Denon may have been part of Sound United for some time, along with sister brand Marantz, but they have managed to keep the distinct identity that made them such a fan favorite all these years. And while Denon makes a lot of products, their AV receivers are surely the crown jewel of their entire product lineup. As such, today in our Denon AVR-X2800H review, we will be looking at its latest release and if it has anything new to offer compared to its predecessor.
Since 2020, when the first HDMI 2.1 AV receivers came out with the dreaded HDMI 2.1 bug, we have been waiting for an update on their X series of AV receivers, and it seems that the time finally came. Recently Denon announced two new models, the AVR-X2800H and the AVR-X3800H, that will be available from now, while two more, the AVR-X4800H and the AVR-A1H, will arrive early next year.
We will talk more about the X3800H in a future review, as today, we will focus on the smaller of the two, the X2800H. A receiver is a 7.2-channel unit with 95 watts of built-in amplification per channel. It supports the standard by now Dolby Atmos and DTS: X along with the usual virtual and up-mixing tech like Dolby Surround, DTS Neural: X, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, and DTS Virtual: X, uses the Audyssey MultEQ XT auto-calibration system and includes plenty of features like High-Resolution Audio, HEOS technology, AirPlay 2, voice control, custom integration as well as bi-amp capabilities, multi-room zones, and HDMI 2.1 ports.