Denon AVR-X2200W Review
Denon is a Japanese electronics company that has been producing high-end audio equipment since 1953. While some feel that the brand has lost track of its original vision, there are still many die-hard fans of their products. Does their AVR-X2200W live up to the hype? Let’s take a look.
Feature-wise, this amp seems to check off all of the boxes. It features HDCP 2.2, a standard that you will need if you want to use 4k video. You can hook up a total of 8 HDMI sources, with two of these sources supporting audio return. While many amplifiers have been reducing or eliminating the number of analog inputs, this one stays true to its heritage with four stereo analog jacks. You also get two optical and one coaxial digital input. If you couldn’t tell from the name, this unit outputs 2200W of sound. It also supports Dolby Atmos and DTX, which allows you to connect up to 7 satellite speakers and two subwoofers. This will give you about 95 watts RMS to each channel, which is pretty reasonable given how efficient most modern speakers are.
This is where the Denon AVR-X2200W stands out. The sound quality from this receiver is detailed, clear and had a wide sound stage. Our testers tried out the movie Interstellar since the Oscars nominated it for its excellent sound mixing. For the most part, the results turned out quite well. The dialog was clear. Voice positioning was excellent. Our testers were able to crank up the volume quite loudly, so this would work well in large rooms or with more power-hungry speakers. Unfortunately, we did find a few flaws with the receiver. The main issue was that the bass wasn’t fantastic. We were expecting something a little punchier, and we didn’t quite receive it. This receiver does have two subwoofer outputs, so this unit might be ideal for bass heads who have their own powered sub.
We were impressed with Dolby Atmos. This is a new form of audio formatting that allows for sound from ceiling speakers. Atmos is excellent at really making you feel like you are right in the center of the action. Some of the earliest Atmos-compatible releases were a little disappointing. But with the new release “Jupiter Ascending” we finally got a chance to see the potential of this format! Atmos makes the speakers feel invisible. The sound seems as if it’s coming from a specific point in the room, and I often caught myself turning my head until I got used to it. If you’re willing to spend the money on the additional speakers and a compatible receiver, this feature is a must-have for any movie buff.
Looking for the latest model? read the review for the AVR-X8500H the flagship receiver from Denon.
Setup & Calibration
This is another area where the Denon AVR X2200W stood out. Most calibration procedures for modern receivers are quite poor. This is a very involved process, as performing an improper calibration can seriously throw off your sound quality. With the X2200W, the setup procedure was straightforward. They included a cardboard stand to place the calibration mic on, and give you detailed instructions on how to move the mic around the room. The entire process took around 30 minutes and made a HUGE difference in the quality of the sound. The amp was now perfectly tuned to my speakers and room.
At around $500, this is not the cheapest receiver on the market. But we feel that you’d be hard-pressed to find anything this good for the price point. We’d recommend this unit for anyone who takes their audio seriously and wants to buy a high-quality unit that is modern enough to last for many years.