Both Denon models have advanced video sections with the latest specifications. On the X1300W you get six HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 inputs and one output. The X2300W features eight inputs and two outputs, so you can support both a TV and a video projector without needing an HDMI switcher. Both models support 4K/Ultra HD, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub sampling, HDR pass-through; and BT.2020 pass-through on every input.
The Denon AVR-X2300W boasts Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) certification for video quality. The X2300 is equipped with the full suite of ISFccc advanced video-calibration controls. The additional inputs, control options, second zone pre-outs, and RS232 port for home automation control will render the AVR-X2300W attractive to custom installers and smart-home aficionados.
Following a growing trend among AV receivers, both new models have Dolby Atmos immersive audio and are ready for DTS:X. As manufacturers still seem to be playing catch-up from last year, these new models must wait for a free DTS:X update (scheduled for later in 2016) to take advantage of the speaker-layout-agnostic immersive-audio format.
As with all other X-series models, the X1300 and X2300 have just about every wireless and network feature you could ask for: Built-in Bluetooth, dual-band Wi-Fi, and dual antennas are just the tip of the feature list. Apple AirPlay, Internet Radio, Pandora, Spotify Connect, SiriusXM and high-res music file playback of FLAC, AIFF or DSD (up to 5.6MHz) are standard.
Pricing and availability
The Yamaha RX-A760 ($750) will be available in May; the RX-A660 ($650), RX-A860 ($1000) and RX-A1060 ($1300) will be available in June; while the high end RX-A2060 ($1700) and RX-A3060 ($2200) models will be released in July.
Denon’s AVR-X1300W will list for $599 and the AVR-X2300W will retail for $799. Both Denon models will be available starting around May 18.
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