Denon AVR-X4400H vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A700 Detailed Comparison
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SCORE:
93
SCORE:
74

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Overview

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-X4400H to Yamaha Aventage RX-A700 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. The Denon AVR-X4400H has 9 channel and the Yamaha Aventage RX-A700 has 7 channel amplifiers with Denon AVR-X4400H's being more powerful.

Let us have a look at some highlights of the models.

Denon AVR-X4400H Highlights

Yamaha Aventage RX-A700 Highlights

  • 9.2 channels
  • 125 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro 3D capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, DLNA, HEOS
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs
  • 7.1 channels
  • 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 1080p Upscaling, 1080p Passthrough
  • Bluetooth

We have evaluated both receivers. Denon AVR-X4400H gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Denon AVR-X4400H

Yamaha Aventage RX-A700

AMPLIFIER
92
VIDEO FEATURES
96
AUDIO FEATURES
93
CONNECTIVITY
91
MULTIZONE
93
MISCELLANEOUS
88
RADIO
92
OVERALL
93
AMPLIFIER
87
VIDEO FEATURES
60
AUDIO FEATURES
71
CONNECTIVITY
76
MULTIZONE
81
MISCELLANEOUS
60
RADIO
67
OVERALL
74

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Denon AVR-X4400H

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X4400H over Yamaha Aventage RX-A700.

Denon AVR-X4400H has more channels, more power per channel, more channel processing, more analog pre-outs, more zones, bigger power supply and higher signal to noise ratio. It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro3D, gapless playback, Amazon Alexa, internet radio, Spotify, Tidal and Deezer. It has DTS Dialog Control and phono input. In video department only Denon AVR-X4400H supports HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma.

Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha Aventage RX-A700
More Channels 9.2 7.1
More Channel Processing 11.2 7.1
Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.4
Dolby Surround Upmixer
DTS:X up to 7.1.4
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X via firmware update
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer Built-In
Gapless Playback
DTS Dialog Control
Dialog Level Adjustment
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
HDR10
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
HLG
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 up to 1080p
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 up to 1080p *
isf Certified Calibration Control
DLNA 1.5
Works with Amazon Alexa
AirPlay AirPlay 2
Remote Controll App Denon 2016 AVR Remote App for iOS and Android devices and Kindle Fire
Ethernet
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC via optional YBA-10 adapter (sold separately)
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
More HDMI Inputs 8 (1 front) 6 (1 front)
More HDMI Outputs 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2) 1
USB Input 1 (Front) for iPod/iPhone and USB memory
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 6 (1 front) 5 (1 front)
Phono Input
More Analog Pre-Outs 11.2 7.2
Speaker A/B assignable
More Zones 3 2
More Powered Zones 2 and 3 Zone 2
Zone 2 Outs HDMI, Component, Composite, Pre Out Line Out
+12V Trigger Output 2 1
Detachable Power Cord
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
Internet Radio TuneIn
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
More Speaker Terminals 11 7
More Large Speaker Terminals 11 7
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
Bigger Power Supply 710 W 400 W/500 VA
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 125 W (0.05% THD) 90 W (0.08% THD)
Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 8 Ω, Front) 130 W x 2-channel 125 W
Higher Rated Lineout Level 1.2 V 200 mV/1.2 kΩ (AUDIO OUT)
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 102 dB 100 dB

Advantage of Yamaha Aventage RX-A700

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X4400H over Yamaha Aventage RX-A700.

Denon AVR-X4400H has more channels, more power per channel, more channel processing, more analog pre-outs, more zones, bigger power supply and higher signal to noise ratio. It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro3D, gapless playback, Amazon Alexa, internet radio, Spotify, Tidal and Deezer. It has DTS Dialog Control and phono input. In video department only Denon AVR-X4400H supports HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma.

Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha Aventage RX-A700
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIx
DTS Neo Neo:6
Dialogue Lift
Analog to Analog Video conversion (Component**, Composite) to (Component, Composite)
More Analog Audio Line Outputs 2
More Composite Video Inputs 4 (1 front) 5 (1 front)
More Composite Video Outputs 1 2
Multi-Channel Input 7.1
Higher FM S/N Ratio Mono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dB Mono/Stereo: 74 dB/ 70 dB
Lower FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz) Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0% Mono/Stereo: 0.3%/0.3%
Wider AM Frequency Range 522 kHz - 1611 kHz 530 MHz - 1710 MHz

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

STRENGTHS
Certified 4 Ω Performance 👍
Bi-amp Capability 👍
Dolby TrueHD 👍
Dolby Digital Plus 👍
Dolby Digital EX 👍
DTS-HD Master Audio 👍
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 👍
DTS 96/24 👍
DTS Express 👍
DTS-ES 👍
DSD via HDMI 👍
Dialog Normalization 👍
Compressed Music Enhancer 👍
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. 👍
3-D Ready 👍
Analog To HDMI Upconversion 👍
Bluetooth 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Composite Video Outputs 👍
Component Video Inputs 👍
Component Video Outputs 👍
Analog Pre-Outs 👍
Zones 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
WEAKNESSES
No Front Wide Channel Support 👎
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization 👎
No IMAX Enhanced 👎
No High-resolution Music Enhancer 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No Chromecast Built-In 👎
Does Not Work with SONOS 👎
No Pandora 👎
No SiriusXM Internet Radio 👎

Selected Features

Amplifier

Denon AVR-X4400H has 9 channel and Yamaha Aventage RX-A700 has 7 channel amplifiers. Denon AVR-X4400H delivers 125 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Yamaha Aventage RX-A700 delivers 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and they both have stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

Denon AVR-X4400H supports 4K passthrough up to 60p and Yamaha Aventage RX-A700 supports 1080p passthrough. Denon AVR-X4400H can do 4K upscaling up to 60p and Yamaha Aventage RX-A700 can do 1080p upscaling. Denon AVR-X4400H supports HDR10, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and supports up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Denon AVR-X4400H supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 channels by adding 2 channel external amplifier.

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.

Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audio™ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

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.


DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer

Denon AVR-X4400H supports DTS:X. It can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 channels by adding 2 channel external amplifier.

A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.

DTS Neural:X is an 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.


Auro-3D with its Auro-Matic upmixer

Denon AVR-X4400H supports Auro-3D and its Auro-Matic upmixer out of the box or after free firmware update. Auro-3D is an immersive 3D audio format developed by the Belgium-based company Auro Technologies. It consists of three layers of sound - surround, height and overhead ceiling. The base horizontal layer uses 5.1 or 7.1 format, the height layer is on top of the base layer and its information is extracted from the standard 5.1 surround PCM carrier. The a/v receiver decoder then extracts this information during playback. In home cinema Auro-3D comes with different listening formats - Auro 9.1, Auro 10.1 with added Top Ceiling channel ("Voice of God"), Auro 11.1 with added Front Height Center channel, and Auro 13.1 with added Left Rear Surround & Right Rear Surround channel. Auro-Matic upmixer takes non Auro-3D sound and upmixes to the current speaker configuration.


Adaptive DRC

Yamaha Aventage RX-A700 features Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) which automatically adjusts the dynamic range of the sound according to the volume level. This ensures that you hear clear dialog and vocals, and all sound effects at comfortable levels. There is no need to adjust the volume level as you listen; everything from whispers to big explosions will be heard clearly and comfortably at the same volume setting. It also tones down loud TV commercials, and is ideal for low-volume, late-night listening, when you do not want to disturb others.


D.D.S.C.

Denon AVR-X4400H has D.D.S.C (Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit). A single IC chip is generally used in processing A/D, DSP, and D/A conversions that are vital to sound quality. The D.D.S.C. uses separate components to process the important sections of the A/D, DSP, and D/A conversions and therefore significantly improves signal processing capability and performance. In addition, the approach of developing and incorporating high-quality dedicated elements in the sections that configure the circuitry makes it easier to develop a high-grade, advanced surround circuit compared with the method where all processing is concentrated within a single chip. Denon’s proprietary digital audio technology that had for many years been developed for pure Hi-Fi components is now also alive in each block of the D.D.S.C.


Advanced AL32 Processing

Denon AVR-X4400H has Advanced AL32 Processing which uses a unique data interpolation algorithm to achieve high-bit, high-sampling output performance. The volume of information has been dramatically improved without any loss in the original data. The clean playback sound free of interference makes it possible to enjoy delicate details, accurate localization, and rich expression in the lower range. Advanced AL32 Processing has three functions: 1. High-bit up-conversion (Adaptive Line Pattern Harmonized Algorithm), 2. Advanced ALPHA Processing and 3. Adaptive digital filter (Automatic Low-Pass filter Harmonic Adjustment).


