Denon AVR-X3100W Review and Specs

Denon AVR-X3100W (USA version)

SCORE:
46

Highlights

  • 105 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

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Denon AVR-X3100W Overview

Denon AVR-X3100W was introduced in 2014. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 46 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
66
VIDEO FEATURES
33
AUDIO FEATURES
28
CONNECTIVITY
49
MULTIZONE
54
MISCELLANEOUS
34
RADIO
65
OVERALL
46

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 video signal passthrough and 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...

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Denon AVR-X3100W.

PROS
DSD via HDMI 👍
DSD via USB 👍
Audyssey Dynamic EQ 👍
Audyssey Dynamic Volume 👍
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling 👍
DLNA 1.5 👍
Ethernet 👍
Wi-Fi 👍
Bluetooth 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
Many HDMI Inputs 👍
USB Input 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Component Video Inputs 👍
Analog Pre-Outs 👍
Zones 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
Internet Radio 👍
Pandora 👍
Spotify 👍
SiriusXM Internet Radio 👍
CONS
No Front Wide Channel Support 👎
No Dolby Atmos 👎
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization 👎
No DTS:X 👎
No DTS Neural:X 👎
No DTS Virtual:X 👎
No IMAX Enhanced 👎
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer 👎
No DTS Dialog Control 👎
No Audyssey LFC 👎
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT 👎
No HDR10 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No Dynamic HDR 👎
No Dolby Vision 👎
No VRR 👎
No QFT 👎
No MHL Input 👎
No FireConnect 👎
No FlareConnect 👎
No HEOS 👎
No Chromecast Built-In 👎
No DTS Play-Fi 👎
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa 👎
Does Not Work with SONOS 👎
No eARC 👎
No Phono Input 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Tidal 👎
No Deezer 👎
No Napster 👎
Old Bluetooth Version 👎

Selected Features

Amplifier

Denon AVR-X3100W has 7 channel amplifier and delivers 105 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and also has a stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p and 4K upscaling up to 60p.


Audyssey

Denon AVR-X3100W comes with Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Audyssey DSX.

Audyssey Dynamic EQ selects the best possible frequency response and surround volume levels moment-by-moment. This ensures that the bass response, tonal balance and surround impression remain constant despite changes in volume. This is the first technology that carefully combines information from incoming source levels with actual output sound levels in the room, a pre-requisite for delivering a dynamic volume solution.

Your Listening experience can be greatly diminished when there are significant shifts in volume between television programs, commercials and within the program material itself. When this happens you must constantly adjust the volume to maintain your desired listening level. Audyssey Dynamic Volume monitors the volume of program material moment-by-moment and automatically adjusts it, maintaining the desired listening level for all content while optimizing the dynamic range to preserve impact.

Audyssey DSX allows you to augment a standard five-channel home theater with either two Front Wide or two Front High speakers. The Wide channels create an expansive soundstage and bring out convincing directional effects. Alternatively, Height channels can add a vertical dimension to movie and game soundtracks.


Room Correction

Denon AVR-X3100W comes with Audyssey MultEQ XT + PRO room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

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.


Connectivity

Denon AVR-X3100W 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 supports AirPlay. It has 8 HDMI inputs and HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There are 7.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI and USB inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Denon AVR-X3100W.

BASICS
BrandDenon
ModelAVR-X3100W
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUSA
Release Year2014
AMPLIFIER
Channels7.2
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
AUDIO
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Enginemultiple Texas Instruments/ Aureus DSP processors
Maximum Channel Processing7.1
D.D.S.C. HD Digital
Alpha Processing
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIz
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:X
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
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction
DTS Dialogue Control
Dialog Enhancement
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
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ XT + PRO
Audyssey App Support
Optimized Bass Redirection
Bass Sync
VIDEO
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
Component Video Maximum Resolution1080p
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
HEOS
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote App Denon Remote App for iOS and Android devices
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Headphone Transmission
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)
USB Input1 (Front) for iPod/iPhone and USB memory
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs5
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs2
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs2 / No
Composite Video Inputs3
Composite Video Outputs
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs2
Component Video Outputs1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs7.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB
Speaker A/B assignable
Headphone Out 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones2
Powered Zones 2
Zone 2 OutsHDMI, Pre Out
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output1
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1
MISC
On-Screen Display Advanced Graphic User Interface
GUI Languages3
Control4 SDDP
FL Display 1 line
Remote ControllerRC-1192
Pre-programmed / Learnable / LCD DisplayNo / No / No
Detachable Power Cord
Denon Link HD
Setup Assistant
Quick Select plus / Quick Select / No
RADIO
Analog Tuner FM/AM
Digital Radio
Internet Radio vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION
Front PanelBrushed hairline metalized finish
Speaker Terminals7
Large Speaker Terminals7
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
High Grade Audio Components
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption600 W
No Sound PowerECO On/Off: 45 W/80 W
Standby Power0.1 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Auto Power off
Dimensions (W x H x D)434 mm x 167 mm x 388 mm (with antenna: 434 mm x 237 mm x 388 mm)
17-3/32" x 6-37/64" x 15-9/32" (with antenna up: 17-3/32" x 9-21/64" x 15-9/32)
Weight11.1 kg (26 lbs 4 oz)
Warranty3 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)105 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)135 W (0.7% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)215 W (10% THD)
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)180 W (1% THD)
THD digital0.008% (1 kHz, at 0 dB)
Analog Distortion0.008% (20 Hz-20 kHz, Direct mode)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ
Rated Output digital2 V (at 0 dB playback)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 dB
S/N Ratio (digital)102 dB
Dynamic Range (digital)100 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
Video Frequency Response5 Hz to 60 MHz, 0 dB/-3 dB (Component)
Ethernet Standard100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version2.1 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 2.8 µV (20.2 dBf)
FM Effective Sensitivity1.2 µV (12.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%
AM Frequency520 kHz - 1710 kHz
AM Effective Sensitivity18 µV

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

Successor

In 2015 Denon AVR-X3100W was replaced by AVR-X3200W. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Denon AVR-X3200W Denon AVR-X3100W
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Surround Upmixer
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Dialog Control
HDR10
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
HLG

DOWNGRADES Denon AVR-X3200W Denon AVR-X3100W
Audyssey DSX
Less Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System Audyssey MultEQ XT Audyssey MultEQ XT + PRO

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Denon AVR-X3200W vs Denon AVR-X3100W.

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