Denon AVR-X5200W

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    Highlights

    • 9.2 Channels
    • 11.2 Channel Processing
    • 140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • Dolby Atmos, Auro 3D
    • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/60Hz Upscaling
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
    • Phono Input
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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
    Audio Features
    90
    Video Features
    75
    Connectivity
    89
    Zones
    92
    Radio
    91
    OVERALL
    88

    For more details about the ranking please scroll down to an    Evaluation section.

    Pros and Cons

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

    PROs

    •   High Power Output - 140 W
    •   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
    •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   Bluetooth
    •   8 HDMI Inputs
    •   4 HDMI Outputs
    •   USB Input
    •   Many RCA Line Inputs
    •   Phono Input
    •   RCA Pre-Outs
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Component Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   3 Zones
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Digital Radio
    •   Pandora
    •   Spotify

    CONs

    •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   No DTS:X
    •   No IMAX Enhanced
    •   No HDR10
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No Dolby Vision
    •   No eARC
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   0 8K Input
    •   No Tidal
    •   Bluetooth 2․1 + EDR

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

    AVERAGE

    •   9.2 Channels

    Denon 2014 Lineup

    In 2014 Denon released 5 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Denon 2014 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsRoom Corr.Immersive AudioZones Price
    AVR-X5200W Image cannot be found 9.2140 W11.213.2 Audyssey MultEQ XT32 + PRODolby Atmos
    Auro 3D
    3
    AVR-X4100W Image cannot be found 7.2125 W9.213.2 Audyssey MultEQ XT32 + PRODolby Atmos
    Auro 3D
    3
    AVR-X3100W Image cannot be found 7.2105 W7.17.2 Audyssey MultEQ XT + PRO2
    AVR-X2100W Image cannot be found 7.295 W7.1 Audyssey MultEQ XT2
    AVR-X1100W Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.1 Audyssey MultEQ XT2

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Denon AVR-X5200W vs AVR-X4100W vs AVR-X3100W vs AVR-X2100W vs AVR-X1100W.

    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.

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels9.2
      Power Output140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Front Wide Channel Support
      Amplifier DesignMonolithic
      Discrete Amplification
      THX™ Certification
      Continuous 6 Ω Rated
      Certified 4 Ω Performance
      Mono Block Power Amplifier Construction
      Bi-amp Capability assignable

      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.
      • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Denon AVR-X5200W 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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      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.


      DECODING
      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

      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.
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      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.
      VIDEO FEATURES
      HDR10
      HDR10+
      Dynamic HDR
      BT.2020 color space
      Dolby Vision
      HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
      HDBaseT Compatible
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
      HDCP Version2.2
      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

      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.
      ZONES
      Number of 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

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      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

      Front A/V Inputs

      • HDMI, USB, Composite, L/R Audio
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      TERMINALS
      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
      Optical Inputs2
      Optical Outputs
      Coaxial Inputs2
      RCA Line Inputs7 (1 front)
      RCA Line Outputs
      XLR Line Inputs
      Phono Input
      Multi-Channel Input
      RCA Pre-Outs13.2
      XLR Pre-outs
      Composite Video Inputs5 (1 front)
      Composite Video Outputs1
      S-Video Inputs
      S-Video Outputs
      Component Video Inputs2
      Component Video Outputs1

      Denon AVR-X5200W Evaluation

      We evaluate Denon AVR-X5200W 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
      94

      We give Denon AVR-X5200W a score of 94 for Amplifier features.

      •   9.2 Channels
      •   High Power Output - 140 W

      Audio Features

      EXCELLENT
      90

      We give Denon AVR-X5200W a score of 90 for Audio Features features.

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

      Video Features

      GOOD
      75

      We give Denon AVR-X5200W a score of 75 for Video Features features.

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

      Connectivity

      EXCELLENT
      89

      We give Denon AVR-X5200W a score of 89 for Connectivity features.

      •   No eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   8 HDMI Inputs
      •   4 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   USB Input
      •   Many RCA Line Inputs
      •   Phono Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Bluetooth 2․1 + EDR

      Zones

      EXCELLENT
      92

      We give Denon AVR-X5200W a score of 92 for Zones features.

      •   3 Zones

      Radio

      EXCELLENT
      91

      We give Denon AVR-X5200W a score of 91 for Radio features.

      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   No Tidal


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