Denon AVR-X2600H

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    Highlights

    • 7.2 Channels
    • 7.1 Channel Processing
    • 95 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
    • HDR10, Dolby Vision
    • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/30Hz Upscaling
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
    • Phono Input

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    1. Overview

    Denon AVR-X2600H was introduced in 2019. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 95 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 4K/60Hz and upscales up to 4K 24/25/30p 4:4:4 video signal.

    We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 88 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

    Amplifier
    88
    Audio Features
    85
    Video Features
    95
    Connectivity
    87
    Zones
    81
    Radio
    96
    OVERALL
    88

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


    Here is a history of the series, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the receivers.

    Evolution of the series
    Model Year Chann. Power Dolby Atmos DTS:X HDR10 HDR10+ Dolby Vision Pass. Price
    AVR-X2800H Image cannot be found 2022 7.2 95 W 8K
    AVR-X2700H Image cannot be found 2020 7.2 95 W 8K
    AVR-X2600H Image cannot be found 2019 7.2 95 W 4K
    AVR-X2500H Image cannot be found 2018 7.2 95 W 4K
    AVR-X2400H Image cannot be found 2017 7.2 95 W 4K
    AVR-X2300W Image cannot be found 2016 7.2 95 W 4K
    AVR-X2200W Image cannot be found 2015 7.2 95 W 4K
    AVR-X2100W Image cannot be found 2014 7.2 95 W 4K

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Denon AVR-X2800H vs AVR-X2700H vs AVR-X2600H vs AVR-X2500H vs AVR-X2400H vs AVR-X2300W.

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    2. Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Denon AVR-X2600H.

    PROs

    •   Dolby Atmos
    •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   DTS:X
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   HDR10
    •   Dolby Vision
    •   eARC
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   Bluetooth
    •   Works with Amazon Alexa
    •   Google Assistant
    •   HEOS
    •   8 HDMI Inputs
    •   USB Input
    •   Phono Input
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Component Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Pandora
    •   Spotify
    •   Tidal

    CONs

    •   No Front Wide Channel Support
    •   No IMAX Enhanced
    •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    •   No DSD via HDMI
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   0 8K Input
    •   No RCA Pre-Outs
    •   No Digital Radio

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

    AVERAGE

    •   7.2 Channels
    •   Power Output - 95 W
    •   7.1 Channel Processing
    •   2 HDMI Outputs
    •   RCA Line Inputs
    •   2 Zones
    •   Bluetooth 4․1

    3. Denon 2019 Lineup

    In 2019 Denon released 7 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Denon 2019 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsImmersive AudioZones Price
    AVR-X3600H Image cannot be found 9.2105 W11.211.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    AVR-X2600H Image cannot be found 7.295 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    AVR-X1600H Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    AVR-X1600H DAB Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    AVR-S950H Image cannot be found 7.290 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    AVR-S750H Image cannot be found 7.275 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    AVR-S650H Image cannot be found 5.275 W5.11

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Denon AVR-X3600H vs AVR-X2600H vs AVR-X1600H vs AVR-X1600H DAB vs AVR-S950H vs AVR-S750H.

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    4. Changes from the AVR-X2500H

    Denon AVR-X2600H has replaced AVR-X2500H. Here we present differences between these two models.

    UPGRADES Denon AVR-X2600H vs Denon AVR-X2500H
    Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization vs
    Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) vs
    Newer HDCP Version 2.3 vs 2.2
    Bluetooth Headphone Transmission vs
    Newer Bluetooth Version 4․1 vs 3․0 + EDR

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Denon AVR-X2600H vs AVR-X2500H.

    5. Amplifier

    7 channel Amplifier

    Denon AVR-X2600H features 7 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 95 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels7.2
      Power Output95 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Front Wide Channel Support
      Discrete Amplification
      THX™ Certification
      Continuous 6 Ω Rated
      Certified 4 Ω Performance
      Mono Block Power Amplifier Construction
      Bi-amp Capability assignable

      6. Speaker Configurations

      Denon AVR-X2600H's 7 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

      • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
      • 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
      • DTS:X Configurations: 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:
      • 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
      • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Denon AVR-X2600H allows you 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.

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      7. Immersive Audio Formats

      Dolby Atmos

      Denon AVR-X2600H supports Dolby Atmos with Surround Upmixer and Atmos Height Virtualization.

      • 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.
      • Atmos Height Virtualization 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-X2600H supports DTS:X with Neural:X and Virtual:X.

      • Neural:X 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.
      • Virtual:X 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: 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.
      DECODING
      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
      IMAX Enhanced
      Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer

      8. HDMI

      Denon AVR-X2600H features 8 HDMI inputs. It has 2 outputs which work parallelly and output the same signal.

