The Denon AVR-X7200WA Flagship Home Theater Receiver

Denon AVR-X7200WA Home Theater Receiver
Denon AVR-X7200WA 9.2 Channel Home Theater Receiver. Image provided by D&M Holdings

Introduction to the Denon AVR-X7200WA

First introduced in late 2014 as the AVR-X7200W, through the magic of hardware and firmware updates, as of 2016 (looks like going into 2017), this receiver (now referred to as the AVR-X7200-WA) still occupies the top spot in Denon's home theater receiver product line.

With a suggested price of $2,999.00, the Denon AVR-X7200WA is definitely not for bargain hunter, but for those searching for high-end home theater receiver, the AVR-X7220WA provides just about everything you could possibly need.

To start, this receiver provides a built-in 9.2 channel configuration with the ability to expand to 13.2 channels via the addition of external amplifiers. Denon states that the built-in amplifiers can output 150 watts each (20hz to 20kHz with 2-channels driven with 8 ohm loads and .05% THD). What this means is that the AVR-X7200WA delivers enough power for just about any size room, with minimal distortion. For more details on how these amplifier specifications translate into real-world performance, refer to my article: Understanding Amplifier Power Output Specifications.

Audio Decoding and Processing

Of course, power is just one part of the equation. For additional audio support, the AVR-X7200W includes a complete suite of Dolby and DTS-based audio decoding and processing.

Dolby formats supported include: Atmos (supports (5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.2, 7.1.4, 9.1.2  channel configurations), Dolby Surround Upmixer (provides Dolby Atmos-like soundfield for non-Atmos encoded content), Digital Plus and TrueHD.

DTS formats supported include: 5.1, ES, 96/24, HD Master Audio, DTS:X (via free firmware update), DTS Neural:X Upmixer.

Additional surround sound format support also includes, Audyssey DSX surround sound processing, as well as upgrade-ability for Auro 3D Audio decoding with 9.1ch or 10.1chVOG (Voice of God) configurations via user install-able firmware update.

Note: The Auro 3D Audio firmware update requires a $199 fee payment).

Sounds pretty cool so far, but that is only the tip of the iceberg - Check out the connectivity that the AVR-X7200WA provides for both the latest and older gear. Even if you have a VCR, non-HDMI-equipped DVD player, game console, cable/satellite box, you are covered - all analog video signals can be converted to HDMI.

Connectivity - Inputs

The AVR-X7200WA has ample connectivity, more than you will most likely need, but having more is better than running short - right? The connection options provided include:

  • 8 HDMI (7 rear/1 front) which are 4K 50/60Hz, 3D, Audio Return Channel, and Deep Color compatible, and provide HDCP 2.2 compliance to better accommodate copy-protected 4K video streaming and related sources.
  • 3 sets of Component video inputs.
  • 3 Composite video inputs
  • 2 digital coaxial and 2 digital optical audio inputs.
  • 6 pairs of analog audio inputs.
  • 1 set of 5.1/7/1 multi-channel audio inputs.
  • 1 Phono input (Moving Magnet) - This is for you, vinyl record fans!
  • 2 USB ports (1 front/1 rear) are provided for accessing compatible digital media files on flash drives or other compatible USB-connectable devices.

Connectivity - Outputs

  • 3 HDMI outputs (2 parallel and 1 independent 2nd Zone).
  • 2 sets of component video outputs (one set can be used for Zone 2 use).
  • 2 composite video outputs (one can be used for Zone 2 use).
  • 13.2ch preamp outputs (13.2 channel operation requires added external amplifiers)
  • Zone 2 and Zone 3 audio preamp outputs.
  • 2 Subwoofer line outputs (the .2 in 11.2 or 13.2)

Another connectivity feature to point out are how the speaker terminals are laid out on the rear panel. On many home theater receivers, the speaker connections are often clustered together, making it difficult to get your fingers in to attach speaker wire. However, Denon has made it easy with the AVR-X7200WA by running all the speaker terminals in a single row along the bottom of the rear connection panel.

In addition, the terminals have a practical color coding system that makes all of the channels easy to identify.

In addition to the amplifiers and the abundant connections,the AVR-X7200WA also provides video processing, advanced setup, and networking features that adds more to your home theater experience.

Video Processing

The Denon AVR-X7200WA provides video pass-through switching, up to 1080p and 4K upscaling, and on-board picture and noise reduction setting options.

Setup Features

Setting up all those speakers can be really intimidating, so to aid in speaker setup, Denon has included a suite of programs from Audyssey, starting with the MultEQ XT32 room correction system. Similar to other auto-speaker systems, Audyssey utilizes a provided microphone and test tone generator (in the receiver) that measure all the parameters needed to optimize your speaker setup for your room acoustics and seating position.

On the video side, the AVR-X720WA includes ISF video calibration settings allow you to calibrate your TV's video performance using the receiver. The ISF calibration system provides independent video setting for both daytime and night-time viewing.

An additional feature that is provided is the "Setup Assistant". This features utilizes your TV to guide you through everything you need to set-up the receiver, including a listing of needed cables and wires, as well as images that show how to connect your speakers, and components, as well as guiding you through the Audyssey speaker setup program.

You can revisit the setup assistant anytime you need it. This is a great supplement to the traditional onscreen settings and feature access menu.

Internet/Network Features

Ethernet and WiFi are provided for access to both internet streaming a locally stored audio content. Some of the streaming services accessible via the AVR-X7200WA include Spotify Connect, Pandora, Sirius/XM, Flickr, and vTuner Internet Radio. Also, content on network-connected PCs and media servers can also be accessed, for additional content access, both Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay compatibility are also built-in.

Digital Media File compatibility and local HD Audio Streaming is also provided. Some of the accessible digital file formats include: MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA, AIFF, FLAC 192/24, DSD, and ALAC.

Control Options

Along with the provided remote control, the AVR-X7200 also provides additional options including a Remote App for iOS and Android devices, and for custom installations, the inclusion of the 2 12-volt Triggers, 1 IR extender input, 1 IR 1extender output, and custom control integration via RS232 interface (Control4 Compatible).

More Info

If you are looking for a new high-end home theater receiver, have a lot of extra cash to spare (for both the receiver and a few more speakers) the Denon AVR-X7200W definitely has everything you need, except for the popcorn popper and soda fountain.

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