Denon AVR-X2300W 7.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver with Bluetooth
- 7.2 channel AV Receiver with 95W per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz~20 kHz, 0.08% THD)
- 3D and 4K Ultra HD/60Hz full rate pass-through with HDR, BT.2020, 4:4:4 Pure Color support; 8 HDMI inputs (incl. 1 front) and 2 outputs (Main/Sub) with full HCDP 2.2 support. 4K Up-scaling
- Built-in Bluetooth(R) and Wi-Fi. Streaming Content; Airplay, vTuner Internet Radio, Pandora, SiriusXM, Spotify Connect, DLNA. DSD, FLAC, ALAC, and AIFF High Resolution Audio Streaming
- Dolby Atmos (up to 5.1.2), DTS:X ready (via firmware update). Audyssey MultEQ XT with Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ
- Free Remote App for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire. HEOS Wireless Multi-Room Control with the HEOS Link (Sold Separately). Eco Mode
- The Denon AVR-X2300W delivers incredibly immersive surround sound, Dolby Atmos decoding and processing offer the same revolutionary 3D surround sound found in movie theaters
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Denon AVR-X2300W 7.2 Ch Full 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
Enjoy incredibly immersive surround sound with the AVR-X2300W 7.2 channel AV receiver which features Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 3D surround decoding. Found on many blockbuster Hollywood soundtracks, these object-based surround formats deliver a superior 3D listening experience. Dolby Atmos features the option of overhead speakers or Dolby Atmos elevation speakers. DTS:X will be available via future firmware update.
Equipped with dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the AVR-X2300W lets you enjoy a world of streaming audio from popular music streaming services including Pandora, SiriusXM and Spotify Connect, as well as letting you choose from thousands of internet radio stations. You can also enjoy top audio fidelity with the latest high resolution music formats.
The advanced audio section features a powerful quad-core 32-bit DSP processor. Audyssey DSP processing technology includes MultEQ XT room acoustic measurement and correction along with Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Audyssey Dynamic EQ. The powerful amplifier section features 7 identical amp channels each with high current discrete output devices delivering 95 watts per channel (20Hz~20kHz, .08%THD, 8 ohms), along with true low impedance drive capability to easily handle 4 ohm speakers.
The AVR-X2300W features advanced video signal processing that can upscale standard and high definition video to full 4K Ultra HD video, along with HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 compatibility, HDR and BT .2020 pass-through capability on all 8 HDMI inputs and both HDMI outputs.
Unrivaled Now Unwired
Wirelessly stream your favorite tracks via built-in dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies, with dual diversity antennas that provide better transmission and reception even in congested RF environments. Stream content from your favorite iOS device with Apple AirPlay and access content from your PC or Mac via your home network with DLNA compatibility.
Optimum Sound Quality
The AVR-X2300W features a sophisticated high current capable low impedance drive power amplifier section with all amp channels configured identically and all are able to safely drive 4 ohm speakers. Our new advanced Eco amplifier mode adjusts power consumption according to signal level, and there's an on-screen Eco Mode display that lets you see the power consumption reduction in real time.
Easy To Setup, Easy To Use
A Quick Setup guide and an intuitive on-screen Setup Assistant will have your system fully configured with a minimum of fuss and bother. The high quality speaker terminals feature multi-way connectors to handle various types of cable terminations, and they're all color coded for correct hookup. Four Quick Select function buttons on the front panel and remote control let you choose your favorite sources quickly, and the AVR-X2300W remembers your preferred sound settings for each source.
You have full control of the AVR-X2300W via the 2016 Denon AVR Remote app, which is available in both iOS and Android versions and also for the Kindle Fire.
Dolby Atmos and DTS:X Immersive Surround Sound
Enjoy the latest Hollywood blockbuster movies in incredible Dolby Atmos 3D immersive surround sound, which provides the option of overhead speakers or Dolby Atmos elevation speakers to deliver the same incredible listening experience enjoyed in premier movie theaters. The AVR-X2300W is also equipped with other Dolby decoders including Dolby TrueHD.
The AVR-X2300W also features DTS:X decoding, the latest Hollywood immersive surround sound experience that offers the option of overhead speakers. DTS:X features object-based audio coding that lets the sound designer place sonic elements anywhere in the 3D acoustic soundspace. The AVR-X2300W is also equipped with other DTS decoders including DTS-HD Master Audio. DTS:X will be enabled via future firmware update.
