This is the only review I have read that said the X4000 is lacking in the bass department. In fact, at this price range, I do not see how anyone could give the Pioneer the nod when MCACC does NOT calibrate subwoofers.
Most of us in this price range have at least one or two. Audyssey XT32 calibrates two of them and integrates them into your system. MCACC does not calibrate anything below 50 Hz as far as I know.
That fact alone makes this receiver the clear winner for any Home Theater enthusiast who cares about bass integration in his system. I have a Denon 2309 and use a Mini DSP to get my two subs to play nicely together. You could do the same, but I will not buy a Pioneer if it cannot do subs. Just stupid to leave it out at that price.
This particular amp seems rather lightweight (12kg) compared to some similarly priced completion in the £1000 region.(not so beefy power supply?)Perhaps this explains its apparent lack of power and dynamics for the price?
I agree that the X4000 has a more forward presentation than Denon's of the past few years but that was my main reason for buying it. I don't find it as hard edged as my old Onkyo TX-SR875 and the Denon is certainly more detailed and smoother at the top end especially when coupled with my smooth sounding B&W's. I don't find the Denon lacking in dynamics and bottom end power but my B & W's are reasonably sensitive and are in a moderately sized room. My old receiver was THX ULTRA 2 certified, certainly not noticed any power issues from the new X4000. Perhaps in a larger theatre with less sensitve speakers I'd hear a lack of dynamics?
I think What Hifi missed a key selling point though. While What Hifi have dedicated listening rooms and rooms that may have acoustic treatment most of us listen in dual purpose rooms with furnishings and furniture more suited to a lounge enviroment than a dedicated HC. We don't have acoustic treatments and may have less than ideal speaker placement. So the fact that the X4000 is currently the ony Receiver at this price point that currently has Audyssey XT32 is a major selling point for some.
Audyssey XT32 does a lot more than the stated setting distances and crossovers. It does an excellent job of correcting room issues with over ten thousand control points for correction filters.
The X4000 is now available for £819 (Nov 2013)
Sadly this review is missing one vital advantage of this (and other) Denon AVR and that is the fact that it can supports gapless playback of WAV and FLAC files. Something , I think, all streaming devices should have.
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