Denon AVR-X1700H vs Pioneer VSX-935

      Highlights

      • 7.2 Channels
      • 7.1 Channel Processing
      • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • HDMI 2.1
      • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
      • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision
      • 8K Passthrough, 8K Upscaling
      • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
      • Phono Input

      Highlights

      • 7.2 Channels
      • 7.1 Channel Processing
      • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • HDMI 2.1
      • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
      • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision
      • 8K Passthrough, 8K Upscaling
      • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
      • Phono Input

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      1. Overview

      Here we are comparing Denon AVR-X1700H to Pioneer VSX-935 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. Both receivers have 7 channel and equally powerful amplifiers.


      Denon AVR-X1700H Pioneer VSX-935

      Denon AVR-X1700H was introduced in 2021. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz and upscales from 1080p up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 video signal.

      Pioneer VSX-935 was introduced in 2021. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz and upscales 1080p to 4K/8K and 4K to 8K video signal.


      We evaluated Denon AVR-X1700H and Pioneer VSX-935 and gave them scores of 88 and 89 out of 100 recpectively. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

      Denon AVR-X1700H

      Pioneer VSX-935

      Amplifier
      86
      Amplifier
      86
      Audio Features
      86
      Audio Features
      88
      Video Features
      99
      Video Features
      100
      Connectivity
      86
      Connectivity
      87
      Zones
      78
      Zones
      80
      Radio
      96
      Radio
      92
      OVERALL
      88
      OVERALL
      89

      For more details about the ranking please go to    Evaluations section.

      2. Pros and Cons

      In this section we present pros and cons of Denon AVR-X1700H and Pioneer VSX-935.

      PROS

      Denon AVR-X1700H

      Pioneer VSX-935

      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   DTS:X
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   HDR10+
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   HDMI 2.1
      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
      •   VRR
      •   QFT
      •   8K Passthrough
      •   8K Upscaling
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Works with Amazon Alexa
      •   Google Assistant
      •   HEOS
      •   3 8K Inputs
      •   USB Input
      •   Phono Input
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   DTS:X
      •   DSD via HDMI
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   HDR10+
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   HDMI 2.1
      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
      •   VRR
      •   QFT
      •   8K Passthrough
      •   8K Upscaling
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Works with Amazon Alexa
      •   Google Assistant
      •   Chromecast Built-In
      •   3 8K Inputs
      •   USB Input
      •   Phono Input
      •   Ethernet
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal

      CONS

      Denon AVR-X1700H

      Pioneer VSX-935

      •   Low Power Output - 80 W
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No DSD via HDMI
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   Few RCA Line Inputs
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   No Digital Radio
      •   Low Power Output - 80 W
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   No Composite Video Inputs
      •   No Digital Radio


      And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

      AVERAGE

      Denon AVR-X1700H

      Pioneer VSX-935

      •   7.2 Channels
      •   7.1 Channel Processing
      •   6 HDMI Inputs
      •   2 Zones
      •   Bluetooth 4․2
      •   7.2 Channels
      •   7.1 Channel Processing
      •   6 HDMI Inputs
      •   3 HDMI Outputs
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   2 Zones
      •   Bluetooth 4․2

      3. Advantage of Denon AVR-X1700H

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X1700H over Pioneer VSX-935.

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      Denon AVR-X1700H vs Pioneer VSX-935
      Dolby Digital EX vs
      Audyssey Dynamic EQ vs
      Audyssey Dynamic Volume vs
      Dynamic HDR vs
      More Optical Inputs 2 vs 1
      More Composite Video Inputs 2 vs
      More Composite Video Outputs 1 vs
      Speaker A/B assignable vs
      Detachable Power Cord vs
      Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 0 vs 0 / 0
      IP Control for CI vs
      Napster vs
      SiriusXM vs
      Color-Coded Speaker Terminals vs
      Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 175 W (10% THD) vs 170 W (10% THD)
      Wider AM Frequency Range 520 kHz - 1710 kHz vs 530 kHz - 1710 kHz
      Longer Warranty 3 Years vs 1 Year Parts & Labor
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      4. Advantage of Pioneer VSX-935

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-935 over Denon AVR-X1700H.