Audyssey DSP Processing
Advanced Audyssey DSP technologies include MultEQ XT automatic room acoustic measurement and correction system which provides higher precision digital filters for the satellite speakers and subwoofers compared to the base MultEQ system, and it also provides for measurement at up to 8 locations in the room.
Audyssey Dynamic Volume smoothes out annoying jumps in volume, letting you listen at lower levels and still enjoy clear dialog and sound effects. Audyssey Dynamic EQ provides precision tonal tailoring for full range clarity at any listening level.
4K Ultra HD 60 Hz; HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 Compatibility; ISF-Certified
The AVR-X2300W features an advanced video processing section with 8 HDMI inputs (including 1 conveniently located on the front panel) and all feature 4K Ultra HD full 60 Hz frame-rate and Pure Color 4:4:4 color sub-sampling compatibility, HDR and BT .2020 pass-through along with the ability to upscale SD and HD video to 4K Ultra HD, and all HDMI inputs feature HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 compatibility along with dual HDMI outputs. The AVR-X2300W is also ISF-certified for optimum video performance.
High Resolution Audio
Discover the incredible fidelity of high resolution audio tracks with the AVR-X2300W's ability to decode up to 24-bit/192-kHz lossless files (AIFF, FLAC and WAV; ALAC/Apple Lossless to 24-bit/96kHz), as well as DSD 2.8MHz (the audiophile format of SACD) and now 5.6MHz. Play them from memory devices via the front panel USB, or from network sources – the AVR-X2300W will also play lossy file types such as MP3.
You can easily configure the AVR-X2300W for multi-room listening by hooking up a second pair of speakers to 2 of the amp channels, which lets you enjoy 5.1 channel surround sound in the main room while others enjoy stereo sound from a different source in another room in the home.
You can also configure the AVR-X2300W for 7 speakers operation in the main room, and connect a separate stereo amplifier and speakers to the variable second zone stereo pre-amp outputs.
External Control and IP Control Capabilities
As part of Denon's IN·Command series of custom integration friendly A/V components, the AVR-X2300W is equipped with a range of features that provide enhanced control capabilities and compatibility with 3rd party and custom integration solutions.
The AVR-2300W can also be set up and operated by a home computer on the network via IP control, either via wired LAN connection or via Wi-Fi wireless connection.
Denon HEOS Link IP Control
Denon's acclaimed HEOS whole home audio system features advanced multi-room, multi-source audio streaming and the AVR-X2300W features IP control capability with the HEOS Link so you can easily control the receiver with the HEOS app.
|Built-In Bluetooth and Wi-Fi||Bluetooth / Wi-Fi||Bluetooth / Wi-Fi||Bluetooth / Wi-Fi|
|Rated Power Output (20Hz~20kHz, 0.08%THD, 8 ohms)||80 Watts||95 Watts||105 Watts|
|Number of Channels||7.2 channels (Multi-Source/Multi-Zone)||7.2 channels (Multi-Source/Multi-Zone)||7.2 channels (Multi-Source/Multi-Zone)|
|Number of HDMI 2.0a Inputs / Outputs||6 inputs / 1 output||8 inputs / 2 outputs (Parallel)||8 inputs / 2 outputs (Main/Zone)|
|4K Ultra HD 60Hz Pass-through with HDR (High Dynamic Range) / 4K Ultra HD Up-Scaling||Yes / -||Yes / Yes||Yes / Yes|
|HDCP 2.2 Support HDMI Inputs||Yes (6 inputs)||Yes (8 inputs)||Yes (8 inputs)|
|Dolby Atmos / DTS:X||Yes / Yes (Ready)||Yes / Yes (Ready)||Yes / Yes (Ready)|
|Audyssey MultEQ Technology||MultEQ XT, Dynamic EQ, Dynamic Volume||MultEQ XT, Dynamic EQ, Dynamic Volume||MultEQ XT32, Sub EQ HT, Dynamic EQ, Dynamic Volume|
|AirPlay, Pandora, Spotify Connect, SiriusXM Streaming (subscription required)||✓||✓||✓|
|Remote App Control via Smartphones||Denon 2016 AVR Remote (iOS/Android/Kindle)||Denon 2016 AVR Remote (iOS/Android/Kindle)||Denon 2016 AVR Remote (iOS/Android/Kindle)|
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|Are Batteries Included||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Battery Cell Type||—||Zinc Carbon||Alkaline||Alkaline||Zinc Carbon||Alkaline|
|Battery Weight||—||11.5 grams||11.5 grams||11 grams||11.5 grams||11.5 grams|
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|Total Number of HDMI Ports||—||6||6||7||8||10|
7.2 Network AV Receiver with Bluetooth and built-in Wi-Fi. 8 x HDMI inputs and dual outputs. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X (via future firmware update) capability. 4K full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 pure color, HDR and HDCP2.2 support. ISF certification/calibration for picture. Audyssey MultEQ XT room calibration. Front panel USB input. Internet radio and access to music streaming services. AirPlay. iOS connection sharing. ECO mode.
