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

In 2022, the manufacturer Denon has changed only part of its Home Cinema amplifier range, i.e. four references. After our presentation of the Denon AVC‑A1H in our columns yesterday, give way to the Denon AVR‑X2800HDAB.

In short, the Denon AVR-X2800HDAB of course includes all the technical characteristics of the AVR‑X2700H DAB + that appeared in 2020, modulo some major improvements, including a greater number of HDMI 2.1 connectors, three inputs in addition to two exits. We can also mention a new user interface in 1080p quality (against 480p) and a new network section (module + antenna). Without forgetting the new AL32 multichannel Processing Multi Channel.

Denon AVR-X2800HDAB main specifications

To return to the three HDMI 2.1 inputs and two outputs, it supports all the features of the standard: VRR, ALLM, eARC, QMS, QFT, Ultra HD 4K 120 fps up to Upscaling of Ultra HD 8K 60Hz (see our news HDMI 2.1 standard, welcome official additions, technical and ergonomic).

For others, of course there is the management of HDR10 + signals, the integration of a DAB + tuner, compatibility with DDSC HD or the possibility of using all the audio processing available with a Dolby signal. Thus, it is possible for a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack to be associated with DTS Virtual:X.

As the title of this news suggests, the Denon AVR‑X2800HDAB is a smart 7.2 model. In the menu, Dolby Atmos 5.1.2, Dolby Height Virtualization and DTS: X 7.1 processing, the Bluetooth TX function to broadcast the audio signal to the appropriate headphones in addition to the speakers. Thus it is possible to enjoy your music on the speakers in the living room, but also in the kitchen or bedroom through wireless headphones.

There is also the possibility to take advantage of the multi-channel decoding of the main zone (for example in the living room) and simultaneous broadcasting of the downmixed signal in stereo in Heos 2 and 3 zones, the ability to associate the main zone with a signal of video (eg DTT), an audio signal from another source (eg audio CD). Finally, thanks to the on-board Heos multiroom module, the Denon AVR‑X2800HDAB offers the option within the Heos configuration to distribute the source to another link in the Heos chain.

Denon AVR-X2800HDAB, other technical characteristics

On the menu again for the Denon AVR‑X2800HDAB, Texas Instrument PCM5102A Dac (384 kHz/32 bits, 4 channels), Spotify Connect certification, AirPlay 2 functions, Wi‑Fi Dual Band and TuneIn web radios, the UPnP audio gateway ( DLNA ), Amazon Music, Deezer, Sound Cloud, Tidal compatibility… Plus Audyssey MultEQ XT automatic calibration, Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Audyssey Dynamic EQ processes, DSD 2.8/5.6 MHz, Flac, Wav and Alac compatibility up to 192 kHz/ 24 bits in addition to MP3, WMA and AAC, and the management of an output impedance of 4 or 8 ohms. Not to mention compatibility with the Audyssey MultiEQ Editor paid application and two subwoofer outputs (parallel).

That is, the Audyssey calibration allows this year to save the memory in two different configurations, for example 2.0 and 5.1.2, or even the result of the Audyssey calibration and a personalized MultiEQ curve, with the possibility of choosing one or the other. the fly to compare them.

In terms of HDR, there is of course HDR10, HDR10 +, HDR HLG and HDR Dolby Vision compatibility, not to mention the management of the BT.2020 root. The Pass‑Through 4K function is also required. Precision, the Denon AVR‑X2800HDA+ is Roon Tested certified.

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

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

Denon AVR-X2800HDAB, optimized manufacturing

Model 7.2, the Denon AVR‑X2800HDAB shows a power of 7 x 125 W under 6 ohms (7 x 95 W under 8 ohms). As already mentioned, the OSD, 1080p color (not 480p) changes significantly.

A lot of information is now available on the screen, especially on the nature of the input signals and the outputs with, for example, the channels that are really active. The same goes for the four Quick Select buttons on the front, always allowing access to the desired source quickly and easily. Precision, the latter also includes additional functions and modes (Audyssey or multiroom management) for more complete macros.

Denon AVR-X2800HDAB, connection

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

There are also two optical inputs, four stereo RCA, one Phono input, one Pre-Out 2.0 output (zone 2), one headphone output, one front USB Host port, one Ethernet port and two subwoofers outputs. Of course, control of the Denon AVR‑X2800HDAB is possible through the free Heos App.

Availability, in black only, immediately. Indicative price: 999 euros.

Note on key features of the Denon AVR‑X2800HDAB:

• Model: 7.2

• Power: 7 x 125 W under 6 ohms, 7 x 95 W under 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 terminal blocks

• OSD functions

• Works with UPnP audio gateway (DLNA)

• ALLM functions

• VRR functions

• QFT functions

• QMS functions

• Spotify Connect features

• 4K/120fps Ultra HD features

• 8K/60fps Ultra HD features

• Flac HD compatibility

• Compatibility with Alac

• 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 function

• DTS Virtual:X Audio

• Audio eARC function

• Audyssey Dynamic Volume Audio Processing

• Audio Processing Audyssey Dynamic EQ

• Audio Auto Calibration Audyssey MultEQ XT

• Multichannel AL32 Processing MultiChannel 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 Ultra HD Pass-Through Function

• 3D Video Ready

• HDR10+ video

• Video Upscaling Function Ultra HD/8K (24/25/30/60)

• Video Upscaling Function Ultra HD/4K (24/25/30/60/120)

• Network Control via IP

• Dual Band Wi-Fi network (2.4/5 GHz)

• AirPlay 2 Network

• Bluetooth TX network

• Google Assistant multimedia

• Multimedia Amazon Alexa

• Apple Siri Multimedia

• Hi-Res Audio streaming via USB/network: yes

• Internet radio(s): TuneIn

• Hi-Res Audio Certification

• HDCP 2.3 certified

• DAB+ tuner

• Headphone output: yes

• Tested Roon

• Headphone output: yes

• Other (s): integrated Heos multiroom module

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

• Consumption: 500 W (0.1 W in standby)

• Weight: 10.5 kg

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