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Denon AVC-X4700H Review

Denon AVC-X4700H AV amplifier with HDMI 2.1 (8K)

The Denon AVC-X4700H closes the gap between the AVC-X6700H and AVC-X3700H and, like its brothers from the same manufacturer (1), is equipped with HDMI 2.1 support for 8K / 60Hz and 4K / 120Hz playback.

The Denon AVC-X4700H is a 9.2-channel AV amplifier with the possibility of 11.2-channel processing. The active channels should deliver a maximum output of 200 watts each.

Two ADI Griffin Lite DSPs deliver crystal clear surround sound. The model is also far ahead when it comes to playing 3D sound formats with Dolby Atmos, DTS: X, IMAX Enhanced, and Auro-3D. The only thing missing is DTS: X Pro, which is only supported by the new AVC-X6700H (via firmware update). Thanks to the expanded channel processing, home cinema fans can expand their audio setup to 7.1.4.

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HDMI 2.1 for 8K/60p & 4K/120p In The Denon AVC-X4700H

As was to be assumed, Denon based the AVC-X4700H on the chassis of the predecessor (AVC-X4500H). The arrangement of the function keys behind the front panel has remained the same. The remote control and the calibration microphone have also remained the same. Only the HDMI input (HDMI aux) on the front now supports HDCP 2.3 content. Denon is again sticking to the classic color variations black and silver.

The second star is the new HDMI 2.1 video technology with support for 8K / 60Hz and 4K / 120Hz signals ( pass-through ), HDR10, HDR10 +, HLG, Dolby Vision and 8K upscaling of low-resolution video signals. Even eARC (enhanced audio return channel) is on board. Unfortunately, there is only one input with HDMI 2.1 available, but two of the three outputs should support HDMI 2.1 with HDCP 2.3. The other 7 inputs still use HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.3). By the way, the advanced video section of the AVC-X4700H has earned it certification from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF)! For example, ISF Day and ISF Night modes can be set by professional calibrations.

VRR, QTF & ALLM for gaming

The connection section leaves nothing to be desired and even delivers HDMI 2.1 for 8K / 60p and 4K / 120p signals

The AVC-X4700H is therefore perfectly equipped for the next generation of consoles (PlayStation 5 / Xbox Series X) and for the PC graphics cards with HDMI 2.1 that will hopefully be released soon. In addition to the video processing of 8K / 60p and 4K / 120p, other important features such as Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)Quick Frame Transport (QFT), and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) are also on board!

If we go to the back of the Denon AVC-X4700H, we notice some differences from the predecessor. There is an additional video output (Zone 2) and a second “trigger” output. The rest of the connections are completely the same.

Music lovers will really enjoy the Denon AVC-X4700H. Spotify, TuneIn (Internet radio), Amazon Music HD, TIDAL, etc. can be wirelessly transmitted to the AV amplifier via WLAN. There is also the option of sending the audio signal to compatible HEOS multiroom loudspeakers. The perfect sound experience is provided by the support for high-resolution audio formats (WAV, FLAC, ALAC, and DSD 2.8 / 5.6 MHz files). And as befits a device for 2020, the voice assistants Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri are on board.

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The Multysq XT32 from Audyssey is available to the user for simple room calibration. In addition, two Audyssey profiles can be created. Perfect for larger rooms with multiple seating positions. The calibration microphone is included as well as the remote control, which enables a large selection of directly selectable functions.

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Pricing And Availability Of The Denon AVC-X4700H

The suggested retail price of 1,499 dollars has already been communicated on the Denon website and in the press release we have received in June. The new model is available already since July 2020.

Highlight Features 

  • 9.2 channel AV amplifier with 200 watts (max)
  • 11.2 Channel processing
  • ADI Griffin Lite DSP (AL32 processing)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro-3D
  • Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
  • DTS Virtual:X Height Technology
  • IMAX Enhanced
  • 8K/60Hz & 4K/120Hz Passthrough + Upscaling
  • HLG, HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision
  • 3 sources 3 zones (multiroom)
  • 8 HDMI inputs (1x HDMI 2.1 / all HDCP 2.3)
  • 3 HDMI outputs (2x HDMI 2.1 / 1x HDMI 2.0 all HDCP 2.3)
  • eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel)
  • VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
  • QFT (Quick Frame Transport)
  • ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
  • WiFi-Audio streaming
  • Apple AirPlay 2
  • HEOS built-in
  • Bluetooth audio transmission (headphones/speakers)
  • 11.2 Preamp outputs
  • Phono input
  • Two subwoofer outputs
  • Two 12 V trigger outputs
  • Google Assistant
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Apple Siri
  • Optional app control
  • Roon-Tested
  • Audyssey room calibration MultEQ XT32
  • Two independent Audyssey settings profiles