Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver - Photo Profile

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Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver Photos

Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Front View
Photo of the Denon AVR-X2100W 7.2 channel network home theater receiver as viewed form the front. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

The Denon AVR-X2100W is a mid-range 7.2 Channel Home Theater Receiver that provides both core audio video features, as well as built-in capabilities that enable access to the increasing available network and streaming content sources. The AVR-S2100W is 3D, 4K, and Audio Return Channel compatible, and provides Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD decoding, Dolby Pro Logic IIz audio processing, eight HDMI inputs, and analog to HDMI video conversion with up to 1080p or 4K video upscaling.

To get started with this physical look at the AVR-X2100W, is a photo that shows what it looks like when viewed from the Front.

Running across the entire front is the panel display and function buttons and controls.

Starting on the far left is Source Select dial and Power button, the LED status display, and the Master Volume Control.

Although hard to see in this photo, the function access buttons that run along the bottom of the LED status display, from left to right are:

AM/FM Tuner Preset Scan

Zone 2 On/Off

Zone 2 Source Select

Dimmer: Adjusts the brightness of the front panel display.

Status: Scrolls though receiver status info.

Quick Select: The four most commonly selected inputs: Cable/Satellite, Blu-ray, Media Player, Online (Internet Radio, Media Server).

Continuing down on the front panel, and starting on the left side is the headphone output, front panel Aux 1 HDMI input, USB port, and Audyssey speaker setup system microphone input .

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Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver - Rear View

Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Rear View
Photo of the Denon AVR-X2100W 7.2 channel network home theater receiver as seen from the rear. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a photo of the entire rear connection panel of the AVR-X2100W . As you can see, the Audio and Video input and output connections are located on the left side and the speaker connections connections run along the the bottom. Also, the WiFi/Bluetooth antennas are located on the left and right sides, and the power cord receptacle, is located on the right side of the rear panel.

For a close up look and explanation of each type of connection, proceed to the next four photos...

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Denon AVR-X2100W AV Receiver - Analog AV, Digital Audio, and HDMI Connections

Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Analog AV, Digital Audio, and HDMI Connections
Photo of the Denon AVR-X2100W 7.2 channel network home theater receiver showing the Analog AV, Digital Audio, and HDMI Connections. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a closer look at the connections running across the top of the Denon AVR-X2100W 's rear connection panel.

Along the very top row (starting on the left) are wired IR remote in/out extender connections (for remote control link with compatible devices).

Just to the right is the Ethernet/LAN connection (If you don't want to use the built-in Wifi option), followed by a Digital Coaxial and two Digital Optical audio connections.

Continuing along the top row, are seven HDMI inputs and two parallel HDMI outputs. All HDMI inputs and outputs are 3D-pass through and 4K pass-through/upscaling capable, and one of the HDMI outputs is Audio Return Channel-enabled (ARC).

Moving down to the left are four sets of analog stereo inputs, followed Zone 2 preamp outputs, and dual subwoofer preamp outputs.

Moving to the right are two sets of Moving right are two sets of Component Video (red, green, blue) inputs, followed by a set of component video outputs. Also shown are two Composite (yellow) video inputs.

It must be noted that there are no 5.1/7.1 analog audio inputs or outputs and there is also no provision for direct connection of a Turntable for playing Vinyl Records. You cannot use the analog audio inputs to connect a turntable due to the fact that the impedance and output voltage of the turntable cartridge is different than for other types of audio components.

If you desire to connect a turntable to the AVR-X2100W , you can either employ an additional Phono Preamp or buy a one of the breed of turntables have built-in phono preamps that will work with the audio connections provided on the AVR-X2100W .

Two additional connections that are not shown in this photo (they are located to the left of the analog stereo inputs) are AM/FM radio antenna connections (indoor antennas provided), as well as an RS232 control port.

For a look at the speaker connections provided on the Denon AVR-X2100W, proceed to the next photo....

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Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver - Speaker Connections

Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Speaker Connections
Photo of the Denon AVR-X2100W 7.2 channel network home theater receiver showing the speaker terminal connections. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the speaker connections provided on the AVR-X2100W, which conveniently run along the bottom of the rear panel.

Here are some of the speaker setups that can be used:

1. If you want to use a full traditional 7.1/7.2 Channel setup, you can use the Front, Center, Surround, and Surround Back connections.