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      Denon AVR-X1700H vs Pioneer VSX-935
      Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD vs MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
      High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD vs Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD
      DSD via HDMI vs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
      Dialog Enhancement vs
      QMS vs
      Chromecast Built-In vs
      Works with SONOS vs
      DTS Play-Fi vs
      More HDMI Outputs 1 vs 2 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB/ZONE 2)
      USB Input 1 Front for USB memory vs 2 (1 Front)
      More RCA Line Inputs 2 vs 5 (1 front)
      Front A/V Inputs USB vs USB, Mini-Jack
      Zone 2 Outs Pre Out vs HDMI, RCA Line Out (shared with Zone B line out)
      More GUI Languages 3 vs 7
      More Speaker Terminals 7 vs 9
      More Large Speaker Terminals 7 vs 9
      Bigger Power Supply 430 W vs 460 W
      Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 98 dB vs 106 dB
      Higher S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A) 74 dB vs 80 dB
      Higher DSD Sampling Rate via USB 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz vs 11.2 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
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      5. Common Strengths and Weaknesses

      We already listed pros and cons of each model. However, you may also find useful to look at their common strengths and weaknesses shown side-by-side.

      STRENGTHS Denon AVR-X1700H Pioneer VSX-935
        Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2
        Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        DTS:X up to 5.1.2
        Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ XT MCACC
        HDR10
        HDR10+
        Dolby Vision
        HDMI Version2.12.1
        eARC
        New HDCP Version2.32.3
        Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
        VRR
        QFT
        8K Passthroughup to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4up to 8K/60p and 4K/120p
        8K Upscaling from 1080p up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 1080p to 4K/8K and 4K to 8K
        Wi-Fi
        Bluetooth SBC SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD
        Works with Amazon Alexa
        Google Assistant
        Many 8K Inputs33
        USB Input1 Front for USB memory2 (1 Front)
        Phono Input
        Ethernet
        Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
        Pandora
        Spotify
        Tidal
      WEAKNESSES Denon AVR-X1700H Pioneer VSX-935
        Low Power Output80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
        No Front Wide Channel Support
        No IMAX Enhanced
        No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        No RCA Pre-Outs0.20.2
        No Digital Radio

      6. Amplifier

      Denon AVR-X1700H Pioneer VSX-935

      7 channel Amplifier: Denon AVR-X1700H features 7 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

      7 channel Direct Energy Amplifier: Pioneer VSX-935 features 7 channel power amplifier with Direct Energy design. It is rated at 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.



        AMPLIFIER Denon AVR-X1700H Pioneer VSX-935
        Channels7.27.2
        Power Output80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
        Front Wide Channel Support
        THX™ Certification
        Continuous 6 Ω Rated
        Certified 4 Ω Performance
        Bi-amp Capability assignable

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        7. Speaker Configurations

        Denon AVR-X1700H's and Pioneer VSX-935's amplifiers can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

        • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
        • Denon AVR-X1700H: 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Pioneer VSX-935: 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
        • DTS:X Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for DTS:X:
        • Denon AVR-X1700H: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos - 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Pioneer VSX-935: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos - 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Configurations without height channels: There are also other speaker configurations available which do not include height channels:
        • Denon AVR-X1700H: 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Pioneer VSX-935: 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
        • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Both models are able to bi-amp up to 2 main channels simultaneously. During bi-amplification two amplifiers are used for one speaker. One amplifier powers the midrange and tweeter section of the speaker and another amplifier powers the low frequency woofers. Each amplifier is less loaded and performs better. In order to use this feature speakers must have 2 pairs of connectors.

        8. Immersive Audio Formats

        Dolby Atmos

        Denon AVR-X1700H and Pioneer VSX-935 support Dolby Atmos.

        • Dolby Surround Upmixer: Both models support Dolby Surround Upmixer. If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.
        • Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization: Both models support Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization which is a digital signal processing solution that leverages Dolby's deep understanding of human audio perception to create the sensation of overhead sound from the listener-level speakers.

        DTS:X

        Denon AVR-X1700H and Pioneer VSX-935 support DTS:X.

