CEC standby 0.5 W)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 434 x 167 x 330 mm
Weight 9.5 kg
IN HDMI (Front 1) x 6
Component x 1
Composite (video) x 2
Analogue Audio x 4
Digital Optical x 2
OUT HDMI Monitor x 1
Zone2 Preout 2.0
Audio Preout (SW) 0.1 ch
Phones x 1
OTHER Ethernet x 1
USB Port x 1
Microphone Port x 1
FM Tuner Antenna x 1
EAN AVRX2000BKE2 4582116369234
* Available only in Black
• Horizontal color-coded layout of speaker terminals
• Improved Setup Assistant, providing easy-to-follow setup
instructions and pictures with Graphical User Interface
(Advanced GUI, 9-languages)
• Optimised Bass redirection, for powerful bass performance in
configurations without subwoofer
• 6+1 (front) HDMI inputs with 3D, CEC and ARC support
• Pre-out for zone2
1 not in all countries available
STATE-OF-THE-ART DENON SOLUTIONS
FOR MAXIMISING CONTENT QUALITY
• Fully discrete, identical quality and power for all
7 channels (150 watts per channel)
• Dolby TrueHD, dts-HD Master Audio and Dolby Pro Logic IIz
• High-performance 192kHz/24-bit D/A converters for all channels
• Digitally transmitted Play function for iPod and iPhone
(via USB) for best sound quality
• Denon’s proprietary Compressed Audio Restorer, to restore
sound quality from compressed music sources
• Support 4K video to enjoy 4 times higher resolution videos
than current HD on larger displays and screens. (upscaling,
pass through and GUI overlay)
• The plenty of network capabilities and functions allow you to
enrich your entertainment world including:
- DLNA 1.5 certified
- Windows 8 certified
- Internet radio
- Online Services: Spotify1 und Last.fm1
- Photo streaming
- FLAC HD (192kHz / 24bit), High-resolution audio file
- Gapless playback
• Setup Assistant, providing easy-to-follow setup instructions
with Graphical User Interface (Advanced GUI, 9 languages:
English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish,
• Audyssey Dynamic Volume®, for real-time volume adjustment
• Audyssey DynamicEQ, improves surround effects during low
• Audyssey MultEQ XT, automatically sets the speakers
to suit the room’s listening environment and the speakers’
• Comes with simple, easy-to-use remote control handset
• Denon Remote App for iOS and Android
• Front display with large, easy-to-read characters
• Quick Select Button for direct access to favourite sources
• Sleep Timer, set up to 120 minutes in 10-minute increments
• Audio level memory, capable of correcting different signal
levels for each input device
• Standby HDMI Pass through
• 2nd Zone Multiroom-Multisource
• Convenient HDMI port on the front for connecting a
camcorder or other device
• Auto Standby and low power consumption at stand-by 0.1 W
- Excellent performer at the price Review by Tom
Price Quality Value
Solid build, nicely put together
Wide range of network features
Slick remote apps
Superbly detailed and entertaining sound
Occasional brightness to the treble at loud volume
No wi-fi or Bluetooth
Exciting times for us, as we’re getting our hands on the first AV receivers for 2013: stepping up now is the Denon AVR-X2000. Denon hopes its new X-series of amps will have the X-factor that, if we’re being harsh judges, hasn’t quite been there for a few years. The AVR-X2000 is right on the £500 price sweet spot, and takes the place of the four-star Denon AVR-2113 from the 2012 range.
Denon AVR-X2000 review: specs
The AVR-X2000 is a 7.1-channel amplifier – so you get just the one subwoofer connection. All the speaker terminals, including those for an optional second zone, have banana plug-compatible terminals and are neatly laid out on a surprisingly clean-looking rear panel.
The X2000 delivers 95W per channel of power in to 8 ohms, and, of course, supports the full range of now typical digital sound processing – including Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby Digital IIz (the latter for adding front height channels to create a 9.1-channel speaker set-up).
You shouldn’t be short of HDMI inputs (there are seven here in total, with one on the front of the receiver), and future-proofing is covered in the X2000’s 3D and 4K compatibility.
There’s 4K upscaling of digital and analogue video sources, and there’s an ARC (Audio Return Channel) on the single HDMI output, too. Twin HDMI outputs on AV receivers are becoming more common (they let you run two displays, such as a TV and a projector) though this probably isn’t an issue for most users – so we won’t grumble too much here.
Denon AVR-X2000 review: network connectivity
As all the big brands in the AV receiver market have done, from Onkyo to Pioneer to Yamaha, Denon is focusing on network connectivity. However, the AVR-X2000 isn’t wireless-capable out of the box, so you’ll need to make use of the ethernet connection to connect the receiver to your home network. That’s our preferred method anyway, though – it’s a more robust connection.