2. If you want to have the AVR-X2100W in a Bi-Amp setup for your front left and right speakers, you re-assign the surround back speaker connections for Bi-Amp operation.

3. If you want to have an extra set of front left and right "B" speakers, you re-assign the surround back speaker connections to your intended "B" speakers.

4. If you want to have the AVR-X2100W power vertical height channels, you can use the Front, Center, and Surround connections to power 5 channels and reassign the surround back speaker connections to connect to the two intended vertical height channel speakers.

For each physical speaker setup options, you will also need to use the speaker menu options of the receiver to send the correct signal information to the speaker terminals, based on what speaker configuration option you are utilizing. You also have to remember that you cannot use all the available options at the same time.

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Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver - Inside From Front

Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Inside From Front
Photo of the Denon AVR-X2100W 7.2 channel network home theater receiver showing the inside as seen from the front. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com
Here is a look at the inside of the AVR-X2100W, as viewed from above and the front. Without going into detail, you can see the power supply, with its transformer, on the left, and along the back HDMI, sound, and video processing circuitry. The large silver structure along the front are the heat sinks. The heat sinks are very effective as they keep the AVR-X2100W relatively cool with used for an extended period. However, it is always advisable to make sure you have a few inches of open space on the sides, top, and rear of the receiver for good air circulation.

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Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver - Inside from Rear

Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver- Photo - Inside from Rear
Photo of the Denon AVR-X2100W 7.2 channel network home theater receiver showing the inside as seen from the rear. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the inside of the AVR-X2100W , in an opposite view from above and rear of the receiver. In this photo the power supply, with its transformer, is located on the right, and all of the amplifier, sound, and video processing circuitry run across the rear (front in this photo). The black squares exposed are some of the audio/video processing and control chips. Also, just above audio/video processing board is the WiFi/Bluetooth board. At this angle, you also have a clearer view of the heat sinks and metal separator between the heat sinks and front panel display and controls.

For a look at the accessories and remote control provided with the Denon AVR-X2100W, proceed through the next two photos...

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Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver - Accessories

Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Accessories
Photo of the accessories that are packaged with the Denon AVR-X2100W home theater receiver. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown above is a look at the accessories included with the Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver.

Starting along the back is the cardboard stand kit, instructions, and microphone for the Audyssey auto speaker setup system (Although this is nice touch from Denon, if you already have a camera tripod, you don't have waste your time putting together cardboard one as the mic can be place on a camera tripod.

Moving forward, to the left, is the provided remote control, along with Notes on Radio, Safety Instructions, Extended Warranty info, FM and AM Radio Antennas, and Power Cord.

Moving ot the right is copy of the Quick Start Guide, CD ROM (complete user manual), and a sheet providing stick-on Speaker Wire and A/V Cable labels (definitely take advantage of these labels).

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Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver - Remote Control

Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Remote Control
Photo of the remote control provided with the Denon AVR-X2100W 7.2 channel network home theater receiver. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at remote control provided with the Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver.

As you can see, this is an long and thin remote. It fits well in our hand, but it is large, coming in at just slightly over 9-inches in length.

Starting on the top left are the Main and Zone 2 Selection buttons - What this does is allow you to control source selection and select other functions for both the main and 2nd Zone (if you are using an 2nd Zone).

Moving down, the next group of buttons (14 in all) that provide access to all of the available source inputs.

The next section contain the Channel/Page, Eco Mode On/Off, Mute, and Volume control.

Moving to the center section of the remote are the menu access and navigation buttons.

The next section just below the menu access and navigation buttons are the transport buttons. These buttons also double and navigation buttons for iPod and digital media playback.

On the bottom of the remote are the Quick Select (the four most commonly used source inputs) and Sound Mode preset selection controls.

For a look at the onscreen user interface, proceed through the next series of photos...

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Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver - Main Settings Menu

Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Main Settings Menu
Photo of the Main Settings on the Denon AVR-X2100W 7.2 Channel Network Home Theater Receiver. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Main Settings Menu.

