Denon AVR-X2300W AV Receiver Review

Modern AV receivers, especially those using 7.2 channels, present consumers an opportunity to take advantage of a new wave of home theater technology that will last for many years to come.

One of the reasons for this is that although most new media, such as movies, music and video games, don’t require an overhead surround sound speaker setup, many sound engineers are beginning to see the benefits of it.

Not to mention AV receivers are far better performing than most – if not all – stereo receivers as well as AV receivers that use less channels.

Denon AVR-X2300W AV Receiver

That being said, 7.2 channel AV receivers aren’t new technology, and there are many ways that people are enjoying them today. However, in order to reap the benefits of it they must first and foremost amplify audio effectively across all channels.

They must also provide as much ease of use and durability as possible. With the wave of smart technology and streaming capabilities on the market today, consumers are demanding more ways to use an incredible home theater system than ever before. So, we’re going to tell you how the Denon AVR-X2300W AV Receiver sets itself apart, and why it’s worth the money.

95 Watts per Channel

Power capabilities is an area of performance that makes many of the advanced features possible, as well as provides compatibility for more powerful hardware.

The major consideration here, depending on the type of speakers and amps you use, is volume. Where more watts provide more juice to make your home theater system as loud as possible to varying degrees.

One consideration with this is that your living room doesn’t have to be as loud as a movie theater, or live concert, in order to get enjoyment out of it.

Two speakers and a subwoofer, each working at 95 watts, is more than enough to produce a loud volume and dynamic environment. This is why there are AV receivers that provide more watts per channel, yet the AVR-X2300W gets a higher performance rating in this area.

Multiple Ways to Use the 7.2 Channels

The 8 ohm impedance rating for each speaker or subwoofer channel and a 0.08% total harmonic distortion rating, justifies qualifying this AV receiver as a crystal clear, top of the line system.

When you can purchase a similar AV receiver with 5.1 channels, and if you’re using a 5 speaker system with one subwoofer, why consider the extra expense.

Denon AVR-X2300W AV Receiver

The first possible reason is that you can keep your basic setup for your main home theater, and also use this receiver’s amplification capabilities in another room. All you would need is two additional speakers and a subwoofer as well.

This is made possible by the Denon AVR-X2300W’s two zone HEOS wireless multi room technology. However, you are required to purchase the additional HEOS link hardware in order to create that wireless zone.

Dolby Atmos and DTS:X

This is the second method by which you can enjoy the full 7.2 channels, and consists of two 3D sound technologies that are used in cinematic media and movie theaters, among other applications.

What the AVR-X2300W does with these technologies is use the two additional surround sound speakers, as well as the second subwoofer, to create 3D audio objects and project sound. In doing so it makes sounds seem as if they were coming from a specific area in your room.

Denon AVR-X2300W AV Receiver

The major difference between the two technologies is that they use different codecs, or digital data programming. This is something sound engineers variably use, depending on the type of media they’re creating, the functionality they require, and the licenses that they have available to them.

Combined they’re the industry standard in 3D audio environment technology. You’re given access to both of them although this feature isn’t unique to Denon AV receivers.

Odyssey MultEQ XT

Every home theater system environment is different in some way or another. The physical objects in the room, and the design of the room itself, can reflect and distort audio.

For this reason, Odyssey MultEQ XT technology has been integrated into this AV receiver. What it does is send out acoustic audio, and then optimizes each channel and speaker to work in harmony with your room.

Having access to this means that you don’t have to custom fine tune when trying to figure out if all the speakers are working properly together, and not having to worry it one or more are off from you messing around with them.

Denon AVR-X2300W AV Receiver

It also means that any time you rearrange your home theater, or set up a new speaker/sub, you have access to automatic, professional optimization functionality. You never have to worry about the peskiness that goes with setting up your speakers, and pairing them together.

In order to optimize the varying frequencies of sound, MultEQ XT technology utilizes high resolution equalization filters. It also monitors and optimizes audio in real time with Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ technology.

Wireless Connectivity Options, Compatible Losses Audio Codecs, & Streaming Services

Having access to WiFi and Bluetooth means that you can stream music and other media through your home theater system via wireless devices, and also provides the potential for smart functionality.

The Denon AVR-X2300W uses both WiFi and the latest in Bluetooth (4.0) technology, and because of this it’s capable of decoding and streaming a wide variety of high quality and lossless audio data codecs.

Denon AVR-X2300W AV Receiver

Included in the list of compatible audio codecs are DLNA certified data, Direct Stream Digital, Free Lossless Audio Codec, ALAC (Apple) and AIFF.

This also provides access to audio content streaming services, including Apple Airplay, vTuner Internet Radio, Pandora, Sirius XM and Spotify Connect. You have an enormous variety of free and paid services available to you.

Free Mobile App for Streamlined Remote Controls

The Remote App and is available for free on iOS, Android and Kindle Fire. It provides a lot of ease of use, and customization options.

First, you can switch between the two zones and adjust audio and equalization settings, activate the MultEQ XT technology, and select between audio sources for the two zones to play different audio simultaneously.

here is language support for twelve different languages. You can create custom shortcuts on the home screen, control Denon Blu-Ray players, set volume limits, and create audio playlists among other features as well.

It’s definitely not a perfect app. However, it’s convenient to be able to control everything on your AV receiver directly from your smart phone or tablet.

The Latest in Video Processing with HDMI / 3D and 4K Ultra HD with HDR

Many home theater systems wouldn’t be complete without a seamless integration of both audio and video, and with the latest advancements in video technology, there is a lot of extra performance available to you.

Some would argue that much of this functionality is completely useless because the majority of home theater owners don’t yet own 4K Ultra HD and high dynamic range compatible smart televisions. Still, this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t add value.

For starters, this AV receiver is completely up to date and will be for a long time to come – especially as this technology becomes more prominent.

Denon AVR-X2300W AV Receiver

What the high dynamic range has to offer is more realistic images due to the fact that it uses the appropriate colors in the majority of pixels that would normally be filled with white space.

This receiver supports BT.2020 technology which provides a deeper, richer and more extensive color palette, 4:4:4 full color support, and BT.2020.

This is depending on the resolution of your TV, because low resolution TVs won’t experience any enhancements with it. However, 4K TVs will experience greater clarity, depth and realism even with older media via 4K upscaling.

8 HDMI Inputs and 2 HDMI Outputs

The sheer number of inputs is a credit to this AV receiver’s ease of use. We all know how frustrating it can be to have to move and arrange cables every time you want to use a different media device, especially video game consoles.

Although wireless devices are taking over, many people prefer a wired connection, and it also provides greater performance due to less digital data loss, and continues to be a valuable feature.

Denon AVR-X2300W AV Receiver

In terms of compatibility, the entire system has HCDP 2.2 support, which is a legal standard required in order to use most modern digital video devices. It’s a measure to protect against illegal reproduction of 4K Ultra HD video.

Final Thoughts

The Denon AVR-X2300W AV Receiver is by no means a cheap system, however it earns the title of being a top of the line home theater system for either one or two rooms.

The advent of advanced surround sound and 3D audio, combined with 95 watts of power per amplification channel is capable of producing audio quality not previously known at home. There’s also an economic energy mode to match the customization and personalization functionality.

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