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Denon AVR-X5200W (USA version)

SCORE:
88

Highlights

  • 9.2 channels
  • 11.2 channel processing
  • 140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, Auro 3D capable
  • 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

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Overview

Denon AVR-X5200W was introduced in 2014. It is equipped with 9 channel amplifier with 140 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 Auro-3D, passes 4K/60Hz and upscales up to 4K 50/60Hz 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
94
VIDEO FEATURES
75
AUDIO FEATURES
90
CONNECTIVITY
89
MULTIZONE
92
MISCELLANEOUS
90
RADIO
91
OVERALL
88

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Denon AVR-X5200W.

PROS
  Front Wide Channel Support
  11.2 Channel Processing
  Dolby Atmos
  Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
  DSD via HDMI
  Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
  New HDCP Version
  Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
  4K or 8K Video Passthrough
  4K or 8K Signal Upscaling
  Analog To HDMI Upconversion
  Ethernet
  Wi-Fi
  Bluetooth
  Many HDMI Inputs
  Many HDMI Outputs
  USB Input
  Many Analog Audio Line Inputs
  Phono Input
  Composite Video Inputs
  Component Video Inputs
  Analog Pre-Outs
  Zones
  Analog Tuner
  Digital Radio
  Pandora
  Spotify
CONS
  No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
  No DTS:X
  No IMAX Enhanced
  No eARC
  No HDR10
  No HDR10+
  No Dolby Vision
  No HEOS
  No Chromecast Built-In
  Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
  Few 8K Inputs
  No Tidal
  Old Bluetooth Version

Audio Section

9 channel Monolithic Amplifier

Denon AVR-X5200W features 9 channel power amplifier with Monolithic design. It is rated at 140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

    Speaker Configurations

    Denon AVR-X5200W'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, 9.2.2 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, 9.2 with internal amplifier.
    • Front Wide Channel support: Denon AVR-X5200W supports front wide channels. With the presence of two front wide speakers you can enhance the front surround stage. The following speaker configurations are available for front wide channels - 9.2, 9.2.2.
    • Bi-Amp: You can bi-amp front left and right speakers. 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.

    Dolby Atmos

    Denon AVR-X5200W supports Dolby Atmos. It is a cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound 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. 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.

    • 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.

    Auro-3D

    Denon AVR-X5200W supports Auro-3D after paid upgrade. It 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: Auro-Matic upmixer takes non Auro-3D sound and upmixes to the current speaker configuration.

    Audyssey DSX

    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.



    Sound Processing

    • Audyssey: Denon AVR-X5200W comes with Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Dynamic Volume, LFC and Sub EQ HT.
    • 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.
    • Dynamic Volume: 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.
    • LFC (Low Frequency Containment): While high frequencies are easily stopped by walls low frequencies pass right through. After identifying the frequency range that most readily passes through walls Audyssey developed a technique, called Audyssey LFC (Low Frequency Containment) that reduses the volume at those frequencies and applies psychoacoustic processing to restore the perception of low bass for listeners in the room. The result is no more angry neighbors and no loss of enjoyment for listeners.
    • Sub EQ HT: Placing two subwoofers in the room can cause problems, they can create standing waves or even cancel each other out resulting in even less bass than a single sub can produce. Audyssey Sub EQ HT allows two subwoofers to be properly used in a home theater system. The process is automated and takes only a few minutes. The result is rich, full bass for everyone in the room.
    • D.D.S.C.: Denon AVR-X5200W has 24-bit 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.
    • AL24 Processing: Denon AVR-X5200W has AL24 Processing which is analog waveform reproduction technology that represents a further advancement over Denon’s Adaptive Line Pattern Harmonized Algorithm Processing that won high acclaim for its exceptional sound quality. It has not only further reduced quantization noise but also supported the higher numbers of bits and sampling rates that have been drawing attention in next-generation media. To achieve audio output of 24-bit quality, AL24 Processing generates low-order 8-bit data by doubling the processing circuitry of the low-order data generator and processing the data internally, and then adds the 16 high-order bits. AL24 Processing interpolates the signal that was lost when the original sound was recorded as digital data so that it can faithfully reproduce the smooth analog waveform that existed prior to recording. AL24 Processing supports not only 16-bit but also 18-, 20-, and 24-bit digital input. With AL24 Processing, it is now possible to actually hear the delicate low-level resonances of music that had been absorbed by the concert hall and were difficult for conventional systems to reproduce.

    Room Calibration

    Denon AVR-X5200W comes with Audyssey MultEQ XT32 + PRO room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

    • 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.

    Video Section

    HDMI

    Denon AVR-X5200W 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-X5200W 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-X5200W will output them via HDMI. This means that you will need only one HDMI cable to connect to your TV.
    • HDCP 2.2 Copy Protection: All inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.2 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
    • 3D Ready: Denon AVR-X5200W is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

    andh3>Gaming Features

    Denon AVR-X5200W supports Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) for lag-free and smooth gaming.

    • Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM): Auto Low Latency Mode enables the ideal latency setting to automatically be set allowing for smooth, lag-free and uninterrupted viewing and interactivity. When the receiver detects a gaming signal it will enter ALLM. The signal will also be sent to the TV causing it to automatically switch to a low-latency, low-lag mode for gaming. Some functions will not be available on the receiver and TV during ALLM.

