Denon’s shiny new network receivers with Dolby Atmos are shipping now [Update]

denon two new receivers atmos avr x5200wbk
Denon has announced the anticipated release of two new heavy hitters in its A/V receiver lineup, the AVR-X4100W, and the AVR-X5200W network receivers. Both new components are packed with a fleet of state-of-the-art features, including premium internal components, the latest in 4K video passthrough, and compatibility with the new Dolby Atmos surround sound technology. And perhaps most exciting, while the units were originally slated for an October release, as was reported by Twice, the receivers have begun to ship nearly two months ahead of schedule, making them the first of their kind to hit the market.

“The X4100 and X5200 are both shipping now with Atmos built-in and ready to go,” said Paul Belanger, D+M Group product manager, adding that the receivers are “the first and only Atmos AVRs available right now.” Denon’s new units have jumped ahead of the likes of Pioneer, Yamaha, Marantz, Onkyo, and others, all of which are bringing Atmos into the home.

Related: All you need to know about Dolby Atmos coming to home theaters

AVR-X4100W 7.2 channel network receiver ($1,400)

avr x4100w

Holding up the first line of defense in Denon’s new lineup, the X4100W is an extremely capable component that offers a ton of functionality for the money. Under the hood, the device packs a heavy punch of power, offering 7 channel surround sound with a claimed 125 watts of power per channel. The audio is run through Denon’s Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit, which handles the bulk of the work, including digital and analog conversions, and DSP.

The X4100W handles nearly anything you can throw at it when it comes to high definition digital decoding, including Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master Audio, as well as surround sound formats like Neo:X, Audyssey DSX, and Dolby Pro Logic IIz. And in perhaps the biggest news, it also offers compatibility with Dolby Atmos in 5.1.2, 5.1.4 and 7.1.2 configurations, allowing users to add up to 4 overhead Atmos speakers for up to 9 channel sound to step into a hyper-realistic level of surround with Atmos-mixed movies. However, while the receiver can process the Atmos setup, users will need to add a 2-channel power amp to achieve the full 9-channel configuration.

When it comes to network streaming, the X4100W has all the goodies you’d expect in a top-tier receiver, including Wi-Fi with Airplay and DLNA support, as well as Bluetooth for easy connection to smartphone’s and tablets, and onboard Internet radio including Spotify, Pandora, and Sirius XM. The unit also offers remote apps for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices.

Other features include 4K passthrough for top-grade 60Hz content and 4K upscaling, as well as Audyssey MultEQ XT 32 for room calibration. Connections for the unit include 8 HDMI inputs, 3 HDMI outputs for up to three different zones, a front facing USB input for hard drive connection or iPhone input, a phono input, and more. You really shouldn’t need much more than what the X4100W delivers. But if you do…

AVR-X5200W 9.2 channel network receiver ($2,000)

avr x5200w

The top-dog of the Denon family, this flagship receiver tacks on all of the spoils of the X4100W, and a bit more. That bit includes more power per side, including a claimed 140 watts per channel, as well as more Dolby Atmos fun to play with. Extra channels allow for an even more expansive Atmos setup, with up to 7 surround channels and 4 Atmos overhead speakers, though, like the X4100W, users will need to add a two-channel power amp into the equation to achieve the full 11-channel output.

Other additional features include Denon’s premium High Current Transistors setup in a monolithic design for even more clarity and punch, and a 13.2 channel pre-out with gold-plated terminals.