        • DTS Neural:X: Both models feature DTS Neural:X which is an advanced upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.
        • DTS Virtual:X: Both models feature DTS Virtual:X which bridges the gap between DTS:X codec and the reality of so many consumers' homes, allowing you to enjoy multi-dimensional sound regardless of room size, layout, or speaker configuration. If you have a limited speaker setup you will miss a full immersive potential of your entertainment system. DTS Virtual:X adds height and surround audio effect to your system without adding height speakers. It works with multiple configurations and delivers immersive sound experience out of 5.1 or even 2.1 speaker layouts.
        • DTS Dialog Control: Both models have DTS Dialog Control. This function adjusts the dialog levels during playback of the DTS:X stream. It allows you to separately increase the dialog levels in contrast with the background sound and hear dialog easily even under noisy circumstances.
        AUDIO DECODING Denon AVR-X1700H Pioneer VSX-935
        Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2
        Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        Dolby Atmos Music
        Dolby TrueHD
        Dolby Digital Plus
        Dolby Surround Upmixer
        Dolby Pro Logic
        Dolby Digital EX
        Surround EX
        DTS:X up to 5.1.2
        DTS Neural:X
        DTS Virtual:X
        DTS Neo
        DTS-HD Master Audio
        DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
        DTS 96/24
        DTS Express
        DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1 Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
        IMAX Enhanced
        Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer

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        9. HDMI 2.1

        Denon AVR-X1700H comes with 3 HDMI 2.1 inputs with 8K support and 3 inputs with 4K support. It has 1 output.

        Pioneer VSX-935 comes with 3 HDMI 2.1 inputs with 8K support and 3 inputs with 4K support. It has 2 outputs - 1 MAIN and 1 SUB/ZONE 2.

        • 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz Passthrough: On both receivers 3 out of 6 inputs pass up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 and the rest of the inputs pass up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 video signal.
        • 8K Upscaling: Both receivers can upscale from 1080p up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 from HDMI sources.
        • BT.2020 Color Space: BT.2020 or Rec. 2020 is a color standard which delivers a wider color gamut compared to Rec. 709. It covers approximately 75% of the total visual spectrum while the Rec. 709 covers only 35% (available on both models).
        • HDCP 2.3 Copy Protection: Both receivers are HDCP 2.3 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
        • Quick Media Switching (QMS): With HDMI 2.1a, Quick Media Switching for movies and video uses the HDMI VRR mechanism to eliminate the blackout period when an HDMI Source device switches its video mode. As long as the resolution remains the same and only the frame rate changes, QMS will instantly switch between frame rates. QMS eliminates A/V blackouts by using VRR technology to change frame rates, allowing instant changes from 24Hz to 60Hz frame rate, and anywhere in-between. The viewer never sees blank screens and gets a seamless experience (available on Pioneer VSX-935 only).
        • 3D Ready: Both receivers are able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

        HDR (High Dynamic Range)

        Denon AVR-X1700H supports HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, Dynamic HDR and Hybrid Log-Gamma.

        Pioneer VSX-935 supports HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma. High dynamic range video has greater dynamic range than standard dynamic range (SDR) video with brighter whites and deeper blacks. The result is greater contrast and more details in dark and bright areas, better color and depth.


        Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)

        Denon AVR-X1700H and Pioneer VSX-935 support Audio Return Channel (ARC) which allows the compatible TV to send audio signal to the a/v receiver through the same HDMI cable which is used to send audio and video signals to the TV. So one HDMI cable is used to transfer audio signal in both directions. New Enhanced ARC will support uncompressed audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio whereas the previous ARC could support only Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS HD, and PCM.


        Gaming Features

        Both receivers support Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT) for lag-free and smooth gaming.



        VIDEO FEATURES Denon AVR-X1700H Pioneer VSX-935
        HDR10
        HDR10+
        Dynamic HDR
        BT.2020 color space
        Dolby Vision
        HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
        HDMI Version2.12.1
        HDBaseT Compatible
        Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
        HDCP Version2.32.3
        QMS (Quick Media Switching)
        ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
        VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
        QFT (Quick Frame transport)
        3-D Ready
        Video Signal Passthroughup to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4up to 8K/60p and 4K/120p
        Video Signal Upscaling from 1080p up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 1080p to 4K/8K and 4K to 8K

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        10. Inputs and Outputs

        Audio

        • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input on Denon AVR-X1700H and Pioneer VSX-935 with built-in phono stage for connecting the moving magnet cartridge output of the turntable directly to the receiver.
        • Analog Line Inputs: There are 2 pair of line inputs on Denon AVR-X1700H and 5 pair of line inputs on Pioneer VSX-935 for connecting sources with analog outputs.
        • Digital Inputs: 2 optical inputs and 1 coaxial input are available on Denon AVR-X1700H and 1 optical input and 1 coaxial input are available on Pioneer VSX-935 for digital audio connections.
        • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel of each receiver.