    Multi-zone Playback

    Denon AVR-X5200W offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 3 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-X5200W 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.
    • Composite Video Output: Denon AVR-X5200W has analog Composite Video output for Zone 2. This means that it can send a different video signal to the TV.
    • Component Video Output: Denon AVR-X5200W has analog Component Video output for Zone 2, so you can send a different video signal to the TV. Component video connection provides the higher image quality than the composite and S-Video connections.

    Zone 3

    • Powered Zone 3: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 3 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 7 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
    • Audio Pre Output: If you have a dedicated power amplifier for Zone 3 you can connect it to the a/v receiver via pre outs and control volume from the a/v receiver.

    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-X5200W has 13.2 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-X5200W 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 7 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: 5   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. Denon AVR-X5200W supports up to 1080p resolution on Component video connectors.
    • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 1
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    Specifications

    Here we list all the available features and specifications of Denon AVR-X5200W.

    BASICS
    BrandDenon
    ModelAVR-X5200W
    TypeA/V Receiver
    CountryUSA
    Release Year2014
    AMPLIFIER
    Channels9.2
    Front Wide Channel Support
    AmplifierMonolithic
    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) Engine4 powerful high speed 4th generation SHARC DSP processors
    DAC Specs192 kHz/24 Bit
    Maximum Channel Processing11.2
    D.D.S.C. HD Digital
    Alpha Processing AL24 Processing Plus
    Air Studios Monitor Certification
    Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.4 or 9.1.2 with external amp
    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
    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 Dialog 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 Subwoofer Outputs
    CALIBRATION
    Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ XT32 + PRO
    Audyssey App Support
    Optimized Bass Redirection
    Bass Sync
    VIDEO
    Enhanced ARC
    HDCP Version2.2
    HDR10
    HDR10+
    Dynamic HDR
    Dolby Vision
    HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
    BT.2020 color space
    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
    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
    HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)
    HDMI Outputs3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)
    8K Inputs
    USB Input1 (Front) for iPod/iPhone and USB memory
    USB DC Out Port
    Analog Audio Line Input7 (1 front)
    Analog Audio Line Output
    Phono Input
    Optical Inputs2
    Optical Outputs
    Coaxial Inputs2
    Composite Video Input5 (1 front)
    Composite Video Output1
    S-Video Input
    S-Video Output
    Component Video Input2
    Component Video Output1
    PC In
    Multi-Channel Input
    Analog Pre-Outs13.2
    XLR Inputs
    XLR Pre-outs
    Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, Composite, L/R Audio
    Speaker A/B assignable
    Headphone Out6.3 mm (1/4")
    ZONES
    Zones3
    Powered Zones 2 and 3
    Zone 2 OutsHDMI, Component, Composite, Pre Out
    Zone 3 OutsPre Out
    RS-232C Interface
    +12V Trigger Output2
    Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1
    MISC
    On-Screen Display Advanced Graphic User Interface
    GUI Languages3
    Control4 SDDP
    Display 2 lines
    Remote ControllerRC-1193
    Pre-programmed / Learnable / LCD Display / /
    Detachable Power Cord
    Denon Link HD
    Setup Assistant
    Quick Select plus / Quick Select /
    RADIO
    Analog Tuner FM/AM
    Digital Radio HD Radio
    Internet Radio vTuner
    Pandora
    Spotify
    Tidal
    Deezer
    Napster
    SiriusXM Internet Radio
    CONSTRUCTION
    Front PanelMetal
    Speaker Terminals11
    Large Speaker Terminals11
    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 Consumption730 W
    No Sound PowerECO On/Off: 65 W/110 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 393 mm (with antenna: 434 mm x 235 mm x 393 mm)
    17-3/32" x 6-37/64" x 15-15/32" (with antenna up: 17-3/32" x 9-1/4" x 15-15/32")
    Weight14.1 kg (31 lbs 1 oz)
    Warranty3 Years
    SPECS
    Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2140 W (0.05% THD)
    Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2175 W (0.7% THD)
    Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)250 W (10% THD)
    Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)205 W (1% THD)
    Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)250 W x 2-channel
    Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)160 W x 2-channel
    THD digital0.008% (1 kHz, at 0 dB)
    Analog Distortion0.005% (20 Hz-20 kHz, Direct mode)
    Phono Distortion0.03% (1 kHz, 3 V)
    Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ
    Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)2.5 mV
    Rated Output digital2 V (at 0 dB playback)
    S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)102 dB
    S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)74 dB
    S/N Ratio (digital)102 dB
    Dynamic Range (digital)100 dB
    Phono RIAA Deviation±1 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
    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 Impedance1 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 10 MHz, 0 dB/-3 dB (Composite)
    Ethernet Standard100BASE-TX
    Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 b/g/n
    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 Effective Sensitivity1.5 µV (14.8 dBf)
    FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo/HD: 78 dB/68 dB/85 dB
    FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo/HD: 0.1%/0.2%/0.02%
    AM Frequency530 kHz - 1710 kHz
    AM Effective Sensitivity20 µV
    AM S/N Ratio85 dB

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

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