A relatively inexpensive model with support for Dolby Atmos and 8K has appeared in the Denon AV receiver catalog – the AVR-X1700H in a seven-channel configuration.
The manufacturer claims a power of 80 watts per channel at 8 ohms, but with two loaded channels. The company also provided three HDMI inputs with support for 8K/60Hz or 4K/120Hz and compatibility with immersive formats, including Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, DTS:X, and DTS Virtual:X.
All HDMI inputs received support for 4:4:4 color downsampling and HDR (HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log-Gamma). There is 8K upscaling technology and eARC. There are also modes that are more relevant to gamers: VRR, QFT and ALLM.
Considering that the receiver supports DTS Virtual:X and Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, the user will be able to configure the device both for full-fledged 5.1.2 or 7.2 systems, and for virtual immersive sound based on 7.1, 5.1 or 2.1.
Among other things, it is worth noting the presence of streaming music technology and support for Hi-Res. The device can play audio FLAC, ALAC, WAV, as well as DSD. There is an opportunity to stream music through online services like Tidal and Spotify – for this you can use a wireless Bluetooth connection or proprietary HEOS system. Apple AirPlay 2 support is also available.
Finally, Denon drew attention to compatibility with all popular voice assistants and the presence of the Audyssey MultEQ XT calibration system, which makes it possible to adjust the sound of speakers, create different profiles for acoustics, etc.
The cost of the Denon AVR-X1700H AV Receiver for the American market is $700.