      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 video signal.
      • 4K Upscaling: Denon AVR-X2600H can upscale up to 4K 24/25/30p 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%.
      • HDCP 2.3 Copy Protection: All inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.3 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
      • 3D Ready: Denon AVR-X2600H is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

      HDR (High Dynamic Range)

      Denon AVR-X2600H supports HDR (high dynamic range) video formats such as HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma via HDMI ports. 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)

      Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature 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

      Denon AVR-X2600H supports Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) for lag-free and smooth gaming.



      VIDEO FEATURES
      HDR10
      HDR10+
      Dynamic HDR
      BT.2020 color space
      Dolby Vision
      HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
      HDBaseT Compatible
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
      HDCP Version2.3
      QMS (Quick Media Switching)
      ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
      VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
      QFT (Quick Frame transport)
      3-D Ready
      Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
      Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 24/25/30p 4:4:4

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      9. Room Calibration

      Denon AVR-X2600H comes with Audyssey MultEQ XT room correction system and includes the calibration microphone. It also supports Audyssey App.

      • Audyssey Room Calibration: Audyssey is an acoustic measurement technology which automatically restores the acoustic distortion caused by the acoustic behaviour of a room with only a push on a button. Audyssey equalization provides an clear, accurate, natural sound with voices and dialog that become focused and intelligible, restoring the musical balance. Musical instruments and sound effects become precisely localized and the surround soundstage is made seamless and enveloping.

      10. Multi-zone Playback

      Denon AVR-X2600H offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 2 different rooms.


      Zone 2

      • Powered Zone 2: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 2 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 5 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
      • Audio Pre Output: If you have a dedicated power amplifier for Zone 2 you can connect it to the a/v receiver via pre outs and control volume from the a/v receiver.
      ZONES
      Number of Zones2
      Powered Zones 2
      Zone 2 OutsPre Out
      RS-232C Interface
      +12V Trigger Output
      Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1

      11. Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

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

      Video

      • HDMI:
      • Inputs: 8 (1 front)   Outputs: 2 (simultaneous)
        8K Inputs: 0
      • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
      • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 1
      • Component Video: Component video connection gives you the higher quality video compared to the composite video connection. So in case your old DVD player and other equipment do not have an HDMI output but have Component video output use this connection over the composite one.
      • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 1

      Front A/V Inputs

      • HDMI, USB
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      TERMINALS
      HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)
      HDMI Outputs2 (simultaneous)
      8K Inputs
      USB Input1 Front for USB memory
      USB DC Out Port
      Optical Inputs2
      Optical Outputs
      Coaxial Inputs1
      RCA Line Inputs4
      RCA Line Outputs
      XLR Line Inputs
      Phono Input
      Multi-Channel Input
      RCA Pre-Outs0.2
      XLR Pre-outs
      Composite Video Inputs2
      Composite Video Outputs1
      S-Video Inputs
      S-Video Outputs
      Component Video Inputs2
      Component Video Outputs1

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      12. Evaluation

      We evaluate Denon AVR-X2600H and give score of 88 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 6 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.


      OVERALL
      88

      Amplifier

      EXCELLENT
      88

      We give Denon AVR-X2600H a score of 88 for Amplifier features.

      •   7.2 Channels
      •   Power Output - 95 W

      Audio Features

      EXCELLENT
      85

      We give Denon AVR-X2600H a score of 85 for Audio Features features.

      •   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

      Video Features

      EXCELLENT
      95

      We give Denon AVR-X2600H a score of 95 for Video Features features.

      •   HDR10
      •   No HDR10+
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
      •   No 8K Passthrough

      Connectivity

      EXCELLENT
      87

      We give Denon AVR-X2600H a score of 87 for Connectivity features.

      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Works with Amazon Alexa
      •   Google Assistant
      •   HEOS
      •   8 HDMI Inputs
      •   2 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   USB Input
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   Phono Input
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Bluetooth 4․1

      Zones

      GOOD
      81

      We give Denon AVR-X2600H a score of 81 for Zones features.

      •   2 Zones

      Radio

      EXCELLENT
      96

      We give Denon AVR-X2600H a score of 96 for Radio features.

      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal

      13. Replaced by AVR-X2700H

      In 2020 Denon AVR-X2600H was replaced by Denon AVR-X2700H. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Denon AVR-X2600H and its successor.

      UPGRADES Denon AVR-X2700H vs Denon AVR-X2600H
      HDR10+ vs
      Dynamic HDR vs
      VRR vs
      QFT vs
      Video Signal Passthrough up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 vs up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
      Video Signal Upscaling up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 vs up to 4K 24/25/30p 4:4:4
      Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite vs
      More 8K Inputs 1 vs
      Newer Bluetooth Version 4․2 vs 4․1
      DOWNGRADES Denon AVR-X2700H vs Denon AVR-X2600H
      Less HDMI Inputs 6 vs 8 (1 front)
      Front A/V Inputs USB vs HDMI, USB

      For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Denon AVR-X2600H vs AVR-X2700H.

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