Connectivity


Denon AVR-X4400H

Denon AVR-X4400H can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver works with Amazon Alexa and supports[y] AirPlay 2. It has 8 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 11.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI, USB, Composite and L/R Audio inputs.

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Yamaha Aventage RX-A700

Yamaha Aventage RX-A700 can also connect to bluetooth devices[y] via optional YBA-10 adapter (sold separately). It has 6 HDMI inputs. There are 7.1 multi-channel analog inputs and 7.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI and Analog Audio and Composite inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Denon AVR-X4400H and here - Yamaha Aventage RX-A700.

BASICS Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha Aventage RX-A700
BrandDenonYamaha
ModelAVR-X4400HRX-A700
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUKUSA
Release Year20172010
AMPLIFIER Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha Aventage RX-A700
Channels9.27.1
Front Wide Channel Support
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability assignable
AUDIO Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha Aventage RX-A700
DACAKM AK4458VNBurr-Brown
Maximum Channel Processing11.27.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.4
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIx
Dolby Digital EX
DTS:X up to 7.1.4
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X via firmware update
DTS Neo Neo:6
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 Built-In
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
DTS Dialog Control
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Compressed Music Enhancer
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Pure Direct Mode
CALIBRATION Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha Aventage RX-A700
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ XT32
VIDEO Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha Aventage RX-A700
Video Signal TypeNTSC/PALNTSC
Video Signal Format (Video Covnersion)NTSC/PALNTSC/PAL
HDR10
HDR10+
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4up to 1080p
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 up to 1080p *
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite Component****, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion (Component**, Composite) to (Component, Composite)
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha Aventage RX-A700
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay 2
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad iPod and iPhone via YDS-12 Dock (sold separately) or YID-W100 Wireless Dock (sold separately)
Remote App Denon 2016 AVR Remote App for iOS and Android devices and Kindle Fire
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC via optional YBA-10 adapter (sold separately)
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC
HDMI Input8 (1 front)6 (1 front)
HDMI Output3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)1
USB Input1 (Front) for iPod/iPhone and USB memory
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input6 (1 front)5 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Output 2
Phono Input
Optical In22
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out2 / 2 /
Composite Video Input4 (1 front)5 (1 front)
Composite Video Output12
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input22
Component Video Output11
PC In
Multi-Channel Input 7.1
Analog Pre-Outs11.27.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, Composite, L/R AudioHDMI, Analog Audio and Composite
Speaker A/B assignable
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha Aventage RX-A700
Zones32
Powered Zones 2 and 3Zone 2
Zone 2HDMI, Component, Composite, Pre OutLine Out
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output21
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 11 / 1
MISC Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha Aventage RX-A700
On-Screen Display Advanced Graphic User InterfaceGraphical User Interface
Remote ControllerRC-1219 (Preset)
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha Aventage RX-A700
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
Digital Radio
Internet Radio TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha Aventage RX-A700
Speaker Terminals117
Large Speaker Terminals117
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha Aventage RX-A700
Power SupplyAC 230 V, 50/60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption710 W400 W/500 VA
Standby Power0.1 W0.2W
GENERAL Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha Aventage RX-A700
Dimensions (W x H x D)434 mm x 167 mm x 389 mm (with antenna: 434 mm x 236 mm x 389 mm)
17 1/8" x 6 5/8" x 15 3/8" (with antenna: 17 1/8" x 9 3/8" x 15 3/8")
435 mm x 151 mm x 364 mm
17-1/8" x 6" x 14-3/8"
Weight13.7 kg (30 lbs 3 oz)10.5 kg (23.1 lbs)
Warranty3 Years3 Years
SPECS Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha Aventage RX-A700
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2125 W (0.05% THD)90 W (0.08% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)190 W x 2-channel190 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)130 W x 2-channel125 W
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ200 mV/47 kΩ
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance1.2 V200 mV/1.2 kΩ (AUDIO OUT)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)102 dB100 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)+0/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Video Frequency Response5 Hz to 60 MHz, 0 dB/-3 dB (Component)5 Hz to 60 MHz, -3 dB (Component)
Ethernet Standard100BASE-TX
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 2.8 µV (20.2 dBf)Mono: 3 µV (20.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dBMono/Stereo: 74 dB/ 70 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%Mono/Stereo: 0.3%/0.3%
AM Frequency522 kHz - 1611 kHz530 MHz - 1710 MHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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