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That having been said, I agonized over whether to order this as a replacement. I'm not so sold anymore on Denon's quality or their customer service, even though I've gotten sterling performance out of my two previous Denons. I did a ton of research on this model, and found out Denon quietly acknowledged that the 2100 was a complete redesign to accomodate 4K video, and mistakes were made. The skinny I got was Denon beefed up a lot of the components on the boards, redesigned some circuitry in the video processing and preamp sections (where my 2100 failed) and did a massive overhaul on the software. That reassured me. That, and the fact I absolutely loved the audio from my 2100, and I read they didn't mess with the amp section. So I ordered this one, and did so with little trepidation at all.
So far, after a month with the new receiver, all is well. This device definitely handles 4k signals better than the 2100. I often would get drop outs of the video signal with the old AVR. Sometimes I would get a lock-up that would require a power cord pull. Other times I would get a reboot loop that wouldn't stop until I pulled the power AND all the HDMI cables. What a PITA. This has never happened so far with this receiver. I pass PC game signals through this AVR to my 4K TV at native resolution. While my video card sometimes starts to choke when the action gets hot, there's no sign of any issue with the signal as presented. I've been testing using 4K Youtube videos from the PC as well, and never had any issues.
One thing I found a lot of people complaining about, was using this receiver to interface with web content. I've been running that a lot, as I expected issues. But I suspect that the software upgrade the receiver automatically downloaded. after initial set up, might have taken care of that. I have been listening to a lot of the Denon internet radio selections without a problem. There is a known problem with Pandora, and Denon Customer Service has a disclaimer as soon as the voicemail system picks up, saying they are "working" on it. My guess, after reading the forums, is that Denon has been "working" on this for months now, and still hasn't come up with a fix. It seems there is a lot of finger pointing going on between Denon and Pandora. It doesn't affect me as I don't listen to Pandora much. But if you do, you'll want to take note,
Now that the caveats are out of the way, there's lots I love about the receiver. The audio is pristine. I used to only buy Carver equipment, before the bean counters wrecked that brand. I've been looking for an amp design that recreates that sweet analog-like sound, using discrete components, for over 20 years. Let me tell you, Denon finally gets it right. I've heard receivers that cost 2-3 times as much, and don't sound as sweet. Lots of bang for the buck here. I have an eclectic collection - Rock, jazz, classical, electronica, punk, R&B, soul, reggae. This receiver handles them all with aplomb.
Another thing to love is the way easy set up. Plug the receiver into and outlet, run an HDMI cable to your TV and you're in like Flynn. This set-up guide is so simple and easy to follow even the rankest neophyte will be able to wire and get this system to sounding great. It so easy it might just annoy you if you're an audiophile. Part of getting that great sound is the Odyssey MultEQ XT system optimization routine. I've never really been sold on these routines with my previous Denon or Yamaha receivers. But this one definitely makes a hearable difference. All you have to do is hose the settings up manually, like I did, to find out! If you are an obsessive tweaker, then you'll play with this receiver to your heart's content. Or until you've driven your spouse completely over the wall. Which ever comes first.
One final comment, on the remote. I love the simple, basic design, unlike some previous Denon equipment I've had. My first Denon was so insane it came with, not one, but two remote controls. This minimalist approach to remote design is greatly appreciated after that headache.
