7.2, HDMI 2.1, HDR Dolby Vision, HDR10+, AirPlay 2, Heos…

In 2022, manufacturer Denon will update only one part of its range of home theater amplifiers, namely four references. After introducing the Denon AVC‑A1H in our column yesterday, it gave way to the Denon AVR‑X2800HDAB.

In short, the Denon AVR-X2800HDAB certainly incorporates all the technical features of the AVR‑X2700H DAB+ coming in 2020, modelled on several major developments, including more HDMI 2.1 connectors, three inputs, and two outlets. We can also mention a new user interface in 1080p quality (for 480p) and a new network section (module + antenna). Don’t forget the new AL32 multi-channel processing multi-channel.

Denon AVR-X2800HDAB Key Specifications

Going back to three HDMI 2.1 inputs and two outputs, they support all the features of the standard: VRR, ALLM, eARC, QMS, QFT, Ultra HD 4K 120 fps to Upscaling in Ultra HD 8K 60Hz (See our news HDMI 2.1 standard, official additions welcome, technology and ergonomics).

What remains is of course the management of the HDR10+ signal, the integration of the DAB+ tuner, DDSC HD compatibility or the possibility to apply all the audio processing available on the Dolby signal. Therefore, DTS Virtual:X can now be used on Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks.

As announced in this news headline, the Denon AVR‑X2800HDAB is a discreet 7.2 model. On the menu, Dolby Atmos 5.1.2, Dolby High Virtualization and DTS:X 7.1 processing, Bluetooth TX capability broadcasts the audio signal to suitable headphones beyond the speakers. So you can listen to music on speakers in the living room, or wireless headphones in the kitchen or bedroom.

There is also the possibility to take advantage of multi-channel decoding in the main area (eg living room) and broadcast the downmix signal in stereo in the Heos 2 and 3 areas at the same time, being able to mix in the main area with a video signal (eg a signal from DTT), from another An audio signal from a source such as an audio CD. Finally, with the onboard Heos multi-room module, the Denon AVR‑X2800HDAB offers the option of assigning a source to another link in the Heos chain in a Heos configuration.

Denon AVR-X2800HDAB, other technical features

Denon AVR‑X2800HDAB, Texas Instruments PCM5102A Dac (384 kHz/32 bit, 4 channels), Spotify Connect certified, AirPlay 2 capability, Wi‑Fi Dual Band and TuneIn Internet Radio, UPnP Audio Gateway ( DLNA ), Amazon Music, Deezer, Sound Cloud, Tidal compatibility…plus Audyssey MultEQ XT auto-calibration, Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Audyssey Dynamic EQ processing, DSD 2.8/5.6 MHz, Flac, Wav and Alac compatibility up to 192 kHz/24 bit in addition to MP3, WMA and AAC, can also manage 4 or 8 ohm output impedance. Not to mention compatibility with the Audyssey MultiEQ Editor paid app and two subwoofer outputs (in parallel).

That is, this year’s Audyssey calibration mandate stores two different configurations in memory, such as 2.0 and 5.1.2, and even the results of the Audyssey calibration and a personalized MultiEQ curve, one of which can be selected. flies in order to compare them.

In terms of HDR, of course, there is HDR10, HDR10+, HDR HLG and HDR Dolby Vision compatibility, not to mention the management of the BT.2020 color gamut. Pass-Through 4K capability is also required. Accurate, the Denon AVR‑X2800HDA+ is Roon Test Certified.

Denon AVR-X2800HDAB, Alexa, Google and Siri voice assistants

In 2022, the Denon line of AV amplifiers will still have many advanced features, including compatibility with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri voice assistants.

Denon AVR-X2800HDAB, optimized for manufacturing

Model 7.2, Denon AVR‑X2800HDAB displays 7 x 125 W at 6 ohms (7 x 95 W at 8 ohms). As mentioned earlier, OSD, 1080p color (not 480p) has changed dramatically.

There is now a lot of information available on the screen, especially the nature of the input signal and the nature of the output, e.g. the channel is actually active. The same goes for the four quick select buttons on the front, always allowing quick and easy access to the desired source. Precision, which also integrates additional functions and modes (Audyssey or multi-room management) for more complete macros.

Denon AVR-X2800HDAB, connectivity

In terms of connectivity, there are six HDMI CEC inputs, three 2.0b and three 2.1, HDCP 2.3 certified and compatible with 4:4:4 Ultra HD 2160p/120 and 4320p/60 respectively. These are transparent to Deep Color, xvYCC and 3D signals. The two HDMI 2.1 outputs are again displayed on the menu of the AVR‑X2800HDAB.

There are also two optical inputs, four stereo RCAs, a phono input, a Pre-Out 2.0 output (Zone 2), a headphone output, a front USB host port, an Ethernet port and two subwoofer outputs. Of course, the Denon AVR‑X2800HDAB can be controlled via the free Heos App.

Available immediately, black only. Reference price: 999 euros.

Denon AVR‑X2800HDAB Key Features Reminders:

• Model: 7.2

• Power: 7 x 125 W at 6 ohms, 7 x 95 W at 8 ohms

• Inputs: 6 HDMI inputs (3 2.0b + 3 x 2.1), 2 optical inputs, 4 stereo RCA, 1 phono input, 1 headphone output, 1 front USB host port and 1 Ethernet port

• Outputs: 2 HDMI 2.1 outputs, 1 Pre-Out 2.0 output (Zone 2), 2 subwoofer outputs, 1 headphone output, 7 pairs of screw terminals

• OSD function

• Function UPnP Audio Gateway (DLNA)

• ALLM function

• VRR function

• QFT function

• Quality management system functions

• Spotify Connectivity

• 4K/120fps UHD capability

• 8K/60fps Ultra HD capability

• Flac HD compatibility

• Alac compatibility

• 2.8/5.6 MHz DSD compatibility

• Wav compatibility

• MP3 compatibility

• WMA compatibility

• AAC compatibility

• Dolby Atmos 3.2.2 audio

• DTS:X audio

• Dolby Atmos 5.2.2 audio

• Audio Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer feature

• DTS Virtual: X Audio

• Audio eARC function

• Audyssey dynamic volume audio processing

• Audio processing Audyssey dynamic equalizer

• Audio auto-calibration Audyssey MultEQ XT

• Multi-channel AL32 processing Multi-channel processing

• HDR10 video

• HDR HLG video

• HDR Dolby Vision video

• Video Compatibility BT.2020

• Audio TI PCM5102A digital to analog converter (384 kHz/32 bit, 4 channels)

• Video UHD pass-through

• 3D video ready

• HDR10+ video

• Video upscaling function Ultra HD/8K (24/25/30/60)

• Video upscaling capability UHD/4K (24/25/30/60/120)

• IP network control

• Dual-band Wi‑Fi network (2.4/5 GHz)

• AirPlay 2 network

• Bluetooth transmitting network

• Google Assistant multimedia

• Multimedia Amazon Alexa

• Apple Siri Multimedia

• Hi-Res Audio via USB/Network: Yes

• Internet Radio: TuneIn

• High-Resolution Audio Certification

• HDCP 2.3 certified

• DAB+ tuner

• Headphone output: yes

• Loen Test

• Headphone output: yes

• Miscellaneous: Integrated Heos multi-room module

• Dimensions (W x H x D, mm): 434 x 167.6 x 340

• Power consumption: 500 W (0.1 W in standby)

• Weight: 10.5 kg


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