        Video

        • HDMI:
        • Denon AVR-X1700H
          Inputs:
          6   Outputs: 1
          8K Inputs: 3.
        • Pioneer VSX-935
          Inputs:
          6   Outputs: 2 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB/ZONE 2)
          8K Inputs: 3.
        • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
        • Denon AVR-X1700H
          Inputs:
          2   Outputs: 1.
        • Pioneer VSX-935
          Inputs:
          0   Outputs: 0.

        Front A/V Inputs

        • Denon AVR-X1700H: USB
        • Pioneer VSX-935: USB, Mini-Jack

        Denon AVR-X1700H

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        Pioneer VSX-935

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        TERMINALS Denon AVR-X1700H Pioneer VSX-935
        HDMI Inputs66
        HDMI Outputs12 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB/ZONE 2)
        8K Inputs33
        USB Input1 Front for USB memory2 (1 Front)
        USB DC Out Port
        Optical Inputs21
        Optical Outputs
        Coaxial Inputs11
        RCA Line Inputs25 (1 front)
        RCA Line Outputs
        XLR Line Inputs
        Phono Input
        Multi-Channel Input
        RCA Pre-Outs0.20.2
        XLR Pre-outs
        Composite Video Inputs2
        Composite Video Outputs1
        S-Video Inputs
        S-Video Outputs
        Component Video Inputs
        Component Video Outputs

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        11. Evaluations

        We evaluated Denon AVR-X1700H and Pioneer VSX-935 and gave them scores of 88 and 89 out of 100 recpectively. We also gave separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new receiver is added to the database.


        Denon AVR-X1700H

        Pioneer VSX-935

        OVERALL
        88
        OVERALL
        89

        Amplifier

        EXCELLENT
        86
        •   7.2 Channels
        •   Low Power Output - 80 W
        EXCELLENT
        86
        •   7.2 Channels
        •   Low Power Output - 80 W

        Audio Features

        EXCELLENT
        86
        •   7.2 Channels
        •   No Front Wide Channel Support
        •   7.1 Channel Processing
        •   Dolby Atmos
        •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        •   DTS:X
        •   No IMAX Enhanced
        •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        •   No DSD via HDMI
        EXCELLENT
        88
        •   7.2 Channels
        •   No Front Wide Channel Support
        •   7.1 Channel Processing
        •   Dolby Atmos
        •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        •   DTS:X
        •   No IMAX Enhanced
        •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        •   DSD via HDMI

        Video Features

        EXCELLENT
        99
        •   HDR10
        •   HDR10+
        •   Dolby Vision
        •   HDMI 2.1
        •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
        •   VRR
        •   QFT
        •   8K Passthrough
        •   8K Upscaling
        EXCELLENT
        100
        •   HDR10
        •   HDR10+
        •   Dolby Vision
        •   HDMI 2.1
        •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
        •   VRR
        •   QFT
        •   8K Passthrough
        •   8K Upscaling

        Connectivity

        EXCELLENT
        86
        •   eARC
        •   New HDCP Version
        •   Wi-Fi
        •   Bluetooth
        •   Works with Amazon Alexa
        •   Google Assistant
        •   HEOS
        •   6 HDMI Inputs
        •   1 HDMI Outputs
        •   3 8K Inputs
        •   USB Input
        •   Few RCA Line Inputs
        •   Phono Input
        •   No RCA Pre-Outs
        •   Composite Video Inputs
        •   Ethernet
        •   Bluetooth 4․2
        EXCELLENT
        87
        •   eARC
        •   New HDCP Version
        •   Wi-Fi
        •   Bluetooth
        •   Works with Amazon Alexa
        •   Google Assistant
        •   Chromecast Built-In
        •   6 HDMI Inputs
        •   3 HDMI Outputs
        •   3 8K Inputs
        •   USB Input
        •   RCA Line Inputs
        •   Phono Input
        •   No RCA Pre-Outs
        •   No Composite Video Inputs
        •   Ethernet
        •   Bluetooth 4․2

        Zones

        GOOD
        78
        •   2 Zones
        GOOD
        80
        •   2 Zones

        Radio

        EXCELLENT
        96
        •   Analog Tuner
        •   Pandora
        •   Spotify
        •   Tidal
        EXCELLENT
        92
        •   Analog Tuner
        •   Pandora
        •   Spotify
        •   Tidal

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