CEDIA 2018: Denon’s New Power Receiver Duo: AVR-X6500 and AVR-X4500
The X6500H and X4500H are designed to deliver two different kinds of immersive sound experiences. For those with larger system aspirations, the X6500H carries 11.2-channels performance with up to 140 watts per channel (8 Ohms, 20Hz-20kHz) which allows it to natively manage up to 7.2.4 Atmos arrangements. The X4500H steps-down system support to 9.2-channels for 5.2.4 or 7.2.2 speaker configurations (125 watts per channel). And similar to last year, both receivers can decode Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D content, with upmixing alternatives offered by all three solutions.
The receivers’ audio support also includes a host of convenient technologies, including Bluetooth, Apple Airplay 2 (requiring future firmware upgrade), HEOS whole-home and multi-room performance, and access to a range of streaming music services like Amazon Music, TIDAL, Spotify, and Pandora. In addition, Hi-Res audio can be sourced through Wi-Fi network and USB connections (including FLAC, ALAC, WAV, and DSD 2.8/5.6).
Much like other cutting-edge top shelf receivers, the X6500H and X4500H offer full compatibility with modern 4K video demands, including 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, High Dynamic Range (Dolby Vision and HLG included), and BT.2020 wide color. And all of this is offered across an impressive slate of eight HDMI inputs.
Additionally, Denon says the receivers will support futuristic HDMI 2.1 functionality in the form of ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode for gaming) and eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel for sourcing immersive sound via a TV app). Both of these features will be unlocked with a forthcoming firmware update.
The receivers offer owners a handful of performance enhancers, including video calibration controls, ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) Day and Night video modes, and room correction via Audyssey’s best MultiEQ XT32 room calibration suite.
Pricing ranges from $2,199 for the AVR-X6500H to $1,599 for the AVR-X4500H. Both are available for purchase now.