Denon AVR-X3600H

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    Highlights

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

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    1. Overview

    Denon AVR-X3600H was introduced in 2019. It is equipped with 9 channel amplifier with 105 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 11.2 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 4K/60Hz and upscales up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 video signal.

    We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 91 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
    89
    Audio Features
    92
    Video Features
    96
    Connectivity
    91
    Zones
    84
    Radio
    96
    OVERALL
    91

    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-X3800H Image cannot be found 2022 9.4 105 W 8K
    AVR-X3700H Image cannot be found 2020 9.2 105 W 8K
    AVR-X3600H Image cannot be found 2019 9.2 105 W 4K
    AVR-X3500H Image cannot be found 2018 7.2 105 W 4K
    AVR-X3400H Image cannot be found 2017 7.2 105 W 4K
    AVR-X3300W Image cannot be found 2016 7.2 105 W 4K
    AVR-X3200W Image cannot be found 2015 7.2 105 W 4K
    AVR-X3100W Image cannot be found 2014 7.2 105 W 4K

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Denon AVR-X3800H vs AVR-X3700H vs AVR-X3600H vs AVR-X3500H vs AVR-X3400H vs AVR-X3300W.

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    2. Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Denon AVR-X3600H.

    PROs

    •   11.2 Channel Processing
    •   Dolby Atmos
    •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   DTS:X
    •   IMAX Enhanced
    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   HDR10
    •   Dolby Vision
    •   eARC
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
    •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   Bluetooth
    •   Works with Amazon Alexa
    •   Google Assistant
    •   HEOS
    •   8 HDMI Inputs
    •   4 HDMI Outputs
    •   USB Input
    •   Phono Input
    •   RCA Pre-Outs
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Component Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Pandora
    •   Spotify
    •   Tidal

    CONs

    •   No Front Wide Channel Support
    •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   0 8K Input
    •   No Digital Radio

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

    AVERAGE

    •   9.2 Channels
    •   Power Output - 105 W
    •   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-X3500H

    Denon AVR-X3600H has replaced AVR-X3500H. Here we present differences between these two models.

    UPGRADES Denon AVR-X3600H vs Denon AVR-X3500H
    More Channels 9.2 vs 7.2
    More Channel Processing 11.2 vs 7.2
    Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization vs
    IMAX Enhanced vs
    Newer HDCP Version 2.3 vs 2.2
    Bluetooth Headphone Transmission vs
    More RCA Pre-Outs 11.2 vs 7.2
    More Speaker Terminals 11 vs 7
    More Large Speaker Terminals 11 vs 7
    Bigger Power Supply 660 W vs 600 W
    Newer Bluetooth Version 4․1 vs 3․0 + EDR

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    5. Amplifier

    9 channel Amplifier

    Denon AVR-X3600H features 9 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 105 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels9.2
      Power Output105 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-X3600H's 9 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

      • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
      • 5.2.2, 5.2.4, 7.2.2 with internal amplifier.
      • 7.2.4 with addition of external 2 channel amplifier.
      • DTS:X Configurations: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos:
      • 5.2.2, 5.2.4, 7.2.2 with internal amplifier.
      • 7.2.4 with addition of external 2 channel 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-X3600H 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-X3600H 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-X3600H 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.

      IMAX Enhanced

      Denon AVR-X3600H is IMAX Enhanced certified. To qualify for IMAX Enhanced certification, 4K HDR televisions, projectors, sound bars, a/v receivers, loudspeakers, powered subwoofers and other premium home entertainment devices must meet carefully prescribed performance requirements established by IMAX, DTS and Hollywood's leading experts.

      • What makes an IMAX Enhanced A/V receiver different from an A/V receiver with DTS:X technology? DTS:X technology is commonly found in most multi-channel A/V receivers on the market today. All IMAX Enhanced A/V receivers include DTS:X technology and deliver additional features, such as auto-sensing of IMAX Enhanced content, via IMAX Mode. IMAX Mode indicates that your A/V receiver supports fully immersive IMAX signature sound.
      DECODING
      Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.4
      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 7.1.4
      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-X3600H features 8 HDMI inputs. It has 3 outputs: 2 for MAIN and 1 for ZONE2.

