Denon builds on Award-winning AV receiver with new AVR-X3600H

Denon builds on Award-winning AV receiver with new AVR-X3600H
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Denon claimed two of three What Hi-Fi? AV amp Awards in 2018, one of which was for the "powerful" AVR-X3500H that, as of today, officially has a successor. 

The AVR-X3600H is a fully-featured 9.2-channel AV receiver with support for IMAX Enhanced, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) and AirPlay 2. It sits above the slightly less powerful AVR-X2600H (a review of which will go live on this Thursday) in Denon's 2019 AV receiver line-up.

The 180-watt-per-channel receiver also supports DTS Virtual:X and Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, which aim to deliver more immersive soundfields from DTS and Dolby soundtracks respectively.

It's capable of processing up to 11.2 channels to drive a 7.2.4 speaker setup when used alongside an external two-channel amplifier. And those wishing to use an AV amp for music duties too will be pleased to know Denon's HEOS hi-res, multi-room streaming platform is onboard.

Eight HDMI inputs – all eARC- and HDCP 2.3-compatible – sit alongside USB, phono, optical, coaxial and RCA connections. ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) is present and correct to ensure Xbox One users have a more responsive gaming experience (when connected to TVs that also support ALLM), too.

While there's naturally a remote and control app, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri voice support offers hands-free control of various playback functions.

The AVR-X3600H will be available in August for £999 / $1099.

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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.