For reference, below is a quick breakdown of the key features Denon’s new receivers have to offer:


  • D.D.S.C.-HD with AL24 Processing, Denon Link HD
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with dual antenna, built in Bluetooth
  • Latest HDMI standard with 4K Ultra HD 50/60 Hz Pass-through
  • Advanced Video Processing with upscaling up to 1080p and 4k Ultra HD 50/60Hz
  • 8 HDMI inputs (incl. 1 front), 3 HDMI outputs (2 main + zone)
  • Dolby Atmos (5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.2 configuration)
  • Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X 9.1ch processing
  • Wide support for streaming formats including DSD and AIFF streaming
  • AirPlay and DLNA music streaming; Spotify Connect, Pandora and SiriusXM (subscription required)
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT32 / Sub EQ HT / LFC (Pro ready)
  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ
  • Phono input
  • 125 watts per channel
  • 3 source, 3 zones; 9.2ch processing and 13.2ch pre-out

AVR-X5200W (additional features)

  • 140 watts per channel
  • Monolithic amplifier design with Denon custom made transistors
  • Dolby Atmos (5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.2, 7.1.4, 9.1.2 configuration)
  • Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X 11.1ch processing
  • 11.2ch processing and 13.2ch pre-out; gold-plated terminals

Both of Denon’s premium new receivers hopped over their originally-slated October release, shipping now.

Updated 7/24/2014 at 1:30 PM PST: After publication, representatives for Denon contacted us to modify the power output on the company’s press release from 200 watts to 125 watts per channel for the X4100W, and from 205 watts to 140 watts per channel for the X5200W

Updated 8/25/2014: This post has been updated to reflect that Denon’s new Atmos receivers have begun shipping ahead of their slated October release, making them the first of their kind to hit the open market.

Home Theater

Vizio is still rocking the Black Friday spirit with these TV and soundbar deals

If you missed out on all the great TV deals this past Black Friday and Cyber Monday, don't worry, Vizio has you covered. The company has some great discounts on its most popular 4K TVs and sounbar systems. But don't delay -- some of these…
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Home Theater

The best Dolby Atmos movies for your home theater sound as good as they look

If you've got your hands on some sweet Dolby Atmos gear, the next step is to find films that take advantage of it. These are our picks in every genre for the best Dolby Atmos movies currently available on Blu-ray and streaming services.
Home Theater

These awesome A/V receivers will swarm you with surround sound at any budget

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to shopping for a receiver, so we assembled our favorites for 2018, at multiple price points and all loaded with features, from Dolby Atmos to 4K HDR, and much more.
Home Theater

What’s new on Amazon Prime Video (January 2019)

Amazon Prime Video adds new titles each month that are available for free to all Prime members. Check out our list to find all the content hitting Amazon Prime Video in December 2018 and January 2019, from new original series to classic…
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in December, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to endangered cats

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Home Theater

Google Assistant gets the Marshall treatment with two new smart speakers

Marshall's Voice-series were already some of the most stylish smart speakers on the market, but now they're available as Google Assistant-compatible editions. This makes Marshall one of the few companies to support both Alexa and Google.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Twilight Zone’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Movies & TV

Out of movies to binge? Our staff picks the best flicks on Hulu right now

From classics to blockbusters, Hulu offers some great films to its subscribers. Check out the best movies on Hulu, whether you're into charming adventure tales or gruesome horror stories.
Movies & TV

Stay inside this winter with the best shows on Hulu, including 'Killing Eve'

It's often overwhelming to navigate Hulu's robust library of TV shows. To help, we put together a list of the best shows on Hulu, whether you're into frenetic cartoons, intelligent dramas, or anything in between.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (December 2018)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.

Bolster your HD music catalog with the best high-res audio sites

Music connoisseurs relish HD audio, but scouring the web for all the best streaming and downloading sites can be a pain. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Check out our list, and let the high-resolution good times roll.
Home Theater

What’s new on Hulu and what’s leaving in January 2019

Our complete list of what's new on Hulu for January 2019, our personal favorites, and which titles will be removed will help you catch up on all the site has to offer -- and ensure you don't miss any titles heading into the streaming ether.
Home Theater

2019 could be the year LG finally rolls out its long-rumored roll-up OLED TV

LG might just be ready to bring a roll-up OLED TV to market, if recent rumours are to be believed. It would mark the first time you'll be able to buy a TV that can disappear from view, yet not require a custom install.