Audio - Provides access to audio settings, such as Dialog Level Adjust, Subwoofer Level Adjust, Surround Parameter (Cinema EQ, Loudness Management, Dynamic Compression, LFE, Center Image, Panorama, Dimension, Center Width, Delay Time, Effect Level, Room Size, Height Gain, Subwoofer On/Off, Set Defaults), Restorer (Optimizes audio quality for compressed music files), Audio Delay (LipSynch), Volume (Volume Scale can be displayed generically from 0 to 98 or in decibels from -79.5 db to +18 db, Volume can also be set to stop at present maximum level, Power On Level, Mute Level), Audyssey (Sets parameters for MultEQ XT feature, Also activates Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume functions), Graphic EQ (Turns the onboard graphic equalizer on or off - setting points are: 63Hz, 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz, 4kHz, 8kHz, 16kHz).

Video - Provides Access to Picture Adjustments (Standard, Movie, Vivid, Streaming, ISF Day, ISF Night, Custom, Off), HDMI Setup, Output Settings (Video Mode, Video Conversion, i/p Scaler, Resolution, Progressive Mode, Aspect Ratio), On Screen Display (Volume Level Info, Status Info), TV Format (NTSC/PAL).

Input - Provides options for naming and reassigning all available inputs.

Speakers - Provides all setting options related to speaker setup, including the type calibration (Auto or Manual), Amp Assign (allows user to tell the receiver what type of speaker setup is being used: 2 channel, 2.1, 5.1, 7.1, Bi-Amp, etc...), Level/Distance/Size/Crossover (allows manual setting of output level, distance, crossover point, and size of each speaker in a setup), Test Tone (generates an audible test tone that can be used to calibrate the speaker setup - can be use manual or automatically), and Bass (Subwoofer Mode - Sub Only or Subwoofer combined with Main Speakers, and Subwoofer Low Pass Frequency (LPF setting - 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 110Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 200Hz, 250Hz).

Network - Sets up the wired or wireless network connection options.

General - Allows the setting of the menu display Language, ECO Mode (power savin function), Auto Standby Preferences (Main Zone and Zone2), Zone 2 Setup, Front Display Dimmer, Information Display preferences for Main and Zone2, Firmware Information, Notification Alerts (On/Off), Usage Data On/Off (provides Denon with information on how you use the AVR-X2100W.

Setup Assistant - Instead of going through all the manual settings, Setup Assistant take users through an automated short-cut setup procedure.

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Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver - Manual Speaker Settings Menus

Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Manual Speaker Settings Menus
Photo of the Manual Speaker Settings Menus on the Denon AVR-X2100W 7.2 Channel Network Home Theater Receiver. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Speaker Settings Menus.

Here is a look at how the Denon AVR-X2100w provides the user with information on the speaker setup. If using the Audyssey automatic speaker setup system, everything shown in these menu examples is performed automatically. However, if you choose the manual speaker setup option, you will also have access to these menus and can set your own parameters as shown.

In both cases, built-in test tones are provided to assist in speaker setup. It is also important to note that if you are not satisfied with the Audyssey calculations, you can go in and change one or more settings manually as well, if desired.

First, the Audsyssey system detects how many speakers, and in what configuration that they are connected.

The image on the top left shows the size calculation of the speakers. If a subwoofer is detected, all the other speakers are designated as SMALL. The reason for this is so the crossover point between the subwoofer and the rest of the speakers is set properly.

The image on the top right shows the calculated distance of the speakers to the primary listening position. If using the Audyssey system, this calculation is done automatically. If doing this manually, you can enter your own distance measurements.

The image on the bottom left shows the crossover settings of the speakers. If using the Audyssey system, this calculation is done automatically. If doing this manually, you can enter your own crossover settings based on the response characteristics of your speakers and subwoofer.

The image on the bottom right shows the channel "volume" levels. Once again, if using the Audyssey system, it will calculate the levels automatically. If you are doing the speaker setup manually, you can use the built-in test tone generator and either your own ears or a sound meter to set the proper channel levels.

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Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver - Online and Network Music Menu

Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Online and Network Music Menu
Photo of the Online and Network Music Menu on the Denon AVR-X2100W 7.2 Channel Network Home Theater Receiver. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at Internet and Network Music Menu.

The menu provides easy access to Internet Radio (vTuner), SiriusXM, and Pandora services, (Spotify Connect is also accessible, but is not shown in this photo). Favorite radio stations can be placed within the "Favorites" section. Also, direct access to compatible files stored on your local network connected devices (such as a PC or Media Server). In addition, the Flickr internet photo service can be accessed.

Obviously, there is a lot more to know about the Denon AVR-X2100W - To dig in a little deeper into its features and both audio and video performance also read my Review and Video Performance Tests.

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