On the subject of wireless, there is support for Apple AirPlay, bringing wireless streaming from iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and iTunes on computers, and DLNA 1.5, which means support for streaming DLNA-certified devices, including 24-bit/192kHz hi-res WAV HD and FLAC HD audio files. There’s no sign of Bluetooth, though, which is a stand-out feature of Onkyo’s 2013 AV receivers, such as the £500 TX-NR626.
Connect the Denon AVR-X2000 to your home network and you can also access a range of streaming services. Spotify and Last.fm, increasingly common on home cinema devices, are present and correct here, as is the apparent internet radio app of choice, vTuner. Flickr photo streaming is supported, too.
Denon AVR-X2000 review: set-up
A new Denon setup assistant greets us when we turn on the X2000, alongside a new look interface. Fast and easy set-up is the plan here, and it works well enough. As usual you’re prompted to connect the supplied mic and run through the latest Audyssey set-up, after which you can manually adjust distances, levels or get started with other features such as network connectivity.
Like the receiver’s front and back panels, the AVR-X2000’s new interface looks clean and clear, with a simple series of main menus that leads you to all the key modes and features. In our listening rooms we opt to turn off the room-correction and EQ options, which seem to be on as standard, and sit back to enjoy the action.
The Last Stand, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to Hollywood blockbuster action, is a good test of sound (and vision) – and immediately the Denon has our attention. We like to play our movies loud, but the level of excitement and engagement mustered by this new X-series amp is immediately impressive.
Denon AVR-X2000 review: sound quality
Even at more sensible volumes, it’s clear that there’s nothing reserved about this amp’s delivery; it’s edge-of-the-seat stuff, and brilliant entertainment. It’s fair to say that in recent times this hasn’t particularly been a particular characteristic of Denon’s AV receivers.
In no time we’re happy with the more upbeat delivery we’re enjoying. At the bottom end there’s no issue with soft bass notes slowing the pace – the low frequency performance, whether as part of explosive action or when it comes to soundtracks and music – is tight and agile, punchy and expressive.
At the high end of the frequency range, where a silky-smooth delivery is more welcome, the AVR-X2000 does occasionally sound a touch bright when played at high volume, but at moderate levels it isn’t an issue. Dialogue otherwise is clean and expressive, intonations in character’s voices (Arnie’s perhaps less so…) are apparent where they might not be on rival amps.
This Denon is simply revealing more. The Skyfall soundstage is big and brimming with insight, with every shuffling foot, every morsel of debris, apparent in our listening room. Effects fly around with seemingly effortless ease, too – the X2000 is adept at steering effects from speaker to speaker quickly and precisely.
Play some music and switch the amplifier to stereo mode – which we’d certainly stick with for music – and the Denon’s detail retrieval and willingness to entertain come to the fore once more.
While we never want to make excuses for movie sound performance with a multichannel amplifier, we tend to find it necessary with stereo music. Here, listening to Apple Lossless rips of Andy Stott’s Merciless streamed from iTunes using AirPlay, there’s little by way of obvious compromise.
Good dedicated machines will always have the advantage, but there’s nothing off-putting in the Denon’s stereo music delivery, which makes the inclusion of Spotify, internet radio and AirPlay all the more useful – not to mention the digital USB input on the front for iOS devices. While this connection would charge Android devices, it wouldn’t play music in our tests, so it looks like iOS-only here.
Denon AVR-X2000 review: Denon Remote app
Denon Remote app
All this clever connectivity is topped-off by an excellent Denon Remote app, which affords you basic control of your amplifier from a tablet or smartphone (though there isn’t a dedicated iPad app, so you'll have to settle for an enlarged version of the iPhone offering, see picture above).
That includes the ability to control your Spotify account in a much more manageable way compared with using the supplied remote: album artwork appears on your device, and on your TV screen, and all told it’s slick, fast and easy.
Denon AVR-X2000 review: verdict
Denon AV receivers haven’t ruled the roost for a while at this price, but with the AVR-X2000 it has an excellent chance. This amp might not tick every single specification box, although we’d wager that the majority of people will be more than happy, but in terms of performance – and most pertinently, simple sound quality – it ticks all our boxes and then some.
That lively treble at high volumes is worthy of mention but elsewhere we can heap nothing but praise. Detailed and entertaining, punchy and powerful, the X2000 delivers good stereo playback alongside brilliant surround sound performance.
If you’re in the market for a £500 AV receiver, there’s always a hugely competitive list of products jockeying for attention – but there’s no doubt that the Denon AVR-X2000 will be in the mix. (Posted on 24/05/2013)
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