      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 video signal.
      • 4K Upscaling: Denon AVR-X3600H can upscale up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 from HDMI and analog sources.
      • Analog To HDMI Upconversion: The a/v receiver supports video upconversion, so you can connect your analog Component and Composite video sources and Denon AVR-X3600H will output them via HDMI. This means that you will need only one HDMI cable to connect to your TV.
      • 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-X3600H is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

      HDR (High Dynamic Range)

      Denon AVR-X3600H 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-X3600H 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 50/60Hz 4:4:4

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      9. Room Calibration

      Denon AVR-X3600H comes with Audyssey MultEQ XT32 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-X3600H 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 7 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
      • HDMI Output: Denon AVR-X3600H offers HDMI output for Zone 2. This means that it can send two different HDMI signals to two displays.
      • 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 OutsHDMI, Pre Out
      RS-232C Interface
      +12V Trigger Output1
      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 Pre-Outs: Denon AVR-X3600H has 11.2 preamplifier outputs which allow you to connect the a/v receiver to the external power amplifier. You may want to use a high quality external amplifier for certain channels, usually for front L/R and center, and use the a/v receiver to power the rest. Also, Denon AVR-X3600H has 11 channel processing but has only 9 channel amplifier, so it needs the external amplifier connected to the analog pre-outs in order to reach the maximum speaker configuration.
      • Analog Line Inputs: There are 5 line inputs for analog audio connection.
      • Digital Inputs: 2 optical inputs and 2 coaxial inputs 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: 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)
        8K Inputs: 0
      • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
      • Inputs: 3   Outputs: 0
      • 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 Outputs3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)
      8K Inputs
      USB Input1 Front for USB memory
      USB DC Out Port
      Optical Inputs2
      Optical Outputs
      Coaxial Inputs2
      RCA Line Inputs5
      RCA Line Outputs
      XLR Line Inputs
      Phono Input
      Multi-Channel Input
      RCA Pre-Outs11.2
      XLR Pre-outs
      Composite Video Inputs3
      Composite Video Outputs
      S-Video Inputs
      S-Video Outputs
      Component Video Inputs2
      Component Video Outputs1

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      12. Evaluation

      We evaluate Denon AVR-X3600H and give score of 91 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
      91

      Amplifier

      EXCELLENT
      89

      We give Denon AVR-X3600H a score of 89 for Amplifier features.

      •   9.2 Channels
      •   Power Output - 105 W

      Audio Features

      EXCELLENT
      92

      We give Denon AVR-X3600H a score of 92 for Audio Features features.

      •   9.2 Channels
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   11.2 Channel Processing
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   DTS:X
      •   IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   DSD via HDMI

      Video Features

      EXCELLENT
      96

      We give Denon AVR-X3600H a score of 96 for Video Features features.

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

      Connectivity

      EXCELLENT
      91

      We give Denon AVR-X3600H a score of 91 for Connectivity features.

      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Works with Amazon Alexa
      •   Google Assistant
      •   HEOS
      •   8 HDMI Inputs
      •   4 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   USB Input
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   Phono Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Bluetooth 4․1

      Zones

      GOOD
      84

      We give Denon AVR-X3600H a score of 84 for Zones features.

      •   2 Zones

      Radio

      EXCELLENT
      96

      We give Denon AVR-X3600H a score of 96 for Radio features.

      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal

      13. Replaced by AVR-X3700H

      In 2020 Denon AVR-X3600H was replaced by Denon AVR-X3700H. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Denon AVR-X3600H and its successor.

      UPGRADES Denon AVR-X3700H vs Denon AVR-X3600H
      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 50/60Hz 4:4:4
      More 8K Inputs 1 vs
      More Composite Video Outputs 1 vs
      Zone 2 Outs HDMI, Component, Pre Out vs HDMI, Pre Out
      Newer Bluetooth Version 4․2 vs 4․1
      DOWNGRADES Denon AVR-X3700H vs Denon AVR-X3600H
      Less HDMI Inputs 7 vs 8 (1 front)
      Front A/V Inputs USB vs HDMI, USB

      For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Denon AVR-X3600H vs AVR-X3700H.

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