So I recommend you buy this unit if the Pandora thing doesn't put you off. Just make sure your invoice says AMAZON LLC on it. If not, cancel your order. Denon is notoriously prickly about any warranty issues.
Update 14 Feb 17 - I did go back and try the Pandora again in January and it appears to be working now.
Note: If it crashes, YOU MUST go into your Android's Setup Application menu and "FORCE STOP" the "Denon 2016 AVR Remote" app before restarting it or your problems will only get worse (it will hang and crash your phone, causing it to reboot suddenly and unexpectedly .. so save any unsaved work before you begin). Do not clear storage or data, just force stop the app and then restart the app.
BTW, I'm not going to comment much about the sound and quality thereof, as that's pretty subjective and has a lot to do with the listening environment too. This sounds fantastic in my 20' x 20' room, but if your room is 4 times the square feet, you will want a little bigger amp and more speakers and bigger speakers. If you're building a really serious home theater, you'll want an 11.2 or whatever system for some ceiling and more surround speakers too.
This AVR was a delight to set up (except for the app). Easy and intuitive, with helpful onscreen graphical illustrations. The user interface seems logically laid out and structured, as well as the remote (although I will seldom use the remote .. all the necessary apps for everything are on my phone). The AVR's onscreen, app, and webpage user interfaces are all similarly structured, making all 3 intuitive to use.
Denon also publishes the web interface information so you can conceivably write your own app and/or html/cgi interface to control it if you're a nerd like me. Once setup and configured, you could rack mount this AVR in a closet and not need to touch it ever again.
This networked AVR allows for a pretty robust multimedia center setup. My system consists of the AVR-X2300W with an Epson Home Cinema 1440 projector connected to the primary HDMI out, and a Sumsung 24" 4K video monitor connected to the second HDMI out (which allows for viewing when I don't want to turn on the projector just for music). The following ELAC Debut speakers are attached to fill it out (7 speaker channels and 1 woofer): 1 pair of B5 speakers, 1 pair of B4 speakers, 1 C5 center speaker, 1 S10 subwoofer, 1 pair of A4 Dolby Atmos speakers. They match well.
Attached to the AVR is an Intel NUC (NUC5i7RYH), a Panasonic Blu-ray (plays all of my ripped MKV files perfectly), a DUNE (international) Blu-ray player, a ROKU Ultra, an XBox ONE, a Chromecast, and an Amazon Echo Dot (commanded to attach via Bluetooth only when listening to music through the AVR .. because you'll still want to use the Echo Dot's built-in speaker when the AVR is off).
All of this works so beautifully together and sounds great in a 20' x 20' room, even with wood flooring. The AVR-W2300X (along with a powered subwoofer) is more than enough wattage for a room of this size with these closely matched speakers. I've limited the volume at 70%, as that's the loudest I think I'd ever need or want. Of course, bigger was tempting, but I had to admit that I would have never used more power and I would have been wasting money on a more powerful setup. I have very seldom set the volume above 50% so far, even when listening to loud music. A loud party would probably require 60-70%. I think my ears would distort above 70%, lol. And I didn't want to spend so much that I couldn't afford or justify an upgrade in 3 years.
One really nice feature of this system was the ability to change crossover and output level values on all your output channels. I found this a real plus when set the speakers up and trying to get a clean sound in a room with very little sound absorption (i.e. the floors are wood, the minimal furniture is leather and wood, no cloth curtains - just wood blinds on 2 windows, etc.). Fine tuning those values to match the speakers and what I wanted to hear from each made a BIG improvement in clarity. It actually took longer to properly place each speaker than setting up the receiver. Room acoustics and the placement of each speaker is probably the most challenging aspect in all of this.
The unit needs an optical out for wireless surround headset compatability. Zone2 should be optical. Right now though I use Zone2 pre-amp out connected to a wireless stereo headset transmitter (for a hearing impaired friend --- she needs more clarity on the vocals/dialog and the headset provides its own setting to accommodate that). And BTW, you can set a bypass for a particular HDMI input so that you can feed your second monitor unenhanced audio/video straight from the input source.
