Sound United brand Denon’s latest X-Series 9.2-channel A/V receiver, Model AVR-X3600H ($1,099), provides IMAX Enhanced functionality out of the box in addition to supporting a technological smorgasbord of audio formats, including Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X, and new Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology.
It also supports the latest video technologies, including Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, and 4K Ultra HD. Additionally, the AVR-X3600H supports Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), which ensure consumers have the latest
Featuring discrete high-current amplifiers on all channels, the AVR-X3600H delivers 105 watts per channel (8 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, THD: 0.08%, two channels driven), along with. nine-channel amplification, and it is also capable of processing up to 11.2 channels to drive a 7.2.4 speaker setup when used alongside external two-channel amplification. For hi-fi enthusiasts, the AVR-X3600H boasts AKM 32-bit D/A converters and features high-resolution audio decoding compatible with multiple lossless file types, including ALAC, FLAC and WAV at up to 24-bit/196-kHz. It’s also compatible with 2.8/5.6-MHz DSD files (DSD is the audio coding format of SACD that are playable from memory devices via the front-panel USB, or over network sources. The AVR-X3600H also supports other file types such as MP3 and WMA.
IMAX Enhanced, introduced in 2018 by IMAX and DTS, offers consumers a new level of quality in immersive sight and sound experiences for the home. Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization technology adds virtualized height and surround effects to traditional stereo or surround content as well as to Dolby Atmos content while using fewer speakers, creating the sensation of extended sound using only speakers originating at listener level. This technology is ideal for systems without discrete height or surround speakers throughout a room, says Denon. Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology will be delivered via a future firmware update.
Denon X-Series A/V receivers also offer a voice control component, as they work with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri, and high-end smart home automation company Josh.ai’s system. Listeners can use Amazon Alexa for a variety of commands, including switching inputs for different media players, while the Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri can be used to adjust the volume, skip to the next track, and more. Josh.ai provides integrators greater control over voice integration into a variety of popular smart home platforms, including Creston, Control4 and others.
HEOS Built-in multi-room music listening is also a feature, alongside Apple AirPlay 2, so the receiver can stream music wirelessly across compatible HEOS components from a variety of free and premium streaming services.
Features tailored for custom integrators’ convenience include the newly added Audio Select functionality, or AirPlay OFF, so it will not appear on every iOS device throughout the home. To best tailor system functionality for each client, integrators can now assign the same HDMI input source over multiple inputs and choose different audio sources. Improved service efficiency and reduced downtime is available via a variety of remote monitoring and management technologies like OvrC, ihiji Invision or Domotz Pro. Additional features include a web UI to remotely access the A/V receiver’s setup menu, and access to All Zone Stereo Mode, a.k.a., Party Mode, via quick selects.