The app doesn't appear to want to operate over a VPN connection. I think it's just dumb and doesn't try to connect if the WiFi is off. What it should do is simply check for a valid LAN address range (192.168.1.##, 10.20.30.##, etc.). Please fix this Denon, it should be simple. There should be no logical reason why the app shouldn't operate over the cellular network through a VPN connection between my phone and Cisco router with builtin VPN. The webserver interface works via a VPN connection, so the app is not that critical, but it's probably 6 lines of code to fix this, okay, so please fix. There are times I will want to turn on some lite classical mucis for my cats when I'm away for the day, lol. They actually enjoy listening. The web html interface is clumsy with media server use.
The unit has a media player and can play your music files stored on USB memory sticks as well as NAS such as those from Synology (which I use for all my network audio/video storage). But if you are intending to attach a ROKU or similar smart device to your AVR, you're going to want to play your music from that instead, as you'll find those devices and their media server playing apps more robust (they will play music AND video AND photos).
You can access countless Internet Station streams from the AVR, and assign them to Quick Select buttons, which is nice and not something you'll find these days on media players that want to sell you a song or movie. Denon didn't try to sell me anything through this entire setup process, lol, nice.
When I bring up the list of Favorites, only one page of saved favs displays. It didn't allow me to scroll up and down the list to view and select other saved favs until I, for example, switch to a different app and then switched back to AVR Remote. Favs also sometimes display Item## (i.e. Item29) instead of what was assigned.
Some of the labeling seems confusing too. Sometimes it says Internet Listening and other times Online Music.
The input channel name changes does not seem to be working consistent either. I renamed AUX1 to ROKU, yet I keep seeing AUX1 shown in the app, on the web pages, and on the player display.
I connect the Echo Dot by simply plugging it into my power strip and pairing it with the AVR via Bluetooth. In this way, I don't need to have the AVR on to use Echo and when I want to listen to music I just command Echo to connect the Bluetooth to the AVR. So simple.
Quick Select buttons in the app and on the AVR can be configured to switch to any input source (HDMI, Internet radio, media player, etc), along with your listening preferences (volume, sound mode, etc.) at the time you save to a Quick Select button. It will also recall the station you were listening to on the AVR (Internet, FM radio, etc.).
You need to be careful where you make any audio/video adjustments for each of your connected sources so not to affect everything on the same source or every source. I.E. everything looks fine and the same on my projector and video monitor for me, but the grandkids like the color punched up to vivid on the cartoons they watch through ROKU, and that's where two (2) Quick Select recall buttons come in handy: "ROKU" and "ROKU VIVID". They both do the same thing except one punches the colors and contrast up to make cartoons look more vibrant.
I really like this AVR. It seems solid. I've never had it hang, never had to power cycle it to get it to work. The app is the only weak point in all of this, but it's not a show stopper by any means. It still works, it just gave me a lot of trouble when I was using it a lot during setup and testing. The web page interface does the same things as the app, but it's a little clumsy in certain aspects.
I would highly recommend downloading the user manual and familiarize yourself with this AVR before deciding if a networked AVR is right for you. You'll want a smart phone or tablet to use this device. You can use the IR remote and onscreen prompts, but that will get old if you are connecting to sources with apps (i.e. ROKU). You're not going to want to keep switching between your phone to use the apps and the remote to command the AVR. You're find it more convenient to just use your phone to control it all. And your phone is usually always with you, and you can use that from any room .. and from across the planet.
BTW, I picked the ELAC speakers because they sound great, they matched power-wise, they were the right physical size (I didn't want those tall floor standing speakers, I'll use my own speaker stands), and they are Kevlar. I hope they last, I think they will outlive the AVR.
And lastly, I haven't used the Audyssey setup yet. There was no point running it yet, as I've not yet purchased some speaker stands. I'll be looking at a bunch of options this weekend. Once that's done, then I'll see how close Audyssey has matched my manual setup. I can't imagine it could improve upon it, as I think I did a good job making it sound as good as its going to get. We'll see though, huh? LOL.
I am glad I did my research and homework. If I had picked another vendor product before I saw this, I would have been disappointed with myself. This is a very robust and flexible networked AVR that works with everything I've attached so far.
Very satisfied .. except with the Android app .. but I have to assume they intend to fix it, as it's used on all of their networked AVR receivers and I assume they want to remain in business. But again, it's not a show stopper, there's still 2 other interfaces to access everything (web page, remote/onscreen). This AVR deserves a 5 star but should get a 4 star because of the disappointing app but I'll rip the app for that.